For those of you who like to plan ahead, Miracle Mule has a ton of fun gigs coming up this summer. Get your calendar and write these down:
For more than 20 years, the town of Isleton CA hosted a festival over Father's Day Weekend that brought as many as 100,000 to this quiet setting on the Sacramento River Delta; many were saddened to learn that the old Isleton Crawdad Festival was sold to R-Wild Horse Ranch in 2008.
But now, the quaint little community of Isleton is bringing back the crawdads and music for their newly-dubbed Isleton Cajun Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19. Historic Main Street will host a plethora of vendors of food and fancies, and three stages will present 20 bands of Zydeco, Cajun and Southern blues including Mark St. Mary, Flambeau, the Bob Woods Band, and of course, Miracle Mule, among others. A carnival for the kids, more crawdads, beans and rice, and jambalaya than you can shake a voodoo stick at, and the warm welcome of a true Delta community is enough to get anyone ready for dancing in the streets!
The fun starts this Saturday and runs through Sunday. If you want to catch Miracle Mule, hop on over to the Gazebo Stage, where we'll be swinging it up from 10:30am to 1:30pm.
Keep in mind that the beautiful town of Isleton is about 1 1/2 hours drive from Marin County. So if you plan on catching Miracle Mule's show you'll need to head out early.
"Laissez les bon temps rouler!"
Away in a manger, on this fateful day
a mule is born in a pile of hay
Wise men bring gifts of frankensence and myrrh
The mule prefers beer and the sometimes liqueur
He may not be pretty, and he smells pretty bad
but he brays like an angel. Off Key? Just a tad
His dirty hoof clomps in four four time
He's not very good. A victimless crime
With time he improves, he develops a sound
Dancers arrive and swing themselves 'round
The mule is grown up now, long in the tooth
His songs are now crass and a bit uncouth
You can hop on the web at miraclemule.com
'cause he's not in the bible, not even one psalm
There you'll find pictures and upcoming shows
all laid out before you, just under your nose
So come join the dancers, the prancers and vixens
Wear leather soled shoes ('cause they reduce friction)
Our last gig this year is not in Buenos Aires
In fact it's real close, in Fairfax at Peri's
We interrupt Miracle Mule's scheduled nap to bring you some exciting news.
Miracle Mule is Back!
It was all planned out. We were going to nap straight through to January. Maybe we'd learn a few new songs (but probably not), and maybe we'd figure out how to play the kazoo (which end are you supposed to blow into?). But mostly we were going to take a break and enjoy some hops and barley for a couple of months.
But, there's only one thing mules love more than naps: Playing music. Or, maybe two things, music and beer. Oh, wait, I just thought of a third thing.
Anyway, when club owners come a'callin', we answer.
Miracle Mule's CD is recorded, pressed, printed and in transit. We are having a big blowout at the Southern Pacific Smokehouse this Thursday, October 6th to celebrate.
You are invited!
Come on down to Marin County's newest music venue and help us celebrate the arrival of a CD that isn't half-assed... no sirree. This CD is 100% ass.
For those of you who are afraid we won't get you home on time to catch up on Facebook before you trundle off to sleep, don't worry. This party ends at a reasonably civilized 10pm.
For a sneak preview of the new CD, pop on over here: http://miraclemule.com/listen
Don't come late. The Southern Pacific Smokehouse can only accomodate 140 people.
I've been messing around with some new tunes to bring to Miracle Mule. What I often do is record the song and try to arrange it like a Mule Tune, with proper "SwampyTonk" sounds. If it sounds good I bring it to the band.
First is "Going Commando" a rare original song that I wrote and recorded in a day.
Second is a song that we've been talking about ever since we played the Faifax Biketoberfest. This song is traditionally a polka, so I couldn't figure out what to do with it. But found that I could give it quick Mule Makeover and somehow it worked.
Chris - ZD Wines, Napa
This one is easy. They are awesome. You won’t be disappointed. We had a power outage in the middle of our event, they switched over to acoustic instruments and still “rocked the house”.
Miracle Mule is an INCREDIBLE Americana Band that infused a great deal of energy and excitement into our event. They are extremely professional, on time in both set up and take down, and very personable entertainers that interacted comfortably with our crowd. We offer them our highest recommendation - this is a GREAT group!
Miracle Mule is the swampy tonk dance band that everybody is talking about.
With well over 50 songs in the repertoire Miracle Mule can play over three hours of entertaining danceable music. Most songs are covers with a few originals thrown in just for fun. Some songs in the current set list include: