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  • Friendsgiving #2 Bluegrass Showcase with Chicken Wire Empire and special guests

    Wed Nov 22 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $10adv/$12door

    "Wow 2017 flew by! CWE is very excited to celebrate the 2nd Annual Friends-giving at Anodyne Coffee in Walkers Point. Thanksgiving is a time for friends, family, feasts and...well... giving thanks! As a preemptive "Thank you" CWE would like to acknowledge all of the beautiful music lovers that have made 2017, truly a year to remember.

    Friends-giving 2, is about celebrating the community and those who fill it with art, music, culture and delicious coffee. An intimate (love that word) evening of acoustic music provided by CWE and many special guests."

    Advance tickets available here--

  • Koch- Marshall Trio

    Fri Nov 24 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $15

    Greg opens with the show with a rare acoustic set! 

    Greg Koch and the Koch-Marshall Trio consists of American guitarist Greg Koch, his son Dylan Koch on drums and Hammond B3 specialist Toby Lee Marshall. At the heart of this organ trio is a blues sensibility – but Koch’s compositions are an amalgam of rock, funk, jazz and country served up with heavy grooves and dynamic improvisations delivered with no small dose of humor and occasional wild abandon.

    Koch is widely known for his lengthy tenure as an international ambassador for Fender Guitars which listed him in their “Top Ten Unsung Guitarists.”  Greg is a contributing columnist for a variety of guitar magazines including Guitar Player Magazine which listed Greg’s  “Chief’s Blues” in their “40 Badass Blues Solos You Must Hear.” 

    Dylan Koch gravitated to the drums early on in his life using kitchen utensils to play along with music as soon as he could walk. In high school Dylan participated in the Jazz Institute at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and furthered his studies at the McNally Smith School of Music in the Twin Cities. He has performed alongside his father with such artists as Robben Ford, Little Feat’s Paul Barrere,Jon Cleary, David Grissom, Roscoe Beck and Malford Milligan. Dylan was recently nominated for “Drummer Of The Year” by the Wisconsin Area Music Awards (WAMI).

    Toby Lee Marshall’s screaming B3 is the perfect compliment to the musical stew that is the Koch songbook. Hailing from the Twin Cities, his fascination for the Hammond B3 took hold after seeing Steve Cherewan playing with Dr. Mambos Combo at their legendary residency at Bunkers in Minneapolis. Steve mentored Toby in the ways of the B3 and he hit the ground running landing a gig with bluesman Lonnie Brooks while still a teen. He would go on to travel the world as a member of Bernard Allison’s band. After taking a hiatus to spend some family time, Toby is returning to music with a vehemence and the Koch-Marshall format gives him a long leash to let his freak flag fly, providing groovy bass lines, sinuous chordal work and incendiary solos.

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  • Hayward Williams release show for 'Pretenders' with Coyote Brother

    Sat Nov 25 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $10

    Hayward Williams is a veteran singer/songwriter from Milwaukee, WI. With six full length records under his belt, Williams is set to release his latest effort: Pretenders.  This record is yet another swan dive into the deep end of the Americana/Soul world that Hayward tends to reside in.

    Growing up in Wisconsin in the 80's and 90's convinced Hayward Williams to search for something more out there in the world. Foregoing higher education, he joined a band and learned much about what to do and what not to do in the Midwest music scene. Playing in pubs for many years , getting thick skin and finding a notably sharp tongue, avenues opened up to Williams. Headlining European tours, major US festivals and a few trips to Australia later, Hayward has carved out an impressive niche in the folk music business.

    Pretenders was recorded in October of 2016 at Midwest Sound in Rockford, IL under a full moon and the care of Dan McMahon and Jeremy Koester. Hayward and J. Hardin would co-produced the album. Charles Koltak, who played drums on Williams' Haymaker (2012) teamed up with Jeremy Moses Curtis in the rhythm section. Corey Matthew Hart of Madison, WI (Lost Lakes) would lend his talented voice and guitar work to the project during one late night session. Finally, Brooks Milgate would send his B3 performances in remotely from the east coast adding a layer to the project that would fit in with any Al Green classic.

    "Often dark, always honest and in the groove, Williams continues to break new ground in new traditional folk rock. There’s a ghostly spirit that floats through the songs on “Pretenders.” Williams is a wary caretaker of those spirits. His songs brim with the smoke and mirror lyricism of Leonard Cohen—with the rocker’s heart of Neil Young." -Andy Moore ISTHMUS (Madison, WI)

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  • Fox and Branch

    Sun Nov 26 2017   11:00 am FREE @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee

    The Press Waffles food truck will be parked out front for this show!

    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.

    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.

  • 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.

