1SunDecember 1, 2013
Marking his debut release on Atlantic Records, this set of original tunes does more than that. Recorded in just 11 days at Nashville's historic Ocean Way Studios, Keep Coming Back confirms Broussard's position as an artist with a unique gift of channeling the multiple spirits of classic R&B and soul into contemporary terms.
That gift has been a matter of common knowledge since 2002, when Broussard released his debut album, Momentary Setback, which he recorded and released independently at age 20. Nor was it a secret before then, going back to those lucky witnesses who heard him belt "Johnny B. Goode" onstage at age 5 while sitting in with his father's band. Pretty much throughout his life, Broussard has been tapped as a talent to watch.
Even so, Keep Coming Back is the pivotal album of Broussard's rocketing career. Why? Begin, the artist advises, with the musicians; buttressed by Music City session veterans Tim Akers on keys and Gary Burnette on guitar, all the players are members of Broussard's road band, seasoned by the same experiences that have shaped him as an artist and performer.
"My road band and my studio band are one and the same with a few select additions," Broussard says. "I've always recorded with them. No producer I've ever worked with would ever have a problem with them, because they're just that good. Plus, they're not only the best musicians I've ever worked with but also some of my dearest friends in the world."
That connection between all participants is essential on Keep Coming Back - and that, in turn, lends that much more weight behind Broussard's decision to play a greater role working with co-producers Justin Tocket and Calvin Turner. Their partnership began with an agreement that they would take this project beyond anything he'd recorded before, in terms of making it a greater priority to avoid painting a glossy studio picture and instead do what Broussard and his band do every night onstage: tell the truth.
"But what you hear on Keep Coming Back is actually what we played in real time," Broussard continues. "The musicians just play, and you can tell on the tape that we were really having a good time out there. That's another thing: We tracked it all to 2" analog tape because analog is pleasing to the ear, and it gives you a quality that digital recording can't duplicate."
Everyone was so jazzed at these sessions that eight of the album's dozen tracks were first takes. The vibe in the studio was more like a gig than a session. Each part - those meaty B-3 textures on "Hard Knocks," for instance, or that sweet guitar fill at the end of the first verse on "Another Night Alone" - was played in the moment. It had to be, as Broussard explains.
"None of these tunes were rehearsed," he reveals. "I'd demoed most of them, whether with acoustic guitar, a drum loop with keyboards and vocals, or whatever. I'd put it up on iTunes, everybody would listen and write a chart, and then they'd get back to the studio and play. And we had a ball. We had the Nashville String Machine on a couple of cuts and a seven-piece horn section, with [saxophonist] Jeff Coffin as our point man - and they were all coming into the control room even to listen to the tracks they didn't play on!"
The road to this point has been longer than one would expect from an artist as young as Broussard. Yet already he has toured with giants - Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, Willie Nelson, O.A.R. and Bonnie Raitt, among others. He has honed his writing chops through collaborations with some of the top song craftsmen in the business. He has won ovations at South-By-Southwest, Bonnaroo, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, as well as at countless theaters around the country and on the court during halftime at the 2008 NBA All-Star Game. And he's hooked up with some outstanding duet partners, including two noteworthy guests on Keep Coming Back: LeAnn Rimes, whose country-meets-swamp-blues turn on "When It's Good" returns the compliment Broussard paid as co-writer and vocal partner on "Nothing Wrong," from her 2007 album, and pop/rock sensation Sara Bareilles (who has opened several Broussard tours) on the powerful ballad "Why Should She Wait."
His philanthropic cred is strong too, through donating all proceeds from the sale of his Bootleg to Benefit the Victims of Hurricane Katrina, undertaking a month-long tour of U.S. military installations in September 2007, building homes with Habitat for Humanity and donating his service as spokesperson for Louisiana's United Way of Acadiana - all of which contributed to Hard Rock International's decision in 2007 to present Broussard with its "Love All, Serve All" Award in recognition of his multifaceted generosities.
All of that, the spiritual as well as the musical, contributes to Broussard's emergence as a more complex, seasoned yet emotionally vital artist on Keep Coming Back. And his depth in American musical tradition confirms that as a member of the Atlantic roster, he has come home to a place that can nurture his continued growth for years to come. The process began, in fact, a few years ago, when the late Ahmet Ertegun first heard a young Broussard perform with Solomon Burke during a tribute to Wilson Pickett at a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame dinner - and promptly offered him a spot at the upcoming Montreux Jazz Festival.
"Keep Coming Back is me writing what I want to write at this moment in time," Broussard says. "And I'm very content to be able to do this at Atlantic Records, where the tradition for real music is so strong. I do wish Ahmet was still alive; I know he and I would have gotten along really well. But I also know Atlantic is the right place to be and the right time for Keep Coming Back."
Liv started singing and writing years ago, in a Rockabilly band called 'The Screaming Lillies"...barely 19, she packed up and re-located to 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, recording four records, and playing relentlessly over an eight year span. After much success, charting nationally twice, as well as having several songs used in film/T.V, the band ended in 2005.
