Antsy and Edgar Cruz at Harlow’s in Sacramento tonight

Can’t make it to Woodflock this weekend but live in California?  How about a trip to Sacramento to catch Antsy McClain with his good friend Edgar Cruz for a night of Flamenco and Flamingo. Antsy loves this place. Cool vibe. Good sound. Good people. Edgar Cruz will be joining Antsy at Woodflock Friday, May 27, but if you can’t make it to Red Bluff, come out and see Antsy and Edgar at Harlow’s for a musical feast.

And this just in: Loose Bruce Wandmayer is joining Antsy! Now anything can happen!

Get your tickets here:
http://www.harlows.com/event/1164707-antsy-mcclain-troubs-sacramento/

If you want to attend Woodflock 2016, there is still space and there will be loads of fun too.  Click on the photo below for all the details.

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Join Antsy to Support Open Table Nashville at the Flatrock Cafe in June

Antsy is joining forces with Flatrock Coffee, Tea & More for three intimate Tuesday evening shows in Nashville to benefit the Open Table Nashville, which is a non-profit, interfaith community that disrupts cycles of poverty, journeys with the marginalized and provides education about issues of homelessness.

Come join Antsy on Tuesday evenings June 14, June 21 and June 28 from 6:04 PM to 8:06 PM and catch his new songs, listen to some new stories and watch some of his fun slide shows, all to benefit the homeless.


Antsy Appears in a TEDx Talk in Carson City

Antsy at TEDx in May 2016

Antsy at TEDx in May 2016

Antsy McClain was recently featured as a TEDx guest speaker in Carson City and his talk has been publicized nationwide.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

Though known more as a humorist, songwriter and small town philosopher, as many of his fans know, Antsy McClain also has a parallel career as a painter and illustrator. When he shows up to speak at high school career days, he’s usually booked as “the creativity guy.” In this talk, he reflects on the pivotal age of “14” as a turning point in the lives of so many.

Antsy tells like he lives it: The good life. Antsy is generally free from an over-abundance of material things and appreciates time with family and friends.

 

 


WOODFLOCK 2016 FINAL CALL

Woodflock’s 6th Year Will be Better Than Ever
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Above is this year’s t-shirt design only available to Woodflockers, drawn up by Antsy hizself.

Well, it’s almost here! Just a few more days and Woodflock will be upon us. Antsy has often said it’s the most fun we have all year. The gathering of people make this event the most rewarding thing we do as a community. We have a lot of friends helping us along the way, and Antsy, the band and all of the Flamingoheads are truly grateful for them and their tireless efforts to make Woodflock memorable and meaningful to all those in attendance.
If you haven’t signed up for a cabin, but want to, don’t delay. We only have a few left. We’ve had such an outpouring of good mojo concerning our Red Bluff, California Woodflock, that we are looking to Franchise it. Ha. Well, that may be too big a word for it. We’re looking at a location near Nashville, Tennessee to host Woodflock East in the Fall of every year. We’ll keep you posted, and as usual, your feedback is appreciated. Any ideas you might have for locations, or how to make the event be the best we can offer, will be appreciated.
Antsy and the Troubs are looking forward to seeing you all again, hanging out, catching up, and sharing our journeys along this winding highway we call life.
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SPACES ARE FILLING UP FAST. This is shaping up to be our best Woodflock ever. Apparently if you do something 6 times, you’re bound to get it right, huh? Woodflock is our favorite event all year. The best part comes in meeting and hanging out with folks who all have the same things in common: a love of music, a sense of humor, a desire to live authentically and “enjoy the ride.” If you’re one of those people, you should join us!
Just click HERE to get on board!
Woodflock is filling up! Space is limited. Join us!
Of course, Antsy and the guys will be bringing their usual music and humor with them. They’ll be playing songs off their latest album, as well as the old favorites. And Sunday night’s show is an ALL REQUEST NIGHT, as we do every year. You make the set list.
They’ll be performing every night around the fire, as usual. Also throwing it in will be Antsy’s dear friend, guitar master, Edgar Cruz on Friday night, the uniquely talented Sourdough Slim with multi-instrumentalist Bob Armstrong on Saturday night, and Sunday will be a few creativity sessions with Antsy and his friends.
Edgar Cruz

Edgar Cruz

Sourdough Slim

Sourdough Slim

Bob Armstrong and Hilary

Bob Armstrong and Hilary

Hands-on arts and crafts for kids of all ages will be provided by our friends Bill and Katie. They do a great job, and they donate all their time and supplies to the cause.
Crafts for all ages!

