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.  

Mama Tried
Oct
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Mama Tried

Jeff Weishaar: Guitar/Vocals

Melissa Weishaar:  Drums/Harmonica/Vocals

Genre:  Americana

A new band from Lake Geneva, WI. We cover songs from Shovels and Rope, The Wood Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Avett Brothers, and other Americana style music that we love. Melissa plays drums, harmonica, and sings. Jeff plays electric and acoustic guitar and sings. 

Website link: www.mamatriedduo.com

Facebook link:  https://www.facebook.com/MamaTriedBand1/

Link to Video(s): https://www.facebook.com/MamaTriedBand1/videos

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The Belle Weather
Oct
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Belle Weather



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.

Over the years, we've taken a great many influences and blended them into a sound that is uniquely our own.  We've built a reputation by approaching every stage we can find with a rare combination of gritty, sweat-drenched energy and honest, heart-felt sonic grace.  We love doing what we do, and feel very fortunate to have a fan base that is as musically adventurous as we've always tried to be.

Thank you for visiting our site!  We invite you to give us a listen, and promise to give you everything we've got.  


Eric Cox ~ Vox, Guitar, Ukulele
Tom Abromaitis ~ Bass



 

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Buddy Mondlock
Nov
10
7:00pm 7:00pm

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.

People were starting to pay attention. In 1987 he was a New Folk Award Winner at Kerrville and he released his first album called “On the Line”. Over the next few years David Wilcox recorded “The Kid” on his first record for A&M. Buddy did some writing with this other new kid in town named Garth Brooks (they had the same manager). Janis Ian heard him singing at the Bluebird Cafe and asked him if heʼd like to write with her. Their song “Amsterdam” got recorded by Joan Baez. Nanci Griffith asked Buddy to sing on a show she was taping for Irish television. She ended up liking that song so

much that she recorded “Cominʼ Down In the Rain” on her Grammy Award winning collection “Other Voices, Other Rooms.” Garth became a star and “Every Now and Then” ended up on his album “The Chase.”

Buddy was touring all over the country by this time playing coffeehouses and the occasional festival (he was a regular on the main stage at Kerrville by this time). And there were trips to Europe too. Buddyʼs second album, produced by Steve Addabbo in 1994, got picked up by Son Records, a small label in Ireland started by the band U2 and he was well received on the island of poets. Heʼs toured there consistently ever since. 1996 was a good year. Peter, Paul and Mary recorded “The Kid” and then asked the kid himself to sing with them on their “Great Performances” TV special. He won a Kerrville Music Award for song of the year that autumn for “The Kid” too.

Since then heʼs released a string of critically acclaimed solo recordings on his own label and EMI. And in 2003 Buddy toured North America and Europe with Art Garfunkel and Maia Sharp in support of their album “Everything Waits To Be Noticed” which they wrote and recorded together as a trio.

Along with his concerts Buddy teaches songwriting workshops as well. In 2012 he was on staff at the Swannanoa Gathering at Warren Wilson college in North Carolina teaching two intensive courses over a weekʼs time. And in 2013 Buddy returned once again to the Kerrville Folk Festival to perform and teach at the song school there. http://www.buddymondlock.com

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Eric Erickson Band
Oct
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Eric Erickson Band

Eric Erickson has performed his music throughout the Midwest for many moons. Music is scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.  He will play his songs along with some musician friends who have accompanied him over the years at the Open Mic he runs there.  Each an accomplished musician in their own right, Mark Russert, Ray Santi, Bobby Rubach, Jeff Peterson, and Jim Lampe, will play along with Eric in what is bound to be a wonderful musical experience.

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Adrian + Meredith
Oct
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

Adrian + Meredith

 

In a city lled with country cowboys and sit-on-a- stool songwriters, AdriAn + Meredith make a different sort of roots racket. More Than a LiTTLe, the pair’s debut, nds the East Nashville- based duo putting its own spin on Americana music, roughing up the genre’s edges with the rule-break- ing spirit of punk, the vintage twang of old-timey folk, the sneer of rock & roll, and even the frenetic bounce of early Swing and jazz manouche.

More Than A Little brings together two perform- ers who grew up on opposite ends of the musical spectrum. Before meeting his future wife at a show in Washington, DC, Detroit-born Adrian was raised on rock and punk, with a carnival barker’s croon and an off-the-wall “clawhammer banjo” approach to playing the acoustic guitar. Meanwhile, Meredith was an Ann Arbor native who cut her teeth in the old-time music scene, where she played traditional ddle and clogged. Those two approaches come together with Adrian + Meredith, a project that honors the traditions of Folk and Americana mu- sic while pushing beyond those genres’ boundar- ies. Produced in East Nashville by Mark Robertson, More Than a Little is being released in part via an innovative partnership with daniel Lanois’ stream- ing company, Uprise.

