Band Name: Heidi Rickard
Members: Jason Cash (synth, trombone), Christian Anderson (drums), Jordan Lewis (bass), me (guitar),
Description: Servin’ up entrees of fresh Pop Rock Utterances with healthy sides of joy and introspection.
Website link: https://heidirickard.com
Band Name: 21 Hours
Members: Benjamin Mulwana, Jacob Hemenway, Shane Madsen
Description: Multi-instrumentalists Benjamin Mulwana and Jacob Hemenway with drummer Shane Madsen deliver unique interpretations and covers of familiar songs as well as perform original music.
Website link: https://www.facebook.com/twentyonehours/
Link to Video(s): https://www.facebook.com/twentyonehours/
With ornery tuning keys and rattling fret boards, Roscoe and Etta are a pair of aged arch top guitars possessing wills of their own. Maia Sharp and Anna Schulze are two singer-songwriter-producers who play these instruments and claim title to their names as Roscoe & Etta, on their eponymous debut.
Anna and Maia, who met in Los Angeles at the fabled Hotel Café, knew that they were on to something from their first songwriting session, but they had to keep writing to figure out what. Both artists maintain vibrant careers as artists and songwriters. Anna, originally from Minnesota, has released five well-regarded solo projects, placed songs in the Oscar-winning documentary Icarus and the MTV series Awkward, and been featured in the digital magazine This is Melo. She learned her studio craft under the auspices of producers Glen Ballard and Justin Meldal-Johnsen.
More info roscoeandetta.com
Mark Dvorak with special guests "$11 Supper"
Mark Dvorak solo.
$11 Supper is Michelle Billingsley, Samantha K. Mills, Amanda Healan.
Americana, Folk, singer songwriter
An evening of Americana, folk & original song. Chicago's "official troubadour" Mark Dvorak will perform songs from his upcoming CD. Special guests $11 Supper feature sparkling originals, three-part harmony and fresh arrangements that ride the rails from past to present.
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Band Name: Soul Salvage Project
Members: Angela Wolf & Geoff Anderson
Genre: Americana & Blues
Description: AAngela Wolf's gutsy vocals and the SSP band produce an unforgettable kick that rises above the predicticality of the stereotypical bar band. With her deep soulful voice, Angela weaves stories that are saturated with truth and emotion like a meld of Johnny Cash and Janis Joplin. Driven to connect, Angela Wolf works the crowd, often giving audience members a physical touch, humorous comments between lyric lines, and even performs up-close serenades.
Website link: soulsalvageproject.com
Link to Video(s): https://youtu.be/bEDhrH4vtuc
Band Name: Jamie Nae
Members: Jamie Renee Hollenberger
Genre: Singer Song Writer
Description: You may know Jamie from her work as a singer and keyboardist in Drummer Exchange Program. This session will be filled with raw original ballads stripped down from the usual electric band setting.
Website link: drummerexchangeprogram.com
Link to Video(s): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fy7qODdB3l0
Band Name: Wattle & Daub
Members: Tim and Susan Mocarski
Genre: Acoustic Folk/Americana
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.
Website link: http://www.wattledaubmusic.com
Link to Video(s): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiwAz_Rqgc_gVCzFrtQ5fcA
Band Name: John Stano
The trademark of singer/songwriter John Stano’s sound is a distinctive blend of acoustic and slide guitar, harmonica and expressive vocals developed over many years of performance and study. He sometimes adds a little mandolin, cigar box guitar or banjo to the mix as well. His style can be described as a combination of folk, blues and Americana. Initially self-taught, John went on to study American fingerstyle guitar at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and harmonica with national blues legend, Jim Liban. ‘Sing Out’ compared John’s music to early Bob Dylan while ‘Dirty Linen’ was reminded of Country Joe McDonald. John studied English and creative writing at U.W. Madison. A skillful use of language adds an original spark to his lyrics. John also performs his own arrangements of folk and country blues classics by artists such as Robert Johnson and Mississippi John Hurt and Bukka White and contemporary writers such as; John Prine, Bob Dylan, Greg Brown, Leo Kottke, Gillian Welch and Tom Waits. John is a flexible and engaging performer who works regularly at a variety of indoor and outdoor venues. John has received numerous arts grants to present blues history, harmonica, ukulele and song writing classes in the Milwaukee Public Schools and public and private colleges such as Waukesha County Technical College and Mount Mary University. He also teaches guitar, harmonica, banjo and other acoustic instruments privately.
