1SatAnimation (A Tribute to RUSH), Substitute (The Who tribute)
8:00pm $12 advance / $15 door
show detailsNovember 1, 2014
With 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.
5WedNovember 5, 20146:00pm FREESince its inception, this group has put together quite an impressive resume. The group has opened for national and legendary acts as diverse as the Temptations, George Benson, David Sanborn, The Supremes and Jennifer Holiday. They have also performed at corporate functions for notable Corporations such as Northwestern Mutual, Johnson Wax, Quad Graphics and Time Warner. They have also performed at The Grand Opening Ceremony for The Midwest Express Convention Center and at the political galas for The Governors National Conference and The Mayoral Candidacy Party. The group also performs for festivals, special events, weddings and private parties. They are repeat performers at some of Milwaukee's annual festivals, Riversplash, Summerfest, Rainbow Summer and Bastille Days to name a few. For a lighter side of music Christopher's Quartet would be the perfect entertainment selection. The Quartet is a smooth, melodic infusion of Jazz delivered by four soulful musicians. The Quartet is comprised of keyboards, drums, bass and saxophone. Christopher's Project is lead by saxophonist Chris Pipkins, a three-peat winner at Showtime at the Apollo, a prestigious Theater in New York City that showcases the best of up-and-coming talent. The groups lead vocalist Ameerah Tatum is one of the best female vocalists in the business.
6ThuNovember 6, 2014Chuck Prophet
When the early stages of a financial melt-down coincided with a rare San Francisco heat wave in the summer of 2008, with the window open wide and Dwight Twilley, Iggy, Thin Lizzy and the Knack blaring out the hi-fi, Prophet wrote a collection of political songs for non-political people. Later, in April 2009, he journeyed to Mexico City, where, in the clutches of a Swine Flu panic and earthquakes, he recorded ¡Let Freedom Ring!, his most incendiary record, every bit as urgent as the title demands.
His search for a new perspective paid off, much like at eighteen when he left his native Whittier, CA for San Francisco, which he still calls home, and before too long joined Green on Red, a gang of interloping Arizonans with no small impact on L.A.`s Paisley Underground. During an eight-year run with Green on Red, he cut his first major label session with legendary Memphis producer Jim Dickinson, burned through a couple of big record deals, and ventured a debut solo effort, Brother Aldo (1990). These were the first steps in the career that shaped Prophet into a prolific rock `n' roll classicist.
But now, he has created his career high-water mark. ¡Let Freedom Ring! wanders into the fractured, surreal state of the American Dream and emerges with the most vital document of Prophet's vision, a reflection of life and love for troubled times.
To untangle topics so knotted, Prophet uses only the most essential language: little else but whip-smart one-liners, a guitar in each channel and a backbeat. There are glimpses in the rear-view mirror of American rock `n' roll -- names like Eddie Cochran and an instinct for lean guitar tunes -- but the meat's fresh. There's everything from the capitalist hustle and the immigrant struggle to the impulse to forget it all with a lusty Saturday night.
For his journey south of the border, Prophet put together a band with guitarist Tom Ayres, bassist Rusty Miller and drummer Ernest "Boom" Carter (who supplied Springsteen the beat for "Born To Run"). Over an eight-day session, his ninth solo studio record was born among the gnarled chaos of Mexico City. Outside the doors were warring drug cartels, a crippling recession and the panic of Swine Flu that sent a city of 25 million cowering behind surgical masks. Inside, producer Greg Leisz (Wilco, Beck, Emmylou Harris) used Eisenhower-era gear and did little else but roll tape. It was Mexico City. It was panicked and paranoid. It was chaotic, beautiful, and hopeful. To gain a fresh perspective on his homeland from high on a flat foreign hill, it was perfect.
Opening with "Sonny Liston's Blues," Prophet gives voice to a man with a heart recognized by few, who many thought a monster, equal parts myth and reality -- much like the American Dream. The shuffling gait of "Barely Exist" glances at that dream through the lens of immigration: a father's dog-eared photograph of a kid left behind in a world of "asbestos in your Kool-Aid for breakfast."
