Yipes! comes to Appleton!

Thursday, Feb. 14th 9:00pm–$5.00 Entry)

Yipes. Power pop from Wisconsin.
Launched in late 1977, Yipes crisscrossed the Midwest playing hundreds of shows and logging thousands of miles playing 4 sets a night often 6 nights a week, nearly 300 times a year. The hard work paid off and earned Yipes a record contract with RCA/Millennium Records.

Yipes released 2 albums on RCA/Millennium. The first, the self-titled Yipes! was released in 1979 and charted in Billboard’s Top 200. The second, “A Bit Irrational,” yielded a Top 60 single on the Billboard charts.

In 2013, Yipes was inducted into the WAMI Hall of Fame and performed for the first time since its farewell concert in 1981. They enjoyed it so much that they decided to have a reunion show and Summerfest quickly obliged.

Yipes is singer/composer Pat McCurdy; guitarists Andy Bartel and Mike Hoffmann; Pete Strand, bass; and Teddy Freese on drums.

Copper Box, one of WI’s favorites, that brings melodic folk rock originals and covers featuring the multi instrumentalists, Danny & Michelle Jerabek. Copper Box is a genre-bending celebration of fusion roots rock that channels the rowdy communal feel of a small-town party with their refreshing, gutsy, americana sound of artists like the legendary Esteban Jordan (the Jimi Hendrix of the accordion), Doug Sahm, Clifton Chenier, Los Lobos, and CCR…a must see!

The Jay Edward Blues Band is based on honoring the great blues artists who came before us. Harmonica driven dance blues and boogie tunes all night long!

“Blues at its finest! The Jay Edward Band is a collection of some of the best musicians that you will ever hear. Their interpretations of blues classics are true to the greats who created these fantastic tunes. As a front man and harp player Jay energizes and engages the audience offering songs that you cannot help but want to get on the dance floor. Each member of the band is a true professional with a love for the blues and entertaining. Don’t miss these guys……you will want to see them again and again.”
John D. July 22, 2014 —gigsalad.com


A versatile musician, Alex effortlessly crosses music boundaries and genres. Playing everything from sweet Beale Street blues to West coast swing. From hard Texas grinders to stone cold Chicago grooves with a feeling that is timeless, the audience can’t help but be pulled into the music. Creating the foundation for this soulful player is Alex’s uncle Marc Wilson, a seasoned and much sought after drummer, (Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, Marcia Ball, Anson Funderburgh, Ronnie Earl and more) and brother Matthew on bass singing harmonies with Alex that brings to mind the magic of The Everly Brothers.  With original songwriting, blistering guitar, and haunting melodies, Alex will capture your heart and soul!


Comprised of members of The Mustache and The Pocket Kings, the five piece funk collective Mange Loa combines rhythmic elements of Louisiana and West Coast funk to bring the dance party. If you are into bands like The Meters, Lettuce, and The RH Factor this is the band for you.

Rare Element is a new 7 piece band from Madison, WI specializing in horn-driven, instrumental funk. They feature a 3 piece horn section that spent many years performing with legendary Funky Drummer Clyde Stubblefield. Rare Element has been turning heads with each show and is one of the hottest new acts in Wisconsin. Don’t miss this high-energy show!

The Madtown Mannish Boys are a Madison-based Blues band who are steeped in Chicago-style Blues, including artists like Muddy Waters, Junior Wells, Otis Spann, Paul Butterfield, and Little Walter. They play harmonica-driven tunes with gritty fervor and dynamic energy, and they perform with raw exuberance and driving rhythms that make you want to boogie!
Andy Smith has a powerful and soulful voice, reminiscent of some of the greats from Blues and R&B. Paul Schwoerer wields his harmonica with a chip on his shoulder and plays with nimble intensity, while Jesse “Honey Boy” Steinberg injects flurries of guitar riffs into the lively grooves laid down by Tim Payne (bass) and Nate Morenek (drums). Adam Pryor (keys) is one of the most sought-after Blues keyboardists in the Midwest, featuring endorsements from Hammond, Korg, Rev33, and Stay Stands, frequently joined by Jason Schultz (trombone) and Dan Resnick (saxophone).

Soul. Rhythm and Blues. The words conjure romantic images of sweat dripping dancers swaying slowly to infectious Motown grooves, Staxx and Chess chart toppers oozing from the band stand with a harmonic intensity so real it broke your heart. Tender ballads peppered with generous portions of Hammond organ and scorched barn burners precisely punctuated by a ruthless horn section, these were the songs to have you on your feet before the singer even started. The times have changed and music has moved on, but the feeling of all this remains. This is one eight piece band that promises that feeling will sustain.

Horns. Bass, drums, and keys. Seductive guitar. And at the forefront of all this, Stephen Cooper. Combining R&B, jazz, soul, blues, funk, hip hop, and rock, he has drawn on his accomplishments of the past to bring you something truly special…A living, breathing musical conduit from the past to the present…and we guarantee to bring you that feeling of the heart once again.

Stephen Cooper has been a bandleader, sideman, and touring musician for over 25 years. In that time, he has played in 21 states and 7 countries with numerous groups, most namely WiFEE and the HUZz BAND and The Groove Hogs. Deeply rooted in jazz, r&b, and blues, Coop draws in vocal influences such as Amy Winehouse, Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder, and Al Green, while also being a highly accomplished saxophonist and instrumental soloist. Each member of Nobody Famous is a superstar on their own and we implore you to give us a spin!

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.



  • 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, 2016 and 2017.
  • 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
  • Band features Hohner harmonica endorsee Westside Andy Linderman on harmonica


Listening Party, a 2018 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) nominee for Bluegrass/Americana, have found a place in the original music scene around the Midwest with their soulful stage presence and infectious melodies. The trio out of Milwaukee, WI present a fresh brand of Americana music that feeds from folk, classic rock, soul and bluegrass. Singer-songwriter Weston Mueller, a Northern Wisconsin native,  leads the group with “every note full of expression and feeling” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). Complemented by multi-instrumentalists, Joshua Hester and Jacob Wood, each song paints a portrait of the groups varying musical backgrounds.