2TueFebruary 2, 20168:00pm $10 advance / $12 doorGrizfolk, an alternative rock quintet, has been catapulted into the spotlight by a distinctive sound that forges sharp, raw vocals with edgy electronic textures and heavy guitar and drums. KCRW's Jason Bentley championed Grizfolk as one of his favorite new bands inviting them to appear on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic", Spotify put them on its list of Artists to Watch for 2014, and alt-rock chart-topper Bastille handpicked Grizfolk to open on its fall 2014 arena tour. "The Struggle," from Grizfolk's 2014 EP From The Spark (Virgin Records), introduced the band at radio stations across the country early in 2014, and is followed by the driving pulse of the band's first modern rock single "Hymnals." Remix veteran RAC also released his version of "The Struggle,"which quickly climbed to #1 on Hype Machine.
Formed in Los Angeles, the members of Grizfolk come from two different continents and vastly disparate musical backgrounds. Indie rock singer Adam Roth left the small Florida town he grew up in and headed west about the same time that Swedish producers Fredrik Eriksson and Sebastian Fritze decided to trade the snowdrifts of Stockholm for the palm trees of Southern California. After marrying the effortless range of Adam's heartfelt vocals with Fredrik's piercing guitar and the harmonizing keys of Sebastian, Grizfolk expanded to include the similarly alt-rock-minded Bill Delia and Brendan James.
The band has been winning acclaim for its electrifying performances and striking songs ever since. The LA Weekly praised Grizfolk's "lyrically vivid stories" and "hook heavy power," and The Burning Ear described "Hymnals" as 'riding an unstoppable wave of percussion, keys, guitar, and singer Adam Roth's epic vocals." Grizfolk wrote and recorded "Way Back When," a rocking celebration for the end title sequence of DreamWorks' Mr. Peabody & Sherman and performed at the "Film on the Rocks" series at Colorado's legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The band's music has already been licensed by MTV's "Generation Cryo," The CW, and the Hard Rock Hotel's "Sound of Your Stay" program. In addition to touring with Bastille, Grizfolk has opened for many other artists on the alternative circuit, including Haim and Wild Cub.
5FriFebruary 5, 20169:00pm $10.00Ifdakar's pursuit of musical growth and experimental improvisation create an experience not to be forgotten. Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, this quartet has garnered recognition for their live performances, where the band channels elements of psychedelic rock, funk, jazz, and electronica. The result is a mind bending, dance infused, pedal to the metal sound that it is unmistakably their own.
From songs that are tragic, to songs that transcend, Ifdakar showcases an array of improvisational jamming and elaborately structured pieces that are steeped in influences such as Phish, Pink Floyd, Les Claypool, Lotus, STS9 and many others. This spectrum allows for dense musical freedom, to tension-and-release madness.
While relentlessly working on every aspect of the band, Ifdakar has been fortunate enough to open for such scene luminaries as Primus, Umphrey's McGee, Yonder Mountain String Band, Ozric Tentacles, Eoto, Big Gigantic, Melvin Seals of JGB, Robbie Krieger (the Doors), Keller Williams, That One Guy, Xavier Rudd, Prophet Massive, The Werks, Conspirator, Griz, Wookiefoot, All Mighty Senators, Zoogma, Family Groove Company, Kim Manning of the P. Funk All-Stars, Steve Molitz of Particle, the Heavy Pets, The Big Wu, Roster McCabe, the Coop, The Floozies, and many others!
As Ifdakar continues to climb the ranks of the Midwest scene, their popularity has started to snowball. Reaching capacity at marquee club shows regularly, the band has begun to make the jump to theaters, picking up numerous new fans along the way.
2011 saw the band host their own festival, IfdaKamp in Kiel, WI, to great success. IfdaKamp 2012 is scheduled for the 3rd weekend of June, and is certain to be even bigger and better.
