Scambot 2 & Concert Updates!

Hello friends!

I have been radio silent for a while, I know – but we’ve been real busy.

Yesterday was the last day of studio work on Scambot 2, and the additional album of material from the Scambot 2 sessions.

This album (these albums!) has (have!) been a long time coming, and we are most grateful indeed for your patience.

We’ll have a lot more to tell you, including release date and pre-order info, very soon.

In the meantime, some upcoming gigs…

This Friday, Aug. 21, I’ll be a special guest with San Diego’s wonderful Back To The Garden playing some Eric Clapton tunes at a free concert in El Cajon. Really a nice way to wind up your work week. I’m looking forward to having a good time at this show!

Back To The Garden Celebrates the Music of Eric Clapton

Special Guest: Mike Keneally

Friday, Aug 21st

6:00-8:00 pm

Downtown El Cajon’s Dinner and A Concert

at Prescott Promenade

230 East Douglas St

El Cajon, CA 92021

Admission: free!

The new Joe Satriani album Shockwave Supernova came out recently and is being really well received, I’m happy to say. It’s the first of Joe’s albums to feature his current band of Bryan Beller, Marco Minnemann and myself. We start touring behind the album in September in Europe – for ticket links, please visit Satriani.com, and in the meantime check out the dates here:

Sep 17 Zénith Nantes Métropole Nantes, FR

Sep 18 Espace du Crouzy Boisseuil, FR

Sep 19 Théâtre Fémina Bordeaux, FR

Sep 20 Casino Barriere Toulouse, FR

Sep 21 Silo – Marseille Marseille, FR

Sep 22 Amphithéâtre de la Cité Internationale Lyon, FR

Sep 24 Grand Rex Paris, FR

Sep 25 Théâtre Sébastopol Lille, FR

Sep 26 Limburg Hall Heerlen, NL

Sep 27 De Roma Antwerp, BE

Sep 28 De Oosterport Groningen, NL

Sep 30 Kursaal Auditorium San Sebastian, ES

Oct 1 Circo Price Madrid, ES

Oct 2 Sala Barts Barcelona, ES

Oct 3 Salle Garnier Monte-Carlo, MC

Oct 5 Teatro della Luna Milan, IT

Oct 6 Teatro Obihall Florence, IT

Oct 7 Auditorium Parco della Musica Rome, IT

Oct 8 Palariviera San Benedetto del Tronto, IT

Oct 9 Patria Hall Budapest, HU

Oct 11 National Palace of Culture Sofia, BG

Oct 12 Sala Polivalenta Bucharest, RO

Oct 13 Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, RO

Oct 14 Aegon Arena Bratislava, SK

Oct 15 Tisport Arena Prague, CZ

Oct 16 Werk Arena Trinec, CZ

Oct 18 Torwar Warsaw, PL

Oct 19 Rock Café Tallinn, EE

Oct 20 Circus Helsinki, FI

Oct 22 Debaser Medis Stockholm, SE

Oct 23 Skraaen Aalborg, DK

Oct 25 Cirkus Krone Munich, DE

Oct 26 Laeishalle Hamburg, DE

Oct 27 Admiralspalast Berlin, DE

Oct 28 Theaterhaus Stuttgart, DE

Oct 29 Salle Metropole Lausanne, CH

Oct 30 Ruhrcongress Bochum, DE

Nov 1 Manchester 02 Apollo Manchester, GB

Nov 2 Birmingham Symphony Hall Birmingham, GB

Nov 3 Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Glasgow, GB

Nov 4 Sheffield City Hall Sheffield, GB

Nov 5 Cardiff St. David’s Hall Cardiff, GB

Nov 7 Southend Cliffs Pavilion Southend-on-Sea, GB

Nov 8 Bristol Colston Hall Bristol, GB

Nov 9 Portsmouth Guild Hall Hampshire, GB

Nov 10 Eventim Hammersmith Apollo London, GB

This is the first leg of the tour – we’ll be visiting many more places in 2016. I’m delighted and grateful to be heading out on another tour cycle with my friends Joe, Bryan and Marco and look forward to seeing a lot of you at Satriani shows over the next year or so!

As always I’m grateful to you for staying in touch with what I’m doing musically and I hope you’ll be as happy with Scambot 2 as I am. I’ll type more at you soon.

Thank you!

Mike

MK & BFD SHOWS START SATURDAY!

Yo, you!

