RSC Club Shows – Bayview Brewhaus

This week we’ll be featuring music from all the bands playing club venues during Radio Summer Camp. Today we feature shows happening at the PyraMax Bank meChecking-Sponsored Stage at the Bayview Brewhaus. A huge thanks must be given to Kevin at Dusty Medical and the Get Drunk DJs for doing all the hard work on this one.

Don’t forget, full festival passes are only $25, and online pre-sales end Thursday at 10:00am.

Photo by Lizzie Burnham

Friday, July 16th:

Jack Oblivion & the Tennessee Tearjerkers – The release Kevin sent over said is way better than what we could write, so:  “Jack “Oblivian” Yarber of The Tearjerkers was a key figure in the influential, Memphis based Compulsive Gamblers and the legendary ’90s garage-punk band The Oblivians. Though, to only ramble on about Yarber’s work with The Oblivians and skim over his other bands would be a cryin’ shame. Beside the stack of gritty garage-punk that Yarber contributed to, are all of his other records that have consistently become more polished and focused throughout the years.
Yarber was born 100 miles away from Memphis in the small town of Corinth, Mississippi. However, by 1987, the bright lights of Memphis called and Yarber became a permanent fixture in the city that arguably invented rock-n-roll.”

Listen: The Lone Ranger of Love

John Paul Keith & the One Four Fives – Again, from Kevin’s release: “John Paul Keith is a native of Knoxville, TN, who has moved around a lot and played in a lot of bands (The V-Roys, Ryan Adams, The Nevers, Stateside, Harlan T. Bobo, Jack Oblivian, and Jim Dickinson’s garage rock project, Snake Eyes).
Keith moved to Memphis a couple of years ago and hooked with Alvin Youngblood Hart’s former rhythm section, a pedal steel guitarist, and a keyboard player. The result is the grand tradition of Memphis rock n roll, updated for modern ears.”

Listen: Knoxville Town

Fair Weather Friends – Almost brand-new to the Milwaukee scene, you can probably guess, given the rest of the line-up, where Fair Weather Friends sit on the musical spectrum. They call themselves a “Wisconsin super group featuring members of Mystery Girls, Goodnight Loving, Juke boyds, Bear Proof Suit, and Sunday Sinners. Yeah, should be super fun, right?

The Get Drunk DJs – Do we really need to tell you about the Get Drunk DJs? Why yes, we do. Kevin and Luke just celebrated five years of doing their thing, and we could say all sorts of nice things about that, but instead, we’ll just re-post what Luke said, unedited, on their MySpace…because, well, it’s entertaining.

“WE COULD ALL PRETEND THAT I CAN COME UP WITH SOMETHING MILDLY AMUSING, BUT SERIOUSLY KEVIN AND I PROMOTE, BOOK AND DJ (SEMI)TASTEFUL ROCK SHOWS. I’M NOT TRYING TO BE ALL “HEY LOOK AT ME, I’M SO COOL. MY NAME IS LUKE AND SHIT. I LOOK LIKE A FAG!” IT’S JUST THAT THIS IS WHAT THIS, OUR, MY, SPACE IS ALL ABOUT. PLUS THIS WOULD ACTUALLY BE REALLY FUNNY IF THERE WAS A WAY TO HAVE A BUNCH OF FART NOISES, SLIDE WHISTLES AND OLDE TYMEY BIKE HORN SOUNDS INSERTED RANDOMLY IN THIS PARAGRAPH. AND IF TONY SAGGER COULD BE DOING THE IMPERSONATION OF ME IN THE ABOVE MOCKING, SURLY QUOTE. FEACE OUT, FEE-OTCH LUKE CHAPPELLE”

Saturday, July 17th:

Codebreaker – WAY on the other end of the spectrum from Friday’s line-up, Saturday at the Brewhaus brings a mad dance-a-thon if we’ve ever seen one. Headlining are the hard-working stalwarts of their Milwaukee scene, Codebreaker, masters all those things that make the booty shake…remixes, beat building, etc. We’re really excited to have them for the festival, and it was pretty cool selecting them, then building the rest of the show around them.

Listen: R.I.M.L.