Ifdakar has found the right formula; band members who refuse to give up, cutting edge original material that begs to be played live, and devoted, dance thirsty fans who are convinced that this band has what it takes. Ifdakar is ready for anything and looks poised to take things to the next level. Their reputation continues to grow positively after each performance. From the intimate audience connections that stir, to the dark and spacey jams that take hold, Ifdakar is about musical dialogue between each other, and their growing audience.
A band, a show, a song............This is how I'm going to try and explain "Cosmic Railroad" to you. Although, it is almost impossible to do so if you haven't experienced the band for yourself.
First, "Cosmic Railroad" is a jam band based out of southeastern Wisconsin. The band was born sometime in 1999 (give or take a year or two in either direction). As the story goes, all the guys in "Cosmic Railroad" were involved with their own respected bands. These bands would book shows together from time to time. You know, one band opening the night and the other band closing the night. On occasion they would hook up at the end of the show for third set jam session. The jam session consists of everybody from both bands at once. Sometimes you would have four guitar players, two bass players, two drummers, a percussionist and a whole slue of singers all at once, on stage, throwing it down. This is when the idea of "Cosmic Railroad" was conceived.
As word got out about the two bands doing a third set jam session it started to grow. At first, the bands would cover a lot of tunes from "The Grateful Dead, Phish, Dylan, etc" (which is where some of the tunes that they do today came from). Then, as things started to take off even more the bands thought it would be a good idea to learn each other's songs, so they didn't always have to play cover tunes when they got together. Over time, they did away with the other bands and started just to book shows as "Cosmic Railroad". This is where we are today.
The band has settled in on three guitars players, two drummers and one bass player now and looks like they are having fun with that line-up. As Patrick Fineran from the Journal Times puts it "if you like the Dead, Phish, older Dave Matthews and bands like that, Greg, Mike, Pete, Paul, Brandon and Shawn may be what you looking for". He also adds that "the Cosmic Railroad has been laying down the deepest hippy groove since 1999 and it doesn't look like its going to stop any time soon".
"Cosmic Railroad" is: Brandon Shilts guitar & vocals, Greg Gierl guitar & vocals, Pete Rallo guitar & vocasl, Mike White drums & stuff, Shawn Laurence drums & stuff and Paul Aceto bass & vocals.
A "Cosmic Railroad" show is an experience in itself. No one, not even the band knows what's going to happen next. They are a true jam band to say the least. The band plays from the seat of their pants night after night. As Mike Fillipane from the Other Side says, "it's so nice to finally see a quote un-quot jam band that can actually jam".
The show will usually start with a crowd favorite just to get everyone moving or at least thinking that they're moving. After that, who knows? The band leaves up the moment to pick the next song. This is where you can see their mastery. As the night moves on, they continue to pick up steam, and things really start to roll. A "Cosmic Railroad" show usually lasts up to three or four hours straight so when they hit their stride, it's gone.
Some where in he middle of the show the songs let the drummers take over (hope you packed your flashback). Once done, it rolls into a solo song section done by one of the guitar players. This gives the drummers a little break to regroup. After a song or two the remaining band members start to move back into position. -- -- -- All Aboard! Back on the train we go to the final destination.
"Cosmic Railroad" is considered an original jam band. Mostly, the songs that you would hear at a "Cosmic Railroad" show are just that, original. The band uses these songs as a jumping off points, sometimes taking them into very different directions from the last time it may have been played. Other times, who knows?
This approach can be heard in all the songs they play. The songs that you may hear at a "Cosmic Railroad" show have been picked up by the band in countless other places. To the band, it doesn't really matter who actually writes a particular song, they view all of them as "Cosmic Railroad".
The jams are as much like the band as the songs are. As they put it, "you can't practice something that hasn't happened yet". What's the point of hashing it out in some building somewhere and then playing it at a show? It doesn't work that way. This attitude is what keeps these guys true to the fashion of how a jam band should play not how they should sound and that's really why "Cosmic Railroad" sounds the way they do..... It's real and it's a must see to believe.
