The Coffee House at Chestnut & Pine

The Coffee House at Chestnut & Pine opens early and stays up late. The cafe is a space for the community to gather in conversation. Enjoy our popular Open Mic Night every Thursday at 6:30 p.m. (signup at 6 p.m.) and live music on the weekends. We have a full menu of specialty sandwiches, flatbreads, small plates, and bakery items. Come in for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and enjoy quality coffee drinks from Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company in Milwaukee. 

M: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. | T: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. | W: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. | Th: 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. | F: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Sa: 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. | Su: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.  

The Oscillators
Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

The Oscillators

Band Name: The Oscillators


Members: Kimberly Hetelle, Melissa Hardtke, Jayna Rouse, Maxwell Melendrez, Sloane Hagen, Chase Kilpatrick, Andy Jepson


Description: The Oscillators are a progressive-alternative folk group based out of Southeastern Wisconsin. Comprised of 7 musicians, the band combines traditional folk and big band instruments with contemporary hip-hop elements to create a refreshingly uncommon sound. Continually striving to push themselves to new musical boundaries, the group works hard to invent thought-provoking composition, unsuspecting style combinations, and an abundance of 3-part vocal harmony in all of their works.


Website link: https://wearetheoscillators.com/


Link to Video(s): https://wearetheoscillators.com/press-kit/


Artist/Band Photo: (attached, two options)


And special requests or notes for our sound man: (see attached stage plot, we do move things around a little but can cross that bridge when we get there)



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Wattle and Daub
Mar
29
7:30 PM19:30

Wattle and Daub

Band Name: Wattle & Daub


Members: Tim and Susan Mocarski


Description:


When Wattle & Daub come to the stage, their genuine affection and humor are infectious. It's probably why, when they first started making music together in 2013, audiences thought they were married. Now that they are, singer/songwriters Tim and Susan Mocarski continue to get listeners involved in their songs. Whether it's Susan rolling her eyes at one of Tim's awkward chord changes or their knowing glances at each other during a love song, their goal is get their listeners involved in the music, and yes, that often means a hearty invitation to sing along with them.

Their first album, "Struggles and Love," was named among the top albums of 2017 by WICN Radio's "The Folk Revival."

"Wattle & Daub ... comes armed with a brace of bold, inventive, sometimes highly personal originals and choice covers that are equal part spirited and gritty, poignant and tender." -- Scott Engstrom, President of the Lake County Folk Club.


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Irish Night🍀Hosted by Jeff Peterson
Mar
16
6:00 PM18:00

Irish Night🍀Hosted by Jeff Peterson

Calling all “Irish Rovers”.  Burlington may not be “Galway Bay”, Derry or Dublin town but for one night we are going to enjoy the Craic with a rousing good time. 
St. Patrick’s Day is coming so we are going to celebrate with an evening of Irish music and pub songs at the Coffeehouse at Chestnut and Pine. 
Saturday, March 16 - the eve of St. Patrick’s Day. 
Acting as the lead leprechaun will be Jeff O’Peterson for this special evening of music and happy times.  

So c’mon down to sing along or better yet, break out your harp, fiddle, guitar, banjo or whatever you play for a roaring good time.  “There’ll be Whiskey in the Jar”!   Maybe some green beer?




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Eric Erickson and the Hometown Boys
Mar
9
7:30 PM19:30

Eric Erickson and the Hometown Boys

Band Name: Eric Erickson and the Hometown Boys 

 

Members: Eric Erickson, Jeffe Peterson, Jime Lampe, Ray Santi, Mark Russert, Bobby Rubach.

