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  • The Fatty Acids w/ Zed Kenzo, Phat Nerds, Aloha Juice

    Fri Feb 24 2017   8pm @ 224 W Bruce St.

    LP/Tape Release Show

    The Fatty Acids have been a strange fixture in the local scene for almost ten years now. The band’s quirky, often chaotic, but always lyrically-driven songs have attracted Milwaukee show-goers throughout their long existence as the city’s leading scramble-poppers. Let’s face it ... most bands don’t last as long as The Fatty Acids, and when they do those bands end up watching many of their peers rise and fall and fizzle out. But for those rare acts that do stick around, it’s often on albums 3, 4 or 5 that their best work shines through. Such is the case for Dogs of Entertainment. After an almost 3-and-a-half year gap between 2013’s Bolero, the Fatties emerge with their strongest, most mature album; trading the complex arrangements and spastic riffage of their past records for a deeply introspective and stripped down minimalism. A punkish disregard for perfection flows throughout Dogs, but The Fatties make it feel like a more mellow approach to experimentation. Dogs of Entertainment will be released through Gloss Records on 2/21 on vinyl LP.

  • Tweed Funk

    Sat Feb 25 2017   8pm - $10 @ 224 W Bruce St.

    For Tweed Funk, 2016 was year of highs and lows. The band released their 4th album, "Come Together", on April 29, 2016 and received excellent critical acclaim and worldwide airplay. One month prior to the release of the album front man, Joseph "Smokey" Holman, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer. Tweed Funk continued to tour the east coast and Midwest through the summer of 2016 in support of the album, working their tour dates around Smokey's chemotherapy and a couple of hospitalizations. During that time their latest album was featured as Dan Aykroyd's "blues-breaker" on The radio program; hit #11 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Blues Album Chart; hit #19 on the Living Blues Chart; nominated for 4 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards; and Smokey was nominated for a Living Blues Most Outstanding Blues Singer Award.

    The band stopped playing shows at the end of July while Smokey underwent a successful stem cell transplant. The Milwaukee community as well as the national blues community really pulled together during this time to support Smokey financially, emotionally, and spiritually. The show at Anodyne marks Tweed Funk's triumphant return to the stage after a 7 month hiatus. The band looks forward to building on their success with another east coast tour in the summer of 2017. Through the fall excellent reviews on "Come Together" continued to roll in including being named to American Blues Scene's "14 'New Old-Soul' Acts You Need to Hear Right Now" - the list includes the late Sharon Jones, Leon Bridges, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and many more. Come out and celebrate Tweed Funk and Smokey's return to the music!

  • Fox and Branch

    Sun Feb 26 2017   11am @ 224 W Bruce St. - FREE

    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.

  • The Zach Pietrini Band Record Release Party w/ Special Guest Jodee Lewis

    Fri Mar 3 2017   8pm @ 224 W Bruce St. $10 (suggested)

    Zach says "Pay what you can to get in the show". Get your advance tickets now for $10 or pay what you can at the door. Either way, just get to this show!

    Nominated two years running for Best Band in Milwaukee (2014-2015, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee). the Zach Pietrini Band barrels through towns on rails laid by Gram Parsons & Ryan Adams. A 5-piece alt-country outfit, the band charges on with its newest release Highways and Heartache. Their sound consistently evolves, but doesn't stray from its roots of brutally honest and instantly familiar tavern tunes. The songwriting has "sharpened and become more focused" (Shepherd Express), with recent features on The Troubadour Show, and NoiseTrade. They are, as ever, driven by their desire to connect with people through the simple beauty of story and song.

    2016 has been an incredibly exciting year thus far for Zach & the band. Between opening for Huey Lewis & The News, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts, the band is gaining more traction that ever. They wrapped up two separate studio sessions which will result in the Record Release Party at Anodyne!

    Jodee Lewis A native of the Missouri Ozarks, Jodee Lewis was raised on folk songs and honky- tonk, and her music reflects the best of both worlds. The Chicago Tribune says she is “a singer-songwriter whose outsized talent is as big as her voice,” and calls her first album,Whiskey Halo, an “impressive solo debut”.