Adrian was already 10 years into an acclaimed solo career when Meredith made a guest appearance on his 2014 release, roam. Since then, the pair’s partnership has grown into a full-time collabora- tion, with the two swapping harmonies, trading so- los, and acting as co-pilots throughout their debut album. Returning from Adrian’s previous record is ve-year bandmate Paul niehaus on pedal steel, while Jd Wilkes of the Legendary Shack Shakers and Fats Kaplin of Jack White’s touring band make guest appearances.

The result is a record in uenced by the group’s time on tour, with songs that celebrate the joy of hitting the highway with your romantic partner (“Birthday Cakes,” “Old Midwestern Home”), and examine the darker corners of an entertainment industry that’s rarely, if ever, fair (“Bank,” “Fixer”). Equal parts de ant and driving, More Than a Little is a rallying cry from two road warriors who, after more than a dozen combined years in the music business, are too smart to play by the industry’s rules and too enthralled to turn their backs. It’s a love letter to a new Nashville and a call to arms for independent artists with true vision.

www.adrianplusmeredith.com

 

 

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WILDERLAND
Oct
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

WILDERLAND

Band Name: Wilderland 

 

Members: Larry Mankowski - Guitar, harmonica, mandolin, banjo and vocals, Bob Mankowski - Guitar and vocals, Dan Kennelly - Guitar, keyboards and vocals and Andy Mankowski - vocals and moral support and Jeff Smith-bassist

 

Genre: Americana/Roots/Folk/Alt.country

 

Desription:  Wilderland is a band made up of family and friends playing music covering generations. From original music to covers by artists such as Neil Young, John Prine The Carter Family, Son Volt, Uncle 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. Larry's son Andy sometimes joins in on backing vocals.

 

Website link: www.reverbnation.com/wilderland5

 

Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EaUcc_Wd3k

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KAYLA ARBET AND THE ROGUE HOUNDS
Sep
30
7:00pm 7:00pm

KAYLA ARBET AND THE ROGUE HOUNDS

Band Name: Kayla Arbet and The Rogue Hounds

 

Members:

 

Greg Herr - Rhythm Guitar
Jeff Tamraz aka "Zar" - Lead Guitar
Joel Bishop - Violin
Joel Gross aka "Neckbone" - Bass
Kayla Arbet - Vocals and Guitar
Randy Horton - Drums

 

Genre: Folk/Pop

 

Description: Kayla Arbet and The Rogue Hounds is a newly formed Kenosha County band with a rockin' set of original songs and head-bobbin' covers. 

 

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

 

Link to Video(s): 

This Goodbye - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBjQDEk2k_8

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WATTLE & DAUB
Sep
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

WATTLE & DAUB

When Wattle & Daub come to the stage, their genuine affection and humor are infectious. 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 name comes from a centuries old construction method. In describing how they decided on the name during a road trip, they wrote:

 

"We saw this country and its beauty. We thought of how immigrants from all over the world, of different races and different beliefs have come to help build this nation, to weave it together, to strengthen it. We thought of how our own relationship is growing and weaving together. We believe in the country and in each other. We are making music. We are building our lives. We want the nation to grow. We think the process is simple. All we need is some Wattle & Daub."

 

Wattle & Daub is an acoustic duo performing a mixture of original and covers of contemporary and traditional folk/Americana with an occasional twist on popular standards.

 

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

 

Video: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiwAz_Rqgc_gVCzFrtQ5fcA

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February Sky
Sep
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

February Sky

 

 

Our new CD (with BOTH songs and tunes), "Silver Wolf Moon," is at the duplicator, and will be first available at the release celebration September 29th at the Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss, Downers Grove, IL, and at this website and at various places online shortly thereafter.  Look for more details soon.

New Instrumental CD available!  Entitled "Ain't No Sangin'." Look for purchase information here, or pick it up at a gig.

 

 

February Sky lives in the town of Trout Lake in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, but we travel to wherever the music takes us.  We are full time touring musicians!

 

 

HOORAY!  At last, another edition of Phil's Folk Curmudgeon Review!  Read it HERE

 

"I've had the delight of watching two long time friends and musicians grow a duo. I've listened to Phil Cooper for years as part of a duo/trio/ensemble, with singing partner Margaret Nelson as the constant through all those years. Phil's darlin’ Susan wrote wonderful songs, sang wacky and ribald songs she'd found elsewhere and became an ever more deft musician through those years. Now they're a duo - February Sky - and the combination of Phil's incredible repertoire of very traditional song and tune and Susan's singer-songwriter orientation and addition of her skill with other instruments have been blended into something very different than what either had done before. Same songs, or tunes from previous repertoires... but whole different flavor. Each time I see them, what they do gets tighter, deeper, more distinctive.   'Course it helps that both are thoughtful, generous people who like each other lots.   --Joanne Laessig,  Folknet, Cleveland, OH

 

Click here to link to February Sky's Facebook Fan Page

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Kai Anderson & The Pickups
Sep
8
7:00pm 7:00pm

Kai Anderson & The Pickups

Band Name: Kai Andersen & The Pickups

Members: 

Kai Andersen - vocals/guitar 

Patrick Greer - bass

Josh Jankowski - percussion 

Genre: Indie American rock

Description: Drawing inspiration from people like Tom PettyBob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, Kai Andersen & The Pickups bring a unique experience of original music.  