"Cosmic Railroad" Thanks everyone for their support and hopes everyone enjoys the ride with them.
6SatFebruary 6, 20168:00pm $10.00With a look and sound that captures The Who at the height of their 70s peak, Substitute plays the songs that have become part of rock legend. From the hits (Pinball Wizard, Who Are You and Won't Get Fooled Again) to lesser-known classics (The Seeker, Bargain and The Real Me), Substitute is becoming a regular at some of the Midwest's most prestigious venues and festivals!
The Milwaukee-based band was formed by Wisconsin by-way-of Seattle bassist Tom Branigan in 2005, when he found three people who shared his love of Who music and could faithfully replicate the playing styles of its four original members. Featuring veteran musicians Andy Potocic on guitar, Andy Pagel on drums, vocalist Dave Stevens and Branigan, the result is a no-frills sonic attack that brings back the very best of the 60s and 70s.
The next generation of Celtic music is thriving, thanks in part to one of its new standard-bearers: The Gleasons. From the rolling fields of Connemara to barnstorming sessions in Dublin pubs, songs by The Gleasons bring to life the magic of Celtic legend. It all begins with the songs; thoughtful combinations of lyrics and melodies that transport the listener to the Emerald Isle and beyond. As a live act, The Gleasons couples its influences (Van Morrison, U2, The Chieftains, and Johnny Cash) with an engaging and energetic stage show that often literally includes flag waving. If you enjoy Celtic, country, pop or rock music, you’re one of us. We hope you join us on our musical journey. Slainte!
11ThuFebruary 11, 2016
He released three albums for RCA during the '70s: a self-titled debut, James Lee Stanley Too, and Three's a Charm. He also recorded for MCA, Takoma, and Regency before forming his own Beachwood label for Live at McCabe's in the early '80s. He consistently released albums during the 1980s and '90s, and after Tork's Stranger Things Have Happened appeared on Beachwood, the duo began touring together. Two Man Band, released in 1995, was actually recorded live in the studio.
12FriFebruary 12, 20168:00pm $6.00Pundamonium is a slam-style pun contest. One by one, 15 contestants make puns based on prompts. Then they do it again.
Each contestant is immediately judged by five members of the audience, who have been selected before the show to be judges. They rank each punner on a scale of 1 to 10, often with hilariously long decimals and other commentary.
The top four contestants go head to head in a final pun-off.
Want to compete? Just show up! It's first come, first served.
13SatFebruary 13, 2016
14SunFebruary 14, 2016The Cactus Blossoms
17WedFebruary 17, 2016
Formed in Dallas, TX in 2006, the band has continuously grown both in it's popularity and it's repertoire. All the while, they have meticulously bridged the gap between creating the sound and feel of the Grateful Dead experience and finding the balanced, tasteful space to express their own personal identities as musicians. Their clear penchant for fearless improvisation coupled with their appreciation of the story telling component of the Grateful Dead's material subsequently results in shows teeming with amazed and appreciative audiences.
Staying true to form, the instrumentation of two guitars, bass, keyboards, two drummers, and strong three and four part vocal harmonies creates an incredibly accurate representation of the real enchilada. Add to that a willingness to explore arrangements from all eras of the Dead's body of work (1965-1995), and you end up with an all out, explosive mixture of good vibes, endless dance party, and deep space musical exploration which engages Deadheads and non-Deadheads alike.
19FriFebruary 19, 2016El Ten Eleven
Despite the absence of lyrics, their latest release, their fifth studio full-length album, may be the most personal to date. "Tim and I have been through a lot in the past couple of years," Dunn reflects. "We've both been divorced, moved to different cities, Tim went through some really dark times, I got remarried and had a kid ... for a while things were uncertain and we threw ourselves into the new record and it called for more than just short pop structures."
Thus, the title track, "Transitions," which clocks in at over ten minutes long, is a twisting journey of sublime unpredictability. But the band's ability to write catchy, emotional hooks hasn't been lost.