Prophet's own country, run by Georgetown barflies that rage through "American Man" and the wild markets under the Stonesy strut of "¡Let Freedom Ring!," is a place where solace can only be found in grabbing the nearest body and plunging headlong onto the dance floor, or waking late with the windows open.
Eleven songs later, Prophet's Freedom stares into the incalculable divide of America's haves and have-nots and offers neither answers nor condolences; the grit and glory of his country -- like the devils he wrestles -- are all in the details.
When you dig the details that have shaped Prophet's career, ¡Let Freedom Ring! is merely the latest highlight in career of many. He has written with a wide rage of artists from Dan Penn to Alejandro Escovedo (the 2008 LP, Real Animal), laid down tracks on sessions for everyone from Warren Zevon to Kelly Willis and taken the stage with Jim Dickinson, Lucinda Williams and Aimee Mann, to name a few. Prophet's production credits include Willis' Translated From Love (2007) and working on Jace Everett's ("Bad Things" / True Blood) new release Red Revelations. He's heard his own tunes performed by legends like Solomon Burke and Heart and his songs have charted on both country ("I'm Gone," a co-write with Kim Richey, on the debut album of country starlet Cyndi Thompson) and AAA radio ("Summertime Thing," from 2002's No Other Love, was a lazy radio anthem).
National television appearances include Austin City Limits in support of No Other Love, as well as Letterman and Carson Daly, supporting 2007's Soap & Water. His music has increasingly been featured in film and television, most recently as the closing track to episode two of True Blood.
7FriNovember 7, 2014
Castro joined Warner Brothers artists The Dynatones in the late 1980s. The much-loved band had a huge fan base and toured the U.S. constantly. He honed his chops with the group on the road for two years, performing live all across the country and sharing stages with major artists like Carla Thomas and Albert King. He formed The Tommy Castro Band in 1991 and won the Bay Area Music Award for Best Club Band in both 1993 and 1994. With his local fan base quickly expanding, he released his debut album in 1996 on Blind Pig. The album won the 1997 Bay Area Music Award for Outstanding Blues Album, and Castro also took the award for Outstanding Blues Musician that same year. He began touring nationally, picking up new fans everywhere he went.
In the mid-1990s The Tommy Castro Band served as the house band for three seasons on NBC Television's Comedy Showcase (airing right after Saturday Night Live), bringing him in front of millions of viewers every week. During the 1990s and into the 2000s, Castro released a series of critically acclaimed CDs for Blind Pig, Telarc and 33rd Street Records as well as one on his own Heart And Soul label, and began years of year-round, relentless touring, continuing to this day. In 2001 and 2002 the legendary B.B. King asked Castro to open his summer concert tours. Castro received an open invitation to join the King Of The Blues on stage for the nightly finale. Castro's 2009 Alligator debut, Hard Believer, was anchored by his inspired vocal delivery, masterful horn arrangements and expert guitar work. On the strength of the album and subsequent touring, Castro won four 2010 Blues Music Awards including, for the second time in his career, the coveted B.B. King Entertainer Of The Year Award (the very highest award a blues performer can receive). His song Hard Believer (co-written with Bonnie Hayes, who co-produced The Devil You Know), took first place in the blues category of the 2012 International Songwriting Competition.
In 2011, Castro released Tommy Castro Presents The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue--Live! on Alligator. The album is a fiery collection of the highest highlights from a series of live performances anchored by Castro and an all-star collection of nationally recognized blues musicians. In addition to Castro's stellar fretwork and blue-eyed soul vocals, the album features Alligator Records label-mates Joe Louis Walker, Rick Estrin, Janiva Magness and the late Michael "Iron Man" Burks, along with Debbie Davies, Theodis Ealey, Sista Monica and Trampled Under Foot.
