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February 2016 Newsletter: Pretty Wild Year
















Dear Creators and Innovators,

How are you weathering the cold, the rain, the snow? The shortness of light? More light is coming soon. I know it. Thanks to Marjie Brown for helping me feel like a snow queen when we took these snowy pics right before Christmas in Liberty Park in Salt Lake City.  Marjie Brown, you are a wonder! And thank you to Craig for keeping me warm.

I’m headed up to the Pacific NW next week for a string of shows. I’m looking forward to playing at Artichoke Music (with Kelly Bosworth, opening!) on Saturday, February 27th. It’s a special place brimming with incredibly talented people. I look forward to reconnecting with my Portland community while I’m in town. I’m also doing a show on the way up at Influence Music Hall in Hillsboro, OR on Thursday, February 18th. Looking forward to it all!

I took a quick trip back to LA this last week to record a couple of my newer songs (“Esmeralda” and “Sugarhouse”) with the incredibly wonderful producer/engineer human being, Ed Tree. When someone has a picture of a red rock landscape on their computer desktop that you immediately identify as Dead Horse Point, you know you’re kindred spirits. We had a great time laying congas and percussion (with the help of the great Ray Yslas) and a 1939 Gibson guitar onto the “Esmeralda” track.

I took the 101 on the way back, which was pretty spectacular! Unfortunately I was so driven to get back to the Bay Area by 5 pm that I didn’t stop to take any pictures! In my parent’s wise words, I had to “take pictures with my mind” instead.

It looks like it’s going it’ll be a pretty wild year with some major trips/tours/changes, such as:
– A relocation to Salt Lake City, Utah
– A SW tour to New Mexico, Colorado and Texas for the Kerrville Folk Festival in late May/early June
– An East Coast tour followed quickly with a Pacific Northwest tour in July/August
– Touring/traveling to Chicago for the NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association Conference) in late September/ early October.

I’m booking all these tours right now. I’d really appreciate your help. Let me know if you’ve got any thoughts about places I should play in those spots above. Places to stay are also helpful.

Dinner House Concerts:
Craig and I are doing Dinner House Concerts. They are so much fun! He’d love to cook for you and I’d love to play for you. We have different options and menus.
E-mail me to discuss.

Hope to see you soon!
Yours in song,
♥ Mindy

PS – Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope you feel passion in your life, for yourself, for your creative pursuits and for your sweethearts.

PPS – Click here to watch a video of “Esmeralda” performed at WinterSongs in Cambria, CA. I had an amazing band which included Ed Tree on bass, John Roy Zat on fiddle and Derek O’Brien on drums.

Posted on: February 18th, 2016

January Newsletter: New Year, New Plans and more Dinner House Concerts











Hmmm, right. The question is: How DO you survive this new year? It’s bound to be full of changes and challenges on personal and global levels – almost too much comprehend. But whether we like it or not – it has begun. My strategy for dealing with it all is to accept that there are many different paths one can take through life. None of them are right, necessarily, they’re just different…

Happy New Year to you all. I hope you’re making plans for 2016 that will nourish your bodies and feed your souls.

Speaking of which, we’d like to feed you!  Craig and I hosted a Dinner House Concert in Salt Lake City last weekend on January 10th. It  was a resounding success! We want to do more of these…a gourmet dinner in your home for you and your friends followed by a concert. If this sounds interesting to you… send me a note. Let’s set it up!

I’ve been in Cambria, CA this weekend teaching and songwriting at the WinterSongsretreat. Tomorrow I’m headed to Southern, CA for a couple shows. Next month I’m headed to Oregon and Washington for a short tour with stops on the Olympic peninsula, Portland and White Salmon. In March, I’m planning a trip back to Bishop, CA, one of my new favorite mountain places. After that, who knows? I’m looking forward to finding out what this musical life has in store for 2016.

Cambria is really beautiful…cleansing salt air and ocean view…

Show info is available below, as well as links to all those online spots. I look forward to staying in touch! In real life and on our myriad of devices…
More soon…
Yours in song,
♥ Mindy

PS: I’m part of a unique online music community called The Standing “O” Project. There you can provide ongoing support to me and other independent artists. Click the link to find out more. Thank you, as always, for your support.

Upcoming Shows…

Tuesday, January 19th
Songwriter Serenade hosted by J.C. Hyke
at Matt Denny’s Ale House
145 E. Huntington Dr.
Arcadia, CA  91006
7 – 9:30 pm
$7 at the door/Drinks available with I.D.

Wednesday, January 20th
Wine & Song hosted by Brad Colerick
1055 Lohman Ln
South Pasadena, CA  91030
7 – 10pm
$15 table seating; $10 general seating; $8 cash at the door
Check out the facebook event for more info.

Friday, January 29th
Oakland House Concert with Briget Boyle
729 Rand Ave
Oakland, CA  94610
8 – 10:30 pm
$10 – 20 sliding scale; pay at the door
Space is limited. Email to RSVP.

Saturday, February 7th
Soggy Sundays: Family Show with Heather Normandale
Ashkenaz Music and Dance Center
1317 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA  94702
2:30 Doors; Show: 3 – 4:30pm
$6 kids/$8 adults

More Upcoming Shows…
February 20th – Tall Timbers House Concert (Hoodsport, WA)
February 21st – Coyle Concert Series (Coyle, WA)
February 27th – Artichoke Music with Kelly Bosworth (Portland, OR)
March 12th – Mountain Rambler Brewery (Bishop, CA)

Posted on: January 19th, 2016