3WedDecember 3, 2014
In Flint, the factories are closed, jobs are scarce and the people are bitter. Whitey sings songs these people can relate to. In much the same way his grandfather and mentor did over 3 decades ago, to a whole generation of southern transplants who came up to Flint looking for the good life. In the spirit of William Morgan, Waylon, Merle and Paycheck; Whitey's melodies help people forget their problems for a few hours and serve as the guideline for drinking sorrows away. The 78's halftime groove brings out everyone's dancing shoes and while Whitey and the 78's play, the world is a better place. Emerging from the Detroit area music scene, re-creating a forgotten genre for the area, Whitey Morgan and the 78's have toured the country spreading their sound and attitude everywhere they go. They play honky tonk tunes in any club in any town without apology--they drive their point home just like their families drove the cars they built on the line home from work. With a purpose.
Doghouse Flowers was formed in early 2012. Anchored by the singing and songwriting talent of Justin Reuther, the group came together after Reuther relocated to Milwaukee from New Orleans, LA. The members of Doghouse Flowers came from a variety of bands and musical projects in the Milwaukee area.
Since forming, the group has taken every available opportunity to perform live; honing their live act at events and watering holes in Milwaukee, Madison, and throughout the rest of Southeastern Wisconsin. With a repertoire weighing heavily on original material the band is releasing its debut CD "Chasing the Sun" in early 2014.
Reuther's songwriting and performance background has been primarily as a solo artist. Tracing his musical tastes to 70'country rock with its lyric driven harmonies and tasteful arrangements. Reuther crafted a sound that has been committed to truth yet impossibly romantic at times "degenerative love songs" he calls them. Further describing his unique sound, "I love country but I can't deny the influence of rock and a harder sound in our music at times."
If you have a taste for the sounds of Old 97's, The Jayhawks, Waylon Jennings with a side of vintage honky-tonk then you'll appreciate the sounds of Doghouse Flowers. They make good on delivering music that will not only get your foot tapping but music that will also weigh on your heart and mind days after listening.
5FriDecember 5, 2014
The trio's previous album "Follow Through" for the most part only teases with a few subtle, dark electronic elements but stays true to the roots infused Reggae Rock sound that could be described as an ideal poolside soundtrack. Until the release of "Surrender", their sometimes sinister combination of organic drums and guitar with electronic bass and synths could only be heard if fans could catch the band's live act in clubs and festivals around the U.S. or sift through bootleg uploads on Youtube. Their third full length album is full of electronic instrumentals that build from entrasic dub loops (wait for the drop) then explode into high energy party anthems with intense vocals and powerful acoustic drums.
Pushing boundaries further, Jon Wayne and The Pain inject Roots, Jam, and Ska into the mix with sounds that band members Jon, Chuckie, and Teeto have grown to love while playing alongside some of the most influential musicians in the festival scene. Complete with a sanctioned Grateful Dead cover and a festie-fan shout out track "Festival Friends", JWP pays tribute to the Jam scene in a big way. Keeping in tune with the sound that made fans rush to see Jon Wayne and The Pain since the band's early days, heartfelt Reggae-Rock tunes are still a staple in the diverse collection of songs that make up "Surrender"
Since their October 2010 founding in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Evergreen has been on a journey of improvisation and instinct. Their music pushes the boundaries of traditional styles by blending psychedelic rock, jazz, funk, country and folk into a soulful and unpredictable groove. An Evergreen experience includes a firm backbeat and exciting percussive accents, funky yet thunderous bass grooves, twin guitars with interlocking riffs, and even old time vocal harmonies. Their live show is an integral part of their music, serving as a remarkable display of their musical expression and original material. Evergreen has played more than 100 concerts in their first three years of existence, frequenting their Wisconsin stomping grounds and travelling as far as Colorado in order to share their music.
6SatDecember 6, 20148:00pm $10.00Hailing from Milwaukee, WI, Reckless Life is the world's greatest Guns N' Roses Tribute. The've left a path of desctruction through Milwaukee, Chicago, St. Louis and Kansas City and The 2013 Gathering of the Juggalos. Reckless Life has received nominations for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Awards for Best Tribute Band.
N.S.O.A. New Society of Anarchists is a HARDCORE/THRASH/PUNK trio from Milwaukee, WI. N.S.O.A. was formed in the early 90's by brothers Zakk and Arlo Z. In 1994 N.S.O.A. released their first self-titled CD and started playing shows locally more and more. In 1996 they released their second CD "Slam,Stomp,Mosh,Crush". This record would put N.S.O.A. in the national circuit by landing them a slot on the '96 VANS WARPED TOUR; this gave the band the opportunity to play for new and larger audiences.