THE PAINKILLERS ARE:
Randy McDonald was born in Harrisburg, PA in 1959 and grew up in San Diego. He learned bass at an early age, becoming a first call, in-demand musician by his late teens. McDonald's influences range from straight-ahead jazz to hard rock, blues, and soul music. When he joined The Dynatones--the nationally touring, six-piece blue-eyed soul band--in 1983, it was a perfect fit. During his tenure with the group, McDonald befriended Dynatones guitarist Tommy Castro. Not long after leaving the band in 1991, McDonald got a call from Castro, who was putting together the first incarnation of The Tommy Castro Band. McDonald appears on seven Castro albums and has toured the world with Tommy, helping the band to become one of the most celebrated roots music groups performing anywhere. McDonald left the group in 2007 before returning to join The Painkillers in 2012. "Randy has been with me from the beginning as a major contributor to the music we were playing," recalls Castro. "Randy was a big part of the Tommy Castro sound. It's great to have him back."
James Pace was born in Roanoke, VA in 1978. He began playing piano by ear at age three. A proficient pianist, he fell in love with the Hammond B3 organ at age 22, touring with the jam band Rebus before playing with Blind Pig recording artist Harper. In 2008, Pace joined blues guitarist Ana Popovic's band, and spent three years performing with her around the world. He has played on over 30 albums and has shared stages with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Los Lobos and Janiva Magness. Pace is thrilled to be playing with Tommy. "I am blessed to play the music I love with incredible friends," he says, "for the greatest fans on earth."
David Tucker was born in Syracuse, NY in 1964. He started drumming at age 14, falling in love with blues and funk music. Since moving to Santa Cruz, CA, Tucker has toured and/or recorded with Maria Muldaur, Sista Monica, James Armstrong and John "Broadway" Tucker. Castro is happy to have Tucker in the band. "David's a great fit for The Painkillers. He plays with a natural sound." Tucker couldn't agree more. "Tommy's the man," he says. "I am thrilled to be in the band. I love killing the pain."
8SatNovember 8, 2014
Back in 1988, Semi-Twang thought they'd taken their best shot with Salty Tears, their Warner Brothers debut. That record generated tons of critical acclaim but little in the way of sales. Soon after its release, other opportunities beckoned and the band members went their separate ways. Friendships survived, but the band was history. For John Sieger, the songwriter and main vocalist, Nashville, TN seemed like a good idea. Dwight Yoakam was one of many artists who found Sieger's songs and producers like Pete Anderson and Jerry Harrison were finding slots for his tunes. Mike Hoffmann stayed busy producing other artists and the other fellows in the band, all great players, were soon scooped up by other groups around town.
After the '09 Shank reunion, the band decided a new recording was in order...the one they should have made first. Unlike their debut, (a major label project with a budget just this side of a NASA launch) the band recorded on the sly, mostly at Hoffmann's House Studio and Sieger's Room w/a VU -- both Pro Tools equipped, comfy and cozy. The pace was relaxed with sessions every few weeks for most of 2010. The atmosphere was loose but unwavering in its vision - get in, make the best record you've ever made, get out -- what's so hard about that?
In March of 2011, Wages Of Sin, their first album in 23 years, was released to overwhelmingly positive response - glowing critical reviews, over-the-top fan praise and lots of local airplay. Semi-Twang had always harkened back to classic artists like Dylan, The Beatles and The Band. This approach paid off handsomely on Wages, an album that dares you to to put a time-stamp on it. Songs like the title cut Wages of Sin and When The Wind Kicks Up sound like the kind of country music Nashville might be making if producers and record companies weren't trying to own the middle of the road. Nervous Energy and Move It Or Lose It recall iconoclasts like Dave Edmonds and Nick Lowe in full-tilt mode. Then, there are songs like Just A Train and It's That Time Again that harbor a very distinctly Semi-Twangian Thang... You can imagine, somewhere down the road, some young band trying to reproduce that unique feel.