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 @ 'Music For Chameleons' studio, 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 album is now available through CDBaby and iTunes.
5ThuDecember 5, 2013
Kirsten's latest studio album, Delicious, featured Blues guitar legend Hubert Sumlin plus other notable special guests (Rolling Stones horn section alums) Kent Smith and Andy Snitzer. Produced by bassist Erik Boyd, Delicious highlights Thien's vocal power and her award-winning songwriting. It has received acclaim from Guitar Player Magazine, Downbeat, Blues Matters, Keyboard Magazine and a growing number of fans across the globe. Legendary DJ Pat St. John exclaimed on-air, "The album is flawless. She's gonna be a big, big star."
Currently Kirsten Thien is touring in the US and Europe with her band, in special collaboration special guests, and also "Solo Live!" in support of her recent release, Solo Live from The Meisenfrei Blues Club.
Magnus Berg was born in Norway, March 19th 1996. He got his first handmade guitar build by his grandfather at the age of seven, but didn't start to play guitar for real until the age of ten. Early on he discovered the pleasures of listening to and playing old rock 'n' roll, and other guitar-based music styles. The first guitar player he admired was Angus Young, the lead guitarist of the Australian hard rock band AC/DC. After a few years Magnus discovered the roots of the music he was listening to, and he found the blues. His grandfather introduced him to artists such as B.B King, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Otis Rush and Jimmy Reed. These musicians are the biggest inspiration for his guitarplaying, singing and songwriting.
Made his first appearance on stage at the age of twelve, playing rock 'n' roll. As he has grown and learned, he has developed an unique style and tone on the guitar. For the moment Magnus is working with several projects and bands. His first record was recorded in the beginning of December 2012, and was released in the beginning of February 2013. He is currently working on writing songs for his next record, touring with the norwegian pop artist Trine Rein and playing concerts with his own band, Magnus Berg Bluesband
6FriDecember 6, 2013Steez
Indigo Sun9:00pm $8.00Categorization be damned, the Madison-based five piece, Steez, consisting of Matt Williams (keyboards/synthesizers), Steve Neary (guitar and vocals), Rob Bessert (drums), Chris Sell (bass), and Andrzej Benkowski (saxophone, keyboards, vocals) is -- in the simplest terms and the most convenient definitions -- a funk band, a jamband, a fusion band, a disco-fanged multi-beast, and a basket case.
Churning out their self-described Creepfunk, a high energy, danceable variety of funk -- one uniquely laced with electronic and improvisational sensibilities -- Steez has garnered a loyal following throughout the Midwest. After receiving repeated acclaim for their live performances, which typically include a seamless weaving of thoughtfully composed originals and crowd pleasing covers spanning from Madonna to clever obscurities like Genialistid (Estonia), Steez hit the studio and released their first full length album, Creepfunk Crusade, in August 09 with independent label, Mason Jar Records. steez released KRONOS in spring 2012 and are currently working on a new full length disc to be released summer of 2013
Well established in the Midwestern jamband community, what really sets Steez apart is the camaraderie and endearing sense of humor. The band's humble beginnings include getting banned for life from a venue after their first ever live performance, maneuvering a moped accident involving a parked car, and cruising the Midwest in the inspired 35 foot band bus, "Big Brown." (RIP) While it's the original songs and taut musicianship that initially grab both fans' and critics' attention, the band's personality keeps it.
STEEZ's continues their musical endeavors by balancing extensive touring with studio time, raging major festivals such as Summer Set Music & Camping Festival, Wakarusa, Summer Camp Music Festival, Camp Bisco, Electric Forest, and Rootwire, while grinding it out on the road throughout the midwest and beyond. The band's second studio album, KRONOS, was released in 2012 and can be found on bandcamp.com. New full length album due out in 2013!
7SatDecember 7, 2013The Lovin' Kind, Failure To Launch8:00pm $8.00The Lovin' Kind is a Milwaukee group who have re-emerged as a 60's 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.
13FriDecember 13, 20138:00pm $10.00THE MIDWEST'S PREMIER TRIBUTE TO DIO, BLACK SABBATH and RAINBOW!
CLOSE YOUR EYES AND OPEN YOUR EARS: Imagine a BLACK SABBATH TRIBUTE EXPERIENCE centered around the DIO era....include the Sabbath bible of OZZY songs, and fill it out with the timeless work from Dio's RAINBOW tenure...and of course, the montrous work from the DIO solo career, and you have a sampling of what a night in the clubs is like, when Heaven and Hell (Chicago) comes around. This is the elite of Dio and Sabbath tributes and you'll simply find none better.
Heaven and Hell (Chicago) has been winning respect from clubs, and fans alike for over 6 years now and has become one of the most respected bands in the midwest... not just for the power and attention to detail from which they deliver the material...but for a sense of class and ultimate love for what they do.
