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Schedule: Set Lists

Whenever possible, we try to keep track of set lists from old shows. It's more for our benefit, but hell -- it's all in a database, so y'all might as well have it too. Click the show date to view the list, and enjoy.

Available Set Lists

Date Artist Venue Notes  
Mon, 2/10/2020John McGaraghanMidPen Media CenterWest Coast Songwriters Association, Palo Alto Chapter, Songwriting Competition. UPDATE: My song Wester brought home the Best Song award. Another great night of incredible talent in the intimidating (for me!) environment of a TV studio taping the show live for later broadcast. What FUN! 
Tue, 1/28/2020John McGaraghanCafe ZoeWest Coast Songwriters Association Menlo Park Chapter, Songwriting Competition. UPDATE: My song Emmanuel! won best song of the month at the competition. What an honor to be chosen from so among many great tunes by so many great writer! 
Fri, 2/24/2017John McGaraghanCafe ZoeAnother drop in to the Open Mic night. Great times. 
Fri, 3/18/2016John McGaraghan & FriendsDevil's Canyon Brewing CompanyI'm coming back to Devil's Canyon Brewing Company with Patrick Feehan on piano once again for an evening of live music and Off the Grid food trucks. No cover, all ages, dog friendly, great beer (and root beer) -- bring the whole family down for a good time! See the Flyer 
Fri, 10/9/2015John McGaraghan & FriendsDevil's Canyon Brewing CompanyDevil's Canyon Brewing Company, together again with live music and an Off the Grid food truck frenzy -- what's not to like?! John will be joining forces with keyboardist extraordinaire Patrick Feehan, and banging out tunes for you while you enjoy fresh delicious craft beer and tasty food truck fare! No cover, all ages, dog friendly -- bring the whole family! I've got another brand new one to break out as well -- don't miss it! 
Fri, 8/7/2015John McGaraghanDevil's Canyon Brewing CompanyDevil's Canyon Brewing Company, teamed up with Off the Grid food truck frenzy -- what's not to like?! John will be pickin' tunes for you while you enjoy fresh delicious craft beer and tasty food truck fare! No cover, all ages -- bring the family! See the Flyer 
Sun, 7/26/2015John McGaraghanJupiterI'll be sharing the bill at Jupiter in Berkeley with my brother Mike's band The Skinny. Come out and and join us to enjoy delicious food, stellar craft beer, tasty tunes, and a delightful family friendly atmosphere. 
Thu, 5/21/2015John McGaraghan50 Mason Social HouseCome join me, Erik Yates (Hot Buttered Rum), and Hassan El-Tayyab (American Nomad) while we hang out and swap mini sets for a few hours at this funky club in the 'Loin. All kinds of collaboration in the works... Discounted $5.00 tickets available in advance at 
Thu, 6/6/2013John McGaraghan & Friends50 Mason Social HouseSharing the bill with Billy Shaddox (, who is coming to town from Utah. See the Flyer 
Sun, 2/17/2013John McGaraghanFat CatThe Skinny headlines, I perform a tweener set (special guests TBA) 
Fri, 2/10/2012John McGaraghanCafe ZoeCafe Zoe is a cute little cafe. Looking forward to a chilled out acoustic evening right in my back yard! 
Fri, 4/16/2010John McGaraghanHouse ConcertSwapping 40 minute sets with Big Water 
Sat, 9/26/2009John McGaraghan & FriendsStarry PloughA surprise party for my birthday -- pickin' all day with my good friends and musical cohorts Jill and Steve Pierce, Mike McGaraghan, Zac Matthews, Tim Fisher, Joe Creitz, and Nomi Tuzman-Eagan. What a day! 
