April 28, 2017
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The Austin-based band Honeyrude is performing Monday night at Fusion in downtown Kenosha. ( )

Music Matters: From Cooler’s last stand to a cheese fest


All right, you rockers with more than a handful of concert-going years under your belts: Do you remember a Kenosha rock band called The Danger? How about Reckless Hearts?

A common factor shared between those bands was bass guitarist Ian Lund. Lund left the Midwest and relocated to Austin, Texas, where he is now in the band Honeyrude.

Bringing things full circle, Lund is bringing Honeyrude into Kenosha for a show Monday night at Fusion.

Quick Spins: Celebrating Record Store Day Saturday


Record Store Day began when a group of like-minded friends decided to celebrate the existence of some 700 independently owned record stores across the country.

Held on a Saturday every April, Record Store Day officially kicked off on April 19, 2008, with an in-store appearance by Metallica at Rasputin Music in San Francisco.

Carthage Concert Band, Jazz Band perform Saturday

The Carthage College Concert Band and Jazz Band — both directed by James Ripley — will perform 7:30 Saturday night (April 22) in the college’s A.F. Siebert Chapel, 2001 Alford Park Drive.

The Concert Band will perform a variety of works ranging in genre.

Infusion Baroque group playing free concert


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Noon Concert Series continues Friday (April 21) with a performance by Infusion Baroque.

The free performance starts at noon in Bedford Concert Hall.

On the Beat: Playing for the sheer love of it all


Matt Michael, 34, got his start in live performance while playing at open mic nights in the area about 15 years ago. He was one of the original members of Matt Meyer and The Smooth Riders and has played with well-known bands like The Electric Water Buffalo and The Crazy Chesters. These days, you can find Michael playing the guitar and singing at local venues with Secondhand Silver.

Social media/website: www.facebook.com/Secondhand-Silver-204446882914297/

Music Matters: Scene says goodbye to a popular venue


Two of Kenosha’s biggest rock ’n’ roll family bands are joining forces for a show Saturday night at tg’s.

Legendary local rockers David Aiello (bass guitar) and Janet Aiello (guitar, vocals) along with Tom Selear (drums) and Guy Crucianelli (guitar) from Ash Can School will be joined at the cozy venue by Steve Crucianelli (upright bass) and Guy Crucianelli (guitar) of the newer but also very influential band Old Junk.

Quick Spins: Trey Songz, Tedeschi Trucks Band


Trey Songz, “Tremaine the Album” (Atlantic)

www.treysongz.com, $16.99

Simply Three trio teams up with local students for Carthage concert


Simply Three, described as “an innovative professional strings trio,” will perform a free concert as part of the Carthage Chamber Music Series.

The performance is 7:30 p.m. April 20 in Carthage’s A.F. Siebert Chapel.

Music Matters: From jazz concerts to a symphony


Have you purposely avoided jazz concerts because you thought they would either be stuffy or have a bunch of hipster doofuses there in their skinny jeans sipping half-caf/soy/vegan/extra froth lattes?

Well, it doesn’t have to be like that. Whether you are a seasoned jazz aficionado or a newbie expanding your listening and enjoyment repertoire, you should check out Triad, performing tonight at Rustic Road Brewing Company. (It’s an early start at 7 p.m., so that’s a plus as well.)

Quick Spins: ‘Flowers’ is a most welcome reissue


Paul McCartney, “Flowers in the Dirt” (Universal)

www.paulmccartney.com, $18.99

On the Beat: Sticking to the strings


Shawn Drake, 35, is best known in the area for his violin work with bands that have deep Kenosha roots like American Folk and Cosmic Railroad. Drake also plays locally with The Westerlees. He has played for more than 50 bands over the past decade and travels far and wide to pick up gigs throughout the year.

Drake picked up the violin in fourth grade and says he really got serious about the instrument while pursuing a music degree from University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

Roomful of Teeth performing free concert at Carthage


The Carthage College music department welcomes the Grammy Award-winning vocal music group, Roomful of Teeth as part of the college’s ongoing Chamber Music Series.

The group will perform 7:30 p.m. Monday (April 3) in A.F. Siebert Chapel on the Carthage campus, 2001 Alford Park Drive.

Quick Spins: CeCe Winans is a winner; Ed Sheeran is just so-so


CeCe Winans, “Let Them Fall in Love” (Pure Springs)

www.cecewinans.com, $14.99

Music Matters: Busy weekend of punk, rock, jazz, bluegrass



Remember when Kenosha was a punk city? (Heck, I bet there are readers out there who remember when the blues owned Southport.)

Two groups performing Saturday night as Jean’s Jazz Series continues

Nine Worlds Ensemble and the Ivy Ford Band will perform at the Jean’s Jazz concert series Saturday (March 25) at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave.

Tickets are $18 ($16 for senior citizens, $5 for students).

Fusion celebrates Jazz Month with special concerts, events


April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and Fusion in downtown Kenosha is hosting “Celebrate Jazz” with a monthlong focus on jazz featuring performances, talks and an interactive class for kids.

The series will show “how jazz crosses borders of culture, musical genre, technology, gender and race,” according to organizers.

Music Matters: SRIM Fest highlights busy music weekend


SRIM Fest weekend is here.

Most anyone who reads this column knows what that means.

Guitarists will go ga-ga for Eric Clapton collection


Eric Clapton with J.J. Cale, “Live in San Diego” (Reprise)

www.ericclapton.com, $17.99

On the Beat: Finger picking for the masses


Jamie Fulton, 61, has been playing with Rusty Horse since 1974 when he, his wife, Barbara, and his friend, Pete Mulligan, decided to form the band while at Northland College in Ashland. The group started playing in Kenosha 20 years ago and continues today.

You can catch Fulton playing with Mulligan in a paired-down version of the band during open mic nights at tg’s Restaurant and Pub, located at 4120 Seventh Ave.

Music Matters: St. Patrick’s Day weekend kicks off with music


So, the opening weekend of the Big Dance and St. Patrick’s Day both happen tomorrow. I have a feeling that people will be out and about. Hopefully they will catch some live music between slam dunks and corned beef and cabbage leftovers.

One of the places that is having a band Friday (March 17) is tg’s. Wisconsin bluegrass band The Dillweeds will be entertaining the crowd starting at 9 p.m. Now, if you are like me and just can’t handle “Tura Lura Lura” or “Irish Rover” (at least done traditional style) all day and night, don’t worry. Bluegrass music, while bearing strong resemblances to Irish music, can soar and entertain quite a bit more in my humble Irish opinion. This is especially true when it is bluegrass ala The Dillweeds. In addition to the bluegrass base you may hear bits of Americana, outlaw country, jam and maybe even some good old fashioned rock ’n’ roll. Perfect for St. Paddy’s Day. Also on the bill is Kenosha music legend Larry Hinds and Sarah Sorensen. Have a Guinness and a Jamo if you have someone to drive you home. When the Irish toasts begin, feel free to offer up my favorite: “May the worst day ahead of ye be better than the best day behind ye.” Think about it.

Quick Spins: New Shins music has hipster vibe, great hooks


The Shins, “Heartworms” (Columbia)

www.theshins.com, $14.99

GO Kenosha

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