2ThuApril 2, 2015
Following the release of their second album 'Space and Time' in 2014, Dead Horses have been touring tirelessly across the Midwest to glowing review, including shows with Brooklyn folksters Swear & Shake, Wisconsin troubadour Cory Chisel and Minneapolis newgrassers Pert Near Sandstone.
Vos (whose musical influence reads like most early-American folk musicians) was raised by a preacher father and spent a good part of her childhood singing bible hymns. Her gospel, living free and unapologetically, is supported with conviction by Tim McIlree on fiddle and mandolin, Peter Raboin on acoustic guitar and Daniel Wolff on double bass.
Devil Met Contention combines country, folk and blues into a dark Americana sound that brings to mind Nick Cave, Tom Waits and Johnny Cash. Formed in 2012 by singer/songwriter Ehson Rad the lineup is rounded out by bassist Max Nemer, guitarist David Schuyler and drummer Nez.
Their first ep "American Times" is available on bandcamp and iTunes.
3FriApril 3, 2015
As a singer, Katrina was inspired by Motown, Stax and American rock as well as girl groups such as The Shangri-Las and The Shirelles. In 1983 Katrina and Vince formed Katrina and The Waves with Englishmen Alex Cooper and Kimberley Rew.
Katrina and The Waves had their first big break in 1984 when The Bangles covered their song 'Going Down To Liverpool'. This drew attention to the group and lead to an international deal with Capitol Records.
Katrina and The Waves appeared on Johnny Carson twice.
The band's first album was produced by Scott Litt, who went on to produce REM and Nirvana -- it was his idea to add the drum intro to 'Walking on Sunshine' which made it irresistible to radio DJs. The first Capitol album, 'Katrina & The Waves' released in 1985, was a substantial critical and commercial success and 'Walking on Sunshine was a worldwide hit earning top ten spots around the globe. (No. 9 US, No.8 UK, No.3 Canada, No.4 Australia). Since then, the song has been broadcasted over 2,500,000 times in the U.S. and was the highest played track on radio in the Summer of 2008.
The band toured worldwide with artists such as Wham, The Beach Boys, Don Henley, Pointer Sisters, Chaka Khan, The Kinks, Fleetwood Mac, Coolio and Run DMC and performanced on the Fourth of July at The Mall, Washington DC to an audience of over 250,000 people, and at Madison Square Garden, The Marquee Club in London and CBGBs where Katrina sang with Joey Ramone.
In 1997 Katrina and the Waves' 'Love Shine A Light' won the Eurovision Song Contest with the largest ever margin, followed by an unprecedented four consecutive appearances on BBC TV's Top Of The Pops, a No. 3 in the UK Charts and a place in the Guinness Book of Records.
In 2001, Katrina began a solo career, performing live in the UK and in Europe and resumed writing and recording. Her first solo album, 'Katrina Leskanich' was released in October 2005. Katrina wrote and produced many of the songs on the album, which includes collaborations with Phil Thornalley, ('Torn') and an acoustic cover of Kirsty MacColl's, 'They Don't Know'.
In 2006, Katrina put together a new band, performing their first gig at The Borderline in London.
In 2007 Katrina covered 'Hitsville UK' on 'The Sandinista! Project' -- a new compilation and tribute to The Clash Sandinista! Album. And toured Australia on the Countdown Spectacular tour and Norway with Gylne Tider. Katrina's single 'They Don't Know' was included on the Gylne Tider 2 album which went platinum. The following year, Katrina had a UK club hit in 2008 with a dance version of 'They Don't Know'.
In 2010, Katrina celebrated 25th Anniversary of 'Walking on Sunshine' with the release of a new CD, 'THE LIVE ALBUM' and the Glee Cast had a UK Top 10 hit with a mash up of Beyonce's 'Halo' and Katrina & The Waves 'Walking on Sunshine'. The EP 'Spiritualize' was released in May 2011.
In the last few years Katrina has performed with her band at festivals and shows in the UK, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy and Scandinavia. And published her first book -- Peggy Lee Loves London: My London Guide (Metropoodle Press 2013) where Katrina explores London in a new city tour guide series.
2014 -- Katrina released her first studio album for 10 years called 'Blisland' and toured America for the first time since the 80s with Retro Futura starting in NYC with Thompson Twin Tom Bailey, Howard Jones, Midge Ure and China Crisis. And the film 'Walking on Sunshine' -- a musical featuring 'Walking on Sunshine' and many other upbeat 80s tracks was released in June 2014.