After touring, N.S.O.A. was eager to put out a new album. They hit the studio and put out their third CD "RIOT GUN", but they found themselves parting ways with their drummer and in 1997 with the new release "RIOT GUN" came their new and current drummer Aug Z. So with the new record and a new drummer they hit the road with Italian punk legends, RAW POWER. N.S.O.A. continued touring independently throughout '97 and '98 building up their fan base locally and throughout the Midwest.
After being on the road and breaking in the new guy, N.S.O.A. was excited to put out a new record. In 1999, with a batch of new songs they went back into the studio to record. The result was the pulverizing Hardcore record "GAGGED BY THE FLAG" and like the road warriors they've become it was back to work, touring a thriving DIY underground music scene, playing halls, basements, and bars throughout the Midwest, Texas, and the West coast.
In mid-2000 N.S.O.A. went back into the studio to record their fifth CD. This studio session would be joined by producer Billy Milano, out spoken front man for S.O.D. and M.O.D. In 2001 N.S.O.A released "THE FEW, THE PROUD, THE BRUTAL" and joined M.O.D. on tour. In 2004 N.S.O.A toured on their sixth release, "COME OUT SWINGIN" with Hardcore/Crossover pioneers D.R.I. In 2007 N.S.O.A. released "FOR THE FORGOTTEN" a twenty track fully automatic assault on the world's elite. The band's latest record "STREET WISE" was released in 2010 on the independent record label out of Illinois "THE PATH LESS TRAVELED RECORDS". "STREET WISE" is by far the bands best release. "STREET WISE" bleeds with experience, reflecting on the respect, sacrifice, and survival of almost twenty years in the DIY underground music scene.
In 2011 the independent record label "S.B.S. RECORDS" out of Cleveland, OH. released "START A RIOT". This CD is an aggressive time line of N.S.O.A.'s recorded history. "START A RIOT" is fully loaded with one track off of every record N.S.O.A. has ever released. This CD also has eight live tracks recorded on the STREET WISE TOUR of 2010. N.S.O.A. is still touring and putting out new records. N.S.O.A. has a split 7 inch with ANTISEPTIC called "RETROPACOLYPSE" coming out on S.B.S. RECORDS scheduled to be released in fall of 2012. N.S.O.A. is also working on new material for a new record that without a doubt will be an uncompromising roar of defiance and aggression.
12FriCommunity Shares of Greater Milwaukee Campaign Victory Party
7:00pm $10 advance / $15 door
show detailsDecember 12, 20147:00pm $10 advance / $15 doorThis event will celebrate the completion of our Fall Workplace Giving Campaign and thank community supporters and workplace partners who contributed to its success. Join us for a night of live, local music.
Honest Monday will be the featured performer at the Campaign Victory Party. Honest Monday is a local swamp folk band that has gained a loyal following throughout the Milwaukee area. The band will begin playing at 7:30 p.m.
Enjoy a night of fun and local music as we raise funds for nonprofits impacting the Greater Milwaukee community. By attending the Campaign Victory Party you help Community Shares of Greater Milwaukee increase support for 50 local, nonprofit member organizations that serve over 150,000 individuals in the Greater Milwaukee area each year. Come celebrate building a sustainable Milwaukee.
Advanced tickets for this event may be purchased at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/campaign-victory-party-tickets-13928583769.
13SatDecember 13, 2014
So much more than just a blues act, DATV's shows are filled with New Orleans charm, Memphis soul swagger, dark theatrical moments that evoke Kurt Weill, and tender gospel passages. Davina's voice and stage presence defy category in a different way. Davina has been compared to Etta James, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Billie Holiday and Betty Boop, but comparisons don't suffice: Sowers is a true original.
Something unique to this "blues" project is the instrumentation. This rollicking quintet is held together by Sowers' keyboard playing, with acoustic bass, drums, and a spicy trumpet and trombone horn section. The group's focused, clean sound and emphasis on acoustic instruments is novel to both blues and jazz worlds, and sets the show closer to New Orleans than to Chicago. This has set the Vagabonds apart at blues festivals in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Sighisoara, Romania, Sierre, Switzerland, Kemi, Finland, and 2012's New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Davina and band made their debut at the Monterey Jazz Festival this September. Catch this one-of-a-kind live show while they are in town!