Crafts for all ages!

Every morning gets started with the wonderful Hilary Nicholls and her dobro-playing husband, Bruce Wandmayer. We are also offering Yoga hosted by Dave Emery this year directly following the daily meditation. Meal time will be fabulous, as always. Also, our friend John Chips will be bringing his Monster Grill with him for us to enjoy special meat and veggies smoked to succulent perfection.
Antsy and the Troubs up close and personal

Antsy and the Troubs up close and personal

This is a lot of stuff! We’re thinking it’s going to be our best Woodflock EVER! Join us! Click HERE for passes. We have day passes or you can join us for the whole weekend. You can bring a tent, stay in a cabin, bring an RV or stay at a nearby hotel. Details on the Official Woodflock 2016 Page.
Antsy McClain

Antsy McClain



Two More California Shows Announced for this Weekend!!

Antsy is having another birthday (he is 39 again!). He wants to hang with his friends so come join him on Friday in Felton, CA and then on Monday in Chico to party and celebrate. He’ll be joined by the amazing guys known as the Troubs and also his special guest Jacob Johnson for a great party!!

April 15: Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA – CLICK HERE FOR TIX

April 18: Sierra Nevada Brewery, Chico, CA – CLICK HERE FOR TIX

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Another Year – Thoughts from the Trailer Park

AntsyStanMartinHi folks,
Well, it’s another year. Hard to believe it, but it’s true. We were all just sitting here minding our own business and we got a year older.
I had a friend once tell me that he moved around too fast, stayed on the go so much, that time couldn’t keep up with him. He looked younger than his years, so I wondered if maybe that was true, that we could outrun Time. I tried it for a while. Didn’t work.
You can play hide and seek with Time, but that sucker always finds you mere seconds after you’ve hid in the pantry with the dog food, behind the wastebasket. Sneaky guy comes up around the corner and taps you on the shoulder. You’re it.
I’m it? For what? What am I “it” for? What is “it” anyway?
Being “it” when tapped on the shoulder by Time, means “growing up.” I was never afraid of growing up. Like most kids, I saw it as being able to stay up as late as I wanted, being able to eat whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. Then I grew up, and while I was in charge of my own menu and sleep schedule, the rest of this stuff was total bull crap!
Taxes? Insurance? Utility bills? Rent payments? Seriously?
MoesAlley1I started to second-guess my desire to grow up. What was I thinking? But, as we have all come to realize, by the time you realize, it’s way too late.
So, I paid my taxes, paid my bills, established credit, bought homes, bought cars, supported local, modest economies, and kept food on the table and shoes on the feet of 7 people for a long, long time. It felt good, to be honest, this grown-up thing. Most of the time, anyway. And I settled into it like my father, and his father before him.
“You’re it.”
I am it, there is no doubt about it.
AntsyTrailers“It” is starting to mean “old,” now that I look around, and Time is relentlessly pushing me forward as I shuffle my feet, looking behind me like a shopper at the grocery store who forgot to get coffee before getting in line. There it was, right there on my list, and I overlooked it. How did I forget coffee? What is happening to me? And I’m next up. I can see the coffee over there in aisle 7, but I can’t get out of line now. There are too many people behind me, and I’ll lose my place.
I’ll lose my place. Now, there’s a loaded statement. We think Time gives us a “place,” but there is no place to lose. All Time does is count. And nag. If we listen to him.
While we busily go about the minutiae of life, Time – grumpy stickler of an account manager that he is – doesn’t give us one thought. He doesn’t care if we give him any attention or not. Time is oblivious of us. He’s in the back corner office on that noisy calculator with the lever that he pushes down every second of every day. Time is eating a chicken salad sandwich, with crumbs of white bread at the corner of his mouth. He’s oblivious to that too. Efficiency is everything to Time. The crumbs will take care of themselves.
AntsyCarsonCityWhich is where I am now, letting the crumbs take care of themselves. I’m in my early 50’s, and something clicked when I crossed over to this most intriguing of decades. I simply don’t care so much what people think. I spend less time worrying about saying or doing the wrong thing. I’ve had so much practice at making mistakes, I kinda know where the land mines are now, and I roll with it. This is not to say I won’t make any more mistakes. I’m probably making more. But I’m just not whipping myself over them like I was trained to do in the past.
And it’s 2016. When I was a boy, I don’t recall even thinking about 2016. That was the stuff of comic books and sci fi novels. But here it is anyway, without my thinking about it. And 2017 will do the same, with or without me. I’m hoping it’s with me.
Troubs2016There is a lot of ground to cover this year. I have a lot of new things in my life to be thankful for, a lot of good changes at home and in my career, and I’ll share them with you as things develop.
I hope you are all happy and healthy as you read this. And I look forward to the time we can talk again face-to-face. Until then, take care of each other. Hugs.
– Antsy McClain, January 20, 2016, 12:02 PM

