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.  

ERIC ERICKSON
Feb
24
7:30 PM19:30

ERIC ERICKSON

Eric Erickson has performed his music throughout the Midwest for many moons. Music is scheduled to begin at 7:30 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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Wait for Morning
Mar
3
7:30 PM19:30

Wait for Morning

Wait For Morning is an acoustic band that covers current and 90’s pop/rock hits. Formed in 2012, the band features members Dan Williams, Caleb Widmer, and Brian Canright. With a unique blend of pop/rock and singer/songwriter vocals, Wait For Morning combines acoustic and electric guitar along with drums/hand percussion for creative and energetic versions of top radio hits.

 

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Trapper Schoepp with special guest Morning House
Mar
16
7:30 PM19:30

Trapper Schoepp with special guest Morning House

Band name: Morning House

 

 

Members: Jacob Derrick, Chase Letteney, Michael Gieron

 

Genre: Americana/Folk

 

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.

 

Website: morninghousemusic.wordpress.com

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KR Bluegrass
Mar
23
7:30 PM19:30

KR Bluegrass

Band Name: KR Bluegrass

 

Members: Rose Seeger, Kathy Dahl, Mike Greylak, Marlis Petrovic

 

Genre: Old Time Bluegrass

Description:  KR Bluegrass is a group of musicians from southeastern Wisconsin. The band members were regulars at weekly jams where friendships  developed because of their mutual love of old time gospel and bluegrass music. Our music is influenced by the Stanley Brothers, Carter and Cox families and Ricky Skaggs. 

Their style is simple and true with the  close harmonies of Rose and Kathy and the "Earl Scrugg" style banjo playing of Mike.

 

 

Website link: www.krbluegrass.com

 

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Wilderland
Apr
14
7:30 PM19:30

Wilderland

 

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

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THE FAKE ID’s
Feb
17
7:30 PM19:30

THE FAKE ID’s

Band Name: The Fake IDs

 

Members: Edison Blake, Kurt Krause, Skip Baldwin, Tim Kelley and Tom Nakielski

 

Genre: Coffeehouse Singer/Songwriter Rock and Blues

 

Description: A lively, listenable, danceable mix of original songs and tunes that cross time and genre lines. The Fake IDs are a band with a social conscience, but also a crew of players that like to have fun.

 

Website link: www.the fakeids.com

 

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WATTLE & DAUB
Feb
10
7:30 PM19:30

WATTLE & DAUB

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

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KAI ANDERSON
Feb
9
7:30 PM19:30

KAI ANDERSON

Genre

Roots Rock

 

Band Members

Kai Andersen - Vocals/Guitar
Patrick Greer - Vocals/Bass Guitar

 

Hometown

Wisconsin

 

About

Download our single "These Things" recorded at Elisha Ave Studio

https://kaiandersenandthepickups.bandcamp.com/releases

 

Biography

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.

 

Current Location

Southeast Wisconsin

 

Influences

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

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Wise Jennings
Feb
3
7:30 PM19:30

Wise Jennings

Band Name:  Wise Jennings

 

Members: Jeff and Melissa Weishaar

 

Genre: Americana/Roots Rock

 

Description:  Wise Jennings in an original band  from Lake Geneva, WI that features husband and wife duo Jeff and Melissa Weishaar.  They write and perform a style of Americana Music with a Roots Rock blend at bars, coffee houses, city festivals and private parties. Melissa plays a scaled down acoustic drum set, sings, and plays harmonica.  Jeff plays mostly on his semi-hollow body electric and some on an acoustic.   Their performances rock with a stripped down sound and an intriguing vibe you can only get from watching a husband and wife perform.  One hour ago they were arguing about the kids homework and now they are having a blast performing the music they have created together.  The lyrical themes of the songs are at times dark  with a cloak of musical styling that belies the lyric…like a tarantula hiding in cotton candy.   They write about the human experience...simplicity, complication, beauty, stupidity, regret, levity. As artists they hit the mark, celebrate, miss the mark, lament, write and perform more... and repeat...Oh...and never take themselves too seriously.  Wise Jennings' debut EP, The Year Mama Tried, was released in August, 2017.  Their first full length album is expected in early, 2018. 