"The problem I have with most math rock bands or prog rock bands is that they are usually just showing off for other musicians. 'Ooh! Look what I can do!' We're just not interested in that. We want everyone to come to our shows!"
And they do. The band has been touring almost non-stop for the last eight years. 2012 has already seen them headline their own tours as well as play big festivals such as Capitol Hill Block Party, Camp Bisco, Osheaga and more.
Armed with merely a doubleneck bass/guitar, drums and a dizzying array of foot pedals, the band creates complex, deeply felt music, from scratch, onstage, with no help from laptops, click tracks or additional musicians. They utilize multiple looping pedals to create songs that sound as though they are being played by at least six people. Most first-timers to an El Ten Eleven show are stunned that the band is a duo.
Since the band's inception in 2002, the band has always just been two people who produce their own records. That attitude of self-reliance has also manifested itself in the band not signing with a label, despite numerous offers. "We licensed our first record to Bar None," Fogarty explains. "And while they were super cool people, we thought we could do as good a job as they did by ourselves." Thus Fake Record Label was born. Though the name was originally a joke, FRL has turned into a bona fide label with marketing, distribution and publicity. And this year signed its first artist other than El Ten Eleven: Girlfriends.
"We're really excited about using our success to help out other artists we love," Dunn adds.
Part of that success has come to El Ten Eleven from the world of television, radio and film. Shows including "The Real World," "All Things Considered," "Market Place," "Chopped," "CSI Miami," "The Glenn Beck Show," "the MTV Video Music Awards" and a Lexus commercial (to name but a few) have utilized the band's recorded repertoire. But the most notoriety has come from Gary Hustwit's award winning design documentary trilogy. "Helvetica," "Objectified" and "Urbanized" featured music from El Ten Eleven and original score from Dunn.
"The reach of those films has been incredible. Our fan base has definitely grown because of them," says Dunn.
And the fans should heartily embrace the aforementioned Transitions. Songs like "Yellow Bridges" (the first single, which is a nod to the yellow bridges in Fogarty's hometown of Pittsburgh, with a video made by award winning English surreal animator Cyriak) will satisfy the rabid fans of El Ten Eleven's first album with its emotional waves and flowing structure. But songs like "Thanks Bill" (a nod to Alcoholics Anonymous founder Bill Wilson) show the band evolving to include hip hop elements like 808 drums and even more technically difficult looping.
Even ETE's now expected humorous song titles make an appearance with "No One Died This Time!" Dunn explains, "Every time we've made a record it seems like someone we are friends with or someone in our family dies. That's why we've had dedications to them with song titles like "Connie," "Bye Mom," "the 49th Day," "Bye Annie," "Bye Joe," etc. But this time, no one died!"
True to form there's also a cover song: Duran Duran's "Tiger Tiger." "John Taylor was one my biggest influences as a bass player," says Dunn.
ETE has been debuting some of these new songs at festivals all summer and in the fall will embark on a national, headlining, six-week tour. The growing popularity of the band will see them playing bigger venues than they have in the past. In some markets they are graduating from clubs to theaters. "More transitions!" laughs Dunn.
20SatFebruary 20, 2016
In support of the album, East will perform nationwide throughout the fall, including dates alongside The Lone Bellow and Jason Isbell. See below for complete tour schedule. Of his recent performance at Triple A Radio's NON-COMMvention, Dan DeLuca of the Philadelphia Inquirer praises, "Anderson East was an eye opener. I assumed the Alabama singer was a roots-rock-country singer, from bills I'd seen his name on. But he is in fact a wicked soul wailer with a huge voice, a skinny white guy with a raspy, weathered sound coming out his body that defied expectation. Definitely worthy of further investigation." Additionally, Entertainment Weekly asserts, "Anderson East likes to groove. Live, his shoofly pie-sweet drawl and blues-influenced backing is simultaneously euphoric and mommy-and-daddy-need-some-time-alone sexy."
