Welcome to the home of Mike Rufo's music, featuring house concert and show announcements, songs from his two albums: Nothin' But Now (2016, folk) and Streets of Plenty (2012, rock), videos, new releases, and his popular civil liberties parody - Spyin' Eyes.
If you want to catch up with where Mike's at, where he's been, and his journey into musicland, check out the interview he did with the one and only KPIG FM last spring. KPIG FM Interview!
New Video Release - Back to the Bottle (Never Going), ft. Graham Patzner, produced by Pint of Soul
"I've enjoyed playing Mike Rufo's song, "Spyin' Eyes" on KALW and KALX where the song has been a hit with listeners, staff, and some generally hard-to-impress DJs. The song even drew one of the station's engineers -- a guy who has, literally, heard it all -- out of his gear-head cave to cheer it on. I don't know if that means much in the "real" world, but it's considered very high praise in radioland." Jose Seque, Hicks and Sticks
February 4th, Bistro, Hayward, w/ SEZU
March 21, Saturday, 7pm. Equinox Show/Dance Party (plus GOTV!), Mike Rufo, David Johnson, & No Exit
May 1st, Friday, 7pm. Al's Den w/ Heart Hunters!
Folk Alliance, New Orleans, Jan 23-26
APRIL SHOWs w NPR Tiny Desk Winner Gaelynn Lea were a blast! We had great shows in Santa Cruz, Nevada City, SF, Sonoma, Ashland, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC!
Mike has hosted and opened for some great performers at his RoofJamz house concert including The Real Sarahs, Jimbo Scott, Blue Summit, Heart Hunters, Graham Patzner (Whiskerman), Madeline Tasquin, and LightWorkers Union (Robin Applewood/Chris Bryson). See the Calendar tab on this website for more info/RSVP.
I've had an incredible experience releasing Nothin' But Now, playing lots of shows, and having the pleasure of performing with many great artists and for great causes, thank you everyone for being a part of these shows!
In 2017, I was delighted to co-produce two Folk Fights Back shows which raised funds for the Ella Baker Center and Pacific Center for Human Growth. Below I was punchy pleased to perform Darling Corey with the unbelievably talented fiddle master Brandon Godman and his bluegrass band (with my No Exit band mate, David Johnson, on the high harmony)!
Video: Story Behind New CD, Nothin' But Now, (Released: 7/15/16)
Video for Night Birds, from the new CD Nothin' But Now
Video of Can You See Me, rock & roll tune - inspired by the great Ursula K. Le Guin's short story - The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas - from my 2012 CD, Streets of Plenty, shot on a spectacular San Francisco rooftop.
And now for something different, good times interview with the Big Cat - Tony King! Fun starts at minute 8:55.