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  • Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys

    Fri Mar 31 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W Bruce St. $10

    Featuring Westside Andy on harmonica! And with very special guest Big Al Dorn & The Blues Howlers

    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

    advance tickets available here--

  • Semi-Twang w/ special guest Chris DeMay

    Fri Apr 7 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $10

    Back in 1988, Semi-Twang thought they'd taken their best shot with Salty Tears, their Warner Brothers debut. That record generated tons of critical acclaim but little in the way of sales. Soon after its release, other opportunities beckoned and the band members went their separate ways. Friendships survived, but the band was history. For John Sieger, the songwriter and main vocalist, Nashville, TN seemed like a good idea. Dwight Yoakam was one of many artists who found Sieger’s songs and producers like Pete Anderson and Jerry Harrison were finding slots for his tunes. Mike Hoffmann stayed busy producing other artists and the other fellows in the band, all great players, were soon scooped up by other groups around town.

    After a 2009 Shank Hall reunion, the band decided a new recording was in order...the one they should have made first. Unlike their debut, (a major label project with a budget just this side of a NASA launch) the band recorded on the sly, mostly at Hoffmann’s House Studio. The atmosphere was loose but unwavering in its vision - get in, make the best record you've ever made, get out — what’s so hard about that?

    In March of 2011, Wages Of Sin, their first album in 23 years, was released to overwhelmingly positive response - glowing critical reviews, over-the-top fan praise and lots of local airplay. Semi-Twang had always harkened back to classic artists like Dylan, The Beatles and The Band. This approach paid off handsomely on Wages, an album that dares you to to put a time-stamp on it.

    On March 23, 2013 the band released their third project, The Why & The What For, a recording that ups the stakes in a very entertaining way. It is topical and personal with a bit more R&B soul influence that includes a few throwbacks to the duckwalk days of Chuck Berry. Oh, and you'll also be rewarded with one or two of those unclassifiable yet familiar songs you've come to expect from Semi-Twang.

    With a new record in 2017, the future looks great for Semi-Twang and their expanding audience, be sure to catch their exciting live show when they head your way!

  • La Terza Classe w/ special guest Sweet Sheiks

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

    La Terza Classe was born in Naples in October 2012; the street were the place where the project formed and had its first achievements, and where the band started to produce music and shows playing traditional and modern Americanfolk songs: from Bluegrass to Dixieland, also called Early Jazz, up to Jug Band songs, combining each one of the styles with typical Neapolitan “theatricality”.

    Over the years La Terza Classe has had the chance to continue studying the roots of the music they play and for this reason the band has performed in many European countries (Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands) and especially in the United States , which they toured in 2014, 2015 and 2016; the band has been featured on many American radio shows (one of them being the famous “Blue Plate Special” , live on WDVX radio in Knoxville) and had the honor of playing for three years in a row at “Music City Roots” in Nashville,TN, as well as in the well known Live Oak Music Festival, in Austin,TX.

    In 2015 the band participated at the “Bluegrass Contest” in the town of Anderson, S.C., and won second place and had the opportunity to perform on the Main Stage of the “Boograss Bash Festival”, together with internationally recognized artists like Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent and Flatt Lonesome. Along with its music activity, La Terza Classe has had the chance to feature in several television programs produced by Sky Arte: “On the Road with Joe Bastianich” and “Fotografi”; it has also recently been featured on the 2016 edition of “Italy’s got Talent”.

    advance tickets available here--

  • Coffeeshop Astrophysics

    Sat Apr 8 2017   1pm @ 224 W Bruce St. - FREE

    4/8 - The Interstellar Medium: The Ocean Between the Stars There isn’t just empty space between the stars. The material between stars, called the interstellar medium or ISM, is mostly gas and dust and can have an enormous range of temperatures and densities. Stars form from the ISM and supernovae blast new material into the ISM. We use the ISM to understand what galaxies are made of and how galaxies are rotating. In this talk, we will explain what the ISM is and how we can use it to understand galaxies.

  • PEEP Show

    Sun Apr 9 2017   Noon - 3pm @ 224 W Bruce St. - FREE

    It's time to get your creative juices flowing for the umpteenth annual PEEP Show!

    This is a free, family-friendly event. Kids and adults alike are welcome to create art inspired by or created with marshmallow PEEPs! Please drop them off by 11am for maximum viewing pleasure. If you would like your project back, please retrieve it by 4pm.

    There will be many great raffle packages available. All proceeds from the raffles will benefit the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee. We will be holding a PEEP contest as well where participants will have a limited amount of time to place PEEPs in their mouthes (without swallowing) Details on the contest to come later. Please share with friends and family, the more PEEP exhibits the better!

  • Pieta Brown

    Sat Apr 15 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $20

    Featuring Bo Ramsey on electric guitar and Mike Rossetto on guitar, banjo, and soundscapes.

    Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon says (Pieta's new record) Paradise Outlaw is “probably my favorite record ever made at our studio.”

    It was in hotel rooms across the country that Pieta Brown wrote most of the songs on her gorgeous new album, 'Postcards.' Like any touring musician, she was on the road to survive, balancing the rewards of performing music for a living with the challenges of trying to stay connected to loved ones and other artists while in motion. So, when she was finally stationed at home, she decided to send out some postcards. These weren't just any postcards, though, these were musical postcards, the stripped-down, acoustic shells of new songs she'd written while traveling, and she sent them to folks like Mark Knopfler, Calexico, Mason Jennings, David Lindley, Carrie Rodriguez, Caitlin Canty, and The Pines among others. Her instructions to each were simple: write back.

    “These Postcards are about connecting and openness,” explains Pieta. “But, one of the sparks for this project was talking to so many musicians who are dealing with the way the music business has been shape-shifting lately. From people with very successful careers to more underground indie artists just trying to pay the bills, everyone seems to be dealing with this sense of 'How do we do this?' and looking for their own answers. I was hoping through the music and collaborations to keep the conversation going."

    What Pieta created is more than a conversation, though. It's a striking collection of portraits—sometimes sweet and tender, sometimes eerie and haunting—of characters facing loneliness and longing and loss with a stoic sense of dignity. Her airy vocals, with just a hint of a drawl from a childhood split between Alabama and Iowa, float above rich, earthy texture, fluidly merging grit and grace in what is undoubtedly her finest work to date.

    Hailed as a "self-styled poetess, folk goddess and country waif" by the BBC, Pieta Brown first came to international attention with her 2002 self-titled debut. Pieta has since been recognized by NPR for her "moody, ethereal" songwriting, applauded by The Boston Globe for her "mercurial voice” and has continued to gain wide-spread critical attention for both her singing and songwriting with each release. Wall Street Journal, American Songwriter, and Amazon have all included her albums in year-end, ‘best-of’ picks. And along the way she has shared stages with everyone from Emmylou Harris and JJ Cale to Neko Case and Richard Thompson, in addition to performing at major festivals like Bonnaroo and Mountain Jam. But maybe even more importantly, to a fiercely independent artist like Pieta, she has received praise and support from many of her fellow artists and mentors - Justin Vernon, Iris Dement, Mark Knopfler, Amos Lee, producer Don Was, and film-maker Wim Wenders to name a few.


  • The Last Revel Record Release Show w/ The Wooks

    Fri Apr 21 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $12adv/$15door


    From the budding music scene of the Upper Midwest comes the cutting edge Front Porch Americana soundscapes of The Last Revel. This powerfully talented trio of multi-instrumentalists from Minneapolis, Minnesota so naturally blends the genres of Folk, Rockabilly, Old Time String-Band and Rock to create a sound that is as equally original as it is timeless.

    The Last Revel trio utilizes their multi-instrumental abilities to bring the acoustic guitar, upright bass, fiddle, 5-string banjo, harmonica, kick drum and three-part vocal harmonies together to consistently deliver “Bombastic live performances,” as well as delicate and haunting folk ballads.

    Garnishing the attention of Minnesota Public Radio, 89.3 - The Current, and PBS Minnesota Original, TLR prides themselves on a foundation of solid songwriting as the ultimate goal of their musicality. Paired with formidable instrumental chops, the trio has had the privilege of sharing stages with Trampled by Turtles, Pert Near Sandstone, Charlie Parr, Turnpike Troubadours, The Charlie Daniels Band, and Horseshoes & Hand Grenades.

    The Wooks- Energetically honoring the sound of traditional bluegrass and mountain music, with threads of singer-songwriter, rock, and jam band music woven throughout, The Wooks are as at home on a festival stage as they are in a barn in the heart of Kentucky's horse country. The Wooks: CJ Cain (guitar), Galen Green (mandolin), Arthur Hancock (banjo), Roddy Puckett (bass), and Jesse Wells (fiddle), were born over some 20 years time somewhere between a high school snack bar, an Irish pub, the radio waves, and a festival jam circle. Inspired by legends and trailblazers like Crowe, Whitley, Simpson, Bush, Stapleton, and Rice who cut their teeth on stages throughout the bluegrass region, The Wooks translate the sights and sounds of the people, hills, bars, roads, and creeks around them into songs and shows that captivate. With both respect for their heritage and innovative originality, The Wooks are the natural evolution of a sound that has always been there.

    Tickets are $15 at the door so buy 'em now!