  • Coffeeshop Astrophysics - Stellar Women: Celebrating the women who have shed light on our universe

    Sat Mar 11 2017   1pm @ 224 W Bruce St. - FREE

    3/11 - Stellar Women: Celebrating the women who have shed light on our universe

    We’ve all heard of the “greats” in astronomy: Kepler, Copernicus, Hubble, etc. Instead of focusing on these prominent figures, let’s celebrate the women scientists whose contributions to modern astronomy have all too often been overlooked. From revelations in dark matter to pulsars, and from the classification of stars themselves to astronauts who have traveled to space, these women’s contributions to astronomy and science have been nothing short of stellar, and have changed the way we understand the universe around us.

    These are a series of informal public lectures aimed at anyone interested in getting a taste of modern science, all from the comfort of your local coffee shop. Members of the Leonard E Parker Center for Cosmology, Gravitational and Astrophysics will guide you through the interesting, unusual, and sometimes bizarre concepts that guide the modern understanding of our universe. At the end of each lecture, we hope to have rekindled or ignited a passion for astrophysics! Lectures will begin at 1 pm on the Saturdays specified in the schedule. Please explore our website to find out more about CoffeeShop Astrophysics. Check our schedule for details about lecture topics, dates, the location of this lecture series, and who we are. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us! Looking forward to meeting and discussing science with you.

  • Greg Koch Band

    Thu Mar 16 2017   8:00 pm @ 224 W Bruce St. $15

    The Greg Koch Band for tonight features international guitar fiend Greg Koch, Greg’s son, Dylan on drums and veteran Milwaukee musicians Eric Hervey on bass and Theo Merriweather on keyboards.

    “Greg Koch has been our go-to guy for a dozen years now. We’ve sent him all around the world as Fender’s top ambassador. His skill as not only a guitarist but also as a world-class musician in general is matched only by his tireless commitment, leadership, professionalism, humor and utter reliability. I’ve worked with Greg for years and all I can say is that the endless depth of his musical skill and the sheer delight of his demeanor, day in and day out, absolutely has no equal. He’s the best in every sense of the word.” BILL CUMMISKEY, Vice President of Artistic Relations for Fender Musical Instruments Corporation

    “I believe Greg Koch is pound for pound the best guitar player in the world today. His, tone, feel and style are unrivaled in today’s guitar playing community. He is scary good. It was a true honor to do shows with him.” JOE BONAMASSA

    “Greg Koch is one of those players with chops to spare. But he’s also got a wonderful sense of humor and despite his talent, doesn’t take himself too seriously. … – great chops, great imagination, and again, his sense of humor. It doesn’t get much better than this.” VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE – John Heidt, editor

    advance tickets available here--

  • The Andrew Koenig Band and The Bill Camplin Band

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

    The Bill Camplin Band plays first at 8:00pm!

    Andrew Koenig has been active in the Milwaukee music scene for a decade playing with Thriftones, Jesse Walker’s Hitch, Derek Pritzl and the Gamble as well as other notable groups. Voted Best Guitar Player in the 2016 Shepherd Express Best of Milwaukee Reader’s Choice Awards, Andrew’s guitar and vocal skills are front and center in The Andrew Koenig Band. Featuring an original and cunning take on blues, country, and roots music backed by Wisconsin music veterans harmonica ace Benny Rickun, drummer Bob “Hot Dog” Mueller, and bassist Kurt Koenig.

    Bill Camplin is arguably the father of the Wisconsin folk scene as well as mentor to scores of young singer/songwriter artists coming up through the ranks. Artists such as Peter Mulvey, Willy Porter, Paul Cebar and others call Bill’s live music club Cafe Carpe, located in Ft Atkinson, WI, home. Bill has an extensive discography spanning past 40 years with several new releases in the works for the year ahead.

    This year marks the 43 anniversary of the making of his landmark album CardBoard Box bringing together the original musicians for a handful of live performances in conjunction with a new live album called Reunion.

    The band was (and is): Bill Camplin (songs, guitar, vocals) Bob Mueller (drums) an original member of “Woodbine” has spent part of his ensuing years playing with Jim Liban, Steve Cohen and others. Jamie Sheldon (bass) continues to perform with a band in the Boston area noted for their homage to Steely Dan. Robert Knetzger (steel guitar, dobro) now in Seattle, continues to play with various country and blues bands in the Northwest. Jason Klagstad (guitars, vocals) has been an integral part of the Milwaukee music scene and has played on many occasions with Bill over the past 40 years.

  • 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

    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--

  • 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!

  • 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!