Released to widespread acclaim, NPR Music's Ann Powers calls Delilah, "...a homecoming of sorts for this Athens, Ala., native, whose shoofly pie-sweet drawl and fondness for Wilson Pickett-style shouts fit perfectly within the classic soul settings he and Cobb create...East has a gruff way with phrasing and a lot of youthful enthusiasm, but he's learning his way into mastery. There's thought behind every rhythmic push and melismatic twist," while Yahoo Music declares, "It's hard to not get excited by this authentic-sounding slice of southern R&B courtesy of Nashville's Anderson East...No excess, expressive stuff, and the sort of sincere musical statement 2015 sorely needs."
In addition to this critical praise, "Satisfy Me," recently debuted at #28 on the AAA Radio chart with rotation at various tastemaker stations, including L.A.'s KCSN, Philadelphia's WXPN, Nashville's WRLT and Kansas City's KTBG. A live video of the song, which was shot at the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, AL, premiered at NPR Music and can now be viewed/shared here: http://tinyurl.com/AndersonSatisfyMe.
Of Anderson, producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell), comments, "You don't hear voices like that everyday. The first time I saw him was at the Bluebird in Nashville--he started to sing and shut the place down. And he had the charm and wit to completely hold the audience in the palm of his hand. When I got the chance to have my imprint LCS, he was the first person I wanted to sign. When he sings you can hear the soil and landscape of great southern soul in his voice and he's a amazing writer as well."
21SunFebruary 21, 2016
When it comes to performing, CBS Radio has called Stephen, "the best live act you've never seen." Another writer at No Depression magazine gives him the oddly flattering title of "the best songwriter you're not listening to." Interestingly though while Kellogg may not be a household name at present, he has persisted in building a substantial career, which has landed him on stage with some of the biggest touring acts in the country (Train, Sugarland, OAR, Josh Ritter to name a few), in the billboard charts, and with his songs as the backdrop of numerous films and TV shows (One Tree Hill, Men of a Certain Age, Mercy). Perhaps most importantly to Kellogg, he's ingratiated himself into the lives of his listeners. That sort of mentality has garnered him descriptions like this one from Macaroni Kid, "an unassuming manner, self-deprecating humor, a heart for those around him...100% genuine and utterly moving." His Americana-tinged, sometimes folk, often rock, occasionally pop stylings can make Kellogg hard to define, and his most recent four part album "South, West, North, East" embraces the notion of genre splitting to the fullest.
Recorded literally "all over the map", the premise of "South, West, North, East" was to record each section of the album in a different region of the USA, with different co-producers and different groups of musicians. "I've never felt that the genre was as important as the message and making the record this way was a chance to really explore that idea." The end result is a collection of 20 songs that defy categorization. The Southern rock flavor of "South" (recorded in Nashville and Atlanta) slides into the cowboy motif of "West" (recorded on a farm in Boulder, CO); and the more indie rock feel of "North" (recorded in a cabin in Woodstock, NY) gives way to the songwriter pop of "East" (recorded in Washington DC). "You often hear about the importance of 'picking a lane' and while I completely understand the marketing savvy and focus of that concept, I picked my lane a long time ago; it's called the 'words that describe what I believe to be true' lane."
show detailsFebruary 25, 2016Ceiling Spirits8:00pm FreeCeiling Spirits is guitarist Mario Quadracci's live film scoring project. Combining found footage with dramatic compositions, Ceiling Spirits pulls from the musical ideas of classical minimalism, various ethnic traditions, ambient music, post rock and, even, electronic music. By utilizing cutting-edge technology and unconventional techniques, Ceiling Spirits pushes the boundaries of what the guitar can sound like and accomplish in the context of live performance. Nothing is prerecorded. Everything is generated in real time. Eschewing both musical and filmic narrative, Ceiling Spirits deals in mood and texture, impression and emotion. Expect dense drones, drifting grooves, soaring compositions, blistering solos and unexpected turns.