2015 -- Sees Katrina touring South Africa for the first time with Rewind from 31st January and a North American Tour starting March 17th. Further tours to be announced in 2015 which celebrates 30 years of 'Walking on Sunshine'.
Est. 2011 in Milwaukee, Lisa Ridgely & The Fainting Room's sound is acoustic singer-songwriter meets Americana twang and harmonies meets screaming rock guitar solos. It's a potent and dynamic mashup of the genres that influence the band as individuals and as a group.
Lisa's singer-songwriter heroes include the brave, the sassy and the honest -- particularly Kristin Hersh, Kathleen Edwards, Neko Case, Sharon Van Etten, Nathaniel Rateliff and Mason Jennings. The band's influences are wide ranging, from Loretta Lynn and Nirvana to Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
The group released its second EP, Heart Hot, in May 2014. The debut EP, Wine in Bed, was released in 2012.
4SatApril 4, 2015
Many have used the word "unique" to describe Taylor; and that she most certainly is. She'll talk to you endlessly about her bowel movements while wearing red-soled shoes and refusing to drink anything other than Sancerre. Hey, the girl loves the finer things in life, but she would trade it all in for a deep belly laugh. She is a "goofy glam" gal.
Taylor Strecker was discovered in a New York City bar only a few months after graduating from Ithaca College's Park School of Communications. When the Programming Director of Sirius Satellite Radio's brand new "hush, hush" channel for Cosmo Magazine overheard this raspy voiced Boston native, she knew she had found her radio show personality. Since launching the groundbreaking "for women by women" radio station in March 2006, Taylor, the host of Cosmo's Wake up! With Taylor Currently on SiriusXM Stars 109, has been coined a "lil' shot of espresso." Weekdays from 6am-9am EST, Taylor throws a daily brunch with her "friends" (listeners, celebrities, and co-host Kenny) full of smarts, sass, and of course silliness.
Taylor, a reality TV addict, proudly refers to Wake Up! With Taylor as "reality radio." She shares every detail of her life, partly because she's an admitted narcissist, but more so in an effort to cut through the bullsh*t that makes so many women feel less than. Yes, she loves to entertain, and yes, she loves to make people laugh, but the most important thing to her is "uplifting women one self-deprecating story at a time."
8WedApril 8, 2015
Music was always present in and around the Ferguson house, which led to Zo! taking piano lessons at age 6... which he absolutely despised. The idea of working toward a Major League Baseball career served as the greatest inspiration through his teenage years much more so than the concept of practicing music. After his parents consistently pushed and encouraged him to stick with music, Zo! discovered a newfound passion by teaching himself how to play piano by ear by age 11. Zo! got his production start in 1992 when his parents brought home a Proteus MPS keyboard and a Brother PDC100 sequencer for him to figure out. Since then, he has emphasized the use of live instrumentation as the blueprint for his music while constantly looking to expand his sound with each album release.
9ThuApril 9, 2015
"Growing up, radio had a big influence on me," explains the 30-year old singer-songwriter, who also self-produced Wonderful Things, his Curb Records debut. "I remember being enamored with various aspects of the many different musical genres that radio had to offer. I developed an appreciation for lots of musical styles and I think that appreciation manifests itself in how I write songs."
Not surprising then, Wonderful Things is jam-packed with such offerings. Tracks such as R&B infused, "It'll Be Alright," burst with soul and emotion, a homage to one of the many genres Corn has been influenced by. Such original tunes as "Burst," "The Only Good," and "Always You" will surely find listeners in every format.
"Another Try," one of the album's standout tracks, examines the thorny subjects of love, marriage, and divorce, and "why society as a whole seems to be failing in that area." And then "Wonderful Things," an utterly infectious and joyous song about change and redemption:
"I've done terrible things, and I've done unspeakable things/But you've done wonderful things to save me/My heart's been harder than rocks, and my mind's been darker than dark/ But you've done wonderful things to change me."
Growing up in rural Missouri, Ryan Corn's career began, unsurprisingly, in a church. There he learned how melodies, harmonies, and rhythms come together; but more so, how music can powerfully unite and captivate people. Performing in church with his father and older sister, Corn reminisces, "It was a little cheesy at times," he says with a laugh, "but we thought it was fun to be a family
At 15, Corn picked up his first guitar. Shortly thereafter, he started writing songs. "Songwriting felt natural. Music felt natural" says Corn. Quitting basketball after freshmen year, and even skipping the prom, Corn put music above other extracurricular activities in high school.