Band name: Morning House
Members: Jacob Derrick, Chase Letteney, Michael Gieron
Description: Morning House started in a cold little apartment on the Milwaukee River in the winter of 2017. Looking through frost covered windows in the early morning sun, founding member Jacob Derrick decided it was time to try and capture the essence of rustic Wisconsin winters and set out to venture into new territory, abandoning his solo, one man acoustic guitar project for a more layered and developed sound. The debut album, Oaks & Willows, is available on iTunes and at shows
“The new Erin Rae album is going to bewitch and enlighten the nation”
- Ann Powers, NPR
“(Can’t Cut Loose) is a hauntingly honest folk song for the frank, modern mind.”
- Marissa Moss, Rolling Stone
Join us for what promises to be a truly memorable evening as we celebrate the release of Putting On Airs, the new album by Nashville indie singer-songwriter Erin Rae. Erin has appeared at the last two Tall Tales Music Festivals, and we're thrilled to be able to host her on the first leg of her album release tour. Come see Erin perform the songs that has the music world buzzing!
Doors Open at 6 p.m. Liars' Club bar will be open. Food available to order.
Good Buddy - 7:15pm
Erin Rae - 8:00pm
TICKETS: $10 OR pay $20 and get a copy of the CD!! https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3415163
I desired to play guitar when I was about 7 or 8 years old. My mother took me to a music store and at that time, they didn't make guitars for little people. However, they thought a nice big accordion would be great. Not so much. Two weeks later-bye bye. No more oom pa pa oom pa pa. Fast forward to when I was about 12, I wanted to play trumpet. My dad said no. At 16 I saw my first concert, Dokken and Krokus. Guitarist George Lynch was too cool to say the least. During the time I ran away for a week, I went to Southgate Mall that had a music store. On the music store walls they had guitars :-) I returned home after my plans to live on a farm up north were foiled. I begged, pleaded, and somehow convinced my mom to let me get a guitar. Well, I got one and my dad was not happy. Whatever.
Faster forward, literally it seems, and I still have that guitar. It is cracked, mutilated, chipped, painted, scalloped, rusty and dusty. And no, I do not play that one anymore.
Over the years I have come to love playing acoustic guitar. I enjoy the fact you can take them just about anywhere and not have to be plugged in to enjoy them. I still love electric and I am currently revisiting that with my lastest band lineup for Returning Forward.
That's all for now. Maybe I'll add more to this page in the future. If there is something you would like to know specifically, email me and I will try to answer as best and as timely as I can.
Band Name: Brandon Grafius
City, State: Lansing, MI
Band BIO: The songs on Brandon Grafius’s second album, Highways and Backroads, all started with a place. It might have been the sky over Sleeping Bear Dunes, the flowing Manistee River, or the freeway from Chicago to Lansing, but all of the songs serve as meditations on our connections with place, what it means to travel from place to place, and why some places aren’t right for us while others feel like home.
Singer-songwriter Brandon Grafius has called mid-Michigan home for several decades, with an interlude in California. Bringing together a wealth of experience in writing and performing, the songs on Highways and Backroads explore the journey of a life, offering an intimate picture of the places that connect us to one another.
With intricately crafted metaphors (Grafius studied poetry out in California), and always meditating directly or indirectly on our connections with the spiritual (Grafius has a PhD in Hebrew Bible, and teaches at a seminary in Detroit), these songs speak to all of our journeys to find a place in the world. Featuring slyly memorable melodies and richly crafted instrumental textures, Highways and Backroads is an album of rich depths, but still invites the listener to participate in its warmth.
The father of two boys, ages ten and eight, Brandon lives in Holt, Michigan and has performed widely throughout Michigan and beyond. He’s shared the stage with artists such as Olivia Mainville and the Aquatic Troupe, Jared & the Mill, the Drunken Hearts, and Michigander. His intimate, finger-picked guitar style is reminiscent of Delta blues, traditional country, and folk, but fits comfortably within the modern musical landscape. And his mellow baritone voice, moving from a growl to a whisper and all the spaces in between, carries the contours and range of a great storyteller.