Getting ready to do Beer For Dolphins gigs – we’ve got San Pedro this Saturday, San Diego (El Cajon actually) on Sunday and San Francisco on Wednesday. Figured out the setlist yesterday. It’s going to be a hootenanny and three-quarters – please come to one of these shows if you can!

And hey! We’ve got a couple of free tickets for the San Francisco gig, which we are exclusively making available here on The Keneallist. Here’s how to get them – rewrite the lyrics to the beginning of one of my songs, and send them to rewritemike@keneally.com. Whichever lyrics make me smile the widest and/or laugh the loudest gets the comps – just have them sent in by Tuesday please. Good luck!

And, hey again! We somehow published the wrong date for the upcoming Baked Potato Beer For Dolphins show in the last Keneallist – it’s actually FRIDAY JUNE 19 (not Saturday the 20th). Sorry for the confusion!

Also, the night before that (Thursday June 18th) I’ll be playing in Jamie Kime‘s band at the Baked Potato. We’ll be playing songs from his seriously wonderful debut album Alleys (seriously co-produced by me) and some other things as well. Tickets here!

And on June 12th I’ll be at the Wiltern in LA in Joe Satriani‘s band as part of BENEFIT FOR CLIFF III, along with Steve Vai and Animals As Leaders, with a special guest appearance from Brendon Small. I just checked the seating chart here and there are still some seats available but this night looks likely to sell out, so move on it quickly if you want to witness this special event.

I know there’s a lot of people wanting to see Beer For Dolphins in places other than California, but between my schedule finishing up Scambot 2, Bryan Beller‘s Aristocrats touring and Joe Travers‘ continuing work with the Zappa tape vault, this is all we’ve got time for right now. We will do our best to make more shows happen in more locations in 2016.

OK! Back to practicing. Thank you!

Mike

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Alva’s Showroom
1417 W 8th Street
San Pedro, CA 90732
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25
All ages welcome
Info: 800-403-3447

Sunday, June 7, 2015
Semi-Private Backyard Party
El Cajon (near San Diego), CA 92109
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
For more info, email bfdbash@laffland.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Biscuits & Blues
401 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $24 1st show & $20 2nd show
All ages welcome
Info: 415-292-2583

Friday, June 19, 2015
The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
9:30 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25
21 and over
Info: 818-980-1615

MIKE & BFD ARE ROAD-READY! SAN DIEGO PARTY ADDED!

Wow, can you believe it’s 2015 already?

Hi, space travel fans! I’m on the home stretch of making the Scambot 2 album. I’m not making any predictions, but I predict it’s going to be a good album. We’ll announce pre-order details when we know the release date, and I hope to know that very soon. I’m making a lot of progress daily on it and I have a date in my head by when I intend for us to be done with the tracking and mixing.

I’m taking a few moments away from the studio next month, though, to get some Beer For Dolphins gigs in with Bryan Beller and Joe Travers. I wish there were time for us to do anything other than a few California dates, but Scambot 2 is a heavy priority right now.

We’ll be doing a handful of very fun things – gigs at Alva’s in San Pedro, Biscuits & Blues in San Francisco, and the Baked Potato in Los Angeles – plus an exclusive gig in the backyard of a friend of ours’ place in El Cajon near San Diego (if you’re interested in attending this semi-private gala please write to our host at bfdbash@laffland.com. It promises to be insanely fun, in the way that only things that happen in backyards can be.)

There won’t be much time for many more MK/BFD gigs this year it seems, so if you want to see one of our shows and you can be in California in early June, please try to come around and see us.

NEW RELEASES

So many new albums coming – besides my own, I’m also on the new Joe Satriani album Shockwave Supernova which comes out in July.

That album also features Bryan Beller and Marco Minnemann, members of The Aristocrats (they’re also both on Scambot 2). The new Aristocrats album Tres Caballeros comes out in June. And Marco’s new album Celebration is out in a couple of weeks too.

It’s a lot of new albums, but we’re all trying to get in under the wire before the worldwide ban on album-making takes hold in early 2016. (Well okay, it’s not strictly worldwide, but it will be illegal for anyone other than Taylor Swift and Yo-Yo Ma to make albums.)

Oh and jeez another new album you need to know about is Godsticks‘ new one Emergence. It comes out in August. Godsticks are a brilliant band that we were fortunate to play and travel with on the last Keneally Band European tour, and they are wonderful lads, in addition to making beautiful and complex hard rock music that you would enjoy greatly – please check it out.

MORE EVENTS

On June 12 I’ll be playing in Satriani’s band as part of Benefit For Cliff III, in support of our friend Cliff Cultreri who definitely can you use our help in his medical struggles – Steve Vai and Animals As Leaders will also perform.