  • Shonn Hinton & Shotgun

    Sat Apr 22 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $10

    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."

    advance tickets available here---

  • The Moth - FRESH

    Fri Apr 28 2017   7pm doors 8pm show @ Anodyne Walker's Point 224 W. Bruce Street

    FRESH: Prepare a five-minute story about the crispest and cleanest of life's offerings. A new zip code, spouse, haircut or nose. Out with the stale, and in with the freshly baked. Tales of reinvention, from love life shakeups to a test drive of the new and improved you! *Tickets for this event are available on April 7th, at 2pm CT / 3pm ET. $10

  • Fox and Branch

    Sun Apr 30 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.

  • Joseph Huber Album Release Show w/special guest Al Scorch

    Fri May 5 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $10

    Joseph Huber's 4th solo release, 'The Suffering Stage' is a shift both in writing style and in it's filled-out production style, which looks beyond his usual minimalist folk recordings. It features many of Milwaukee's best players, such as Ryan Knudson on pedal steel; Dustin Dobernig on keys; Andrew Koenig on electric guitar; as well as his long-time touring band members--Jason Loveall on fiddle; and Eston Bennett on bass. It follows his early self-released material--'Bury Me Where I Fall' (2010) and 'Tongues Of Fire' (2012)--and his 3rd album, 'The Hanging Road,' which was released under Nashville's 'Muddy Roots Recordings' label in Spring 2014.

    Joseph was a founding member of the .357 String Band--a group that, despite its abrupt break-up, still continues to gain popularity and is known as one of the most influential groups in the recent insurgent underground country and bluegrass movement. Having moved from .357, Huber has honed his songwriting abilities immensely and now continues moving onward and upward captivating folks with his sincere and well-crafted songs under his own name and with his backing band. Whether it's irresistible, fiddle-driven, dancing tunes or honest, heart-wrenching "songwriter" songs, Huber spans the spectrum of 'Roots' music while preferring not to stay within the boundaries of any strict genre classification.

    His lyricism and introspective writing style has received high acclaim from many Americana enthusiasts looking for a more substantive substitute to much of today's modern country. Maintaining a solid touring schedule, playing all throughout both the U.S. and all around Europe, Huber continues to gain positive press, including being listed on L.A. Weekly's '10 More Country Artists To Listen To (2014).' Blue Ridge Outdoor writes, “Songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Chris Smither, and John Prine can marvel listeners in the simplest of acoustic settings,...From time to time, I stumble upon a new singer/songwriter whose work warrants comparison to the luminaries on this list. ...Huber’s songwriting has me comparing him to my favorites above.”

    Al Scorch--- Balanced on wedges of punk, old-time string band, American and European folk, and soulful balladry, Al is an entertainer, road warrior, storyteller, and one helluva musician. His second album and Bloodshot debut Circle Round the Signs is built on a sonic framework sharing an intersection with the Bad Livers’ lawless next-gen take on traditional country & bluegrass, and Black Flag’s burn-it-all-down revolt and breakneck tempos. From the train-hopping tale of “Pennsylvania Turnpike” – updating steel rails to concrete ribbons – to the shout-along, late-night lament of “Insomnia” (“I toss and I turn in my bed every night/ I’m sober but my mind’s as high as a kite”), the aural dexterity is thrilling.

    advance tickets available here--

  • Nineteen Thirteen

    Fri May 19 2017   8pm @ 224 W Bruce St. $5

    Cellist Janet Schiff and Percussionist Victor DeLorenzo (Violent Femmes) create the bold and vibrant 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, beat brushes and commentary are by DeLorenzo.

    The cello is from 1913, the music is from today!

  • Trapper Schoepp and Ha Ha Tonka

    Fri Jun 2 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W. Bruce Street Milwaukee $12adv/$15door

    $12 advance/ $15 door

    Coming straight out of Springfield, MO, Ha Ha Tonka specialize in disarming and effortless anthems that owe as much to high and lonesome Ozarks mountain music as chugging college rock.

    A week into recording their fifth album Heart-Shaped Mountain, Ha Ha Tonka was forced to start over. A massive hardware crash at the studio deleted everything. Following a wave of shock, the band regrouped and refocused, trying different approaches to song structures that they otherwise wouldn’t have, and made a resilient album of positivity and triumphant effervescence. After all, music has the power to overcome.

    Ha Ha Tonka formed in 2004, when four friends from the Ozarks of Missouri started playing music together. They recorded four critically acclaimed albums, played Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits, and appeared on Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations. Through it all, the individuals made friends, found love, some members got married, some had kids. Especially now, there’s a maturity in being able to assess life’s scenery and look toward the future. And there’s something altogether more powerful in making others want to feel the same exact way. After all, Heart-Shaped Mountain has the power to overcome.

    Trapper Schoepp is a young man who’s befriended a strange and diverse cast of characters during his 25 years. That small army of rogues & romantics, drifters & dreamers and soldiers & schemers populate his songs. Their tragedies & comedies, their lives & deaths recalled in his finely-etched musical vignettes.

    photo credit- Jason Conulsen