MK’s Buds Debut @ Hopmonk, House Concerts with Dave Malone (Radiators) + Mookie Siegel

October 4th, 2013  

Brothers from Another Mother

On Sunday, 10.6.13, MK and the fabulous Dave Malone of Radiators infamy will be a house concert in Novato, CA. This is a rare combo of musical “brothers from another mother” and ought to be real big fun!

The setting is perfect for an Indian summer afternoon.  Beer, wine and food is included in the price of admission. Chef Jeff and Club Ave 9 will be doing the catering, and Peter’s Winery and the Marin Brewing Company (and Moylan’s) will be providing the beer.

There are only a very small amount of tickets being sold for this intimate affair, so if you’d like to go, act fast! RSVP on the Facebook event page, or send an email to This one’s gonna rock!!

Sunday Oct 6, 2013
Doors open: 3:30 pm
Music: 4:30 pm ( 2 sets), with a 9:00pm curfew
Cost:  $ 50.00 dollars is requested  - (includes beer, wine, and dinner)
Location: Doug’s House – Bel Marin Keys, Novato, CA. Address will be sent once check is received, or collected.

MK’s Buds Debut @ Hopmonk in Sebastopol, CA


Mark Karan’s Buds (MK, Robin Sylvester, Danny Eisenberg, John Hanes) will be making  their first appearance at Hopmonk Tavern in Sebastopol, CA on Friday, 10.18.13. Good food, unique brews & great music… what more do you need? Doors are 8:30pm, show is 9:15pm. Get your tickets here. See you out there!!


MK + Mookie Together Again: House Concert in SF

MK and ‘Bud Mookie Siegel will perform together again on Sunday, October 20, 2013 at a house concert in San Francisco, CA. This ‘sunny afternoon’ of music, incredible food, and deserts to die for will be held at “Chez Grabien”, the home of MK’s dear friend and co-songwriter Deb Grabien, and her husband Nic. The price is $30 for a lovely meal, libations, and a show with all proceeds going to the artists. Seating is very limited, so please RSVP here.

In the meantime, enjoy some music from their last house concert together on the East coast, on August 5, 2013. MK and Mookie create magic together when they share the stage… this one is not to be missed!


Much more to come…


Mark Karan’s Buds to Host ‘Further’ After-Party at the Ashkenaz, 9.29.13

September 27th, 2013  

On Sunday, September 29th, 2013, Mark Karan’s Buds will host an after-party post Furthur‘s appearance at Berkeley’s Greek Theater. This will be the Buds’ debut performance at the Ashkenaz Community Dance Hall… one of MK’s very fav-o-rite places to play. Great vibe and atmosphere, good people, and a really a cool venue.

The Buds will be pulling out a few more Grateful Dead chestnuts than they usually do, and we’re thinking a few friends may just come and join the fun. So make your way to Ashkenaz after the show, or come straight there if you’re not going to the Greek. We’re gonna have a real good time!

Tickets are available here. See you there!



MK Returns to Sweetwater Music Hall, This Time with Mark Karan’s Buds

August 20th, 2013  

MK heads back to the one and only Sweetwater Music Hall on August 31, 2013 … this time with his Buds!


For the better part of 2012, Mark Karan + Friends performed at the Sweetwater every other Wednesday dishing up MK originals, a wealth of unexpected covers, and a vast array of jams and musical explorations.  With a continuous, shifting cast of top-notch musical characters, the crowd and vibe were consistently exuberant.

Mark Karan’s Buds is the culmination of that residency. The band has since played numerous gigs, including a killer co-headlining show with Ghosts of Electricity at the Great American Music Hall (GAMH) in San Francisco, as well as a recent East coast tour. This will be the band’s first performance at the Sweetwater.

To whet your appetite, here’s a vid of ‘Roll In It’, a song co-written by MK and Deb Grabien, and performed by Mark Karan’s Buds at GAMH:

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So, mark your calendars and come and out and play … and definitely bring your buds!! Let’s rock one of MK’s favorite Bay Area / Marin venues, and get a rockin’ end-of-summer party together. Come one, come all!


WHO: Mark Karan’s Buds*

WHERE: Sweetwater Music Hall, Mill Valley, CA

WHEN: Saturday, August 31, 2013. Doors at 8pm, show at 9pm.

TICKETS: only $20, are available here.

FACEBOOK: event page

*In addition to MK, the band features Robin Sylvester on bass (Bob Weir & Ratdog), Danny Eisenberg on organ (Ryan Adams, Mother Hips), and drummer extraordinaire John Hanes*. Yowza! Mookie Siegel, also a full-time “real deal” Bud, will be unable to be at the upcoming date due to logistics.





