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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2013

MICHAEL NESMITH EMBARKS ON “MOVIES OF THE MIND”
U.S. TOUR OCTOBER 27-NOVEMBER 24

Career retrospective set will highlight post-Monkees repertoire.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA — In a reprise of his U.S. tour earlier this year, Michael Nesmith will embark on a 21-date, 19-city tour of the East Coast, Midwest and South from October 27 through November 24. Dubbed the “Movies of the Mind Tour,” the shows will touch on the highlights of Nesmith’s 50-year music career.

Nesmith elaborates on the concept: “This tour amplifies and expands the notion started a few tours ago of the Movies of the Mind. As an introduction the songs are placed in a setting for the audience — just a simple straight-ahead notion of where the song might live — a setting like the setting for a gemstone in a ring or a bracelet or on a necklace. The songs and performances and arrangements remain the centerpiece so it is an evening of music well played. But the Movies of the Mind idea has been so well received that I have refined it and brought a few more songs into the concept.

Nesmith is a musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman and philanthropist, well known for his start as the singing, wool-capped, Gretsch guitar-slinging co-star of the Monkees television series (1966-68). His songs were recorded not only by the Monkees (“Papa Gene’s Blues,” “The Girl I Knew Somewhere,” “Mary, Mary,” and “Listen to the Band” among others) but also by Linda Ronstadt & the Stone Poneys (“Different Drum”), the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (“Some of Shelley’s Blues”) the Butterfield Blues Band and Run-DMC (“Mary Mary”).

He executive-produced the movies Repo Man (1984), Timerider, and Tapeheads and founded Pacific Arts, a record, film and video production house and book publisher. He was the first and only winner of the Grammy Award for Video of the Year for his 1981 long-form video Elephant Parts. He is also the inventor and founder of Videoranch3D, for which he holds a patent.

With the notable exception of “Listen to the Band,” the tour will focus primarily on Nesmith’s post-Monkees work, both solo and with the First National Band. This body of work has been described by Rolling Stone as “the greatest music never heard.”

“I hope these tours will increase the interest and serve as a way for people to discover this music,” Nesmith adds. “It is a lot of music created over a lifetime and I believe people will enjoy finding it once they do. I am having a lot of fun and loving the performances, so I want them to grow in attendance and frequency and do more. The players are all wonderful and inspired by the show so it is a great evening.

“We are going back to many places we have already played — where the shows were sold out and there was a demand for repeat performances — but for the most part this tour goes to new venues in new areas where we hope to introduce new audiences to this music and presentation.

“I think it makes for a great evening out,” he concludes. “At least for me it does.”

Michael Nesmith’s Movies of the Mind U.S. Tour
Sun., Oct. 27 PHOENIX, AZ MIM Music Theater
Tues., Oct. 29 AUSTIN, TX One World Theatre
Wed., Oct. 30 DALLAS, TX The Kessler Theater
Fri., Nov. 1 BIRMINGHAM, AL The WorkPlay SoundStage
Sat., Nov. 2 ATLANTA, GA Variety Playhouse
Mon., Nov. 4 VIENNA, VA (DC Metro) The Barns at Wolf Trap
Tues., Nov. 5 ANNAPOLIS, MD Rams Head On Stage
Thurs., Nov. 7 BAYSHORE, NY YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts
Fri., Nov. 8 PHOENIXVILLE, PA (PHILADELPHIA metro) The Colonial Theatre
Sun., Nov. 10 SHIRLEY, MA The Bull Run Concert Series
Mon., Nov. 11 FALL FIVER, MA Narrow Center for the Arts
Tues., Nov. 12 ENGLEWOOD, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Thurs., Nov. 14 ELYRIA, OH (CLEVELAND metro) Stocker Arts Center
Fri., Nov. 15 CHICAGO, IL City Winery
Sun., Nov. 17 FRANKLIN, TN (NASHVILLE metro) The Franklin Theatre
Mon., Nov. 18 FRANKLIN, TN (NASHVILLE metro) The Franklin Theatre
Tues., Nov. 19 ST. LOUIS, MO Old Rock House
Thurs., Nov. 21 FERNDALE, MI (DETROIT metro) The Magic Bag
Fri., Nov. 22 BLOOMINGTON, IN Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Sat., Nov. 23 CHICAGO, IL City Winery (encore performance)
Sun., Nov. 24 MILWAUKEE, WI Turner Hall Ballroom

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2013

MICHAEL NESMITH’S “NEZ SOLO” SPRING 2013 TOUR TO CROSS U.S. MARCH 23–APRIL 17

In first U.S solo tour since 1992, Monkees and First National Band veteran to perform songs from 50 years of writing and recording.