Which brings us to 2013: On March 23 of this year, the band has released their third project, The Why & The What For, a recording that ups the stakes in a very entertaining way. It is topical and personal with a bit more R&B soul influence that includes a few throwbacks to the duckwalk days of Chuck Berry. Oh, and you'll also be rewarded with one or two of those unclassifiable yet familiar songs you've come to expect from Semi-Twang. The Why & The What For will be getting heavily promoted to the press and radio here in the states and in the UK by Pavement Media.
Standout songs played by good humans with minimal wanking, medium volume and maximum conviction. That's what The Mike Benign Compulsion brings to the party. The band is comprised of veterans of acclaimed Milwaukee-based acts like Blue in The Face, The Wooldridge Brothers, The Yell Leaders, Arms & Legs & Feet and Dorian Gray.
In March of 2014, The Compulsion delivers its third album, "Here's How It Works." Released on vinyl and via digital download, "Here's How It Works" explores variations on a common theme: namely, the whole business of hitting middle age--which is considerably less fun than say, turning 30.
Like The Compulsion's prior two releases, "Here's How It Works" is packed with the melodic, well-crafted, driving pop songs that have become the band's hallmark.
12WedNovember 12, 2014
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.
13ThuNovember 13, 2014James McMurtry
In 2004, McMurtry released the universally lauded Live in Aught-Three on Compadre Records. 2005's Childish Things garnered some of the highest critical praise of McMurtry's career and spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Americana Music Radio Chart in 2005 and 2006. In September 2006, Childish Things and "We Can't Make It Here" won the Americana Music Awards for Album and Song of the Year, respectively. McMurtry received more Americana Music Award nominations for 2008's Just Us Kids. This album marked his highest Billboard 200 chart position in more than 19 years.
In 2009, Live in Europe was released, capturing The McMurtry Band's first European tour and extraordinary live set. Along with seasoned band members Ronnie Johnson, Daren Hess, and Tim Holt, the disc features special guests Ian McLagan and Jon Dee Graham. Also, for the first time ever, video of the James McMurtry Band's live performance is available on the included DVD.
The poignant lyrics of his immense catalog still ring true today. In 2011, "We Can't Make It Here" was cited among 'The Nation's' "Best Protest Songs Ever." Bob Lefsetz writes, "'We Can't Make It Here' has stood the test of time because of its unmitigated truth."
Never one to rest on his laurels, James McMurtry continues to tour constantly, and consistently puts on a "must-see" powerhouse performance. 'The Washington Post' noted McMurtry's live prowess: "Much attention is paid to James McMurtry's lyrics, and rightfully so: He creates a novel's worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets. What gets overlooked, however, is that he's an accomplished rock guitar player....it's serious stuff, imparted by a singularly serious band."
14FriNovember 14, 2014Tina and the B-Sides
Schlieske had caught the bug early and had been working the bar scene for several years before she was even legal by sneaking into clubs to perform as early as 1984. Gradually she assembled a band playing a tight fusion of bluesy rock folk-inspired and roughly hewn Americana. They played every club that would have them and by 1989 recorded their debut album Tina and the B-Side Movement. It was released on her own Movement Records, which also became home to 1992's "Young Americans" and 1994's "Monster".
Pursuing a more rootsy vision of American rock & roll, Tina and the B-Sides (or sometimes B-Side Movement) went on to become one of the most popular bar bands in the Mid West during the 1990's developing a cult following that endures to this day.
The line-up consisted of Pete Young and Patrik Tanner on guitar (later Troy Norton), bassist Jeremy Plumb, drummers Joel Richmond and Bill Oehrlein (later Ron Caron) and her sister Laura Schlieske on vocals.
The band had won several local music awards by that time and was much in demand in nearby Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison and various other Mid Western cities and towns. Word of mouth and relentless touring helped the band sell well over 50,000 CD's and caught the attention of several major labels.
A chance meeting in an elevator between Tina and Seymour Stein of Sire Records convinced him to attend their show at CBGB. He signed them three days later. They released their debut "Salvation" in early 1996 with follow up "It's All Just The Same" in 1998.