Mark Karan’s Buds + Ghosts of Electricity @ Great American Music Hall, 7.27.13

July 22nd, 2013  

On Saturday, July 27, 2012, Mark Karan’s Buds and Ghosts of Electricity (an all-star electric tribute to Bob Dylan) will perform at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.  This will be the “Buds” first show in San Francisco, and only the second for “Ghosts”. It is sure to be a night filled with big fun, good vibes, and great music.

Mark Karan’s Buds: Mark Karan (guitar, vocals), Robin Sylvester (bass, vocals), Mookie Siegel (piano + vocals), Danny Eisenberg (keys), and John Hanes (drums).

Ghosts of Electricity: Stu Allen (JGB, Mars Hotel), Robin Sylvester (Bob Weir + RatDog), Mark Karan, Mookie Siegel (David Nelson Band, NRPS), Pat Nevins (Workingman’s Ed), and Greg Anton (Zero).

Tell your friends, buy your tickets early, and definitely bring your Buds (and your dancing shoes)! Facebook event page is here. Buy your tickets here. See you there!


Mark Karan’s Buds to Perform at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios, 7.10.13

July 8th, 2013  

Heads up, y’all! On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, Mark Karan’s Buds (MK, Robin Sylvester, Danny Eisenberg, and John Hanes) will perform at Bob Weir’s TRI Studios. Tea Leaf Green and John Murry will also perform as part of TRI’s weekly series of music and conversation, dubbed Weir Here. Showtime is at 5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET.

For those not aware, MK anchored the lead guitar slot with Bob Weir & RatDog for twelve years, playing thousands of shows to tens of thousands of fans year-round. RatDog, which started as a side project of Bob Weir, became Weir’s primary band following the loss of Jerry Garcia (August 1995) and the ensuing disbandment of The Grateful Dead (December 1995).

Mark your calendars and join in on the fun — Wednesday, July 10, 2013 at 5:30pm PT via this link. Weir stoked!

 RatDog Reunion (video here) at TRI Studios, January 12, 2012.


MK Spring + Summer Dates: MK’s Buds, Papa Mali, Ghosts, Rock Collection, Terrapin Flyer ++

June 5th, 2013  

Happy Spring, y’all! The past few months have been busy for MK. If you were able to get to some of the shows, we loved seeing you there, and hope to see you at one of the upcoming East and West coast shows!

Here’s a vid from Mark Karan’s Buds performing at Terrapin Crossroads with special guest, Phil Lesh (thanks, Uncle Chuck’s Funhouse!)

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LA Bound

MK performed at The Mint in LA on June 5, 2013 with Steve Taylor (Jackie Greene/Rhye), JT Thomas (Bruce Hornsby, Jemimah Puddleduck), Richard Gowan, Molly Tuttle, and more. Here’s a vid of “Bertha” from the show (thanks to Wesley Hodges). Enjoy!


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East Coast Tour with Melvin Seals and Terrapin Flyer

MK will head East from June 13-16th with Melvin Seals and Terrapin Flyer. Come on out, or let your friends + family know if they live close by:

*6/13/13: at  The Met in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Doors 8pm, Show 9pm. (Facebook link)

*6/14/13: 23 East, Ardmore, PA. Show 9pm. (Facebook link)

*6/15/13: Jam Along the Creek, Millmont, PA (Facebook link)

*6/16/13: Triumph Brewing Company of New Hope, PA (Facebook link)



Private House Concert

MK will perform with Kate Gaffney at a private house concert in Los Altos, CA on 6.23.13.





Colorado Dates with Emily Grace Clark

MK will join Emily Grace Clark, who is known for her ability to ”shout like a 60’s soul diva, and purr a slow blues tune with spine-tingling subtlety”, for five dates in June:

   *6/26 – 6/27/13: Quixotes in Devner, Colorado (Reverb Nation link)

   *6/28/13: Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO  (Reverb Nation link) 

   *6/29 – 6/30/13: Shakedown Pub, Vail, CO  (Reverb Nation link)




MK + Double Deuce (featuring Papa Mali)

MK hits the road again in July, touring with the newly-formed Double Deuce. The band features Papa Mali (7 Walkers), MK, Bobby Vega (Zero, Sly + The FamilyStone), Robbie Kidd (8 1/2 Souvenirs, Papa Mali) and Matt Hubbard (7 Walkers):


*7/4/13: Bentz St., Frederick, MD

*7/5/13 – 7/6/13:  Liberty Fest, Liberty, PA

*7/7/13:  River St. Jazz Cafe, Plains, PA (ticket info)




The Rock Collection Returns!