 

Website link:  www.wisejennings.com

 

Link to Video(s): Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChL9knPOrAei8ZaDzy4oK8w?view_as=subscriber

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Phil Calkins
Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

Phil Calkins

Phil has been performing most of his life. His flare and gift to connect with his audience is always a pleasure to see. He plays a 12 string acoustic guitar and has a tenor voice that makes you want to listen. He performs the classic rock songs from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and some top 40 hits. His performance is electrifying, fun to watch and always gets a room rocking.

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KAI ANDERSON
Jan
27
7:30 PM19:30

KAI ANDERSON

Genre

Roots Rock

 

Band Members

Kai Andersen - Vocals/Guitar
Patrick Greer - Vocals/Bass Guitar

 

Hometown

Wisconsin

 

About

Download our single "These Things" recorded at Elisha Ave Studio

https://kaiandersenandthepickups.bandcamp.com/releases

 

Biography

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.

 

Current Location

Southeast Wisconsin

 

Influences

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

 

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DRUMMER EXCHANGE
Jan
26
7:30 PM19:30

DRUMMER EXCHANGE

Band Name: Drummer Exchange Program

 

Members:Jamie Hollenberger-Vocals and Keyboard

Brandon Dawley- Vocals and Strings

Zach Conway- Drums

Taylor Jarocki- Vocals and Strings

 

Genre: Alternative 

 

Description: A four piece alternative contemporary group out of Milwaukee show casing both electric and acoustic original and cover tunes. This event will be the debut of our newest member, drummer Zach Conway!

 

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

 

Link to Video(s): https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpTm4cuU3cE_WydThMcnE3g

 

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21 HOURS
Jan
20
7:30 PM19:30

21 HOURS

Band Name:  21 Hours


 

Members: Benjamin Mulwana, Jacob Hemenway, Shane Madsen


 

Genre:  Alternative


 

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/

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LUCAS RAY
Jan
19
7:30 PM19:30

LUCAS RAY

Band Name: Lucas Ray

Members: Lucas Ray

Genre: Folk Rock

Description: A great mixture of intimate and rowdy, I have been playing guitar for over seven years, and have been playing shows in and around Milwaukee for the last three.

Website in the works...

Links to Videos/Soundcloud:
https://m.soundcloud.com/lucasraygun/the-avett-brothers-die-die-die-cover

 

https://m.soundcloud.com/lucasraygun/beck-loser-cover

 

https://youtu.be/1PXY_mHIocQ

 

https://youtu.be/9xmZFxS1vE4

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MONA Augustin
Jan
13
7:30 PM19:30

MONA Augustin

Mona Augustin (Haitian/American Folk)

Description: Musician and Composer Mona Augustin, grew up just outside of Port AuPrince, Haiti where he lives still. Mona's acoustic music not only reflects his culture and the social challenges of Haiti but also his advocacy for women, children, and the impoverished throughout the world. His humanitarian work for Village Mozayik, a tent community of 126 families left homeless after the 2010 earthquake remains thefocus of his work and as a result last year he raised enough money to purchase a piece of land for which he has donated to this community. His music proceeds continue to help support the efforts of MOZAYIK to relocate their homes. He has been a fearlessand dedicated leader of this community.

 

 
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Lara Bell
Jan
12
7:30 PM19:30

Lara Bell

 

Band Name: Lara Bell

 

Members: Lara Bell

 

Genre: Singer-songwriter/indie/country/folk

 

Description: No stranger to The Coffee House stage, Lara Bell is a rising singer/songwriter who is thrilled to share her stories through songs once again at the intimate and organic setting of TCH. She’s performed countless shows between the Chicagoland and Southern WI area at venues such as county fairs, art fairs, wine bars, and coffee shops all 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 6.5 years and has spent time recording her lyrical songs in the studio with mixer Ken Pedraza. Her genre diversity captures the crowd's attention. Original music and covers from the 50s-now are Lara’s specialty in her sets. Able to adapt to many styles, audience members have compared Lara's music to Jewel, Joni MitchellSheryl CrowCorinne Bailey RaeBob Dylan, and a little bit of heartfelt country roots. In 2018, Lara has promising plans of releasing more music and traveling to new places/venues to expand her career as a growing indie artist. 