Highways and Backroads announces the arrival of an important voice on the scene of Michigan music, a songwriter offering challenges and hope for the times we live in.
Genre: Singer-songwriter, Americana
How did you hear about us? : Recommendation from Tom Gilding. I just finished an interview with Tom for WBSD's album spotlight; it should be airing this weekend. The first single from my album has been added to rotation at the station, with two more to follow soon.
Facebook Band Page : http://www.facebook.com/brandongrafiusmusic
Kai Andersen - Vocals/Guitar
Patrick Greer - Vocals/Bass Guitar
Download our single "These Things" recorded at Elisha Ave Studio
Independent musicians from Southeast Wisconsin. They have played New York, New Jersey, Amarillo and Austin Texas, Atlanta Georgia, Phoenix Arizona, Chicago, Milwaukee, all over the Midwest, etc.
Wilco, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams, Cars That Eat People, Tom Waits, The Rolling Stones, Weezer, U2, A Tribe Called Quest, Third Eye Blind, Robert ...See More
Band Name: Rivers and Streams
Members: Michael Baas
Description: Rivers and Streams is a project put together by Michael Baas to release his solo music and include anyone who wants to be part of the creative process with him.
Website link: www.facebook.com/riversandstreams/
Band Name: Kaia Fowler
Members: Kaia Fowler
Genre: folk, blues, roots
Description: Kaia Fowler's music draws from the rich tradition of American folk, acoustic blues, and roots rock. Her sound blends powerfully resonant vocals reminiscent of singers like Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell with engaging guitar work that ranges from delicate finger picking to percussive strumming. Kaia took up guitar playing and songwriting at a young age, and, throughout her life, she has poured her observations on life's struggles, longings, joys, and sorrows into song. In concert, Kaia’s energy and authenticity invite listeners to enter into an experience that transcends the day-to-day, getting at the heart of human experience in the way only live music can.
Website link: http://www.kaiafowler.com
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"Acoustic folk duo Belle Of The Fall has proven that musical soul mates do in fact exist.” -Vents Magazine
“To say that Belle of the Fall lead singer, Julia Autumn Ford possesses the voice of an angel is beyond obvious. Soft, tender and raw all at once; Julia’s vocal delivery is light as a feather yet powerful enough to knock down an entire city block with one turn of a phrase. her partner in crime, bassist Tracy Walton rounds out Belle of the Fall’s folky yet modern sound. You will want to take note of this performance as it’s one of those 'I saw them when they were still playing bars' moments.” -Block Island Music Fest
Belle of the Fall is Tracy Walton and Julia Autumn Ford, an indie folk rock pop alternative americana duo from CT.
Belle of the Fall met when Tracy produced Julia’s debut solo album in 2014 at his studio, On Deck Sound Studio. They spent the better part of the next year touring together as solo artists. Eventually they began to play on each others sets and sing harmonies together. In July of 2015, Tracy and Julia wrestled with the idea of remaining separate solo artists or committing to a duo. They obviously chose the latter. Tracy’s weathered voice and upright bass seem to be built to compliment the world class vocals of Julia. Tracy owns On Deck Sound Studio in CT and Julia now works there in the videography department. In April of 2016, Belle of the Fall released their debut album; “Earthbound.” 23 states and 175 gigs later and they are about to release their second full length on April 6th, titled “Rise Up.”
2017 Critics Choice Award recipient: Richmond International Film and Music Festival
Belle of the Fall has a partnership with Taylor Guitars
In 2016 Belle of the Fall toured to SXSW to showcase with Telefunken Microphones
Belle of the Fall has been described as a modern day Simon and Garfunkel if Garfunkel was female and the shorter of the two.
Lara Bell is an emerging singer/songwriter who has been performing live shows for the past four years around the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin area. She's an accomplished musician whose forte lies in feel good acoustic music. Her sets consist of her own poetically woven original songs and classic covers from the 50s-present day. Lara brings a freshness to the music industry with her romantic honesty; she has been writing for 6 years and finds tranquility in telling stories through her songs. Her vocals have been compared to those of Jewel and Corinne Bailey Rae by audience members at previous shows. She has plans for upcoming projects regarding an EP and produced music videos. Follow her YouTube page "Acoustic Lara" to see her musical happenings.