UPCOMING SHOWS IN FEBRUARY (SO FAR)

WED Feb 10: The Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA. Details & Tickets HERE. 
FRI Feb 12: Piper’s Opera House, Virginia City, NV. Details & Tickets HERE. 
SAT Feb 27: Saint Xavier High School Performing Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH. Details & Tickets HERE. 

SOMEWHERE PAST THESE GRAVEL ROADS

GRAVELCOVEROur latest album, Somewhere Past These Gravel Roads, is doing really well, and is receiving wonderful reviews from friends old and new. We’d love for you to hear and let us know what you think. Click HERE to order your digital copy or get a CD sent to you in a matter of days.

 

WOODFLOCK 2016

Woodflock 2015 Gang

Woodflock 2015 Gang

We have our annual Woodflock registration in full swing. We hope you can plan to join us Memorial Day weekend for this fun event!

DSC_2878Woodflock is the best event we do all year. It’s a gathering of Flamingoheads from all over the United States on Memorial Day weekend. We laugh, we catch up, we play music, we meditate, we do yoga, we eat good food prepared by Sue Butler, we drink, we share. It’s nice. It’s a camping event, but there are also hotels just down the road, 5 minutes away. Many choose this option. You do not have to be a camping enthusiast to enjoy Woodflock. There is something for everyone. Go HERE for more details.

 


Antsy McClain Returns to the Great American Music Hall – Jan. 24, 2016

Antsy at GAMH in 2007

Antsy at GAMH in 2007

It has been almost 9 years since Antsy McClain performed at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.  In that performance in 2007, Antsy and the Troubs put on an amazing show with a full horn section, backing vocalists, lots of song and dance and some amazing music.

It was at this time that the acclaimed Trailercana album was being played all over the country and was in the Americana Music Top 10 albums.

Jump to 2016 and Antsy has a new CD out that is also getting airplay around the country.  Entitled Somewhere Past These Gravel Roads, the CD is doing real well and is receiving wonderful reviews from friends old and new. You will hear many selections from this CD duringGRAVELCOVER his upcoming show. Click HERE to order your digital copy or get a CD sent to you in a matter of days.

Antsy will return to the GAMH on Sunday, January 24 and will also have a couple of Troubs band mates with him for the show. Nell Robinson and the Jim Nunally Band will also be performing that night. Nell has been called “a modern-day Patsy Cline” and some call her one of the “freshest voices in roots music,” and have compared her to early Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, and Hazel Dickens. You can GET YOUR ADVANCE TICKETS HERE.

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