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA — Michael Nesmith will launch the month-long Nez Solo Spring 2013 Tour on March 21 outside of Nashville as Nez’s Solo Spring 2013 Tour prepares to take him to the metro areas of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.

Nesmith’s kick-off show at the Franklin Theater sold out an hour after tickets were available.

Nez’s Solo Spring 2013 Tour followed an invitation from a British promoter/agent to play the British Isles last year. The solo tour sold out immediately after it was announced, causing American concert promoters to take notice and make offers for the Nez Solo Spring Tour.

“The songs I’ll play are a touch chronological and a touch thematic. I picked my favorites to play, the ones I have come to love over the years, and the ones that are most requested by fans of my solo work,” Nesmith says.

The focus of the show will be on his latter-day song writing and recordings, but Nesmith did select one song he wrote for the Monkees’ — “Papa Gene’s Blues” — as the opening of the concert. “I hope Monkees fans are not disappointed but my solo recorded music is extensive and the songs that were part of the Monkees era comprise only a tiny part of it.

” Fans of Nesmith’s ground-breaking First National Band and later work will find much to look forward to, including “Joanne,” “Silver Moon,” “Propinquity,” “Grand Ennui” and “Thanx for the Ride.” This last song will include specially programmed software so the original pedal steel solo by Red Rhodes plays along with Nesmith and the band as they play the song live.
Also look for songs from the albums And the Hits Just Keep On Coming, Photon Wing and Infinite Rider, as well as Elephant Parts, Tropical Campfires, The Prison and Rays — approximately 90 to 100 minutes of live Nez music in all.

In the Nez Solo Spring Tour the songs will be presented with short introductions that include a cinematic setting. According to Nesmith, “The songs live in my mind like mini-movies— vignettes — that associate themselves with the emotions of the song. I want the audience to share that.”

Michael Nesmith tours may be few and far between, but he greatly enjoys the onstage connection. “I have found nothing like a live performance in any other expression of the arts,” he says. “When it is done right, it is a most joyful and happy event — like a good meal, a fine conversation or a lover’s kiss.”

“A word sung is worth a thousand pictures,” he concludes.

Nesmith is a musician, songwriter, actor, producer, novelist, businessman and philanthropist, well known for his start as the singing, wool-capped, Gretsch guitar-slinging co-star of the Monkees television series (1966-68).

His songs were recorded not only by the Monkees (“Papa Gene’s Blues,” “The Girl I Knew Somewhere,” “Mary, Mary,” and “Listen to the Band” among others) but also by Linda Ronstadt & the Stone Poneys (“Different Drum”), the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (“Some of Shelley’s Blues”) the Butterfield Blues Band and Run-DMC (“Mary Mary”).

He executive-produced the movies Repo Man (1984), Timerider, and Tapeheads and founded Pacific Arts, a record, film and video production house and book publisher. He was the first and only winner of the Grammy Award for Video of the Year for his 1981 long-form video Elephant Parts. He is also the inventor and founder of Videoranch3D, for which he holds a patent.

In addition to the regular concert tickets there will be a very limited number of tickets sold for after show receptions where Nesmith will sign autographs, talk with fans, and pose for pictures with them.

NEZ SOLO SPRING 2013 TOUR
Thurs., March 21 FRANKLIN, TN Franklin Theater – SOLD OUT
Sun., March 24 AGOURA HILLS, CA Canyon Club
Tues., March 26 SANTA CRUZ, CA Rio Theater
Wed., March 27 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Palace of Fine Arts
Fri., March 29 PORTLAND, OR Aladdin Theater
Sat., March 30 SEATTLE, WA Neptune Theater
Wed., April 3 BOULDER, CO Boulder Theater
Fri., April 5 ST. PAUL, MN Fitzgerald Theater (Sue McLean & Assoc.?)
Sat., April 6 CHICAGO, IL Old Town School of Folk Music – SOLD OUT Sun., April 7 FERNDALE, MI The Magic Bag - SOLD OUT
Tues., April 9 MUNHALL, PA Carnegie Music Hall of Holmstead
Thurs., April 11 NORTHAMPTON, MA Iron Horse - SOLD OUT
Fri., April 12 RAHWAY, NJ Union County Performing Arts Center
Sat., April 13 SOMERVILLE, MA Somerville Theater
Mon., April 15 PHILADELPHIA, PA World Café Live - SOLD OUT
Tues., April 16 NEW YORK, NY Town Hall
Wed., April 17 WASHINGTON, DC Birchmere



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