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  • Tommy Odetto Fundraiser

    Fri Aug 18 2017   8pm @ 224 W. Bruce St.

    Bay Area rocker Tommy Odetto has been on a 6-month adventure to raise the funds for an opportunity any aspiring rock musician would kill for. An opportunity to record in the private studio of his rock heroes, Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters. ( He is nearing his goal and the end is in site. To wrap up this incredible journey, he and his band (Tim Baker on Bass, Nick Odetto on drums) are heading to Milwaukee for one final EPIC SHOW to push him up and over the top.

    In addition to this killer rock show, there will be a silent auction with items donated by local Milwaukee businesses, PLUS a raffle to win a BC guitar autographed by members of the Nirvana - Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Krist Novoselic and Chad Channing - donated by Sarah Turrell, a huge friend and supporter of the Tommy Odetto crowdfund.

    In 2013, Tommy Odetto was featured in Guitar Player magazine and was tapped the Bay Area winner of Guitar Center’s King of the Blues. In 2015 he toured as a full-time member of Big Brother and the Holding Company. And then, in 2016 he self-published a video hoping to get the attention of his rock hero, Dave Grohl. Along the way, he met Milwaukee’s Sandy Ploy who helped to connect the dots and a few months later he found himself sharing the stage with Dave Grohl. This year, one year later, he opened for Grohl and Taylor Hawkins in Hawkins’ Foo Fighters side project Chevy Metal. Tommy has also opened for Foreigner, Eddie Money, Kenny Wayne Sheperd, Living Colour, Tommy Castro, Walter Trout, Leon Russell, Y&T and most recently, The Stone Foxes.

    Seeing and hearing Odetto, it is easy to see that he is heavily influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Allman Brothers, Stevie Ray Vaughan; modern blues acts like Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark, Jr. and rock acts like Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, and others.

    Odetto is truly a rising star of the rock scene and is blazing his own trail to reignite the fire of rock and roll. Closing the campaign here in Milwaukee is sure to be a night of fierce guitar-driven rock and roll.

    This is an ALL AGES fundraising event. Advance tickets are $20 ages 13 and up; Kids 12 and under are free At the door $25 ages 13 and up. Tickets available at:

  • Fox and Branch

    Sun Aug 27 2017   11am @ 224 W Bruce St. - FREE

    Everyone has fun at a Fox and Branch show.

    That has been the duo’s guiding principle for the past two decades, especially since performing for children and parents became their main focus. Dave Fox and Will Branch strive to create a communal atmosphere of fun and high spirits wherever they play. A Fox and Branch show is as much a celebration of being together as it is a musical performance. Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the nationally known duo has toured the Midwest, the East Coast and the South. They are the winners of four Parent’s Choice recommended awards.

    Fox and Branch have appeared at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Symphony Space in New York City; Cafe Lena in Saratoga Springs, NY; Club Passim in Boston, MA; and the Overture Center in Madison, WI. They have been featured at many Midwest festivals and community events. The duo has brought their show to libraries in Brooklyn, NY; St. Louis, MO; Boston, MA; southern Louisiana; northern Illinois and across Wisconsin.

    Fox and Branch consider themselves to be working in the tradition of great children’s performers like Pete Seeger, Ella Jenkins and Bessie Jones. Audience members are invited to sing along, to dance, and to come onstage to try their hand at the washboard and other musical instruments. Anchored in American roots music, the duo also plays traditional music from other countries around the world.

  • Steel City Jug Slammers with Sweet Sheiks and Nickel & Rose

    Sun Aug 27 2017   8pm - $10 @ 224 W. Bruce St.

    "Birmingham’s Steel City Jugs Slammers provide audiences with a one of kind experience. From the moment that they take the stage, spectators will immediately take a step back in time. From their appearance, to their instruments, to the old southern banter, this group has all the charm of a century-old traveling music show fresh off the train, and will keep your attention captive from the first time you hear the blow of the jug and pluck of the tub bass."