26FriFebruary 26, 20168:00pmAt some point in the last ten years Mojo Perry went from a guy playing throughout the mid-west performing his songs with his band and couch surfing, to having released eight studio albums, performing in 37 states and 6 countries, award nominations and more while writing and performing mostly with Cigarbox Guitars! In the past two years Mojo and his band have opened for Ana Popovic, Chris Duarte, Samantha Fish, Carolyn Wonderland, and others of today's top Blues Rock Artists who feature guitar playing. He is currently working on a new album titled "Radio Flyer", and wrapping up "Mojo Perry Live" CD/DVD and "Magic Butterfly Collection", a box set containing 160 tracks scheduled for release this October! Mojo is one of many gifted songwriters who are specially invited to participate in the "Steel Bridge" and "Darksongs" singer songwriter collaborative events. The experience of working with a big collection of amazing Artists has helped broaden his songwriting. His sound is not based in your typical Blues Rock fashion so his music stands out because of his creativity, raw sound and style of guitar playing, but also his personality and life within his music. He lives his Art. Perry's passionate performances continually place him in opening slots for many of today's most exciting and hailed Blues Rock Singer Songwriters. You will enjoy Mojo Perry's charm, pleasant stage banter with longtime bandmates Chuck Hubbell on Bass and Brother Joe on Drums, and you will be in awe after their butt whooping performance! This is Blues Infused Psychedelic Rock at it's best. A very authentic sound making Mojo Perry stand out as one of today's exciting singer songwriters.
dB Collective is a unique blend of blues and rock played with an incredible power and energy that you won't hear from any other band. From originals to classic rock covers, every songs gets slathered with a heaping portion of dB sauce, creating a truly matchless musical experience.
Guitarist Dave Bock has been performing music since he was 7 yrs old. After a few years of piano lessons, Dave picked up sax, then guitar. Born to play the guitar, Dave soon learned to aggravate everyone in the household with blaring versions of Wild Thing through his tiny practice amp. Band practice consisted of loading up his guitar and amp into his Radio Flyer and pulling it about a mile to his drummer's house.
A few years later, Dave found himself holed up on a Navy ship with nothing better to do than pass the time playing guitar and further honing his craft. After separating from the Navy, Dave started playing in bands throughout Wisconsin and has been playing in and leading bands for the past 15+ years at venues all over the upper Midwest.
Dave brings an incredible energy to every note he plays, whether it's one note or a flurry of notes, you won't hear anything quite like it.
The current dB Collective lineup features Jeff Scharf on Bass and Milwaukee music veteran Tom Utschig on Drums.
The best comment on Dave's playing and dB Collective: "Who just lit the fuse?!?"
27SatFebruary 27, 20168:00pm $10.00Straight out of the Midwest from a little town in WI, only miles away from where Stevie Ray Vaughan lost his life, comes a blues/rock guitarist named Tallan Noble Latz.
Tallan first picked up the guitar at age 4 and hasn't put it down since. Tallan founded his first band at age 7 and at age 15, he has no intention of stopping anytime soon.
Tallan has been blessed to have the opportunities to perform at festivals and venues all over the US. Tallan has performed over 600 shows and is always working on making his performances a magical event for all those in attendance. Tallan gives 110% at every performance and that's what has people talking and driving miles to see him perform.
Steve Duchrow, the Director of Performing Arts at Elgin Community College talks about Tallan this way:
"If I were you, I'd see Tallan Noble Latz perform now. Off-stage he's a nice, humble young man, but on-stage he transforms into an emergent, potent musical force. He's that growing storm front that is picking up hurricane strength every time he climbs onto the stage. He's in rare company too, not many musicians open up or share the stage with B.B King, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa and Les Paul this early in their career. By the way, that sound you hear, is Tallan carving out a potential future place among the giants in the blues and rock world. He has the dedication, work ethic and ability to make it happen. Go see him, I think you'll love him; our audience certainly did!"
The Katz Sass is a high energy Blues/Rock Band in the style of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.