2FriDecember 2, 20169:00pm $8.00Ifdakar'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.
Since forming in 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Stereo Frontier has been on a path of musical exploration. Their style can best be described as a union of psychedelic rock, jazz, funk, prog, and the blues. They started playing together in a basement studio on Milwaukee's Lower East Side and have been evolving ever since. Featuring an expansive percussion section and dueling guitars, they have not shied away from creating their own groove. Stereo Frontier members include Pat Schreiner (guitar), Brian Adam Koceja (guitar & keys), Kendall Bauer (bass & vocals), Brock Schupp (drums), and Todd Trettin (percussion). They are currently recording their first full length album after a self-titled EP release in 2014.
We are Conundrum, a jam trio from Milwaukee who combine all types of music from jazz to electronic to punk to ambient, all in a guitar/bass/drum trio. We never play the same song twice but like to create new jam journeys for every show so it is a new experience for us and you. Guitarist, Alex, brings unmatched energy to the stage by utilizing close to 20 guitar pedals to create electrifying sounds that get the crowd moving. Charlie, the drummer, adds another level of complexity to the mix through his incredibly fast, yet precise drumming. Owen not only lays down a heavy bass line sure to get everyone dancing, and also adds vocals to Conundrum's songs. When put together these three create a power trio that leads to very energetic performances.
3SatDecember 3, 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.
8ThuBack to BACK TO BLACK: Amy Winehouse tribute with 15-piece orchestra, Brielle Von Hugel
show detailsDecember 8, 2016
Brielle Von Hugel (American Idol, Postmodern Jukebox) will open with a set of her pop originals. Brielle's YouTube videos have amassed over 2 million views, reinforcing her popularity and mounting fan base. These videos, which showcase her myriad of talents, received spotlight attention from Billboard.com, Mashable, RyanSeacrest.com, Hollywood Gossip, Philip Phillips, and Haley Williams of Paramore. Her recent collaboration with Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox has further gained her recognition and kudos from fans across the globe.
9FriDecember 9, 2016
It's that ability to please, entertain, and amaze audiences with his staggering guitar skills that make the 16-time Blues Music Award nominee one of the top draws on the blues circuit and most exciting, dynamic performers working today. Noted author and historian Bill Dahl has praised Nick's "mastery of the classic Chicago sound" and declared him "a prolific songwriter, and the most exciting blues guitarist we have around here." That's quite an accolade from a man who has interviewed icons like Bo Diddley, written liner notes and overseen massive retrospectives of giants like Freddie King and Sam Phillips' historic Sun Records label, and written a respected book about the history of Motown.
Nick Moss demonstrates his mastery of the classic Chicago sound and so much more onstage -- and has also been recognized by the International Songwriting Competition for his ability to add amazing new songs to the venerable blues canon. His creativity, which has advanced his sound to incorporate new styles and ideas, has made an impression on blues master Jimmy Thackery, who says, "Nick is at it again, pushing the evolution of his music, stylistically as well as sonically." His recording career has brought him numerous accolades and his albums have been staples at blues radio nationwide, but he crosses boundaries now, and his songs have scored at rock and jam band stations as well. As a result, 2011's release Here I Am debuted at #2 on the Relix/Jambands.com Radio Chart.
Moss' aptness to please purists and cross boundaries that have helped him connect with audiences worldwide, winning fans and making friends every night in every city when he and his band take the stage. All the great ones make their mark onstage and that's where Moss is at his best. His superior talent is evident on his studio albums but it's his live albums and performances that put him in the rarified territory with the greats. Discovery for yourself what Bill Dahl, Ronnie Earl, Jimmy Thackery, Hall of Famer Buddy Guy, and audiences the world over already know: an evening with Nick Moss is an unforgettable experience and one not to be missed!
show detailsDecember 10, 2016Zappafest8:00pm $10.00Zappafest is an annual Milwaukee tradition since 1999 and makes it's return to where it started at Shank Hall this year. Local bands including Dr. Chow's Love Medicine and Gozortenplat will fill the evening with Frank Zappa's compositions. Zappa had a strong fan base in this city and the evening is always filled with an appreciative fun crowd.
show detailsDecember 12, 2016The Sleighriders
13TueDecember 13, 2016
"It's an extraordinarily unlikely story," acknowledges Eddie, who's also found time to release four solo albums. "From the start until now, everything about this band defies logic. This band has no business being as good as it is this far into our existence, and it just seems to be getting better."