 

Description:

Fronted by Eric Erickson, The Hometown Boys are a group of eclectic musicians playing Erickson’s original Americana music.  Like many other local bands, the Hometown Boys are firmly rooted in the community of the Coffeehouse at Chestnut and Pine.  If you’re looking for a night out at a heavenly venue with rich, warm songs performed with a great blend of acoustic and electric instruments, this is it!  Join Erickson along with his bandmates Jeff Peterson, banjo picker extraordinaire (DJ on 89.1 WBSD), Lead guitarist James “Little Jimmy Fingers” Lampe, Bassist Sine/Songwriter Ray Santi (a recording artist in his own right), Keyboardist Mark Russert (Rumbleseat, Farwell Kings), and that one-of-a-kind drummer Bobby Rubach (MadBark, Chunky Monkey, Journey).          

  

 

Website link: https://www.facebook.com/eric.erickson.982 

 

Link to Video(s): SAA 

 

Artist/Band Photo: Please attach to email 

 

And special requests or notes for xxx sound man: Tommy Fell?  : ) 

 

Please send or drop off 3 posters  

 

 

See you at The Coffee House!

 



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Fake ID’s
Mar
2
7:30 PM19:30

Fake ID’s

The FAKE IDs keep rolling along. We've added a lot of songs to our repertoire and deepened the musical maturity of or playing.

Also, a milestone for the band, we have released a CD. The CD is called Suspicious Behavior, all originals written by me and performed by The FAKE IDs with a little help from our friends. Jill Benson played flute and sang some harmonies. 

Currently Suspicious Behavior is self-published. However, we are going to go online and have a second pressing soon.

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Haley Klinkhammer  “EP Release Show”
Feb
23
7:30 PM19:30

Haley Klinkhammer “EP Release Show”

Band name: Haley Klinkhammer


Description:


At the age of 14, Haley Klinkhammer picked up a guitar and filmed her first YouTube video. She never could have imagined where it would take her. Eleven years later, with almost 300 videos, 40 million views, over 5 million streams on Spotify, and hundreds of shows under her belt, Haley’s passion has turned into her career, with much thanks to her fans.

Haley is a believer in the power of music and its ability to speak to people in a way that words alone cannot, bringing us together through our own stories. It’s this power that Haley masterfully wields to help us realize this truth--no matter what we are going through, we are not alone.

For the past eight years she has been winning over crowds at her live performances with the power of her voice and the beauty of her heart. Whether it’s her original songs or covers, YouTube or your hometown stage, Haley is bound to blow you away. 


Website: http://www.haley-klinkhammer.com


Link to Videos:

Can’t Help Falling in Love https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bi6KE1HThak&lc=z22xfzyozwa4s5pvkacdp434obdqkr15s4vfefolnchw03c010c

Be Okay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imMlZT0uhB4



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LARA BELL
Feb
22
7:30 PM19:30

LARA BELL

Band Name: Lara Bell


Members: Lara Bell


Genre: Country/singer-songwriter 


Description: Lara Bell is a rising singer/songwriter from the northern Illinois area.  Born and raised with country roots, she is a natural songbird. She’s performed numerous live shows between Chicagoland and Southern WI at various known venues since she was 16 years old. She is an accomplished musician of classical piano, guitar, and ukulele. Raining with innocence, Lara brings a freshness to the music industry with her romantic honesty; she has been writing for 7 years and has a few singles available online. Plans of an album are in store for the near future. Her genre diversity captures the crowd's attention. Able to adapt to many styles, audience members have compared Lara's music to Jewel, Miranda LambertBrandi CarlileJoni Mitchell, and Stevie Nicks, and Bob Dylan, amongst others.  After a big summer tour around the suburbs last year, Lara has promising plans of recording and releasing more music in 2019,  plus traveling to new places/venues to expand her career as a growing independent artist, and hopefully hit up music city, Nashville itself, over the next few months. 



Website link:  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/acousticlara/

ReverbNation: https://www.reverbnation.com/larabell/songs

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/laraandavery

Instagram: @larabellmusic


Link to Video(s): Link to Video(s): Rubik’s Cube Music Video Orignal Song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omzjL6jFSn0



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Rustic Falls Deanna Hallagan
Feb
16
7:30 PM19:30

Rustic Falls Deanna Hallagan

Deanna Hallagan, Robert Hallagan and John Hallagan.  Acoustic singer/songwriters.   

