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  • CANCELED! The Twilight Hours w/ Sam Llanas

    Thu Oct 19 2017   8:00 pm postponed! @ 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!

    advance tickets available here--

  • Jon Langford's Four Lost Souls w/sp. guest Liar's Trial

    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.

    Milwaukee's Liar's Trial opens the show!

    advance tickets available here--

  • The Moth- True Stories Told Live

    Fri Oct 27 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee

    CHEATING: Prepare a five-minute story about CHEATING. Stepping out, crib sheets, tax evasion or stacked decks. Tricks, swindles, cons and frauds. Philanders and chiselers and flimflammers, tramps and thieves. Broken hearts and bank accounts, sneaks and dirty dogs.

    *Tickets for this event are available one week before the show, at 2pm CT / 3pm ET at this link---

  • Fox and Branch

    Sun Oct 29 2017   11:00 am FREE @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee

    Everyone has fun at a Fox & 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.

  • Zach Pietrini and Driveway Thriftdwellers

    Fri Nov 3 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $10

    Advance tickets available here--

    Rooted in Milwaukee, WI, Zach Pietrini is "the definition of an up-and-coming musician in Milwaukee" (Milwaukee Record, 2017). The Zach Pietrini Band crafts brutally honest, instantly familiar songs that uphold old country standards but incorporate new rock sensibilities. With the diverse approach of Gram Parsons, the writing style of Ryan Adams, and the live show of Jason Isbell, they are the total Americana package.

    Zach's new record is called Holding Onto Ghosts; a loud yet vulnerable exploration into letting go of the things that haunt him. Holding Onto Ghosts is one of the "best Milwaukee albums of 2017 (so far)" (Milwaukee Record, 2017).

    Serving as direct support for bands such as Huey Lewis and the News, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Miles Nielson it's no wonder why The Zach Pietrini Band has been nominated twice for best band in Milwaukee by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. Pietrini has won the Wisconsin Singer Songwriter Contest, the Cool Notes Music Competition, and has been featured on Wisconsin Public Radio, the Troubadour Show (EU), 91.7 WMSE, and 414 Music (88Nine Radio Milwaukee).

    Made up of veteran musicians from Madison and Milwaukee, the Driveway Thriftdwellers draw upon their founding brothers’ Northwoods upbringing to create a no-nonsense blend of DIY classic country and Americana sensibilities. Earthy vocal harmonies and down-home pedal steel distinguish the group’s sound. The Thriftdwellers’ live shows feature a diverse mix of original music – ranging from sprawling odes about unspoiled landscapes to up-tempo bar anthems – and occasional tributes to everyone from Merle Haggard to The Replacements, all lovingly performed with just the right amount of North Country twang.


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

    An intimate evening, with acoustic and electric sets including songs, stories, poetry, boogie and blues featuring Milwaukee’s Award-Winning Folksinger and Instrumentalist Lil Rev & Friends.

    Solo and Duo 1st set, 2nd set full tilt blues and boogie with Jim Liban on harp and James Eannelli on Guitar.

    “Listen to this! Lil’ Rev is great!” Pete Seeger

    “A ukulele and harmonica wizard” Elderly Instruments

    Advance Tickets available using link below...


    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

    advance tickets available here--

  • Mike Mangione & The Kin CD Release Show

    Fri Nov 17 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $10

    American​ ​Songwriter​ ​Magazine​ branded Mike​ ​Mangione​'s music as "orchestral folk/rock" via their four star review of the his last record, however it's the new album But I've Seen The Stars, accompanied by his new collective "The​ ​Kin​," where we find a more atmospheric take on folk/rock.

    You may have heard of the group in their previous incarnation as Mike Mangione & The Union, rooted by Mike and his brother Thomas. The band garnered acclaim from Billboard​, AllMusic​, Blurt​ and more before they dissolved in 2014. After that, Mike began spending time in the Northwoods of Wisconsin to focus on writing his fifth studio record. In addition to having his brother Thomas in the fold, Mike was introduced to Chauntee and Monique Ross of the band Sistastrings​. Their musicality on violin and cello, as well as beautiful vocal harmonies won Mike over. In need of an accomplished rhythm section for the project, he reached out to friends, Josh Collazo (drums) and Seth Ford-Young (bass) of Edward​ ​Sharpe​ ​&​ ​The​ ​Magnetic​ ​Zeros​.

    Collazo suggested the Magnetic Zeros’ trusty producer/engineer Matt “Linny” Linesch for the role of producer on the new album. The band started recording at the historic United Recording (Ocean Way) in Los Angeles, CA in the winter of 2015. When it came to the tracking album's lead single "Riding Down," Mike says "the song was just a guitar riff at that time. I expressed a loose vision to Josh and Seth, referencing Howlin' Wolf and Wille Dixon. Right away they caught on, set the groove and we were off." Roots music has a long tradition in dealing with either running toward or away from light/darkness. This song swims in the same waters. In this case the protagonist is fighting to break out and run towards the good and he knows that when he finally gets free the hounds will be howling.

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  • Charles Walker Band w/ Porky's Groove Machine

    Sat Nov 18 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $10

    Deliciously Stanky. Dynamically  Funky.  Recklessly Hopeful.  Grounded in soul, the Charles Walker Band has been compared to Prince, Bruno Mars, The Brand New Heavys, and James Brown.  The Milwaukee based band has refined their sound into Neo-Funk, a fusion of funk infused rhythms with pop melodies.  The three-piece band rehearses tirelessly in Charles’ basement, amidst couches and low ceilings, Charles having to stoop the entire time. The questions he always poses to the band are: How can this be tighter? How can this song look different? How can we get fans involved? Fans love the band’s positive energy music and attend shows because they feel better than when they arrived.  The Charles Walker Band is Deliciously Stanky. Dynamically Funky.  Recklessly Hopeful.