 

 

Website link: 

 

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

https://youtu.be/XrFQKGAJK_E

https://youtu.be/Ei15ADx7QBk

https://youtu.be/KUk9qm0n7EY

https://youtu.be/mYQAceuHq6o

 

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NEW BEGINNINGS BAND
Jan
6
7:30 PM19:30

NEW BEGINNINGS BAND

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

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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Bill Uhler
Dec
29
7:00 PM19:00

Bill Uhler

Band Name: Bill Uhler

Genre: Blues, Jazz, Pop, Country

Description: I'm a solo acoustic guitar player, singer, performer. I reside in Lake Zurich, a Chicago suburb, and perform throughout the Chicago area. I play several styles of music; Light rock, blues, jazz standards, current and past pop, country, acoustic instrumentals, Christmas music... Whatever the occasion calls for.
Artist's I like to cover; John MayerEric ClaptonVan MorrisonJames Taylor, Keb' Mo', Zac Brown BandTommy Emmanuel, Beatles, Jack JohnsonBen HarperRay CharlesBob Dylan, Train, Ed SheeranMason WilliamsPaul SimonWilcoStevie WonderDire Straits......

 

Website link: https://www.facebook.com/billuhler316/

 

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Kai Anderson and The Pickups
Dec
23
7:00 PM19:00

Kai Anderson and The Pickups

Genre

Roots Rock

 

Band Members

Kai Andersen - Vocals/Guitar
Patrick Greer - Vocals/Bass Guitar

 

Hometown

Wisconsin

 

About

Download our single "These Things" recorded at Elisha Ave Studio

https://kaiandersenandthepickups.bandcamp.com/releases

 

Biography

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.

 

Current Location

Southeast Wisconsin

 

Influences

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

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Mackenzie O’Brien and Friends
Dec
22
7:00 PM19:00

Mackenzie O’Brien and Friends

Mackenzie O’Brien began her performing career on the stage of the Coffee House in June of 2016.  In the 18 months that have followed her career has taken off.  She has performed over 150 paid performances in venues between Chicago and Madison and has performed in the downtown areas of Austin Texas, Los Angeles, and Nashville Tennessee.   Mackenzie did a Nashville tour this last summer with Woodstock  (1969) founder and former VP at Capitol Records Artie Kornfeld.  She now appears in Nashville monthly and is working with acclaimed producer Bill McDermott.

 

  Mackenzie’s original “Just a Line” has been featured on independent radio stations and commercial stations and was recently placed into the regular play rotation on Ireland Country Radio and on Nashville’s Top New Artist Radio Network.  Mackenzie performs a balance of Country and Indie covers and originals.  She additionally sings opera with her voice coach and former opera star, Bruce Hall.

 

  Mackenzie’s voice is what sets her apart!  John Oates (Hall n Oates) stated “I don’t know who she is but I love her voice” and the head talent producer at The Voice stated “Mackenzie is adorable and has a high high ceiling”.   Additional information about Mackenzie is available on her website and Facebook page.

 

www.mackenzieobrien.net

 

Facebook:  Music by Mackenzie

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Dec
9
7:00 PM19:00

LIAM O’BRIEN’S FAITHLESS FOLLOWERS, OSCILLATORS, EVENING GLOW, AND PYGMY TRIBE

Liam O'Brien's Faithless Followers - A "Folkish" collective of musicians from Milwaukee Wisconsin led by producer-singer-songwriter Liam O'Brien_www.soundcloud.com/faithless-followers

 

-Evening Glow - lo-fi, dance rock, dream pop from Chicago Illinois_www.eveningglow.bandcamp.com

 

-The Oscillators - A seven piece Progressive Alt-Folk group from Kenosha Wisconsin_www.wearetheoscillators.com

 

-The Pygmy Tribe - soft jams from Geoff, Jon & Sal out of Chicago Illinois_www.thepygmytribe.bandcamp.com

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Wattle & Daub "Struggles and Love" Release Event.
Dec
8
7:00 PM19:00

Wattle & Daub "Struggles and Love" Release Event.

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

 

Their debut CD, "Struggles and Love" is available at cdbaby.com, Itunes, and other sites.