19FriDecember 19, 2014
The band's wildly energetic and seriously soulful new CD Jump Start is jam-packed with Lil' Ed's incendiary slide playing and rough, passionate singing, as the ragged-but-right Blues Imperials cook like mad alongside him. Produced by Williams and Alligator president Bruce Iglauer, it is a tour-de-force of untamed slide guitar, rock solid rhythms, heartrending ballads and authentic deep blues vocals. Williams wrote or co-wrote 13 of the album's 14 songs, ranging from the non-stop boogie blast of 'If You Were Mine' to the heart-on-his-sleeve honesty of 'Life Is A Journey' to the bouncing and jazzy 'Jump Right In' to the swaggering, autobiographical 'Musical Mechanical Electrical Man'. The album overflows with the band's full throttle drive and is fueled by Lil' Ed's love of both serious blues and good time fun. Jump Start reveals a band firing on all cylinders and ready to spread the genuine houserockin' fever to their biggest audience yet. "It's all blues, really," says Lil' Ed. "Some of it will make you dance, some will ease your soul Through my music, I want people to feel what I feel."
Blues history runs deep through Lil' Ed's blood -- his uncle and musical mentor (to both Ed and his younger half-brother Pookie) was the great Chicago slide guitarist, songwriter and recording artist J.B. Hutto (author of the only non-original on Jump Start, If You Change Your Mind). According to The Chicago Tribune, "Williams represents one of the few remaining authentic links to pure Chicago blues." The Associated Press agrees, stating, "Williams fills Chicago's biggest shoes with more life and heat than anyone on stage today."
Born in Chicago on April 8, 1955, Ed grew up surrounded by music. He was playing guitar, then drums and bass, by the time he was 12. Ed and Pookie received lessons and support from Hutto. "J.B. taught me everything I know," says Ed. "I wouldn't be where I am today without him." Ed and Pookie spent their teen years making music together, and in 1975 formed the first incarnation of The Blues Imperials. They played their first gig at a West Side club called Big Duke's Blue Flame, splitting the $6 take four ways. Over the next few years, the group played every club in the neighborhood. On one occasion, Hutto brought Ed and Pookie on the road to accompany him. The two teenagers had to paint fake mustaches on just to get into the club. But once in, they both got an advanced lesson in putting on a show and delivering the goods. As young men they kept gigging, but they still needed day jobs to pay the bills. Ed worked ten hours a day as a buffer at the car wash. Pookie drove a school bus. Night after night they played their roaring brand of blues in tiny clubs, and eventually the word reached Alligator president Bruce Iglauer.
At the time, Iglauer was looking for local talent for The New Bluebloods, an anthology of some of Chicago's younger blues musicians. "Ed and his band had a good reputation," recalls Iglauer. "I had only seen them live once or twice. I knew Ed was a hot slide player, but I had no idea what he and the band were really capable of. I just knew that their music reminded me of Hound Dog Taylor and J.B. Hutto, two of my favorite musicians. It seemed like having a band this rough and ready would be a nice change of pace for the anthology, so I asked them to come down to the studio and cut a couple of songs. I never expected what happened."
The band-never having been in a recording studio before-treated the studio like a club, playing live to Iglauer, the engineer, and all the people on the other side of the control room glass. After Ed recorded just two songs, the Alligator staffers were on their feet begging for more. Two songs later, with Ed doing his toe-walks and backbends, even the engineer was dancing. Iglauer offered the band a full album contract on the spot. The end result of the session was 30 songs cut in three hours with no overdubs and only one second take. Twelve of those songs became the band's debut album, Roughhousin', released in September of 1986.
The national press reacted with amazement to the blues world's new discovery. Feature stories ran in Spin, Musician, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Chicago Tribune and dozens of other publications. The Village Voice declared, "Roughhousin' just may be the blues album of the year." The New York Times raved, "Raw-boned, old-fashioned Chicago blues has a new young master -- Lil' Ed Williams." "They blow down the walls," said Guitar Player. "Dim the lights, turn up the stereo, and let the house party begin."
But it wasn't until 1987, when guitarist Mike Garrett joined the band, and a year later, when Garrett recruited his Detroit hometown friend Kelly Littleton to play drums, that things really began to take off. Garrett's risk-taking rhythm guitar work and Littleton's conversational, old school drumming were the perfect complement to Lil' Ed's and Pookie's rambunctious playing. With their 1989 album Chicken, Gravy & Biscuits, doors opened and audiences poured in. Through relentless touring, the group crystallized, becoming tighter with each performance, more telepathic in their abilities to read each other's musical moves. Their spontaneous and unpredictable live show became legendary among blues fans worldwide. Spurred on by the band's rowdy performances, a legion of fanatical fans, proudly calling themselves "Ed Heads," eagerly spread the word.