Band name: Morning House
Members: Jacob Derrick, Chase Letteney, Michael Gieron
Description: Morning House started in a cold little apartment on the Milwaukee River in the winter of 2017. Looking throughg frost covered windows in the early morning sun, founding member Jacob Derrick decided it was time to try and capture the essence of rustic Wisconsin winters and set out to venture into new territory, abandoning his solo, one man acoustic guitar project for a more layered and developed sound. The debut album, Oaks & Willows, is available on iTunes and at shows.
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, and Jeff Smith on bass
Website link: www.reverbnation.com/wilderland5
Link to Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EaUcc_Wd3k
Band Name: Cindy Alexander
Members: Cindy Alexander (Performing as an acoustic duo with Ali Handal)
Genre: Singer-Songwriter/ Adult Alternative/ Americana
Description: Award winning singer/songwriter Cindy Alexander has that rarest of talents: the ability to write from a personal place that touches universal emotions in all of us. Guitar World calls her "a fearlessly skilled songwriter, singer and artist in every sense of the word." Rootsy rock to alterna-pop - she's raw, authentic and straight from the heart. Cindy's on tour supporting her latest release, the all acoustic "Nowhere to Hide" on Blue Élan Records.
About Ali Handal
“A triumph… From the first measure of the rocking “You Get What You Settle For,” you know you’re in good hands.”
~ Paul Zollo, American Songwriter Magazine
“Ali Handal’s reputation has centered around her big riffs, burning yet melodic solos, and huge voice”
~ Guitar Player Magazine
“Chock full of cleverly crafted lyrics and catchy hooks, Handal doesn’t skimp in the killer guitar performance department.”
~ Guitar World
“Handal is a devilishly witty songwriter whose guitar is as blue and gutsy as her lyrics.”
~ Vintage Guitar Magazine
Moved early on by wise and resilient women, singer/songwriter Ali Handal wore out Carole King’s Tapestry album. As a cat-obsessed six-year-old (some things never change), Ali honored her initial musical heroine by naming her very first kitten “Carole.” Over the years, the sweet melodies and lyrics penned by musical sages King, Dylan, Lennon and McCartney captivated her. She had an epiphany when, as a teenager, she heard Led Zeppelin for the first time. Completely mesmerized by Jimmy Page’s seductive guitar riffs, Ali quit her piano lessons to pick up the guitar.
Now based in Los Angeles, Ali unleashes sultry, groove-filled songs upon live audiences, setting the stage ablaze with fiery guitar passages and soulful lyrics delivered by her powerhouse voice. She holds her own among the ranks of fierce female performing songwriters like ani difranco and formidable guitarists such as Jimmy Page. Music Connection magazine describes her as “earthy, natural, real and loaded with talent…a singer/songwriter with something to say… a gifted artist who brings insight and intelligence to her art.” When asked about her music and stage presence, fans simply say “badass.”
Ali’s songs have been featured in numerous films and hit shows like Sex and the City, Dawson’s Creek and iCarly. She’s toured Australia, Japan and beyond, provided backing vocals for Neil Young, and shared the stage with songwriting legend Paul Williams as his featured vocalist. Also a published author, Ali penned Guitar for Girls (Hal Leonard), an exceptional guitar method book & CD brimming with advice for aspiring female musicians, as well as encouraging quotes and remarkable songs from female songwriters in all genres.
Ali’s fourth full-length album, produced by four-time Grammy Award winner Seth Horan and released by Red Parlor Records, is a rockin’ collection of songs embodying the strength and sense of humor necessary to thrive as a woman in the 21st century. Cheeky songs like “I Love My Pussy.cat” and “Thank God For Birth Control” tap into her natural sass, while others, including “You Get What You Settle For” and “Better Man,” are chock full of an older sister’s tough love and the wisdom Ali has gained as she’s evolved as an artist and a woman.
Band Name: The New Beginnings Band
Members: Phil Peters (Lead Guitar and vocal) Elmer Sparks (Lead Guitar and vocal Dennis Potter (Bass) Al Varacins (Mandolin)
Genre: Mix of classic country, old rock, blues and a little bluegrass
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.
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 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.
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.