After college, his Ryan Corn Band knocked around the region in an '80s RV before splitting up, and Corn pursued a career in audio engineering and production. But he had also grown into a thoughtful and reflective songwriter ("Doing all three helps keep it fresh for me"), and in 2010 recorded a self- named EP of five songs with Grammy-winning producer Mitch Dane.
In the kind of "discovery" tale that sounds like fiction, Corn got his break when a friend entered his song "Wonderful Things" into a radio contest. That led to representation by Artist Garden Entertainment and to signing his contract with Curb Records.
It took him eight months to produce and record the album, applying the craftsman's discipline that he brings to any project. Corn admits, "It was a lot of pressure, but I'm happy with the way it turned out. I hope that it's very telling about who I am as an artist, and that the music honestly connects with folks. When people hear my songs and say 'Yeah, I've felt that feeling. I know that emotion.' That's BIG!"
Ryan Corn's self-titled Curb Records debut EP, released in December 2014 as his first single "Wonderful Things" is quickly climbing Billboard's Triple A radio chart.
Kyle Feerick is a Midwest singer-songwriter with a passion for music. Feerick's uplifting, soulful brand of folk-rock has been evolving over the better part of three years into more focused, polished combination of sensible hooks and unique instrumentation with a full group. Over the last two years, Feerick has collaborated with many well known Milwaukee musicians and released a single on 45rpm vinyl entitled "Just Listen," an EP entitled "The Places We Can Go," and has just released his first full-album entitled "The Sky, it Moves."
10FriApril 10, 2015Robbie Fulks
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As a guitarist and songwriter Robbie Fulks has built a versatile repertoire of country music with layers of jazz, experimental and bluegrass. Since 1996 he has produced 10 solo releases and his 11th, Gone Away Backward, is set for release in early 2013.
Fulks has been performing with multi-instrumentalist Robbie Gjersoe (Flatlanders, Greencards, Jerry Jeff Walker, Paul Cebar) since 1990. With Beau Sample -- string bassist for Deke Dickerson, Hot Club of Cowtown, and many others -- they are the Pussycat Trio. The trio takes on a mix of mid-century American material (swing, bluegrass, R&B, experimental) along with a broad selection of titles from Fulks's recorded catalog of original country music.
11SatApril 11, 2015
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!
15WedApril 15, 2015Robben Ford Into The Sun Tour 2015
The five-time Grammy nominee describes the 11-song set as "one of the top recordings I've ever done" -- a staggering observation considering his extensive discography, which embraces more than 35 albums under his own name and with his various bands. There's also Ford's session and sideman work, which includes hundreds of concert appearances and albums by Bonnie Raitt, Barbara Streisand, Charlie Musselwhite, KISS, Ruthie Foster, Jimmy Witherspoon and Rickie Lee Jones.
Into the Sun, which follows last year's critically acclaimed A Day In Nashville and 2013's Bringing It Back Home, explores the breadth of Ford's sophisticated, visionary writing and playing, creating a new chapter in his brilliant musical history. The album features a coterie of guests: gritty Southern rock newcomer Tyler Bryant on "Stone Cold Heaven," Allman Brothers guitarist and Gov't Mule frontman Warren Haynes on "High Heels And Throwing Things," slide guitar guru Sonny Landreth on "So Long 4 U," Americana and blues icon Keb' Mo' and pedal steel wizard Robert Randolph on "Justified," and vocal sensation ZZ Ward on "Breath Of Me." Niko Bolas, whose credits include Neil Young, John Mayer and Keith Richards, engineered.
"The album is really upbeat," Ford relates. "It has a positive vibe to it -- a good time feel. There are a lot of different rhythms and colors and the way the instruments are used is really different on this and that track. It makes me very happy to have something so diverse."
Although Ford's recent releases have been hailed as returns to his musical roots -- which go back to his discovery of blues as a teenager in the 1960s -- Into The Sun is a clear departure, using tradition as a springboard to incorporate his timeless vocabulary of jazz, pop, blues and rock into a modern framework for his poetic lyrics and the most graceful, emotionally nuanced and melodic vocal performances of his career.
"This album is obviously of these times," Ford says. "And the rule during the recording process was to have no lid on things. I've worked very hard to master my craft as a musician and a songwriter, but other than relying on my strengths in those areas, I made sure there was room for new ideas and everything my collaborators brought to the music. When you're open to different concepts and approaches, the most beautiful things can happen."