*7/13/13: The Rock Collection, Hopmonk Tavern, Sebastopol, CA


Mark Karan’s Buds + Ghosts of Electricity Co-Headline


* 7/27/13:  Mark Karan’s Buds and Ghosts of Electricity will be co-headlining at Great American Music Hall. This is Mark Karan’s Buds’ debut performance in San Francisco, and the first for Ghosts since 2012. Come on out for a rockin’ night in the city. And bring your Buds!! Tickets are available here.


Mark Karan’s Buds at Bear’s Picnic


*8/3/13: Mark Karan’s Buds at Bear’s Picnic, Hughesville, Pennsylvania. (event link)


Stay tuned for more show announcements for August + September. Hope to see you out there!



As always, huge thanks to the one and only Bob Minkin for capturing so many great moments, both on and off stage.

Upcoming Shows

April 6th, 2013  


Grate Times Ahead: MK’s Buds @ Terrapin Crossroads, Ghosts @ Hopmonk, The Rock Collection Returns!

March 6th, 2013  

Lots of grate shows are on the horizon for March + April! Here’s the deets:


::Mark Karan’s Buds at The Grate Room, Terrapin Crossroads::

Mark Karan’s Buds – featuring MK, Mookie Siegel, Robin Sylvester, Danny Eisenberg, and John Hanes — will perform in The Grate Room, Terrapin Crossroads on Friday, March 22, 2013.  The Terrapin Family Band will be opening, so get there early! Doors 6pm; showtime 7pm.



::Ghosts of Electricity::

3/23/13 at Hopmonk Tavern, Sebastopol, CA. $20; 8pm doors /8:30pm show. Stay tuned for more show dates, coming soon!


::The Rock Collection::
3/30/13 at The Aubergine Vintage Emporium + Cafe, Sebastopol, CA. $15, showtime is 9pm. Kick back and warm up for the show with this fine recording of the band’s prior performance at this venue. It’s a keeper!
::Midwest Tour with Melvin Seals, Tom Constanten + Terrapin Flyer::
In April MK is Midwest-bound, touring again with Melvin Seals and Chicago-based Grateful Dead inspired band, Terrapin Flyer.
Dates are:
4/11/13 at Founder’s Brewing in Grand Rapids, Michigan – 9pm. More info
4/12/13 at Twisted Spoke in Tremont, Illinois – 9pm; $18. More info
4/13/13 at Martyr’s in Chicago, Illinois – 9pm; $20. More info
4/14/13 at The Mousetrap in Indianapolis, Indiana – 9pm. More info.
4/15/13 at 2720 Cherokee in St. Louis, Missouri – 9pm. More info.
Check out this recording of the sold out show at Martyr’s in Chicago, 1/19/13.
 See you out there!

Midwest + More: MK + Melvin Seals January 2013 Tour with Terrapin Flyer

January 13th, 2013  

Happy New Year, y’all! In January newz, MK and Melvin Seals will be touring with Terrapin Flyer, a Chicago-based Grateful Dead inspired band. Chicago, Indy, St. Louie, Cinci, and more! Check out the schedule and please ping your friends and family if they happen to be in the area. Here’s the lineup:


::Terrapin Flyer with Melvin Seals & Mark Karan::


1/15/13 at Old Rock House, St. Louis, MO (event page)


1/17/13 at Hangar 9, Carbondale, IL (event page)


1/18/13 at The Mousetrap, Indianapolis, IN (event page)


1/19/13 at Martyrs’, Chicago, IL (event page)


1/23/13 at Stanley’s Pub, Cincinnati, OH (event page)


1/24/13 at Willie’s Locally Known, Lexington, KY (event page)


1/25/13 at Pisgah Brewing Company, Black Mountain, NC (event page)


1/26/13 at Diamond Pub, Louisville, KY (event page)


Here are the posters for the January run … check ‘em out. See you out there!


Biscuits & Blues, Terrapin Crossroads, Rock Collection & Joan Osborne New Year’s

December 17th, 2012  

A few more shows to round out the year… hope to see you out there!

12/19- Biscuits & Blues, SF (Keith Crossan Blues Showcase) INFO

12/23 – Terrapin Crossroads Family Jam w/ MK & Phil Lesh (Unbroken Chain Foundation Benefit) INFO

12/28 – Rock Collection @ Aubergine After Dark, Sebastopol INFO

12/30 & 12/31- MK with Joan Osborne @ Terrapin Crossroads (special opening set by MK on 12/31)  INFO