    "Bringing a little bit of the Big Easy to the Brew City, Sweet Sheiks is a five-some inspired by the popular music of the teens, twenties, and thirties. Led by the vintage vocals of Jen Müttin-Schrank (guitar/saw/washboard), this violin (Ousia Lydian), banjo (Garrett Burton), clarinet (Andrew Spadafora), tuba (Aaron Johnson) lineup brings a modern flair to early jazz, blues, and Americana classics. Sweet Sheiks’ acoustic stylings are compelling, diverting, and are best summed up in two words, “refreshingly vintage."

    "Nickel & Rose is a powerful Duo from Milwaukee Wisconsin playing a unique style of Folk that blends Blues, Jazz, Soul, Americana, Swing, and African music. The music of Nickel&Rose (Carl Nichols-Guitar, Johanna Rose-Upright bass) has become a travelogue taking listeners from a Griot Ceremony in Senegal to a basement punk show in Portland, all while retaining the true spirit of American Folk Music. Imagine Peggy Lee and Ali Farka Toure at a Bluegrass jam. Better yet, experience them live. With tours of seven countries under their belt, expect to see them in a town near you, bringing their diverse musical backgrounds together to create a new style of American music."

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  • Peter Mulvey's 10th Annual Bike Tour

    Thu Sep 21 2017   8pm @ 224 W. Bruce St. - $15

    This will be Peter Mulvey’s 10th Annual Bike Tour in which he’s biking the tour instead of driving. The whole band will be joining him and Sista Strings will open.

    ‘Are You Listening?’ is his Righteous Babe Records debut with a March 24, 2017 release. As DiFranco says, "Mulvey has been honing his craft for many a decade and it shows. He can play some badass guitar, sing to touch your heart, and write a song that will knock you down – and by knock you down, I mean lift you up."

    Mulvey’s first love is playing music in a room for other people. He has performed some 4,000 concerts and traveled over a million miles to do it. He expects to continue to play upwards of 100 concerts a year this year and every year. DiFranco isn’t the only A-list supporter. Mulvey has shared stages with Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Greg Brown, the Indigo Girls, and many others, and media have long praised his work.

    NPR Music’s Bob Boilen has called his music “beautiful…. touching.”

    Rolling hailed his music ”haunting... A voice lush and hushed that occasionally sinks into a whisper."

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  • Twin Brother, Abby Jeanne and Dramatic Lovers

    Fri Sep 22 2017   8pm - $10 @ 224 W. Bruce St.

    New EP release show!

    Milwaukee's Twin Brother is a band re-imagined. Fronted by West Allis native, Sean Raasch, Twin Brother has been playing indie-inspired folk rock in town since 2012. The band released two records, 2013's self-titled release, and 2014's Swallow the Anchor, which drew a lot of praise and earned Twin Brother headlining club gigs across town as well as opening slots at Turner Hall for several national acts. However, not content to be a band pigeonholed in the ever growing alternative country folk scene, Raasch and longtime bandmate Lodi Broekhuizen retooled Twin Brother, adding new members and expanding the band's sonic repertoire.

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  • The Twilight Hours w/ sp. guest Sam Llanas

    Thu Oct 19 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $15

    John Munson (Semisonic, Trip Shakespeare) and Matt Wilson (Trip Shakespeare) met as teens in the late 80s when they became the rhythm section in a Minneapolis band called E Brown. At the time, Matt was a drummer, but he was determined to figure out how to play guitar by learning the licks on B.B. and Freddie King records. John, who got his start in a Rush and Aerosmith cover band, was on a higher mission of his own, to crack the codes of jazz bass. The two eventually formed their own group, Trip Shakespeare, teaming with Matt's brother Dan and a standup drummer, Elaine Harris. They toured for a decade during the 80s and 90s, releasing four albums.

    Matt was the band’s lyricist, but in 1992 he foundered on such profound case of writer’s block that in desperation he broke up the group. He then watched as John and Dan rose to the peak of the billboard charts as two-thirds of a new trio, Semisonic. John toured the world and was exposed to the music industry’s elite. Meanwhile, Matt learned to make web pages and scuffled about the Minneapolis music scene, eventually releasing his 1998 solo record, the unsung classic Burnt White & Blue.