And in late June please come on out to The G4 Experience, where I’ll be immersed in all things guitar for four days in gorgeous Cambria, CA, alongside Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats and Animals As Leaders – a fearsome lineup of players and instructors if ever there were a fearsome lineup of players and instructors!

And! If you are in Europe! Between September and November! I’ll be over there with the Satriani band for the first leg of the Shockwave Supernova tour (more to come in 2016).

Thank you everyone – hope you’re doing well – and hope to see you soon.

Love,

Mike

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Alva’s Showroom
1417 W 8th Street
San Pedro, CA 90732
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25
All ages welcome
Info: 800-403-3447

Sunday, June 7, 2015
Semi-Private Backyard Party
El Cajon (near San Diego), CA 92109
6:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
For more info, email bfdbash@laffland.com

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Biscuits & Blues
401 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $24 1st show & $20 2nd show
All ages welcome
Info: 415-292-2583

Friday, June 19, 2015
The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
9:30 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25
21 and over
Info: 818-980-1615

More MK/BFD shows in June! 21% off all Keneally products NOW!

I’m camped out on my couch letting my back recover from a move. We moved to where there’s a few more trees around. No regrets!

Main thing I wanted to say here: Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins (the Keneally/Beller/Travers version thereof) are going to be bouncing around California a bit in June, doing gigs in San Pedro, LA and San Francisco – we’re going to rage righteously! (See dates below.) Our last Baked Potato gig was insane – I honestly think we’ve never played better and I’m excited to discover how much further things can go. Please attend if you can my friend!

(Also – on June 19, the night before the BFD gig at the Potato, I’ll be playing there with Jamie Kime again. If you weren’t able to make last month’s Kime gig, voila! Another shot!)

Beer For Dolphins first emerged as a band name 21 years ago – and I understand that the Keneally Store is commemorating this reality – allow me to step aside momentarily for a commercial interruption please…

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What’d I miss? I was in the kitchen.

More sssstuff (that’s my Chuck Barris impersonation): in late June the G4 Experience will be taking place again in Cambria, CA, featuring Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats, Animals As Leaders and myself doing instruction and performances in a severely idyllic setting. Guitar overload and a big ton of fun. Last year’s was great and I’m very happy to be returning for more.

The new Satriani album is hitting the “shops” in July and the next round of Satch touring begins soon afterward – check out Satriani.com for details. We’re hitting Europe first, with lots more dates to come.

Had a great time a few nights ago at the 1st anniversary of BAKED with Brendon Small and Steve Agee at the Baked Potato. A great lineup of comics including Brody Stevens, Marc Maron, Dean Delray, Dana Gould, Karen Kilgariff – it was nuts I tell ya! Both Marc and Dean asked me to appear on their podcasts so keep an ear cocked for that.

I’m not making any promises here, least of all to myself, but I am severely dedicated to the CONCEPT of completing Scambot 2 in the next few weeks. I have an end date in my head which I’m keeping in there for now, but I’m fired up and ready to put this sucker to bed. Maybe we’ll do a live stream of an album session like we did a few times while we were doing Wing Beat Fantastic and You Must Be This Tall (those session videos are still archived on the Keneally Ustream page btw). Would y’all be into that? We will pre-order info for you as soon as we feel thoroughly sure that that light we see is actually the end of the tunnel and not just oncoming traffic.

Thank you for reals! See you soon!

Love,

Mike

Mike Keneally & Beer For Dolphins Dates

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Alva’s Showroom
1417 W 8th Street
San Pedro, CA 90732
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25
All ages welcome
Info: 800-403-3447

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Biscuits & Blues
401 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $24 1st show & $20 2nd show
All ages welcome
Info: 415-292-2583

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
9:30 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25
21 and over
Info: 818-980-1615

Mike and Beer For Dolphins Hit The Road in June

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Saturday, June 6, 2015
Alva’s Showroom
1417 W 8th Street
San Pedro, CA 90732
8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $25
All ages welcome
Info: 800-403-3447

Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Biscuits & Blues
401 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
Tickets: $24 1st show & $20 2nd show
All ages welcome
Info: 415-292-2583

Friday, June 19, 2015
The Baked Potato
3787 Cahuenga Blvd.
Studio City, CA 91604
9:30 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.
Tickets: $25
21 and over
Info: 818-980-1615

Scambot 2 recording picks up speed, plus three Potato shows this week!