Holdin' the Bag offers a compelling blend of brawny badassery and sensitive songcraft on such memorable originals as the high-lonesome title track, which kicks the album off on a deceptively spooky note, and the rousingly twangy anthems "High and Outside," "Man On A Mission" and "Jibber-Jabber." The album closes on a thoughtful note, with an update of the Hank Williams Jr. standard "All My Rowdy Friends (Have Settled Down)," with updated lyrics that refer to such Supersuckers contemporaries as Steve Earle and Lemmy Kilminster of Motorhead. (The album sessions also yielded a second cover tune, a spirited reading of the Billy Joe Shaver classic "Georgia On A Fast Train," which will be included as a bonus track on Holdin the Bag's vinyl edition).
"If you don't like Holdin' the Bag, then you really don't like the Supersuckers," Eddie says. "I really feel like this and Get the Hell are the best records we've ever made. I feel like, after 25 years, we're finally getting the hang of this."
Jesse Dayton has been building a cult following around the globe playing festivals in North America and Europe for years with his guitar shredding, country-infused, Americana sound. As a critic's darling for his first record on Justice Records, Raisin' Cain (1995), and a number one Americana radio ranking, Jesse was hired at a young age to play lead guitar on some of the last recordings, and play live, by country legends Waylon Jennings, Ray Price, Johnny Bush, Willie Nelson & Glen Campbell and he's been featured in many guitar magazines. Sensing a shift in the music business climate, Jesse formed his own label in 2002, Stag Records, and began his most prolific recording period. While recording five solo records, one duet record, one live record, all on Stag, as well as two soundtrack recordings (Devil's Rejects, Halloween 2) for rocker/director Rob Zombie, Jesse managed to act in movies and music videos, produce several records for other artists (the latest being Supersuckers front man Eddie Spaghetti's "The Value Of Nothing" on Bloodshot Records), write two screenplays, and most recently wrote and directed a new horror movie, "Zombex," starring Malcolm McDowell, Sid Haig, John Doe, and Lew Temple ("Walking Dead). All while still performing 150 shows per year.
Jesse landed the part of Kinky Friedman in Ted Swindley's stage production of "Becoming Kinky: The World According To Kinky Friedman," which ran for a few weeks and also led him to releasing a record of Kinky Friedman original songs called "Jesse Sings Kinky" which has opened up a whole new chapter for him with more radio airplay than ever in his career. As his film "Zombex" just got back from Cannes Film Festival, Jesse will be releasing the Zombex soundtrack which is steeped heavy in the Louisiana/Texas music of his youth. Before JD starts on his next film, he'll be on tour "brangin' it" with his all-star band of hotdog Austin musicians, playing to his faithful fans called "Hardchargers" around the globe. Don't miss this show!!!
Being raised in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and stemming from three chord punk rock provides for a unique twist on traditional instruments. With their first album "Empty Flask, Empty Heart", the songs are described as an "aggressive yet melodic collection" ranging from fast and punchy tales of rambling and love, to dark and soulful songs birthed from whiskey and regret.
"Their live set is performed as impeccably as their studio set, and you really can feel how much energy, love, and emotion is poured not only into their writing, but into their performance."
16FriDecember 16, 20169:00pm $6.00Pat McCurdy is a singer/song writer from Wisconsin. He tours the mid-western part of the USA, his shows usually consisting of just him and his guitar. While the majority of his audience is made up of a college-age crowd, McCurdy manages to appeal to a large number of people of all ages with his interactive shows. Performing well over 300 shows a year, his large catalog of original songs (nearly 600 and growing) covers a variety of topics such as lost loves, politics, family vacations, the joys of Asian cuisine, and the sex organs of long-dead French Emperors.