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FRLO’s ADAM HERNANDEZ
Nov
25
7:00 PM19:00

FRLO’s ADAM HERNANDEZ

Band Name: FRLO

Members: Adam Hernandez

Genre: Alternative, Hip-Hop, Pop

Description: FRLO is a genre blending, genre bending new band from Milwaukee, WI. With a debut record on the way, FRLO relies on high energy, great songs, and a developing story line to make sure people who enter the room get a show, and something to remember! 

Link to Video(s):  "First Things First" -  https://youtu.be/lz6AR0K94oY
                              "I Love You" - https://youtu.be/oRrWFEEPUOA

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GENEVIEVE HEYWARD
Nov
24
7:00 PM19:00

GENEVIEVE HEYWARD

Band Name: Genevieve Heyward 

 

Members: Ben Spatol on drums, Matt Spotal on bass, Genevieve on vocals and keyboards 

 

Genre: Indie pop/ folk 

 

Description: Genevieve Heyward has been mostly a solo artist almost her whole music carreer touring around Wisconsin. She recently released her debut album called It's Not Like Anyone's Listening this past April and she's now coming back to the coffee house with a full band now playing old originals along with some new ones and a few covers. 

 

Website link: genevieveheyward.com 

 

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_eRpjFa49E

 

Facebook: facebook.com/frecklethunder

 

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KAIA FOWLER
Nov
18
7:00 PM19:00

KAIA FOWLER

Artist: Kaia Fowler – songwriter/guitar/vocals

Genre: Singer-songwriter, original folk, blues, roots rock

From: Madison, Wis. area

 With soaring vocals and accomplished guitar playing, Kaia shares songs that explore life’s struggles and joys, drawing on folk, blues, and roots rock traditions. Inspired by nature and the human experience, Kaia’s songs resonate with strength and vulnerability as she explores a vast emotional landscape. In concert, Kaia draws from an extensive repertoire of originals and select cover songs by artists such as John Prine and Carole King. Her songwriting has been compared to Joni Mitchell’s for its lyrical poetry and rich melodies. The Americana Gazette had this to say about her 2010 album Seams of My Heart: “Fowler is a tremendous lyricist. Her lyrics paint pictures and her musical notes add the color…” Kaia’s latest album is an EP titled All The Way, dedicated to her late husband and benefiting the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. See full bio. . .

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LARA BELL
Nov
17
7:00 PM19:00

LARA BELL

Lara Bell

 

Genre: singer/songwriter

 

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 Jeweland 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. 

 

www.youtube.com/c/acousticlara

 

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JOHN STANO
Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

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. 

Career Highlights

  • John was nominated for a 2016 WAMI Folk Artist award and the 2015 WAMI Singer Songwriter of the Year award.
  • John won the Wisconsin Singer Songwriters Series Songwriter of the Year award.
  • John represented Wisconsin in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis on historic Beale Street in the solo/duo category after winning the regional competition.
  • John earned the title of ‘Big Top Chautauqua Songwriter of the Year National Finalist and he performed under the Big Top.
  • John wrote and performed the soundtrack for a locally produced documentary film called ‘Wisconsin’s and the Civil War’ that aired on Wisconsin Public Television.
  • His songs ‘From A Rusty Cadillac’ and ‘Pontiac’s No More’ were featured on NPR’s ‘Car Talk.’
  • His song, ‘Caribou Bar & Grill’ was featured on NPR on Michael Feldman’s ‘Whadya Know?’ radio program.
  • His song ‘Dinosaur Bones’ appears on a CD compilation called, ‘A Celebration of Music/Volume 2.’  Series contributors included Les Paul and The Bo Deans.
  • His poetry was published in the Cream City Review, where he was awarded 1st prize for poetry.  His poetry was also printed in the Wisconsin Poet’s Calendar and the Shepherd Express.
  • He has been a featured guest on several radio programs including; WUWM’s ‘Lake Effect,’ Wisconsin Public Radio’s  ‘Simply Folk’  and Riverwest Radio’s ‘Sessions with Sandy’ programs.
  • John performs regularly at many regional clubs including; The Cafe Carpe, Louie’s Coop and The Coffee House. He has entertained audiences at Bastille Days, the Paramount Blues Festival, The Shawano Folk Festival, Steel Bridge Songfest and Milwaukee’s  Summerfest.  John also enjoys playing house concerts such as the Cotter Creek and Turtle Pond concert series.
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Buddy Mondlock
Nov
10
7:00 PM19:00

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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