Rustic Falls Nature Camp is a customized camp experience for small groups. The goal is to create unique outdoor experiences for children and their families.  Each camp is tailored to the special needs of each group.

Rustic Falls Nature Camp strives to offer a safe, nurturing environment that provides recreational and educational activities to enhance the lives of everyone who visits.





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Wattle and Daub
Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

Wattle and Daub

Band Name: Wattle & Daub


Members: Tim and Susan Mocarski


Description:


When Wattle & Daub come to the stage, their genuine affection and humor are infectious. It's probably why, when they first started making music together in 2013, audiences thought they were married. Now that they are, singer/songwriters Tim and Susan Mocarski continue to get listeners involved in their songs. Whether it's Susan rolling her eyes at one of Tim's awkward chord changes or their knowing glances at each other during a love song, their goal is get their listeners involved in the music, and yes, that often means a hearty invitation to sing along with them.

Their first album, "Struggles and Love," was named among the top albums of 2017 by WICN Radio's "The Folk Revival."

"Wattle & Daub ... comes armed with a brace of bold, inventive, sometimes highly personal originals and choice covers that are equal part spirited and gritty, poignant and tender." -- Scott Engstrom, President of the Lake County Folk Club.


“I think that ‘Luckiest One’ is a perfect example of how things come out when you honor your own individuality. It’s really a special song that everyone in the world should get to hear.” -- Corky Siegel, Siegel Schwall Blues Band and Chamber Blues


Website link: http://www.wattledaubmusic.com/


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OldFolkiesMusic/


Twitter: @wattledaubmusic


Link to Video(s): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiwAz_Rqgc_gVCzFrtQ5fcA

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Themed open mic “Train Songs”
Feb
2
6:00 PM18:00

Themed open mic “Train Songs”

As a metaphor for life, trains can move forward at full speed, veer off the tracks or become full-on wrecks -- so it's no wonder there are so many songs that invoke life on the rails.What better way to celebrate trains and life than to sing about them with an evening of train songs at the Coffeehouse at Chestnut and Pine. We plan to “hear that train a-coming” on February 2, 2019 from 6:00 pm until 9:30 (we will be prompt as this trains will run on time). 
Send an email to our conductor, Jeff Peterson at:     petersj12@icloud.com and he will get you “all a board” for a night of music.  Each musician should send Jeff two to three songs they want to sing. Jeff will put the songs together and depending on how many folks sign up to ride the rails that night let you know how many songs to sing and about when you will be playing.  Get your songs to Jeff by January 27, 2019. Jeff will try to engineer it so we get as few repeats as possible.  It is best if we don’t all sing Folsom Prison Blues!  You will get a return email with the lineup for the night. 
It has been a long time since we had a night of music with a theme.  So “hop on board” and ride on over to the Coffeehouse at Chestnut and Pine and enjoy a night of train songs.  



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Mackenzie O’Brien and Band
Jan
26
7:30 PM19:30

Mackenzie O’Brien and Band

Mackenzie O'Brien and Band

Mackenzie has been featured in numerous media including WGN News, The Chicago Media Guide, Nashville's Up and Comer Radio Program, and numerous radio outlets in the USA, England and Ireland.  Mackenzie has been building in-roads in Nashville where she currently writes, records, and performs.  She is in the process of developing her brand which includes a strong mix of Country and Indie.  Mackenzie was selected to receive funding from The National Endowment for the Arts to support her efforts in developing this brand.