Beauty is, indeed, a quality reflected in all these tracks, from the pure acoustic guitar that begins the album in Ford's self-penned "Rose Of Sharon," to the romantic balance of modern R&B luster, gorgeously emotive guitar and the vocal pairing of Ford and Ward in "Breath Of Me" to the funky crunch of "High Heels And Throwing Things," where Ford and Haynes engage in a playful six-string dialogue.
All of the music and most of the lyrics from Into The Sun came directly from Ford, but he also collaborated with ZZ Ward on "Breath Of Me" and enlisted the enigmatic Kyle Swan, whose own recordings liberally mix images and styles to build articulate modernist-pop tone poems. That quality reverberates in the four songs Ford co-wrote with Swan, married to the guitar giant's own deep commitment to narrative. "Working with Kyle was part of my desire to toss up everything and see what might happen, to get a fresh perspective," says Ford.
Swan wrote the last verse of "Cause Of War," which Ford composed under the influence of the melody to bluesman J.B. Lenoir's "The Whale Has Swallowed Me."The song, about a woman who's trouble, thrives on a two-chord vamp like a vintage Mississippi blues, but with it's powerhouse drum accents and Ford's ringing 63 SG licks through a Tweed amp, wiggy vibrato and growling rhythms, the tune is a thoroughly modern and toothy beast. "Day Of The Planets" does the same for a classic Memphis soul groove, with an arcing vocal melody leading to choruses that surge anthemically on waves of shimmering guitar. And "Justified" is a sheer gas with Keb' Mo' and Ford trading tongue-in-cheek vocal lines as Randolph adds soaring pedal steel punctuation over Jim Cox's purposefully wobbly honky tonk piano.
Into The Sun was recorded by Bolas, a collaborator of Ford's since his all-instrumental 1997 album Tiger Walk. "Niko is simply the best tracking engineer I've ever encountered," says Ford. "He gets great sounds instantly." All the better to capture Ford's glorious guitar tones, this time derived from four of his go-to instruments: a pair of Gibson SG's from 1963 and 1964, his beloved 1960 Telecaster and his Gibson B-25 acoustic. As he's done on every album he's made since 1983, Ford used a Dumble Overdrive Special amplifier.
"I go for very big and very real guitar sounds, with no more then a little delay and reverb," he explains. "I like a great guitar through a great amp, and from there I'm golden."Under the spell of early blues-rock guitar hero Michael Bloomfield, Ford took up the six-string as a teenager. He and his brothers Mark and Patrick formed the Charles Ford Blues Band, which still performs today as the Ford Blues Band. They quickly graduated from high school dances to clubs before Robben and Patrick began supporting harmonica virtuoso Charlie Musselwhite. Later, Robben played with blues giant Jimmy Witherspoon on festival stages. In 1974, Robben joined the historic fusion group Tom Scott & The L.A. Express and began touring with Joni Mitchell. Later that year ex-Beatle George Harrison enlisted Ford and Scott to join him on his Dark Horse tour, which was followed by more touring with Joni Mitchell. Ford went on to record and tour with the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Phil Lesh and a host of others. By the time he joined Miles Davis' group in the '80s, he'd developed a signature approach based on an axis of blues, jazz, pop and rock. Since leaving Davis'band, Ford has primarily forged his own path -- touring and cutting a series of varied sounding albums with the Ford Brothers, Blue Line and Renegade featuring fellow guitar master Michael Landau.
"For me," Ford says, "it's all about the art. If you work hard at something you're going to get better. I honestly think I reached a point with my writing on Into The Sun where I could just go with the flow and bring some of the best songs I've ever created to life."
16ThuApril 16, 2015
Born into this world from gas station cassette tape collecting semi-truck drivers, Alex "Crankshaft" Larson was introduced to a wide variety of music as a pup. In 1996 he traded a combination oil/wood stove to his uncle for his first electric guitar and amp. Since then he's been involved in many projects, including a band he started with his brother in 2001 called The Mojo Spleens. In April 2008, while self-employed as a contractor, he started practicing as a one-man band and was playing shows two months later. Larson self-produced and released three albums during the next two years. In 2010, backed with the business skills he developed running a construction company and the strong DIY ethics he learned from his connection to the underground punk scene, Crankshaft decided to hang up his hammer for good so he could focus on writing and performing music. Since then he's been earning a living playing, as both a traditional one-man band and as the leader of his trio, Crankshaft and the Gear Grinders.