Quickly, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials went from playing local bars to clubs, concert stages and festivals coast to coast, giving national audiences their first taste of the band's propulsive boogie blues and wild stage show. They have played The Long Beach Blues Festival, The San Francisco Blues Festival, The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, The Doheny Blues Festival, The Sacramento Heritage Festival, The Thunder Bay Blues Festival, The Mid-Atlantic Blues Festival, The Pocono Blues Festival, The Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, The Rawa Blues Festival in Poland, as well as touring Canada, Australia, Europe and Japan.
Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials released six Alligator albums between 1989 and 2008. With each one, the band's stature grew as their fan base continued to expand. With 2006′s Rattleshake, Ed and company reached a whole new audience. Die-hard "Ed Head" Conan O'Brien brought the band before millions of television viewers on two separate occasions. Then, in June 2008, celebrating the release of Full Tilt, Ed hit the main stage at The Chicago Blues Festival, performing in front of 100,000 screaming fans, as he whipped the overflowing crowd into a blues-induced frenzy. The band won the prestigious Blues Music Award for Band Of The Year in both 2007 and 2009 and also took home the Best Live Band Award in the 2011 Living Blues Critics' Poll. Blues Revue said, "Listen and hear how a great blues player can make a guitar weep...Lil' Ed is a blues master at the top of his game."
Now, with Jump Start, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials will continue bringing their seriously inspired and wildly fun Chicago blues to "Ed Heads" new and old, wherever they may be. After almost a quarter century together, Lil' Ed, Pookie, Mike and Kelly have played thousands of gigs, logged tens of thousands of miles and have no plans to slow down anytime soon. According to Littleton, "The journey has been amazing. We melded right away and have kept growing." Garrett agrees, saying, "It's a perfect fit. And we keep getting better." Young adds, "We are way stronger now, and we're still having fun. My dreams have all come true."
"Long ago," recalls Lil' Ed, "Uncle J.B. told me, 'When you get the right guys in your band, you'll know.' When Mike and then Kelly joined up with me and Pookie, we just clicked. I knew. We are a family," says Lil' Ed, summing it all up. "And families stay together.
20SatDecember 20, 20149:00pm $6.00Pat will be playing his new CD "Pat McCurdy Now" in its entirety, with special guest Chris Hanson."
Pat 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.
show detailsDecember 22, 2014
26FriDecember 26, 2014
Danny Jerabek (accordion, keys, vocals, cornet, sousaphone, etc.) and his wife, Michelle (Thull) Jerabek (bari saxophone, vocals, guitar, washboard, etc.) both started performing with their family on stage at an early age. Once in their teens, they crossed paths again and eventually realized they were meant to be together. They started writing songs and formed a band and the rest is history! The current line up includes the highly regarded talents of Drew Hicks (bass, guitar) and Jason Van Ryzin (drums).
Danny Jerabek was given an accordion from his grandfather at age 9 and taught himself how to play it. Inspired by Steve (Esteban) Jordan, "the Jimi Hendrix of Tejano Accordion" he began to "rock out" and improvise --thinking a little more, "outside the box." He has been featured at the International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, TX and the National Accordion Festival in Houston, TX and the Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, CA, and has been featured on national TV.
For over 12 years the band has been pushing to keep this band on the road with the help of family, friends and fans. Copper Box has performed small, intimate shows to large, main stage festivals nationwide with artist such as: The Little River Band, Buckwheat Zydeco, Little Feat, Little Big Town, Peter Frampton, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Lou Gramm, Marcia Ball, C.J. Chenier, Brave Combo, Terrance Simien, W.C. Clark, The Doobie Brothers, Los Lonely Boys, and REO Speedwagon.
Copper Box has received the following awards:
-Americana Artist of the Year 2012, 2009 (WAMI)
-Specialty Instrumentalist of the Year 2011 & 2010 (Danny Jerabek) (WAMI)
-People's Choice 2009 (WAMI)
-Band of the Year 2002 (WPHF)
Coverville Podcast commented...."Out of all the cover songs I've heard, I've never had so much feedback from our listeners of your remake of The Pink Floyd Polka (Comfortably Numb)," which just scratches the surface of Copper Box.