    Porky's Groove Machine opens the show!

  • Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys

    Fri Dec 1 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $10

    Featuring Westside Andy on harmonica! And Big Al Dorn & The Blues Howlers open the show!

    Bringing crowds to their feet at the hardest to please and sophisticated night clubs in the Midwest, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys play traditional blues, straight up with a big dose of passion. With smoking grooves, served up with hot harmonica and smooth stinging guitar they play original songs peppered with nods to Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and the three Kings. Born and raised on south side of Chicago, the Reverend has been playing the blues since 1971 when he first saw Freddy King play at the Kinetic Theatre in Chicago. After 15 year hitch in the Navy he moved to Milwaukee where he began a long friendship and collaboration with Madison Slim, long time harmonica player for Jimmy Rogers. Since 1990 he has opened for B.B King, Gatemouth Brown, Pinetop Perkins, Koko Taylor Band, Junior Wells, Billy Branch, Magic Slim, Elvin Bishop, Sugar Blue, Lonnie Brooks, William Clarke, Lefty Dizz, Rod Piazza, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Duke Robillard, Jeff Healy, Trampled Underfoot, Mike Zito, Nick Moss, Tommy Castro and numerous others at festivals and at Buddy Guy’s Legends where he has been on rotation as a headliner for 16 years. Wisconsin Music Industry (WAMI) award for best blues band in 1999, 2000, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2015. People’s Choice Award in 2006, 2008, 2010. Voted the Best Blues Band In Milwaukee by The Shepherd Express Reader’s Poll in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016. 2011 Blues Blast Music Award Nominee for Best Blues Band” and “Best Song” 2015 Blues Blast Music Award Award for Best Live CD 2015 Independent Blues Scene Award for Best Live CD 2007 Grammy Award Nominee for “Best Blues Compilation CD” for Bamfest 2007 Band features Grammy Nominee Westside Andy Linderman on harmonica

  • The 4onthefloor w/ Christopher Gold & The New Old Things

    Sat Dec 2 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $10

    With the 4onthefloor’s third release, All In, frontman, Gabriel Douglas, wants the band’s next album to be driving and immediate; something that speaks to the growing audience of the band. “You don’t need a time machine to experience this record and this isn’t a kid playing with a laptop in their closet,” said Douglas. The band wanted to showcase their roots in blues and also the immediacy of post-pop punk with the hooks & sing-a-longs you’d find in all the best road trip anthems. All songs on this record were written with a notable high octane, and the furious delivery can be heard throughout the tracks.

    The band worked with an American treasure, Erik Koskinen, for this record. “He’s got a great studio for live takes with a full band, and a great ear for what works,” said Douglas. The songs are quick, energetic, & fit. Douglas doesn’t write stuff he can’t play and he doesn’t play stuff he doesn’t mean, which you can hear in the immediacy of the songs.

    Rock’n’roll has had many definitions. Some more strongly defined in the sound of the music and others by the soul behind them. Influenced by past moments of rock’n’roll by Neil Young, the Guess Who, Led Zeppelin, and including the modern variations carried on by bands like Brand New, Lucero, the Black Keys, and Murder by Death, The 4onthefloor is setting out to stomp on in the footholds of rock’n’roll and light the fires where they need to be lit. Rock’n’roll is alive and well in this band.

    Following in the footsteps of some of the band’s influences, being on the road plays a large role in the writing for this record. The merriment must come from all angles, including the stage for a memorable show and the 4onthefloor BRING IT. A small town upbringing brought along the song, “Small Towns.” Growing up in a town of less than 2,000 heartbeats, and no stoplights; the cornerstones of small town America rings true. The song is about enjoying where you are, wherever you are. It’s about finding ways to pick yourself and the folks around you up, finding joy & humbleness in the open hands that you find when you look hard enough. Douglas writes about experiences, failures, successes, and not so much the what-could-have-beens. Life is for the living and this is the soundtrack to a life well lived. Keep the fire in your eyes.

    advance tickets available here--

  • Buffalo Gospel with Nickel & Rose

    Fri Dec 22 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $12adv/$15door

    -- Buffalo Gospel --

    Milwaukee-based Buffalo Gospel delivers heartfelt and heartbreaking timeless Country/Western and Americana arrangements. Bleary, haggard, emotion shines through in the raw lyrical honesty set against a tapestry of powerful minimalism. In a genre plagued by carbon copy insincerity, Buffalo Gospel’s breathtaking honesty and wildcat live performances take listeners to a dusty, forlorn, but strangely familiar place that simply gets sweeter with time.

    Buffalo Gospel’s music has been praised as “minimalist and masterful,” “musically arresting,” and “Milwaukee’s Best Kept Secret.” After releasing their debut album, “We Can Be Horses,” in 2013 to rave reviews, the band followed up with a pair of EPs, including the critically-acclaimed 2015 release, “Waiting for the Lights to go Out.” Buffalo Gospel recorded their sophomore album in the summer of 2016 with engineer, Brian Joseph (Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, Indigo Girls...etc) and is currently planning its 2018 release.

    “Americana may continually blow in and out of fashion, but the expertly realized and deeply felt Americana of Buffalo Gospel defies any weather-bound tastes.” – Milwaukee Record

    -- Nickel & Rose --

    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.

    $12 advance tickets available here--