Classifying McCurdy's style has long been a problem since he tends to follow wherever his muse takes him. Many of his songs could be classified as rock/pop, though he's been known to wander into folk, jazz, country and even Gilbert and Sullivan. Whatever style he chooses, his songs often include memorable lyrics.
17SatDecember 17, 2016
Southbound is a Milwaukee-based band, which specializes in performing faithful tributes of the best that Classic Rock music has to offer. With a twenty-year history of producing authentic renditions of the best rock music in history, Southbound maintains the integrity of music they cover.
Their annual "Tribute To The Allman Bros. Band" concert held at Shank Hall has become an eagerly anticipated event in Milwaukee.
Southbound has enjoyed much success in the Midwest performing in front of diverse audiences with performances at Summerfest, Harley-Davidson sponsored events, Country USA, the Wisconsin State Fair as well as major festivals and music venues in the SE Wis. area. Southbound has built a loyal following that appeals to music lovers of all ages who appreciate timeless rock and roll.
20TueDecember 20, 2016
Trapt's second album, Amalgamation, was self-released in 1998, but the band's dynamic was shifting. Ormandy and Brown were attending classes at UC Santa Barbara by fall 1999 while Charell was several hours away at UC Santa Cruz. The band met up on weekends for rehearsals and shows, and also managed to issue another record, Glimpse, in early 2000, with hopes that a record label would notice. As luck would have it, Trapt impressed those at the Immortal label after a standout gig at the Troubadour one evening in late 2000. Talks of a deal were in the works, but Immortal walked away from the band after eight weeks.
Each member eventually dropped out of school and moved to Los Angeles to focus solely on Trapt. Seattle native Aaron "Monty" Montgomery joined to play drums and, after a 9/11 benefit show, Warner Bros. offered the band a deal in late 2001. A year later, Trapt released their self-titled debut album, featuring their biggest hit "Headstrong," which topped the Billboard rock chart and peaked in the Top 20 of the Billboard 200.
The band returned in 2005 with the melodic Someone in Control, which led to tours with bands like Nickelback, Chevelle, and Thousand Foot Krutch. A live album, Trapt Live!, arrived in 2007 on Nikki Sixx's Eleven Seven label. A year later, Ormandy parted ways with Trapt and was replaced by Robb Torres. Their third studio album, Only Through the Pain, followed soon after, produced by GGGarth Richardson (Nickelback, Mudvayne, Atreyu). For their fourth album, the band hired producer Johnny K (Sevendust, Disturbed, Megadeth), and in 2010 released No Apologies. A compilation album, Headstrong, was issued the following year on Cleopatra Records. It featured re-recordings of their singles, remixes, live tracks, demos, and a cover of Depeche Mode's "Policy of Truth."
In between releases, Trapt experienced a number of roster changes. Montgomery left the band at the start of 2012, replaced by Dylan Howard. Torres also left the band, his spot temporarily filled by ex-Atreyu guitarist Travis Miguel (permanent replacement Ty Fury was recruited in 2014). On 2013's independently released Reborn, the new lineup expanded their sound by adding synthesizers and samples, making it their most ambitious to date. The quartet returned in 2016 with their seventh album, the muscular DNA.
23FriDecember 23, 2016De La Buena
Growing from a trio into a powerful 10-piece over the last six years, De La Buena has been electrifying audiences with their own brand of Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz. De La Buena, ever conscious of the influence and necessary respect for tradition... yet, a band willing to inject sophisticated, psychedelic sensibilities into an aggressive, expansive framework...
30FriDecember 30, 2016
Local H's widely praised 1998 concept album "Pack Up the Cats" earned a spot in SPIN magazine's top 20 albums of that year. The band was named "Chicagoans of the Year" by the Chicago Tribune for their 2008 break-up album, "12 Angry Months," more than a decade after their breakthrough hit 'Bound for the Floor' ruled the Modern Rock charts. This April, Local H will celebrate the 25th anniversary of their first show.