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  • 4th Annual Tribute to Larry Penn

    Sun Dec 3 2017   5:00 pm- 8:00pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $10

    Larry’s songs will be performed by Bill Camplin + Li’l Rev + John Sieger + Patty Stevenson & Craig Siemsen +Bob & Diana Suckiel and other special Guests.

    Larry Penn was a folk singer, song writer best known for the songs he wrote about hard work, labor, social justice and trains, but he also sang about love and wrote songs for children. He was considered to be Milwaukee’s dean of folk music. He was a member of the Rose Tattoo with Utah Philips. Larry was married to Pat and the father of five. He drove a truck for a living, was a maker of intricate wooden toys, a union member and lover trains. He was an extremely talented man and a man of principal. He leaves behind a large body of songs and poetry for others to enjoy.

    Larry’s songs will be performed by Bill Camplin + Li’l Rev + John Sieger + Patty Stevenson & Craig Siemsen +Bob & Diana Suckiel and other special Guests.

  • Micah Olsan EP Release w/ The Belle Weather and Listening Party

    Thu Dec 7 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $10

    Micah Olsan is a versatile singer, songwriter, guitarist and tape machine enthusiast who's sound falls somewhere between Nick Drake and Michael Kiwanuka.  Olsan’s energy, talent, and seminal sound have made him one of Milwaukee’s longtime beloved musicians.  A one-man sound machine, Olsan bucks the trend of overly produced perfection choosing instead to focus on capturing a moment in time and preserving it for posterity.  Using his voice, guitar, and a few old machines Olsan wanders through dimensions of Americana, Soul and Psychedelia.  With every offering on the EP blurring the lines of archetypal styles, it’s no wonder that Olsan hunkered down at National Studio with a handful of prodigious guest musicians to create the perfect cocktail of melodrama and focus into four deceptively simple tracks.

    Tickets available at the door and here--

  • Shonn Hinton & Shotgun w/ Alex Wilson Band

    Fri Dec 15 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $10

    Advance tickets available here--

    Paying homage to great acts such as: BB King, Freddie King, Carlos Santana, The Eagles, and Jimi Hendrix, their contribution to the music world is celebrated through their passion, artistry and musicianship. Shonn Hinton & Shotgun gladly accepts the responsibility of restoring music back to its rightful place. That is, having a hell of a good time through our absolute blend of southern rock with a Detroit soul feel completed with a southern Baptist church spirit. This will free you to "Hang up your hang ups" at the door, release your inhibition and "Dance the Night Away." Shonn Hinton & Shotgun's time shines as a bastion of what once was great music. Taking cues from comparable masters Buddy Guy, James Brown, Wilson Pickett, and the Isley Brothers, Shonn Hinton & Shotgun rehabilitates that good ole feeling in your heart and soul, leaving you with only one choice, to get up and dance!

    From Piet Levy at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel--- Of all the musicians living in Milwaukee, Shonn Hinton hands down has one of the most impressive résumés, if not the strongest. The guitarist is part of Jill Scott's touring band. Before that, he toured with John Legend. And Lil Wayne. And for six years, Mary J. Blige. He's played all over the world, and even on the Grammys, twice. There have been lucky breaks, to be sure, but Hinton's success is mostly the result of exceptional perseverance and hard work. At only 35, there are almost certainly many more exciting opportunities to come. "I never knew I could make money doing something I took great joy in," Hinton said. "When I sat behind a set of drums or behind a guitar and played, I forgot about everything else."

    Alex Wilson picked up the guitar at five years old and never put it down. Immersed in the Milwaukee blues scene, Alex was surrounded, and influenced by such local luminaries as Stokes, Lee Gates, Jim Liban and Milwaukee Slim.

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  • Holiday Special with Testa Rosa, Mark Waldoch & Jordan Davis

    Sat Dec 16 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $8

    Sing along with holiday favorites old and new.

    All ages! $8

  • 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--


    Sat Dec 23 2017   8pm @ 224 W Bruce St.

    Tickets on sale here--

    Holding the title of the hardest working lounge band in the Midwest is no easy task unless you are the 5 Card Studs.

    Their live show is a unique blend of big-time Las Vegas attitude and 70's TV game show schmaltz, all glossed over with a washed-up lounge/wedding singer veneer. Musically their performances feature many recognizable 60s & 70s AM Gold classics all of which is delivered by the expert musicianship of the five seasoned veterans in the 5 Card Studs, making for an unforgettable experience in entertainment.

    Radio Radio is your only New Wave cover band. A real band, seasoned in the ways of pop & rock music with flagrant and abundant New Wave tendencies. The sound of New Wave and alternative radio of the late 70's and 80's is their bread and butter, and Radio Radio is known as the truest and slickest act covering the tunes no other band has cracked. Noted in Milwaukee press as "your best chance at seeing these songs performed by a truely stalwart band", and "No gimmick, just a great new wave band of pop-rock heavyweights. Totally".

    Tickets on sale now here--