January 22, 2017
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Zac Brown performs at the 2013 CMA Music Festival in Nashville, Tenn. Tickets go on sale Friday for the Zac Brown performance at Summerfest. ( AP Photo )

Tickets on sale Friday for Zac Brown Band


Summerfest officials have announced that the Zac Brown Band is headlining the Marcus Amphitheater on July 1 during the summer music festival on Milwaukee’s lakefront.

Tickets go on sale starting at 10 a.m. Friday (Jan. 20) for the show featuring the Grammy Award winning group.

Tickets — which include Summerfest admission — can be purchased at the Summerfest Box Office in person and by phone at 414-273-2600. Tickets are also available at Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, Walmart stores, online at www.Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000 (Ticketmaster agent) or 866-448-7849 (“Ticketmaster Express” automated phone line).

Winter Dance Party returns to Kenosha Friday


Friday night (Jan. 20), you have the chance to party like it’s 1959.

The Winter Dance Party — a re-creation of the last tour of rock stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson — comes to Madrigrano Marina Shores, much like it did 50 years ago.

Local music: Well-Known Strangers, Jill Plaisted Band


I usually put the concert at the slightly out of town venue — in this case Route 20 Outhouse — in the final segment, because, you know, Kenosha first.

I’m making an exception this week because Route 20 is hosting Well-Known Strangers’ CD Release show Saturday night, along with phenomenal guests Sunspot and Jay Matthes.

Band-O-Rama tickets on sale


Tickets are still available for Kenosha Unified School District’s 60th annual Band-O-Rama.

Performances are 6:30 p.m. Jan. 28 and 1:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Indian Trail High School and Academy, 6800 60th St.

Great releases by Strangers, ‘Idol’ alum Danny Gokey



Well-Known Strangers is a Kenosha/Racine band that gets every detail right. From the beautiful cover and packaging of “Aligned” to the crisp and punchy mastering job — and everything in between. There is no department in which this band is lacking.

On the Beat: Lee continues to channel her roots


Rachael Lee, 22, a Kansasville native, followed her dreams to Nashville, Tenn., in May of 2016 where she performs as a solo artist. Lee makes the drive to Kenosha often to perform at various venues including area festivals in the summer. She’s known in the area when she and her brother, Evan who has also moved to Nashville, play together under the name Dukes of Dover.

Since moving to Nashville, Lee says she has refined her talents and is in the process of recording her first, self-titled EP, which is slated to be released in the fall.

Quick Spins: Jones makes a most welcome return with ‘Day Breaks’


Norah Jones, “Day Breaks” (Blue Note)

www.norahjones.com, $14.99

Music Matters: From modern blues to thrashing rock


Journeyman? Renaissance man? Bluesman? Soul man? Larry Wimmer is all of these.

Add 2016 Grammy nomination to the list of descriptions, and you have something special.

Music Matters: From ‘drunk poets’ to Jean’s Jazz Series


Happy new year everyone! Are you still good on your resolutions?

Let’s start with something a little different that’s happening Tuesday at Public Craft Brewing.

Music Matters: Donoma drummer sets fundraiser for Standing Rock Sioux


It’s learning time. Mni Wiconi is a Lakota term for “water is life.” Donoma is an Omaha term for “a sight of the sun.” Go back six years or so when the butterflies and razor blades rock band came up with the idea to adopt the name Donoma Tribe and there was no whiff of the Dakota Access Pipeline controversy out at Standing Rock in North Dakota. The band just knew that they wanted to make a difference — not just musically, but socially as well. Which brings us to the present.

I’m going to assume that the majority of readers are at least somewhat familiar with the standoff between Energy Transfer Partners and the “water protectors” of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters (if unfamiliar, just google NoDAPL). Donoma drummer Israel Alpizar decided to put together a fundraising concert for Friday (Dec. 23) at Public Craft Brewing with funds raised going towards the Oceti Tribe GoFundMe that will provide medical, camp support and legal representation. Stand for the Sacred will feature 10 live music sets, a chili cook-off and a silent auction of visual art inspired by the events. Music runs from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. in 20 minute sets (10 minute change-overs) featuring, in order, American Veins (Patrick N. Willis), A Bullet Drop (Bobby McDermott and Kellie Lutz), Humbug, Burn the Day (Brittany Pie and Co.), Old Wolves, Yates Kids, Donoma, Battle Hats w/ Nick Ramsey, NoOneSouldier and War Pines (Michelle Warnecke and Co.). Donation is a ridiculously low $5 which gets you music by ten bands and a bowl of chili.

Quick Spins: More Christmas albums from Frankie Valli, Jennifer Nettles


Frankie Valli

“’Tis The Season” (Rhino)

Melendrez plans to keep on keeping the beat


Maxwell Melendrez, 23, is a vocalist and percussionist with The Oscillators. He started with the drums as a child, following in the footsteps of his father, John, and is currently seeking a degree in music at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

You can see Melendrez and The Oscillators on Friday, Jan. 27, from 8 to 11 p.m. at Hattrix, 2425 60th St.

Fine Arts at First presents sing-along ‘Messiah’ Sunday evening

Fine Arts at First is giving area residents an opportunity to participate in the most recognizable oratorio ever created with its 12th annual Community “Messiah” Sing-Along at First United Methodist Church. (An oratorio is often a lengthy biblical or religious story told through music without scenery, costumes or action.)

Director Gregory Berg, the Festival Arts Chamber Orchestra and five solo vocalists will guide the congregation through a shortened version of George Frideric Handel’s classical piece. The hourlong production is part of the Fine Arts at First concert series, which organizers call “an outreach ministry offering performances and recitals in a majestic setting.”

Music Matters: Check out some non-traditional holiday music

The last couple of weeks, I touched quite a bit on the classical concerts of the holiday season. But, to each her own, right?

Some folks like tradition and others enjoy tradition with a twist.

Quick Spins: Neil Diamond, R. Kelly offer up Christmas albums


Neil Diamond, “Acoustic Christmas” (Capitol)

www.neildiamond.com, $15.99

UW-Parkside’s Wind Ensemble, Community Band performing tonight


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Wind Ensemble and Community Band are performing tonight (Dec. 8).

The program will feature “symphonic band music, including classic marches, lyrically expressive works, music from the Renaissance to the 21st century, and music from three continents,” said Laura Rexroth, who conducts both groups.

Brassworks performing Wednesday concerts


The Belle City Brassworks brass band — a group made up of about 45 area brass and percussion players — will perform two Christmas concerts. Both performances are free.

The programs offer “the very best in brass and vocal music with a great mix of popular and traditional Christmas favorites,” according to the group’s director, Douglas Johnson.

Music Matters: From Kai Andersen to the Kenosha Symphony


Most of you folks who catch the occasional evening of live music have probably come across Kai Andersen.

He’s the skinny dude who hosts the Tipsy Tuesday Open Mic night at Fusion.

Quick Spins: Enjoy fun holiday albums from Kacey Musgraves, She & Him


Kacey Musgraves, “A Very Kacey Christmas” (Mercury)

www.kaceymusgraves.com, $16.99

Keep playing ‘no matter what’


Michelle Warnecke, 26, of Kenosha, put down performing on stage shortly after high school, and now has made her way back. Warnecke re-entered the music scene early this year and has been playing gigs around town, including the Fridayween event at the Brat Stop this past October.

She provides vocals as well as playing the guitar, piano and kazoo.

Fine Arts on Campus: A weekend of Christmas music


Here is a look at a busy week of fine arts on our local college campuses:

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Dec. 2, 3 and 4)

GO Kenosha

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