"The Last Polka" (a live recording) was released in 1999 and became the band's last album. After 10 plus years of touring and recording Tina and band decided to take a break while she brought up her family.
But Tina and the other members never gave up playing and writing. Each of them still contribute to various musical projects as well as having their own bands.
In 2009 the band played a reunion concert at the outdoor amphitheater Minnesota Zoo and released A-Sides: The Best Of TBS independently on Movement Records.
Currently, Schlieske along with members Laura, Troy, Jeremy and Ron have decided to get together to write and record a new Tina and the B-Sides album due out in late 2013.
15SatNovember 15, 2014
16SunNovember 16, 2014W. Kamau Bell
17MonNovember 17, 2014Anna Nalick
Starting in 2005, Anna released her first studio produced album, entitled: "Wreck of the Day," featuring the hit single "Breathe (2AM)" under the SonyMusic label. The song propelled to the top of the charts and sent Anna on a nearly four year tour around the world. Featuring her third hit single "Shine," Anna and SonyMusic released "The Shine EP." Both "Wreck of the Day" and "The Shine EP" can still be heard widely on radio and television today, with "Breathe" being featured twice on the hit television drama "Grey's Anatomy."
Wanting to pursue a musical style free of label influence, Anna decided to part ways with SonyMusic in 2010 and in 2011, released her first independently produced album: "Broken Doll & Odds & Ends." Anna describes the album as: "mostly acoustic with haunting and unusual instrumentation. I wanted to release the songs I wrote while I was with Sony before I move on to all new material. I liked the songs too much to just leave them all behind. Now I'm ready to explore new territory."
Utilizing the unique sounds of toy piano, sitar, glockenspiel, oud, mandocello and sweeping string arrangements, "Broken Doll & Odds & Ends" features a wide range of instruments, performed by a very talented collection of musicians. Anna's unique storytelling ability and timeless sense of melody has gained even more notoriety with fans, selling over 30,000 copies during the album's first month.
Presently, Anna is dedicating the majority of her time to writing for her next project. Unlike the acoustic feel of "Broken Doll & Odds & Ends," Anna's next album will be an electric collection of songs, featuring a full band and a bigger sound than previously produced.
19WedNovember 19, 2014
Lucy Wainwright Roche has been compared to Joni Mitchell and Patti Griffin by NPR. She was born in NYC into an influential musical family. She rebelled against the family business by teaching elementary school for several years before getting involved in music. Since 2007, Lucy has released two EPs and a studio album entitled Lucy (2010), toured the U.S., Canada and Europe, and has performed with a number of musicians including the Indigo Girls, Neko Case, and Over the Rhine. Lucy is known for her crystal clear voice and straightforward, funny stage presence. When she's not on tour, Lucy now lives in Brooklyn, NY.
20ThuNovember 20, 2014Moonrise Nation
Each member has a distinctive, soulful voice that complements the other. Sisters Arden and Eva Bee intricately weave their voices into magical harmonies over their keyboard and cello, while Emma McCall adds grit with her textured licks on the guitar.
21FriMIKE DOUGHTY'S World-Renowned, Award-Winning QUESTION JAR SHOW (Featuring Andrew 'Scrap' Livingston)
show detailsNovember 21, 2014MIKE DOUGHTY'S World-Renowned, Award-Winning QUESTION JAR SHOW (Featuring Andrew 'Scrap' Livingston)
22SatNovember 22, 2014
25TueNovember 25, 2014
Made up of three of the most exciting instrumentalists on the scene today, this trio of fiddler Brittany Haas (Crooked Still), bassist Paul Kowert (Punch Brothers), and guitarist Jordan Tice (Tony Trischka) have come together on their debut album, you got this, to use their string band roots to engage in close dialogue. Entirely instrumental, this is wordless communication heard from three distinct voices working for unity. "There is so much we don't have to say to each other," explains Paul Kowert. "We got together because we wanted a project in which we could explore our ideas--we wanted to see what we could find. We each contributed writing, and were each able to tinker with each other's ideas. I think in this album you hear discovery." That joy of discovery is key to this collaboration of master instrumentalists. It's also the fuel that's powered their careers so far: Brittany Haas exploring fiddle traditions with Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger, and Alasdair Fraser; Paul Kowert's ground-breaking work with The Punch Brothers and now Dave Rawlings Machine, and his studies with Edgar Meyer; Jordan Tice's ensembles and recordings with like-minded artists like Noam Pikelny and Casey Driessen. The thread that ties this all together is a driving passion to share great music with friends.