    As the years wound ahead, John and Matt began to perform together once more as an acoustic duo, eventually settling on the name The Twilight Hours. In 2007 they released a gentle rock record featuring the sort of instrumentation you might hear at a high school play. That LP, Stereo Night, yielded a Twin Cities hit, “Queen of Tomorrow”, and forced the pair to build a band of talented musicians, including Dave Salmela on piano; Steve Roehm on drums, guitar and synth; Richard Medek on drums; and Minneapolis punk rock producer Jacques Wait on lead guitar.

    Now, on July 15, 2016, the group is releasing a follow up, the expansive Black Beauty. Wide-ranging in style and groove, the record maintains a chordal and melodic sweetness that contradicts the sorrowful sentiments of its lyrics. This mix of sad and happy, doom and redemption is the key to this album’s title, and, the group believes, a pattern in much of the world’s greatest art – and in the world itself: darkness and beauty in one.

    Sam Llanas (founding memeber of Bodeans) opens the show with Sean Williamson!

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  • Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls

    Thu Oct 26 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $10

    Jon Langford's (Mekons, Waco Brothers) latest solo project "Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls" was recorded in Muscle Shoals Alabama by legendary producer Norbert Putnam and features a collaboration with vocalists Tawny Newsome and Bethany Thomas on a whole brace of new Langford songs.

    Jon was originally the drummer for the punk band The Mekons when it formed at the University of Leeds in 1977, but he later took up the guitar as other band members left. Since the mid-1980s he has been one of the leaders in incorporating folk and country music into punk rock. He has released a number of solo recordings as well as recordings with other bands outside of The Mekons, most notably the Waco Brothers, which he co-founded after moving to Chicago in the early 1990s.

    Among Langford’s musical side projects have been the Three Johns (with John Hyatt and John (Phillip) Brennan), the country-punk Waco Brothers, the Pine Valley Cosmonauts and Ship and Pilot. He became a father figure to the local music scene, encouraging many of his labelmates on Bloodshot Records and championing anyone he thought worthy of scrutiny, often lending his services as a musician or visual artist or inviting local musicians to guest on his releases. Langford’s first official solo album, Skull Orchard, was released in 1998. He followed it with All the Fame of Lofty Deeds, in 2004, Gold Brick in 2006, and Old Devils in 2010.

    Langford is an accomplished artist and is renowned for his multi-layered paintings of famous and forgotten figures from the dawn of country music. Nashville Radio, a collection of his artwork and writings, was published in 2006.

    Langford has guested on numerous recordings, including with Dutch punk band the Ex, The Old 97s, Chip Taylor, as well as Austin, Texas legend Alejandro Escovedo, and has recorded joint albums with Sally Timms, Kevin Coyne, Richard Buckner, Kat Ex and Rosie Flores.

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    Sat Nov 11 2017   8pm - $5 @ 224 W. Bruce St.

    Cellist Janet Schiff and Percussionist Victor DeLorenzo (​founding drummer of ​Violent Femmes) create the bold and vibrant new sound of NINETEEN THIRTEEN.

    A cello made in Romania in the year 1913 and a set of drums made in modern day America entertain each other in a haunting, melodic dance that suggests mystery, romance and future thought​.​ Original​ ​compositions and looping are by Schiff while beat brushes and ​vocals ​​are by DeLorenzo.

    The cello is from 1913​ but​ the music is from today!

    NINETEEN THIRTEEN won a Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award for Jazz Artist of the Year and were featured on Fox Channel 6, The Arts Page on PBS and Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Lake Effect”. As a very busy chamber rock ensemble, NINETEEN THIRTEEN has performed at BMO Harris Pavilion, Milwaukee Art Museum, Bastille Days, Summerfest, The Pabst Theatre, The Pfister Hotel, Turner Hall, The Museum of Wisconsin Art, and Racine Art Museum, all in the past year!

    More information about NINETEEN THIRTEEN can be found at

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