As one music journalist commented, "(Copper Box)...as refreshing as a cool spring breeze blowing new life into a stuffy room...worth checking out!"Wisconsin Blues Society describes Copper Box as "...one of the favorites of the Fox Valley Blues Festival 2004. This hot Zydeco Swamp/Blues Rock outfit with a great baritone and tenor sax gal and a hot accordion man. This group cooks and swings with some of the best Zydeco-influenced groups I've seen anywhere in the country."
From Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI to Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA to Cotati Accordion Festival in Cotati, CA to the International Accordion Festival in San Antonio, TX, we are sure to catch your ears listening, your feet tapping and your spirit lifted at a Copper Box show!
27SatDecember 27, 2014
In 1997 Llanas founded the band Absinthe. As Absinthe Sam released one album, 1998's critically acclaimed A Good Day To Die. In 2011 Sam Llanas left the BoDeans and released 4 A.M. (The Way Home) on Inner Knot Records. In 2013 he released the live retrospective 4/5 Live - Vol I.
In 2012 the music from 1998's A Good Day To Die was incorporated into a collaboration with playwright Doug Vincent and producer Gary Tanin in the production "A Day for Grace." By 2013 the play had evolved to include multi-city tours and multi-week runs in New York City.
On November 18th, 2014 Llanas is set to release The Whole Night Thru an all new studio record produced by longtime collaborator Gary Tanin. It features 9 new Llanas originals. The Whole Night Thru is Llanas' first studio outing after parting ways with the band he co- fronted for over a quarter century. Shedding new light on a multi-decade career Sam returns to his roots adding a refined rock sound complimented by a full band, all veterans of both studio and live performance. Behind his lone-wolf image and tuffness, Llanas continues to hone his skills. A master craftsman that feels most at home in the city he's always called home, Llanas has set the stage for fans to embrace his new identity.
Sam Llanas is prepared to tour in support of The Whole Night Thru during fourth quarter of 2014 and throughout 2015.
The Delta Routine is a Rock and Roll group from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, consisting of Nick Amadeus (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Mike Hoffmann (Guitar/Vocals), Evan Paydon (Bass/Vocals) and Kyle Ciske (Drums).
30TueDecember 30, 2014Local H
the life and times
31WedHarvey Scales & The Seven Sounds New Year's Eve "Party Till You Sweat" Dance Party
8:00pm $20 advance / $30 door
show detailsDecember 31, 2014
Scales received national recognition for co-writing Billboard Hot 100 chart-topping single for Johnnie Taylor titled, "Disco Lady". "Disco Lady" was the very first platinum single in the history of the Recording Industry Association of America, selling over two million copies. It was certified platinum on April 22, 1976. Scales is the first African American song writer to receive this status, which is not surprising as it was the first platinum single awarded. Scales also co-wrote the song "I Can Do Bad All by Myself" recorded by Jesse James with Johnny Mills, also of Milwaukee. He has written most of the songs on his albums from the 1978 release of Confidential Affairs to the 1997 Somebody Else's Somebody.
Harvey was well known in his home town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin before his big break as a national songwriter. Known as "Twistin' Harvey" in the early 1960s by local fans, Scales, an Osceola, Arkansas native, grew up in Milwaukee and attended Roosevelt Middle and North Division High School. Together he and his long time friend Al Vance formed the group, Harvey Scales and the Seven Sounds. The band included Rudy Jacobs, Ray Armstead, Manny Smith, Bill Purtie, Melvin Taylor and Bill Stonewall -- their first release came out as by 'Twistin' Harvey on James Kirchstein's Cuca label in Sauk City, Wisconsin.
The band enjoyed four 45s there including "Glamour Girl" which is highly sought after by British collectors who pay $300 per copy. They then moved to Magic Touch for four more releases before switching to Chess/Cadet in Chicago. The band also recorded for Mercury and Stax during their funk era.
"Get Down" was issued in June, 1967 and almost made the Billboard Hot 100 top 30 but its time in the charts was too protracted as after its initial sales in July '67, LeCour and Al Bell of Stax signed a distribution deal in September with "Get Down" being the first record to benefit from the tie-up but the disc's momentum was slowing down by then but it did result in a larger number being sold. These figures were also boosted by the 45s flip side, "Love-Itis" which was the preferred choice of many DJs.
Scales continued to write songs with Vance some of which were recorded by the Dells, O'Jays and the Dramatics and in the 70s he also hooked up with Don Davis who was working with the Dramatics for Stax and the trio co-wrote "Disco Lady" for Johnnie Taylor which went on to sell 2,000,000 copies and was the first 45 to go platinum.