Website Link:  https://www.mackenzieobrien.net

Facebook Page:  Music by Mackenzie


Video Song Writers Night Nashville:  https://www.facebook.com/155736778160706/videos/611268062661662/

Studio Video:  https://youtu.be/1vFkoQrgWkc

Tennessee Whiskey Cover:  https://youtu.be/Nl5U2dUhKIc




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YAM HAUS
Jan
21
7:30 PM19:30

YAM HAUS

        • WBSD PRESENTS: From Minneapolis, Indie-Pop Band YAM HAUS at COMMUNITY APPRECIATION NIGHT at Coffee House at Chestnut and Pine, Monday, January 21, 2019, 7:30 p.m.   It will be a FREE CONCERT with cake, raffles, and give-a-ways.   Community, WBSD sponsors, and all are welcome!!  YAM HAUS, featuring their new album STARGAZER, will perform from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m.  You can email tom@wbsdfm.com for reserved, priority seating. 

        • YAM HAUS, at the Coffee House, Monday, January 21, Community Appreciation Night!  No cover!!

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Jan
5
7:30 PM19:30

New Beginnings

Band Name: The New Beginnings String Band

Members: Phil Peters (Lead Guitar and vocal)  Elmer Parks (Lead Guitar and vocal)  

  Dennis Potter (Bass) AlVaracins (Mandolin)

 Genre: Mix of classic country, old rock blues and bluegrass

 Description:  see attached 

 Website link: https://www.facebook.com/pg/New-Beginnings-String-Band-1978684382225082/events/

 

Phil Peters

Lead Guitar and Vocals

Phil started playing guitar in church at 8 years of age. He likes playing classic country, 60’s rock n’roll, bluegrass and gospel. He started joining bluegrass jams 4 years ago.  On Valentine’s Day 2017 he joined The New Beginnings Band.

Elmer Sparks

Lead Guitar and Vocals

Elmer’s feels privileged to be a part of the music community for many years. Guitar has always been his personal instrument of choice.  It compliments a deep and abiding appreciation for many genres of music.  He finds moments where driving rock grabs his ears. Other moments equally punctuated by contemplative classic country, gospel, bluegrass and blues.  Elmer’s association with The New Beginnings Band is an outgrowth of a desire to play music with some wonderful friends and to share the experience with others.  It is a privilege he doesn’t take lightly and hopefully it’s an enrichment to others as well! 

Dennis Potter

Bass

Dennis plays both electric (Fender) bass and acoustic bass guitar.  He likes many different styles of music from the southern rock of the Allman Brothers to Eric Clapton’s blues, vintage country and American bluegrass.  Playing bass with The New Beginnings Band is a treat, as we do play a wide variety of music and our talents seem to meld together well.

Al Varacins

Mandolin

After many years of being a research engineer, project engineer and sports car racer, Al decided he needed a somewhat milder activity to invest his time in.  So 6 years ago he started learning how to play the mandolin.  He now plays at many local jams and is enjoying playing with The New Beginnings Band.

New Beginnings Band plays an eclectic mix of classic country, rock, blues and bluegrass.  They play songs the audience will immediately recognize and bring back fond memories from happy times in their lives.

 

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Morning House
Dec
28
7:30 PM19:30

Morning House

Band Name: Morning House


Members: Jacob Derrick, Chase Letteney, Michael Gieron


Genre: Folk/Americana


Description: Morning House was a project that started in an apartment on the Milwaukee river one cold January in 2017. They set out to encapsulate the inspiration of the city through song; the excitement, the heartbreak, the rustic industrial buildings. Their first album, Oaks & Willows, is out on iTunes and Spotify now. 

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Dec
22
7:30 PM19:30

Lucas Ray presents: An Avett Brothers Christmas

Band Name: 

Lucas Ray Presents: An Avett Brothers Christmas


Members:

Lucas Ray


Genre:

Folk Rock


Description:

It's Christmas time, which obviously means it's time for an entire two-hour set devoted to your favorite brother-brother duo from Concord, North Carolina, the Avett Brothers! Featuring such hits as "The Ballad of Love and Hate", "Paranoia in Bb Major", and other songs outside of 2007's masterful "Emotionalism", The Avett Brothers are the perfect mix of rowdy and intimate, and nobody appreciates that more than Lucas Ray. He's been covering Avett Brothers material for over three years, and is very excited to share their songs with you, for one night only! So get out from the warmth of your house, and into the cold, and then back into the warmth at the Coffee House on Chestnut & Pine, for a night sure to be filled with some excellent music!


Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LucasRayMusic/


Soundcloud Stuff: https://soundcloud.com/lucas-ray-929708951/futile-devices-cover-sufjan-stevens


https://soundcloud.com/lucas-ray-929708951/smoochie-cover-father-john-misty


A YouTube Thing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VNkWhaZQDb8



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Paul & Andy
Dec
21
7:30 PM19:30

Paul & Andy

Band Name:   Paul Smith & Andy Jehly


Members:  Paul Smith, Andy Jehly


Genre:  Americana (Folk rock, Blues, R&B, Traditional, Folk)


Description: 


Here our short description: 

Paul Smith & Andy Jehly bring harmony, humor, and laid-back style to their original songs and favorite songs from the past, ranging from folk and blues to Motown and psychedelic rock.

If you want a longer description, please use this version: 

Paul Smith & Andy Jehly bring harmony, humor, and laid-back style to their original songs and favorite songs from the past, ranging from folk and blues to Motown and psychedelic rock. Paul and Andy come from very different musical backgrounds, but they share a passion for music with history, great harmonies, and evocative lyrics. Together, they specialize in bringing a fresh set of songs from a variety of genres each time they perform to engage audiences and get them singing along.  Both multi-instrumentalists, they incorporate guitar, dobro, bass, and the one-of-a-kind gourdalele into their music.


Website link: paulsmithandyjehly.com


Link to Video(s): https://paulsmithandyjehly.com/videos/



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KAYLA ARBET and the ROGUE HOUNDS
Dec
15
7:30 PM19:30

KAYLA ARBET and the ROGUE HOUNDS

Band Name: Kayla Arbet and the Rogue Hounds

Members: 

Kayla Arbet - lead vocals, guitar

   Greg Herr - rhythm guitar

   Joel Gross - bass

   Joel Bishop - violin

   Randy Horton - drums

   Jeff Tamraz - lead guitar 

Genre: Folk Rock 

Description: Enjoy a cozy night of live music with local, Kenosha sensation Kayla Arbet and the Rogue Hounds.

Website link: https://www.theroguehounds.com/

Link to Video(s): here's a video we actually captured at the Coffee House (original song): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePSgpPLqhz4 

                              another video (cover):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rZbaO2N3HU

                              another video (original): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRRGQm7QdjY

                              another video captured at the Coffee House (original): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asJIjvLriZI&t=50s 



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Dec
14
7:30 PM19:30

Mark Dvorak and John Stano

John Stano performs original Folk, Blues and Americana on acoustic, and National steel slide guitar with strong, expressive vocals and rack harmonica. John was nominated for a 2016 Wisconsin Area Music Industry Award (WAMI) for Folk and in 2015 for Singer Songwriter of the Year and won the ‘Wisconsin Singer Songwriter Series Songwriter of the Year’ award. He was also a ‘Big Top Chautauqua Songwriter of the Year’ national finalist and represented Wisconsin in the solo/duo category at The International Blues Challenge held on historic Beale Street in Memphis. His songs ‘From A Rusty Cadillac’ and ‘Pontiac’s No More’ were featured on NPR’s ‘Car Talk.’  He also wrote and performed the soundtrack for a documentary on Wisconsin’s role in the civil war that aired on Milwaukee Public Television. ‘Sing Out’ magazine compared John’s music to early Bob Dylan while ‘Dirty Linen’ was reminded of Country Joe McDonald.

https://youtu.be/G3c8rIn_Ua0

Band Name: Mark Dvorak

Members: Mark Dvorak

Genre: Singer Songwriter, folk, blues, americana

Description: The Chicago Tribune has called Mark Dvorak “masterful,” and the Fox Valley Folk Festival describes him as “a living archive of song and style.” In 2012, WFMT 98.7 fm Fine Arts Radio named him “Chicago’s official troubadour.”

