I can hardly believe this is even true, after so many months of no gigs, but I’m gonna do a two-night stand at the Baked Potato in LA on July 16 and 17, with Beer For Dolphins. Two sets each night. Hours of music and memories for the discerning connoisseur. (Did I actually spell connoisseur right? Dang.)
BFD in this instance is the five-piece bakin’ @ the potato! model, with Joe Travers, Griff Peters, Rick Musallam and Bryan Beller. THAT tidy ensemble. I can’t even tell you how excited I am to play with these guys again, for actual people.
Gonna premiere a couple of tunes from the new solo album in the works, and I’ve worked out the set lists and have arranged for a nice variety of tunes from night to night for you, so if you decide to get tickets to all four sets, you will receive a sparkling variety. Actually hold on a sec and I’ll count them for you. One…two…three…(edit) well it looks like no less than THIRTY-THREE different tunes strewn over the four sets. That’s entertainment!
Here’s things to click which will take you to places where your tickets can be got:
Important note for anyone coming to the BFD gigs July 16/17 – I’m not sure it says anything on the Baked Potato site about this, but in order to get in the venue you’ll need either proof of vaccination, or a negative COVID test within 72 hours of entry – please be aware. Thanks!
For something like a year now, I’ve been posting all sorts of things from my audio and paper archives to my Patreon page, along with exclusive videos and frequent livestream hangouts with patrons and all kinds of stuff. It is so freaking fun. I’m excited about creating a varied collection of my work there which is continually growing, and the connection with all the extremely cool people who have joined me there. I love being at Patreon, and if you’re interested in me and what I do, it’s really something you should know about.
One of the signature characteristics of Patreon is the “tiered” subscriber system – you can join at different money levels – and, on a lot of Patreon pages, the less you pay, the less stuff you get access to. Not at my page! Nuh uh! The main four monthly subscriber levels ($5, $10, $25 and $50) all get the same access to exactly the same posts – it’s just about how much support you, the patron, are generous enough to offer in return for the material I’m putting up.
It’s turned into a wonderful community, and it’s been a blessing in my life, during the last year and a half with absolutely no live music work, to have Patreon emerge as a support system. I’m grateful for everyone who’s a patron, and if you’re not one yet, I hope you’ll consider checking the place out soon: https://www.patreon.com/mikekeneally
It is hubris, given the history of the world, for me to refer to an indignity perpetrated by a record company upon me as “a wrong.” But still, making this video last year with Marc Bonilla did somehow “right a” very insignificant-in-the-scheme-of-things “wrong” for me, in that Warner Bros. Records forbade Marc Bonilla to record this duet with me on his second album American Matador back in 1992. They wanted Marc to occupy a Satriani/Vai-like guitar-hero spot on the label roster, and they were eager for Marc to play both guitar parts himself, which he did, and did brilliantly.
I must also say that, at that time, it was probably more “right” from a musical standpoint for Marc to play the second part, as I don’t doubt for a second that he executed the part more crisply and accurately than I would have back then. When he asked me in 2020 to finally do the duet he’d asked me to do with him all those years ago, I felt I was ready to finally do it justice. Of course, it still took me about a month solid of practice, to the exclusion of nearly all other human activity. My gratitude to Sarah for enduring weeks of my constant practice of my part over, and over, and over, and over again.
And thank you Marc for asking me to do this! It was fun, nearly impossible, and extremely satisfying.