Sat, 12/20/2008Nat KeefeThe IndependentI'll be playing as a cast member in Nat Keefe's (Hot Buttered Rum) Concert Carnival (NKCC). The goal of the NKCC is to bring together artists from different groups and different mediums to do new performance in new ways. A variety of performance art, illuminated with music, including electronica, rock, jazz, bluegrass, oldtime, Western classical, group improvisation, with an emphasis on songwriting and singing. Get your tickets now! 
Sat, 12/8/2007John McGaraghanMake, Trade, Buy & Sell Arts and Crafts BazaarPlaying solo and with The Skinny at a sweet arts and crafts fair taking place from noon until 6 pm. Stop by and check out arts, crafts, and live music! Solo set at 3pm, sets with the Skinny at 1 and 4:30.listen
Sat, 10/13/2007John McGaraghan12 GalaxiesI'll be opening at this benefit for the Children's Council of San Francisco, and sitting in with headliners Dork and the Alphadork Allstars. The Frail, SynthFace, and the Mighty Bushmen will also play. Show Poster. 
Fri, 8/17/2007John McGaraghanMama Buzz CafeSharing an evening with San Diego friends Podunk Nowhere. 
Tue, 3/20/2007The SkinnyStarry PloughI'll be playing the feature spot at the Plough's open mic. This is actually a loose formation with no name yet, featuring Tanya Brown (banjo/guitar) Koralie Hill (fiddle/banjo), Mike McGaraghan (dobro/guitar), and John (mandolin, guitar). Everybody sings! 
Sat, 3/10/2007John McGaraghanNomad CafeScott Waters will open the show, I'll go on around 7:30 or 8. Nomad is an all ages cafe with great coffee drinks, food, and beer and wine.  
Sat, 12/9/2006John McGaraghanThe Starry PloughOpening for local Grateful Dead cover band "Workingman's Ed"listen
Fri, 10/13/2006John McGaraghanA Cuppa TeaJohn McG and Friends will be playing acoustic at this great local tea/coffee shop, located at 3200 College Ave (at Alcatraz), in Berkeley, CA. See the Flyer. 
Tue, 1/17/2006John McGaraghanStarry PloughOpen Mic Night Featured Artist. John and Mike McG will play a half hour set starting around 10:00 pm. 
Wed, 11/16/2005Lee Simpson BandHotel Utah SaloonPlaying from 9 to 9:40 with former King Harvest band mate Lee Simpson, playing a mix of both of our songs. 
Tue, 11/8/2005John McGaraghanStarry PloughOpen Mic Night 
Tue, 10/18/2005John McGaraghanStarry PloughOpen Mic Night 
Tue, 10/4/2005John McGaraghanStarry PloughOpen Mic Night 
Tue, 5/24/2005John McGaraghanCanesPerforming 3 songs as part of the Acoustic Alliance artist showcase. A limited number of free tickets are available. Email John for info (they're going fast, so get 'em while they're hot!). 
Fri, 5/20/2005John McGaraghanThe Whistle StopOpening for San Diego's best americana roots band, the 7th day buskers. 
Sat, 5/14/2005Lee Simpson BandThe GigAn acoustic performance with former King Harvest band-mates Lee Simpson and Jason Fletcher, accompanied by sidemen extraordinaire Bruce MacMillan and Brit Smith. This will be Lee's SoCal CD Release party for his new self titled debut album, which features a cover of John's song Those Old Times A limited number of free tickets are available directly from me. contact for more info. 323-936-4440 
Tue, 5/10/2005John McGaraghanWinstonsOpening for "High Altitude Bluegrass" sensations the Hot Buttered Rum String Band 
Thu, 4/7/2005John McGaraghanThe Tiki HouseA Showcase with Headtrip Superstar, Jordon, and Shoestring Strap brought to you by "Listen Local San Diego" 
Wed, 1/5/2005John McGaraghanWinston'sAppearing with High Altitude Bluegrass superstars the Hot Buttered Rum String Band. John will be doing an opening set and sitting in! 
Fri, 2/27/2004John McGaraghanChris Clark House ConcertJohn opening for Hot Buttered Rum, and sitting in to debut John's new song Big Sky with the butter boys accompanying.
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