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      October 5, 2019

      Saturday   7:00 PM

      1035 Monterey Street
      San Luis Obispo, California 93401

      An Evening With Michael Nesmith

      Michael Nesmith will be live in downtown SLO on Saturday, October 5! ♦ SHOW INFORMATION ♦ Door Time- 7:00 PM All Ages ♦ TICKET OUTLET ♦  Boo Boo Records 978 Monterey St • SLO Mon-Wed 10-8, Thurs-Sat 10-9, Sun 11-6 ♦ BAND INFORMATION ♦  Hot on the heels of a sold-out date at the Sydney’s famed Opera House (with fellow Monkee, Micky Dolenz), Michael Nesmith returns to the stage this October to perform his greatest solo work in a series of highly-anticipated, West Coast dates. In January 2018, Michael Nesmith sold out West Hollywood’s legendary Troubadour in under an hour, performing his First National Band catalog of songs for the first time in four decades. Backed by a stellar, ten-piece band, he delivered hits like “Joanne,” “Silver Moon” and “Rio” (which gave birth to Nez’s first music video and his concept for MTV), as well as his classic compositions “Different Drum” (a Top 20 hit for Linda Ronstadt & The Stone Poneys), “Some of Shelly’s Blues” (covered by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and The Monkees’ classic, “Papa Gene’s Blues,” to complete a dream setlist for his fans and admirers. This new series of shows will revisit and renew the music of the First National Band (founded in 1970 by Nesmith with the now deceased Red Rhodes and John London), also including some of the poignant stories found in Nesmith’s recent autobiography, Infinite Tuesday. Starting in the Texas folk scene in 1963, Michael Nesmith quickly blossomed into a brilliant tunesmith during his time on the Emmy award-winning The Monkees. His melodic, country-tinged songs were regularly featured on the band’s multi-million selling albums and singles, but he heard a greater creative calling to find his own voice as a record maker. In the late 60’s, he brought his craft to new levels. During 1968, Michael Nesmith ventured to Nashville to record a series of groundbreaking sessions with local musicians. “I could just feel this happening, that there was this ‘thing,’” recalled Nez. “So, I headed off to Nashville to see if I couldn’t get some of the Nashville country thing into the rock’n’roll or vice versa.” The recordings that resulted are now recognized as foundational in the country-rock and alt-country movements. His exploratory work caught the ear of legendary RCA A&R man, Felton Jarvis, who signed Nesmith and a new ensemble, the First National Band to wax the groundbreaking Magnetic South (1970). The album was the first part of an Americana trilogy, followed by Loose Salute (1970) and Nevada Fighter (1971), which all garnered stellar reviews: Rolling Stone called Loose Salute, “one of the hippest country rock albums.” Nesmith quickly moved on to other idioms in the 1970’s and ‘80s: music videos (his pilot Popclips gave birth to MTV), mixing literature and music (the visionary album and book combo, The Prison), film production (Nesmith produced cult classics like Repo Man and Tape Heads) and, in the 2000’s, founded a virtual reality online community (Videoranch). His welcome return to his musical roots is but another stop along a five-decade highway of music, books, technology and films.

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