Saving Abel will be live in concert at Gibson Music Hall in downtown Appleton on Friday August 16th with special guests Jamie Fontaine & the Level, Scarlet and HEADSTONE.
-Doors at 7:00
-21 & up to enter
-General admission tickets are $25
-Meet and Greet passes are $50 (only 30 will be sold)
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-Brought to you by Grave Marker Music and Stryker Records
Motherfolk is coming back to Appleton for a summer show! Don’t miss it.
Special guest TBA!
Tickets: $10 adv, $15 day-of
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Stories, humor and original blues tunes. The Bobby Evans Blues Band kicks it up and keeps it entertaining!
GMH is where the Jay Stulo Band sounds the best. Come check out the band in their natural habitat to get your dose of Blues/Rock!
Friday blues music!
We’ll all be warmed up from Summerfest and ready to roll at this state of the art music venue in downtown Appleton, WI!
ALEX WILSON grew up in a family of talented musicians.
Alex’s grandmother, Rosa Saviano was a renowned professional jazz singer in Chicago in the 1940’s and 50’s. Tom Wilson, Alex’s father, is a multi-faceted musician who has had the distinct pleasure of accompanying nearly every blues performer to pass through the Milwaukee/Chicago music scene in the last thirty years. A versatile musician, Alex effortlessly switches between genres. He plays everything from sweet Beale Street blues to West coast swing. From hard Texas grinders to stone cold Chicago grooves with a feeling that’s said to be timeless. Alex’s style and tasty originals matched with his undeniable stage presence and unmistakable guitar style will drive you to the dance floor.
A good place to start is with the roots. Bluegrass music is where Donnie got his first taste of the limelight at a young and impressionable age. Playing music from Jimmy Martin, Bill Monroe to New Grass Revival and Tony Rice. After years of searching and playing different music clubs and festivals he discovered the raw primitiveness of the Blues and new immediately that he had found what he was searching for all along. Now after 30 plus years of delivering blistering blues licks and rich soulful vocals he is still kicking it up at clubs and festivals today and no plans on stopping any time soon. The debut album “Guitar Slinger” was a success for a freshman attempt and the follow up album will be filled with even more surprises.
Helen Exner returns from Florida for an exclusive evening to play good music with old friends! Jay Stulo(guitar), Drew Hicks(bass), and Ryan Corb(drums) and of course, Helen Exner(keys and vocals).
Helen Exner grew up playing piano from the age of 5, writing down her first melody at age 8. The daughter of a doctor and nurse, she spent her childhood in different states and countries. These experiences influenced her love of history and culture, bringing her from the East Coast to Cameroon (West Africa) and Germany by the age of 12. In 1992 she arrived in Wisconsin, where she developed her love of classical music through private lessons and a stellar high school arts program at Shawano Community High School. She won state-level awards for her songwriting in high school, including a choral competition in 1998 that resulted in the Festival Choir of Madison singing her song “Tiller of the Soil,” in honor of Wisconsin’s 125th anniversary as a state.
Helen went on to study at the conservatory at Lawrence University in Appleton, spending two years as a pianist and composition major before graduating with a history degree. Following graduation, she made her living as a church musician while returning to school to become a licensed teacher. Helen juggled church-musician duties with teaching piano lessons in her private studio and accompanying at schools. She performed frequently as a singer and pianist in the local jazz circuit, frequenting locales like Cena, Deja Vu Martini Lounge, the Farmer’s Market and countless other venues and festivals. During that time, she gained a following in the local scene as a singer/songwriter who writes piano-driven tunes that tell personal stories–sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but always honest. Her unique sound was featured on the National Public Radio show “A Prairie Home Companion” in 2008 when Garrison Keillor brought his show to Appleton.
In 2013 Helen moved to south Florida to begin her math-teaching career, and she volunteers her time socializing homeless dogs as a member of the Everglades Angels Dog Rescue. She lives currently in Palm Beach County with her cats Daisy and Mario.
A unique blend of Modern and Old School Blues.
Founded in 1990 by “Barefoot” Jimmy Schwarz.
Great Blues music by an energetic and professional band!
Room to dance, room to listen, room to drink, plenty of room to swing. C’mon down for the Hall of it! We’re looking forward to seeing all the Appletonians we know (and that’s a lot).