Mark Dvorak has given concerts in almost all of the United States and has made visits to Finland, Canada and Ireland. To date he has released seventeen albums of traditional and original music, including Waterbug’s acclaimed Time Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me, and 2015’s independent release, Back Home.

Dvorak has won awards for children’s music, journalism, and was honored in 2008 with the Woodstock Folk Festival Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013 he received the FARM Lantern Bearer Award from Folk Alliance International.

In 2013 he published his second collection of essays and poetry, Bowling for Christmas & Other Tales from the Road.

Website link: www.markdvorak.com

Link to Video(s): http://markdvorak.com/about-md/video.html



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Wattle & Daub Kick Off Tim’s Eighth Decade
Dec
1
7:30 PM19:30

Wattle & Daub Kick Off Tim’s Eighth Decade


Band Name: Wattle & Daub

Members: Tim and Susan Mocarski

Genre: Acoustic Folk/Americana

Description: Come help Tim celebrate another trip around the sun as he ushers in his eighth decade on the planet.  Susan will supply cake and her usual eye rolls at his awkward chord change.


Wattle & Daub's first album, "Struggles and Love," was named among the top albums of 2017 by WICN Radio's "The Folk Revival."


"Wattle & Daub ... comes armed with a brace of bold, inventive, sometimes highly personal originals and choice covers that are equal part spirited and gritty, poignant and tender." -- Scott Engstrom, President of the Lake County Folk Club.


“I think that ‘Luckiest One’ is a perfect example of how things come out when you honor your own individuality. It’s really a special song that everyone in the world should get to hear.” -- Corky Siegel, Siegel Schwall Blues Band and Chamber Blues


Website link: http://www.wattledaubmusic.com


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OldFolkiesMusic/


Twitter: @wattledaubmusic

Link to Video(s): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiwAz_Rqgc_gVCzFrtQ5fcA




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Nov
24
7:30 PM19:30

Wise Jennings

Band Name: Wise Jennings


Members: Jeff and Melissa Weishaar


Description: Wise Jennings is a husband and wife songwriting duo from southern Wisconsin. Our style is Americana/Roots Rock/Punkicana (Ameripunka). Wise Jennings released their debut full length album titled “Jennings Holler” February 2018 which followed their EP release titled “The Year Mama Tried” August 2017. Melissa play a minimalist drum kit, harmonica, and sings. Jeff also sings, plays guitar, and foot pedal bass. We usually surprise people with our big sound and the connection we have on stage. We have been described as a “Power Duo,” “Combination of Nirvana and Patsy Cline” “Nice People,” and “Raw Energy.” We’ll take that.


Website link: www.wisejennings.com


Link to Video(s): https://youtu.be/u6J453AKxjo



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Nov
17
7:30 PM19:30

Wilderland

Band name: Wilderland


Members: Larry Mankowski vocals, guitar, mandolin, and harmonica,  Dan Kennelly keyboards, guitar and vocals, Jeff Smith bass and vocals, Andy Mankowski vocals and moral support


Genre: Americana/roots/folk/Alt. country


Description:  Wilderland is a band made up of family and friends playing music covering generations. From original music to covers by artists such as Neil YoungJohn Prine The Carter FamilySon VoltUncle Tupelo...and others. When performing, Wilderland presents a down home style that can get your feet to tapping and also bring on a tear or two.Whether it's a pounding rhythm or gentle picking, Wilderland is sure to keep you entertained. The band consists of Larry Mankowski and his brother Bob along with Dan Kennelly and Jeff Smith. Larry's son Andy sometimes joins in on backing vocals.