 

Website link: www.kaiandersenandthepickups.com

https://m.facebook.com/kaiandersenandthepickups/

 

 

Link to Video(s): 

https://m.youtube.com/channel/UC45gzZ6jwuiNv1d3DrD4GfA

 

https://vimeo.com/127442396

 

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Morning House
Sep
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

Morning House

Band name: Morning House

Members: Jacob Derrick, Chase Letteny, Mike Gieron

Genre: Folk/Appalachian folk/mellow bluegrass

Description: Morning House is a project started by Jacob Derrick in the winter of 2017. The debut album, "Oaks & Willows", was recorded in his home on the Milwaukee river in the dead of winter and was finally released on August 3rd. The songs were all written by Derrick, and feature banjos, violins, harmonicas, impromptu percussion, and layered harmonies. 

Website: morninghousemusic.wordpress.com

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Sipos & Young Band
Sep
1
to Sep 2

Sipos & Young Band

 

Band Name: The Sipos & Young Band

 

Members:  We usually perform as a three piece but also do shows with up to a 5 piece band that includes an incredible harmonica player and drummer.  For this show I think it’ll be just the trio: Chris Sipos: guitar and vocals, Rachel Young: vocals, Bill Taylor: bass.  Wish I could bring the whole band.

 

 

Genre: We play a wide range of music, both covers and originals.  Variety is probably the best description.

 

Description: Variety

 

Website link: www.siposandyoung.com

 

Link to Video(s): We have many videos on YouTube and Facebook Sipos & Young Band

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Well-Known Strangers
Aug
19
7:00pm 7:00pm

Well-Known Strangers

Band Name: 

Well-Known Strangers

 

Members:

Betsy Ade - Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar

Joe Adamek - Rhythm Guitar

Sacia Jerome - Cellist, Background Vocals

Theodore Koth - Lead Guitarist, Background Vocals

John Kulas - Bass Guitar

Roger Gower Jr - Drums / Percussion

 

Genre:

Indie-Rock. Adult Album Alternative radio format. 

 

Description:

Cello-infused, indie-alt-rock band from SE Wisconsin. Newest single "Splinter" in rotation on radio stations around the country.

 

Website Link:

http://wellknownstrangers.com

 

Link to Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vM9sVFPs44&index=2&list=PLpbOT4KnuiSsfwGJioINQ8bRBeorOS_Or

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The Oscillators
Aug
5
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Oscillators

Band Name: The Oscillators

Members:

 

Kimberly Hetelle: Vocals/Guitar/Piano/Flute
Jayna Rouse:
Vocals/Guitar/Piano/Saxophone
Melissa Hardtke:
Vocals/Viola
Max Melendrez:
Cajon/Percussion/Rapper
Sloane Hagen:
Beatbox(vocal)

Andy Jepson
Bass
Chase Kilpatrick:
Trombone


Genre: Indi-folk pop, rock n' hop

Description:

 

Made up of seven members, we are a unique group that throws a mix of genres and styles together, creating something unlike what you hear everyday...yet fun and contagious.

We strive to create a undefinable sound and look for it in traditional acoustic instruments..but with a modern twist. 

We take pride on not only our original compositions, but in our covers! We are known in some circles for having a vast catalog of covers we and others love to listen to, sing and sing/dance along with - but we put each song through an Oscillators transformation which combines classical instruments such as flute, trombone and viola with an indie feel of guitar and cajon, 3-part female harmony, as well as raw beatboxing and rapping.  Most importantly, we have a BLAST making music for people and absolutely love what we do!

 

Website link: www.facebook.com/wearetheoscillators

Link to Video(s): We are nearing the end of the recording process which will give us decent audio to put video to! All of our videos currently out are old but here is one from 2 years ago! :) 

 

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

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John Statz
Jul
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

John Statz

BIO

 

John Statz has been writing love songs lately, specifically about the kinds of romantic love that burn. Namely, all of them. When we first enter a new relationship we are filled with burning desire. Sometimes we later take those same relationships for granted and seemingly burn right through them. At the end we might find ourselves literally burning old love notes, or bridges, which turns out to be an excellent time to listen to that fire in our bellies. Hit the road, see something new, spend time on ourselves. The Fire Sermon is more than a meditation on romance in the 21st century, it is an assertion gleaned from trial by fire.

