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
We’re kicking off 2019 with a jazz session dedicated to jazz/samba/bossa legend, Antonio Carlos Jobim. We’ll be playing a set of his music right away in the beginning and we’ll open up the stage for a jam in the second set. Musicians, come down and join us for tune!
Featuring Jake Anthony Crowe on Sax, and Vocals!
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.
From the band that brought you such dance off classics as “The Vine” and the mastermind behind songs such as “Bigfoot” comes an evening of music like you have never seen before!
Featuring Lighting Design by Vib.os’ə.tē Entertainment that is sure to make even the most mentally hardened individuals consider the opening of their 3rd eye.
The Science Project is not only going to play their latest cuts off the EP they are releasing this very evening… but they are also going to play a Jimi Hendrix Tribute as well
Formed as an acoustic duo in the mid-nineties by guitarists/vocalists Marty Paschke (blind) and Rod Zimmerman (bad haji), “The Rod & Marty Show” began to turn heads with their unique blend of intricate guitar work and ear-catching vocal harmonies. Looking to add another voice and guitar to the mix, the duo added Eric Krueger (sunday flood) in 2004 and dubbed themselves, “A-Town Unplugged” as a tribute to their weekly showcase at the MARITIME TAVERN in Appleton, Wisconsin. The group added bass player Jim Van Hout (pawnshop lifters) and drummer Pat Wydeven (pawnshop lifters) in 2005, with Jeremy “the Sparrow” Rechner taking over for Top Jimmy on bass in 2013. Playing 2,3,4, or 5 piece shows, the band continues to make a name for themselves throughout the state and beyond with their signature style of acoustic feel good music that spans the influence of time and musical genre.
“And now for something completely different….”
Comedic Acoustic Jazz a.k.a. Dr. Kickbutt’s Orchestra of Death!
“Who is Dr. Kickbutt? The simple answer is that he is the brains and the beauty behind Dr. Kickbutt’s Orchestra of Death. But then what in the world is Dr. Kickbutt’s Orchestra of Death? Well, it’s a ukulele junk band that can not only rock your socks off but also any other under garments. They combine good music with bad jokes, it’s a show like you’ve never seen before.”–Otis Miller
Why is the Orchestra of DEATH like an artillery shell? Because by the time you hear either of them it is too late to run…
Sister Phillis McGee
Paul Filipowicz, Chicago born Lockport, IL raised (singer, songwriter, guitarist, harmonica). Over the 30+ years fronting his own band, he has played venues from the mid-west to Denver to stints in Texas and Mississippi. Some of his fondest memories are the shows with “Hound Dog Taylor” and “Mighty Joe Young”. Luther Allison was a great friend of his who once told Paul “I know you’re a bluesman and you know you’re a bluesman and every time you take the stage you got to prove it!” Come watch him prove it at Gibson Music Hall!
Just in case you haven’t heard of Kurt Gunn yet; he’s far more interested in writing and performing music than promoting himself. But with four solo albums to his credit, and nominations for Singer Songwriter of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the Year by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry, Gunn’s fan base has grown steadily, as his talented guitar work, turned phrases, and unique, impassioned songwriting continually garner attention in Green Bay and beyond. Kurt tastefully appropriates whichever styles best accompany his story-songs, capturing crowds whether he’s leading a fluid cast of sympathetic musicians, or simply strumming and picking solo. Ultimately, Gunn’s ability to lend both gravity and levity to his work — sometimes within a single song — is what will stun his listeners for years to come.
Jeff Johnston (guitar) formed The Swingin’ Johnsons in 1999, performing at clubs and festivals in Northeast WI. The band once opened up for Joe Bonamassa and his band at Mill Creek Bar in Appleton. The Swingin’ Johnsons play a variety of genres; from gritty Blues, to R&B, and more! WAMI-nominated vocalist Erin Krebs fronts the band with power and soul, and the chemistry between Erin & Jeff is undeniable! Jeff and Erin surround themselves with impeccable musicians, and when joined with Jeff’s soulful and polished guitar playing make an marvelous musical experience that is unrivaled! Musicians that often work with Swingin’ Johnsons include: bassists Justin Zopel, Andrew Mertens, and Drew Hicks; Brian Gruselle on keys; and drummers James LeFevre, Mike Malone, Mike Underwood, and Matthew Rhyner.