Jim Hoehn is a Milwaukee-based journalist/author/songwriter who has carved out a surprisingly successful niche as a performing songwriter since first stumbling out of the pressbox with a guitar.
As a career journalist - much of it spent as a sportswriter - Hoehn has covered everything from plane crashes to murder trials to the Super Bowl and the Hong Kong 7s rugby tournament.
As a source of family editorial pride, he's also the guy who broke the Jeffrey Dahmer story for the National Enquirer.
His latest recording project, "Silhouette of a Fool," includes 10 original songs brought to life under the production guidance of Milwaukee's John Sieger, founder of Semi-Twang and cofounder of the iconic R&B Cadets (with Paul Cebar).
Songs off the CD are receiving considerable airplay on alt-country and Americana programs in the U.S.; Canada, Europe and Australia. "Silhouette of a Fool" cracked the Americana Freeform Chart in August (not high, but on the chart nonetheless).
Since winning a songwriting contest and making his first public appearance at Milwaukee's Summerfest, Hoehn has maintained a time-available schedule of dates throughout the Midwest and across the country, drawing an eclectic audience of sportswriters, rugby players and the occasional normal person.
Hoehn has opened for a veritable who's who of American songwriters, including Rodney Crowell, Jerry Jeff Walker, Don McLean, Robert Earl Keen, Don Williams, Rick Springfield, Junior Brown, Todd Snider, Jack Ingram, Warren Zevon, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Steve Forbert, Kinky Friedman, Roger McGuinn and James McMurtry.
His songwriting has led to performances at prestigious music festivals hosted in Texas and Oklahoma by the likes of Gary P. Nunn and Larry Joe Taylor and an appearance on the Mitch Albom national TV show.
He has appeared at numerous Trop-Rock events such as the annual Meeting of the Minds in Key West; Six String Music Festival in New Orleans; Phins to the West in Laughlin, Nev.; Stars Fell on Alabama; Flipperstock in St. Louis; Pardi Gras in New Orleans; and Migration in Las Vegas.
His recordings include "Silhouette of a Fool," "Royalty Check Hotel," "Deadline Penitentiary," "Playa del Pressbox" and "Live at RACAfest" as well as four volumes of "Thongs In The Key Of Life," a compilation of tropical music by the best writers on the sunburn circuit, which he produced.
His CDs, "Royalty Check Hotel" and "Deadline Penitentiary" were recorded in Texas with the help of some of Austin's finest musicians, including guitarist/producer John Inmon who was for many years the lead guitarist for Jerry Jeff Walker as part of the Lost Gonzo Band.
Songs off both CDs received considerable airplay on Americana, folk or alt-country shows around the U.S.; Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
His ode to escaping cubicle life, "Callin' In Gone," was a finalist for Trop Rock song of the Year in 2010; has been recorded by beach circuit favorites, The Boat Drunks, and is a setlist staple for several bands and performers across the country.
For the four years, Hoehn also has been the host of the Trop Rock Music Awards show in Key West, Fla.
Hoehn also is the author of the award-winning book, "The Father's Guide to Birth, Babies and Loud Children," and was the host of the radio show, "The Three-Chord Barbecue," on Radio Margaritaville and Island Dreamz Radio.
17FriApril 17, 2015
The band's infectious energy is equally evident in their live performances, as critics and fans hail their shows as forceful and intoxicating. It is their humble devotion to music, and a commitment to achieving their musical goals without compromising the integrity of their musical vision that make The Steepwater Band such a refreshing find. In 2010, the band released the highly lauded live record entitled "Live at the Double Door" which contained tracks from their previous two LPs, "Revelation Sunday (2006)" and "Grace and Melody (2008)."
The Steepwater Band has maintained a grueling schedule throughout the last 10 years, averaging about 125 shows per year. They have toured and shared the stage with acts such as Gov't Mule, Buddy Guy, Wilco, Taj Mahal, Marc Ford, ZZ Top, T-Model Ford, North Mississippi All Stars, Leon Russell, Drive-By Truckers, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Cheap Trick, Bad Company and Heart. In 2005, the band made its European debut, performing at the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. In the following years, the band has returned to the United Kingdom and Europe for multiple club and festival tours, increasing their loyal overseas fan-base.
18SatApril 18, 20158:00pm $7.00The Lovin' Kind is a Milwaukee group who have re-emerged as a 60s rock band with Beatle and Rolling Stones roots. This group of seven musicians has dedicated themselves to entertaining those folks who truly love a song with a hook and a beat. The music is designed to produce songs that never leave your head.