Website link: www.reverbnation.com/wilderland5


Link to videos:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=SBfS0BcWw-U



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The Belle Weather
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

The Belle Weather

Band Name:  The Belle Weather


Members:  Eric Cox, Tom Abromaitis


Genre:   Indie Folk / Indie Rock


Description:   The Belle Weather is a hurricane.  We are acoustic guitars, stories, and melody.  We are the resonant, pounding beat of a kick drum, the deep pulse of a bass guitar, and the siren's wail of an over-driven tube amp.  We are open fields and skyscrapers - equal parts modern folk and indie rock - a fusion of inspired anthems and the art of simple storytelling.


Website link:  www.thebelleweather.com


Link to Video(s): www.youtube.com/thebelleweather

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Buddy Mondlock
Nov
9
7:30 PM19:30

Buddy Mondlock

Buddy Mondlock writes songs. He does it so well that some great songwriters have recorded his songs on their own albums. Guy Clark, Nanci Griffith, and Janis Ian, to name just a few. You mightʼve heard his song “The Kid” (recorded by David Wilcox, Peter, Paul and Mary and Cry, Cry, Cry) and maybe even sung it yourself around a campfire. He draws you into his world - where a single snowflake follows the trajectory of a relationship, where you get you pocket picked by a Roman cat, where you might swim over the edge of the world if youʼre not careful and where dreams that donʼt come true still count.

His new CD, “The Memory Wall,” was funded entirely by fans, friends and family through a Kickstarter campaign. “I had no idea if this would work or not,” he says. “I was overwhelmed by the support I got and even more by the sense of community that came out of it.” This, his sixth release, draws on some veteran Nashville musicians including Dan Dugmore, Stuart Duncan and Kenny Malone. He even played a little banjo on it himself. The album has a rootsier feel to it with pedal steel, dobro, fiddle and mandolin adding to his acoustic guitar and beautiful vocal harmonies from Melissa Greener and Celeste Krenz. Bass work was shared by his long time accompanist on the road, Mike Lindauer and upright acoustic player Bryn Davies. After 25 years of living there you can finally hear the Nashville on this one. “Iʼve been wanting to make this record for a long time,” says Buddy. And indeed a few of the songs date back to his early days in Nashville, including a collaboration with Garth Brooks called “A Canaryʼs Song” about a coal miner transplanted to a city slum waking each morning to the sound of the bird he brought with him from home. But the album also stretches the context of the instrumentation. The first cut, “The Ugly One,” includes pedal steel and mando-cello but it grooves in 5/4 time and tells the story of an early cave artist. Mondlock wrote it in Ireland in the fall of 2011 with Galway songwriter Parisch Brown. “The Memory Wall” has fared well with radio presenters since itʼs release. For the month of June 2013 it was the #3 album on the US Folk DJ Chart with two songs in the top twenty simultaneously.

When Buddyʼs not on the road you can find him in Nashville but he grew up in Park Forest, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. He didnʼt have a troubled childhood. His parents were nice to him. They paid for guitar lessons when he was ten and they never said, “when are you going to get a real job?” He sang Crosby, Stills and Nash songs with his sisters and answered his little brotherʼs questions from the top bunk. A few years away at college puzzling over Homer and Plato and then he was back. Living in the big city this time and playing open mics at Chicagoʼs crucible for songwriters in those days, the famed Earl of Old town. He once opened for the amazing Steve Goodman there on New Yearʼs Eve. Buddy was 21. Says he could have walked out of there that night and gotten hit by a bus and he wouldnʼt have felt like life cheated him at all.

When Buddy made his first trip to Texas from his native Chicago, Guy Clark heard him singing one of his songs under a tree at the Kerrville Folk Festival and liked it. So Guy went back to Nashville, opened the door and said, “listen to this kid, heʼs good!” A publishing deal and a U-Haul headed south soon followed.

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