One of the more prolific and hard-working young songwriters working in the Americana genre, John Statz has released seven studio albums, and performed all over North America (including Canada and Mexico) and Europe, all in just a shade over a decade. Throughout that time he’s been writing the kind of songs that float through your mind and stay nestled in your thoughts long after listening (American Songwriter) and it’s been said that his songwriting can stand beside the best and above the rest (No Depression). Along the way John has attracted the attention of the likes of Americana scene heroes Jeffrey Foucault and Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown), who separately produced his last two records. This latest is produced by fellow Denver songwriter Megan Burtt, whose instincts and backing band help bring forth an entirely new sound from Statz. The title of The Fire Sermon was taken from the third section of T.S. Eliot’s poem, The Wasteland, the name of which was borrowed from a sermon given by Buddha, in which he denounced the fires of passion, hatred, and infatuation with which the senses burn, according to Eliot’s endnotes. At the very end of the Fire Sermon section Eliot simply repeats, “Burning burning burning burning.”

John Statz was given a guitar by his grandmother when he was 15, which turned out to be perfectly timed for a teenager who, after ten years of piano lessons, had lost interest in classical music and had taken to learning John Lennon and Elton John tunes, first trying out his singing voice and turning towards rock and roll. Spending the rest of his high school years in southern Wisconsin attempting to play and sing like Neil Young and Cat Stevens, it wasn’t until Statz was 19 and attending university in Oshkosh that he began writing songs. The spark lit after attending a show at the storied Cafe Carpe in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin featuring Jeffrey Foucault and Peter Mulvey, who quickly became heroes, and, much later on, fast friends and colleagues. The first record, Dusk Came Slow, was engineered by a friend enrolled in the university recording program, and what followed for John has been 11 years of touring everywhere from Bellingham to Budapest, Fairbanks to Mexico City, all the while becoming a stronger songwriter, and a more compelling performer.

 

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Kai Andersen  and The Pickups
Jul
28
7:00pm 7:00pm

Kai Andersen and The Pickups

Band Name: Kai Andersen & The Pickups

Members: 

Kai Andersen - vocals/guitar 

Patrick Greer - bass

Josh Jankowski - percussion 

Genre: Indie American rock

Description: Drawing inspiration from people like Tom PettyBob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, Kai Andersen & The Pickups bring a unique experience of original music.  

 

Website link: www.kaiandersenandthepickups.com

https://m.facebook.com/kaiandersenandthep

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Eric Lambert
Jul
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Eric Lambert

Eric Lambert is a crowd-pleasing performer whether playing a large festival or an intimate house concert. Eric performs his own blend of American music, showcased by his guitar mastery, including bluegrass, roots, folk, blues, and old-time traditional tunes. Eric's warm enthusiasm and upbeat originals are pure joy, inspiring fans worldwide. In 2015, Lambert won a "Best Entertainer" Chicago Music Award.

"Eric Lambert's soulful voice and amazing guitar picking are only over shadowed by his down to earth personality and genuine charm. Audiences leave feeling like they have spent the evening with a close friend." —Chad Clifford; Front Porch Music 

Website link: ericlambert.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ericlambertguitar

Link to Video(s): Here's a link to a playlist on YouTube (or below are some individual videos): Eric Lambert Originals.

 "Make It Through The Night"

"Just The Way I Feel"

"Zachary Smiles"

"Doin' Alright"

Artist/Band Photo: Please attach to email (I've attached 3 for you to choose from)

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Jul
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Brandon Dawley and Taylor Joracki

 

Band Name: Brandon Dawley and Taylor Jarocki

 

Members: Brandon Dawley and Taylor Jarocki

 

Genre: Singer Songwriter Duo

 

Brandon Dawley and Taylor Jarocki are both members of the band Drummer Exchange Program. They will be performing stripped down original and cover acoustic tunes.

 

Website link: www.drummerexchangeprogram.com

 

Link to Video(s): 

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

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The Sipos and Young Band
Jul
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

The Sipos and Young Band

Band Name: The Sipos & Young Band

 

Members:  We usually perform as a three piece but also do shows with up to a 5 piece band that includes an incredible harmonica player and drummer.  For this show I think it’ll be just the trio: Chris Sipos: guitar and vocals, Rachel Young: vocals, Bill Taylor: bass.  Wish I could bring the whole band.

 

 

Genre: We play a wide range of music, both covers and originals.  Variety is probably the best description.

 

Description: Variety

 

Website link: www.siposandyoung.com

 

Link to Video(s): We have many videos on YouTube and Facebook Sipos & Young Band

 

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