Trying to track the many overlapping influences on you got this is a labyrinthine process. For example, "Grandpa's Cheesebarn," a tune composed by Jordan Tice, brings together alternate banjo tunings, Norwegian dance tunes, hard-rocking folk rhythms, and Debussy-like string arrangements. "We're all living lives that are bursting at the seams with all sorts of music," Haas explains. "I think we've been inspired by similar things over the years and have inspired and influenced each others' musical paths." Haas Kowert Tice also love to experiment with delicate balances. Opening tune "Leadfoot" slips back and forth between a buoyant dance tune and the deep growling of Kowert's bass lines. "Tell Me Whatcha Gonna Do Now" trades off a gorgeous, pastoral guitar line from Tice with Haas' devilishly syncopated fiddling, incorporating sudden moments of softness and tranquility. There's an element of surprise to the music of Haas Kowert Tice; tunes take unexpected turns, and melodies duck and weave in abrupt and exciting directions.
All three artists in Haas Kowert Tice have built their careers on their ability to move on the razor's edge of tradition and innovation. They have a nearly unlimited arsenal of tools gathered from years in top-flight ensembles, but they're not interested in flashy displays. This young trio would rather move their audiences with unique melodies, powerful arrangements, searingly beautiful playing on the fiddle and guitar, and stomach-rumbling chords and eloquent passages on the upright bass. They see each tune as a journey that they take with their listeners, but also as a path that they can travel together, discovering new ideas and new passions around every corner.
With hundreds of performances throughout Wisconsin, Nora Collins has quickly gained recognition as an award-winning performer, songwriter and recording artist.
Fueled by an unyielding creative drive, and a down-home country spirit, Nora has established herself as one of the country music industry's rising stars with two consecutive Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) "Rising Star" awards (2013 and 2012), and a 2013 WAMI "Female Vocalist of the Year" nomination. In addition, Nora recently was named the WAMI 2014 "Singer/Songwriter of the Year" award winner. Also, Nora received the honor of being voted the Best "Female Vocalist" and "Acoustic Musician" in both the 2014 AND 2013 Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee Awards and was awarded the 2013 Beloit International Film Festival + Music "Best Singer/Songwriter."
Nora is a hard working performer having averaged over 200 appearances annually for the last three years. She has opened for national performers including: Country Music Hall of Famer Ronnie Milsap, Josh Thompson, Josh Turner, David Nail, American Idol winner Lee DeWyze, Sixpence None The Richer, Katie Armiger, Paul Thorn and The Turnpike Troubadours.
26WedShonn Hinton featuring Shotgun CD Release Party with special guest Capitol Drive
9:00pm $10 advance / $15 door
show detailsNovember 26, 2014
28FriMan with a Camera
show detailsNovember 28, 2014Man with a Camera
29SatNovember 29, 2014
Features include: dynamic sound effects, original video projections, dazzling choreographed lighting design, full laser production, and nine of USA's finest musicians, you'll "THINK" FLOYD was right there playing in front of you.
THINK FLOYD USA has performed on some of America's finest stages including The Surf Ball Room, Milwaukee Summerfest, Chicago's legendary Kinetic Playground, Shank Hall, Schwagstock and many more. From Green Bay to Tampa FL, TFUSA is truly THE AMERICAN PINK FLOYD SHOW!!!