Barring any of that, Heaven and Hell (Chicago) brings a unique rock show that, on each level, goes over and above other tributes." They bring a concert aura to any venue, and deliver arena-style performance, regardless of location."
It doesn't stop. From ubiquitous anthems like Children of the Sea, Holy Diver, War Pigs, The Last in Line, Heaven and Hell, Fairies Wear Boots, Man on the Silver Mountain, The Mob Rules, Don't Talk To Strangers, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath and Neon Knights....to deeper die-hard favorites like Stand Up and Shout, Sweet Leaf, Voodoo, Falling Off the Edge of the World, We Rock, Die Young, and Stargazer......
....it all culminates in a great night out for classic rock fans, and Sabbath Mongers alike....
A celebration of Dio-era Sabbath and so much more!!!
It's simply the BEST NIGHT OF ROCK AND ROLL YOU'VE SEEN IN YEARS.
If you've seen or enjoyed Heaven and Hell (Chicago), here is your forum to speak up and share!!!
If you've not seen them, then take a look around and schedule your next night out with HnH! You'll not be disappointed!
Welcome to all...
and LONG LIVE ROCK AND ROLL!
We are Judas Beast, the ultimate Iron Maiden experience! Don't let the name fool ya, we are an Iron Maiden tribute that does some Judas Priest songs. Our sets are usually an 80% Maiden, 20% Priest mix up. If you are a Maiden fan then come check the Beast out. We have over 100 years of experience in the music world and practice constantly to bring our fans the ultimate Iron Maiden experience. We are fans first and for most and do everything in our power to bring our fans a show they won't forget! energetic stage presence, spot on vocals, a precise guitar trio, galloping bass lines, and thunderous drums is what we bring you at every show. not only do we replicate Maiden as close as we can musically, but we try and match them visually as well with on stage antics, props, backdrops, costumes, and...we even have an Eddie! We play everything from the self titled debut to The Final Frontier and everything in between, we play deep cuts to the hits. Come to a Beast show, close your eyes, and you'll feel like your in an arena with the metal god we pay tribute to! UP THE IRONS!!!!
14SatDecember 14, 2013
Koch has 5 internationally released and acclaimed CDs; 2 with Steve Vai's Favored Nations label, 2 with Europe's Mascot-Provogue Records, 1 currently out on Peppercake/ZYX Records along with the recently released CD Nation Sack.
16MonDecember 16, 2013
Bobby and Kevin Keeler
The Speakeasy Horns
The Joe 2.0 Strings
The John Masino Band
20FriDecember 20, 20139:00pm $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.
21SatDecember 21, 20137:30pm FREE!There's nothing new under the sun. At this late date we tend to believe that old adage. In the years since the advent of the computer it is hard to argue against that. But, like the old song says, "everything old is new again". Perhaps that is the best way to consider this genre and Gatewood, it's earliest proponent. Cobalt Cool is a blend of the worlds of blues, Latin and traditional jazz into an amalgam you have heard before. It just has never been recognized as it's own niche. The original compositions of this artist draw equally from all three of these disciplines. Sit back and listen and you will find yourself focusing on the jazz voicings of the guitar, keys and saxophone and then the blues melodies relied upon by the singer. But it all comes home to rest upon the afro-cuban percussion reminding us of the source of all of these sounds. Oh yes, and it isn't your imagination when you get a hint of New Orleans in the second line rhythms meant to remind us of how it got here. The Philip Gatewood Band is not shy about reminding us of how long the cobalt cool blend has been with us. In their cover repertoire you will hear songs recorded as far back as the thirties by artists as diverse as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Hank Williams, Dion, Sam Cooke and Bobby Darin. The only innovations to these being the latin paced conga. Catch this lineup live and you will hear songs as recognizable as "Mack the Knife", "That's Alright, Mama" or "Tears on my Pillow", interspersed with the originals that identify this group and this genre. Gatewood tends to perform three covers for every original. All performed definitely cobalt, definitely cool. Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a city that finds itself amidst a rennaisance, The Philip Gatewood Band is available in a variety of configurations suitable for any venue or event. We believe their intelligent and artistic approach to their material is one of the most special things to come along in sometime.
27FriDecember 27, 20138:00pm $10.00Founded by guitarist Bill Bonifas who, prior to forming the band, sought the help of bassist Eric Hervey to help finish and arrange his compositions. Drummer Mike Murphy was called and the trio became Random Walk. Dave Matsen soon joined the band, enhancing Bill's work with sax, keyboards and the unique WX7 wind synthesizer. Dave also started adding his own original tunes.
The band became a Friday night staple at Virginia's in Milwaukee, attracting big crowds interested in checking out the band's unique approach to jazz/rock.
Guitar virtuoso, Daryl Stuermer (Genesis, Phil Collins) became interested in the band and offered his services to produce the debut album, "Mile One".
About that time, John Sedewitz, joined the band adding an array of percussion sounds to the band's originality.
28SatDecember 28, 2013Local H
The Traveling Suitcase