Indispensable engineer Mike Harris adjusts the crucial Exowax AKG 414 microphones before the essential Mike Keneally records some acoustic overdubs on the new and invaluable Taylor 616ce guitar provided by the incomparable Tim Godwin at Taylor Guitars. (Photo by the arguably replaceable Scott Chatfield)
Indispensable engineer Mike Harris adjusts the crucial Exowax AKG 414 microphones before the essential Mike Keneally records some acoustic overdubs on the new and invaluable Taylor 616ce guitar provided by the incomparable Tim Godwin at Taylor Guitars. (Photo by the arguably replaceable Scott Chatfield)

Yo to all the people! Top of the Blarney Stone to you!

Been doing a bunch of Scambot 2 work with Mike Harris engineering at Chatfield Manor. It’s so much music! We’ll have something for you to hear soon and I will spew many more words about this, my next album. Oh for now I will say that Kris Myers and Pete Griffin are all over this thing now, and they sound like superheroes.

I wanted you to know! I’m going to be at the Baked Potato in LA for three nights this week:

THURSDAY THE 19th
BAKED with Brendon Small and Steve Agee!
Featuring me, Joe Travers and Walter Ito on musical instruments
With special comedic guests Marc Maron and Rory Scovel

FRIDAY THE 20th
JAMIE KIME CD RELEASE CELEBRATION SHOW!
Celebrating Jamie’s superb album ALLEYS which I produced
Featuring Jamie, me, Joe Travers and Rico Belled

SATURDAY THE 21st
MIKE KENEALLY & BEER FOR DOLPHINS going at it again
Me, Bryan Beller and Joe Travers
With special guest Ben Thomas

It’s an overwhelming amount of me (and Joe Travers come to think of it) at the Baked Potato this week! Come share in the excess!

How are YOU doing?

Love,
Mike

MK IN SF FRIDAY, 2/6!


The 14th annual SF SKETCHFEST

The San Francisco Comedy Festival:

BAKED with BRENDON SMALL and STEVE AGEE

Featuring MIKE KENEALLY, PETE GRIFFIN and JOE TRAVERS

And special guest comics

TODD BARRY

GREG BEHRENDT

NATASHA LEGGERO

VERDI CLUB

2424 Mariposa St.

San Francisco, CA 94110

Friday, February 6, 7:30pm

Come and enjoy more of that magical blend of comedy and music that thrills you to the basement of your soul.

Buy tickets here.

Keneally Gigs Galore!

Here’s a quick one to remind you of a couple of gigs upcoming – including this one in San Diego tomorrow night –

MIKE KENEALLY (guitar, keys)
JEFF BERKLEY (guitar, percussion)
JAMIE SHADOWLIGHT (electric violin)

JAVA JOE’S
3536 Adams Ave. San Diego, CA 92116

Friday, January 30, 8pm

One show! All ages! We’re rehearsing the night before and will figure out what’s going on.

We all met late last year and hit it off. Just from a spirit standpoint this feels like it’s going to be great. Please check it out if you can and get your weekend off to a nice start.

Here’s a nice article about the show by our friend Georga Varga from the San Diego U-T.

Advance tickets are available at javajoes91@gmail.com


Then! For when you’re in San Francisco a week later and need to laugh!

As part of
The 14th annual SF SKETCHFEST
The San Francisco Comedy Festival:

BAKED with BRENDON SMALL and STEVE AGEE
Featuring MIKE KENEALLY, PETE GRIFFIN and JOE TRAVERS

And special guest comics
TODD BARRY
GREG BEHRENDT
NATASHA LEGGERO

VERDI CLUB
2424 Mariposa St.
San Francisco, CA 94110

Friday, February 6, 7:30pm

Come and enjoy more of that magical blend of comedy and music that thrills you to the basement of your soul.

Buy tickets here.


And – just a brief teaser but we’ll talk more about this later – and just in case you didn’t manage to see the trio version of MK/BFD at the Baked Potato last week (people seemed very pleased)…

WESFEST 10 – MARCH 8 – THE ROXY
A concert to benefit the Wes Wehmiller Scholarship at Berklee College of Music

Headliner is VICTOR WOOTEN with special guest STEVE BAILEY

Also performing…

MIKE KENEALLY & BEER FOR DOLPHINS
(Keneally/Beller/Travers with a special guest toward the end of the set)

THE WESFEST ALL-STARS

And DANNY MO AND THE EXCITERS

Advance tickets on sale now HERE:

More soon! Thanks for reading this!

I’m your vehicle,
Mike