Hailing from Milwaukee, WI, Devils Teeth serve blistering amounts of energetic rock 'n' roll with nods to surf, punk and Italian western. Inspired by a steady diet of martial arts films, vintage soul and midwestern rock, this gritty garage trio is set to thrill the people of earth.
31SatDecember 31, 20168:00pm $10.00Mike Benign, Joe Vent and Michael Koch are veterans of acclaimed Milwaukee-based acts like Blue in The Face, The Yell Leaders, Arms & Legs & Feet, The Squares, The Joker's Henchmen, Dorian Gray, etc. Collectively, they've released loads of albums, played countless plum gigs across the country (plenty of god-awful ones, too) and opened for Squeeze, The Lemonheads, Del Amitri, Bob Mould, Whiskeytown, Widespread Panic, Black Francis, Rhett Miller, Marshall Crenshaw, The Verve Pipe, Semisonic, Chuck Prophet, Steve Wynn, etc.
Testa Rosa returns from a brief recording/performing hiatus to celebrate the release of their 3rd full length album - simply titled, Testa Rosa III. The record's 10 tracks showcase TR's knack for gorgeous, powerful pop goodness. Singer/guitarist Betty Blexrud-Strigens's beautiful and unique vocals cast a hypnotic glow over textured & timeless songs. The band's newly released 7" single will also be available at the show. A cover of Shocking Blue's 'Never Marry A Railroad Man' on the A side and a cover of Aphrodite's Child's 'End Of The World' on the flip.
Testa Rosa's self-titled 2007 debut was a breath a fresh air, boasting a series of well-crafted and unassuming pop-rock songs anchored by chiming guitars, crisp rhythms, and the knockout vocals of Betty Blexrud-Strigens. It was the rare local album with the courage to be pretty, a quality that many bands in Milwaukee's male-dominated and punk and metal-weaned music scene cross the street to get away from. In many ways, Testa Rosa was a nod to the city's college-rock past, though the band never veered into full-blown '80s revivalism. It was a record steeped into mood and melody, and those attributes also form the foundation of Testa Rosa's long-awaited follow-up, II.
Testa Rosa once again applies the amped-up drama of classic girl-group records to dreamy ballads that brazenly pull at the heartstrings, only this time with some extra muscle, courtesy of producers Beau Sorenson and Shane Hochstettler. Blexrud-Strigens' vocals remain the focal point, reaching new heights of sweeping majesty on the "you done me wrong" weepie "My Sin" and the epic "The White Cobra." Where II improves on Testa Rosa is in the added lushness of the instrumentation, which captivates even on lightly breezy pop tunes, like "If Only I Had Run" and the charmingly wordless "Carpet Cube." Testa Rosa isn't Milwaukee's flashiest or edgiest rock band, but on II it might be the most gorgeous.
Singing/writing years ago in a Rockabilly band called "The Screaming Lillies" & barely 19, Liv packed up and re-located herself to Nashville from the Midwest, where she performed at places like 'Tootsies' and 'The Rose Room' while supplementing her income occasionally by playing for money on the streets with an open guitar case.
Not long after Nashville, Austin became her next home wherein she formed the first incarnation of 'The Lovelies'...Re-forming the band after returning to the Midwest is where The Lovelies had the most success. After recording four records, touring & charting nationally twice, the band ended in 2004/05.
Two albums were released under her next endeavor, 'The Dark Horse Project', production team Marc Hutner & Grant Curry (Pleasure Club) helped her to refine a new sound she had envisioned...... capturing a beautiful , haunted landscape of listening. Recording deep in the south of Louisiana proved to be just what she needed to unearth her next phase of writing, and performing.
Liv has just released a solo album entitled 'LIV SINGS' Love Songs For The Forlorn And Misguided, in which she composed, played, recorded and mixed nearly the entire album alone in her home studio. This new album is now available through cdbaby, and itunes.