We play all of our songs with the crowd in mind! We are a "fun" band playing songs that have a great beat for a full night of dancing. The songs are popular classic rock played with great musical talent. The Lovin Kind has been playing together for 7 years and the songs are really "tight". Great lead singing, great harmonies and full sound will make for the best night of music in years! The band consists of lead, rythm and bass guitars, keyboard, drums, degembe, and percussion. Band members sing with great lead and harmonies. The Lovin Kind is truly a classic rock icon in Milwaukee and will be for years to come!
Failure To Launch is a hot Milwaukee cover band will keep you on your feet dancing and singing along the entire show. You'll hear hits ranging form the 70s all the way to the current top 40. Classic Rock, Pop, and even a little Hip Hop are blended seamlessly. Keep an eye out for them in the Milwaukee bar scene as they've played venues such as the BBC, Whiskey Bar, and other Milwaukee area hot spots.
24FriApril 24, 20158:00pm $8.00The area's most gifted vocalist and showman is back in town and on a mission from God. To bring back Classic Rock hits and good-time Rhythm and Blues, lightly seasoned with sophisticated Jazz. He has gathered the original lineup to revive what was one of the most popular acts at festivals and nightclubs throughout the Midwest.
Originally formed in 1982 at a small hall on 22nd Street in Milwaukee, the group has amazed audiences with their superb musicianship and dynamic stage show. They have played to wildly enthusiastic crowds at virtually every major festival, opened for many national acts, and been nominated four times for the Wisconsin Area Music Industry awards.
If you enjoy the music of Blood Sweat and Tears, Chicago, Van Morrison and Bruce Springsteen this is one act you will not want to miss.
25SatApril 25, 2015Charles Walker Band
Ali and the Scoundrels9:00pm $10.00The Charles Walker Band has refined their unique sound into what can best be described as soul, a fusion of funk, pop, R&B and Motown. Though compared to an array of musicians (Sly and the Family Stone, Prince, Stevie Wonder, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelics, James Brown), their music retains deep gospel influences and positive lyrical messages.
Growing up, Walker was influenced by Luther Allison, Stevie Wonder, and Prince. He has synthesized those influences while contributing his own ever-growing musical and personal maturity into the CWB sound. Walker has played saxophone since the sixth grade, when a music teacher said, despite his protests, he had the perfect mouth for it. He continued his training on sax and keys throughout college, participating in the prestigious UW Eau Claire jazz program.
Charles Walker's musical versatility is demonstrated through his strong, passionate vocals, monstrous saxophone leads and funky keyboard parts. Walker, who was a stand-up comedian in a former incarnation, is known for his engaging entertainment, ensuring audiences that come for the music will stay for his charm. (Jacob Brenwell lays rhythms on guitar, Luther Tate backs the band on bass, while Demetris Vance nails down drums.)
As a testament to their live magic, the group has opened for national acts including Earth Wind & Fire, Aaron Neville, Robert Cray, BB King, Richard Marx, Eddie Shaw (Howlin Wolf's Sax Player), Booker T, Cameo and Bernard Allison. The ensemble has been featured on Fox News, NBC "Live in the Morning," nationally syndicated "Discover Wisconsin," and was the featured artist on the Blues Revue (2010) and Soul Bag (2007) sampler CDs and has been nominated three years in a row for best soul/r&b act in Wisconsin by WAMI, winning the award in 2013.
Counting Ghetto Prophet, Charles has released eight albums, with Relentless being their largest evolution in sound. Walker says of Ghetto Prophet, released on Ehlona Records: "'One in a Million,' where the title of the album comes from, tells the story we know can happen. That of the child who grows up impoverished and becomes something great. In this album, I again departed further in funk and Motown while remembering it's 2014."
30ThuApril 30, 2015
"The Fate of the World Depends on This Kiss" is everything the talented pair's first full length promised. As a whole, the album reveals the range of creative possibility that only expands as Whitehorse develops and focuses their sound. Song by song, the record takes surprising turns; while each track confidently bears Whitehorse's signature blistering guitar work and love-knotted vocals, their willingness to take risks and ability to pull them off makes for captivating listening.
Whitehorse's live show is built on mesmerizing guitar work and smoldering vocal chemistry, but also brings much more to the stage with complex layers of percussion, keyboard and telephone receiver amplification, tangled like an embrace with the help of looping pedals. Their sold out Winter Garden Theatre show in February 2012 signaled their unquestionable arrival as a band.