You, You’re Awesome
– Once you see this band you will no doubt say, “Yes, they are, in fact, awesome!” No joke. We don’t know if Cincinnati is know for fantastic electro-rock, but these guys found inspiration somewhere. We feel obligated to mention that they listed by SPIN.com as one of the “25 Artists to see at CMJ.” We don’t feel obligated, however, to share their music with you. We simply think it’s great, so we think you should hear and see You, You’re Awesome.
Listen: How to Get the Most Out of Your Istuctional Videos

The New Loud
– One of the hardest working bands in Milwaukee, The New Loud are constantly putting out music and videos. They play a pretty energetic brand of something like Electro-Indie-New Wave (sorry, we had those categories but we need to say something, right?) that should be a great way to get the crowd moving.Listen: Don’t Dance

RSC Club Shows – Shank Hall

This week we’ll be featuring music from all the bands playing club venues during Radio Summer Camp. Today we feature shows happening at the Battomi-Sponsored Stage at Shank Hall. Don’t forget, full festival passes are only $25, and online pre-sales end Thursday at 10:00am.

Photo by Michael Meysarosh

Friday, July 16th:

9:00pm
Red Baraat
– If you were fortunate enough to see Red Baraat at Global Union a while back, you know just how ridiculously entertaining and imaginative the band is. Led by drummer Sunny Jain, Red Baraat is the first and only dhol ‘n’ brass band of its kind in the States, melding the infectious North Indian rhythm Bhangra with brass funk and expressing the human spirit through improvisation and a powerful live sound.

Don’t just trust us, head on over to Red Baraat’s site and check out just one of the many YouTube videos available (just past the fold).

Watch: Various YouTube Videos

8:00pm
DJ Warp – By day, Brian Keigher organizes events for the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, including World Music Festival, SummerDance and events at the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park. By night he is DJ Warp, a staple DJ in Chicago, playing at various venues supporting some of the world’s top touring talent, acts like Tabla Beat Science, Baaba Maal, Bebel Gilberto, Zap Mama, Cheb Khaled, Toubab Krewe, Rachid Taha, Habib Koite, Sidestepper, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, and Art Of Noise to name a few. He can also be found producing his own events such as the long running India themed electronic club night called ‘Bombay Beatbox’ which hosts likeminded artists such as Cheb I Sabbah, DJ Rekha, Talvin Singh, Midival Punditz, and Karsh Kale.

Saturday, July 17th:

10:00pm
John Doe – As one of the founding members of the Los Angeles punk band X, John Doe was one of the most influential figures in American alternative rock during the early ’80s, but when he launched a solo career in the early ’90s, he decided to pursue a rootsy, country-rock direction instead of continue with punk. That’s the bio line, but we just want to say JOHN DOE! A legend we are very fortunate to have playing Radio Summer Camp. We’re humbled. Very humbled.

Listen: Broken Smile

Robbie Fulks w/ Nora O’Connor
– Robbie is one of our favorite people making some of our favorite music. If you bring up the music industry he’s a smart-ass. If you talk about music he’s an honest and thoughtful songwriter. This combination, along with masterful guitar skills, make Fulks one of the most well-round, if still overlooked and under appreciated, songwriters making music today.

Now, add the sought after Nora O’Connor to the stage with Robbie and this should be one of the best opening sets you will ever see. She’s recorded and performed with about a gazillion people, among them Andrew Bird, The New Pornographers, Jeff Tweedy, Archer Prewitt, The Aluminum Group, Janet Bean, Chris Mills, Neko Case, and soul legends Otis Clay and Mavis Staples. The voice gets you, but it’s the personality that holds you:

“Nora O’Connor was born and raised as a first-generation Irish-American on the scrappy south side of Chicago. Mugs down “dere” tend to shoot first, ask questions later–and always get the mother effing job DONE. The doe-eyed (no pun intended) Miss Nora is no exception. In addition to being one of the most versatile and sought-after singers in town–she is also a legendary bartender, a midwife’s assistant (doula) and an ordained reverend. Whether you need to be serenaded, soused, birthed, or hitched, O’Connor has the goods, and how. Nora is now the mom to two handfuls of cuteness, so she doesn’t play out much, so when she does, we recommend you get out there and see her.”

Listen, Robbie Fulks: Jean Arthur

Listen, Nora O’Connor: Bottoms

RSC Club Shows – Cactus Club

This week we’ll be featuring music from all the bands playing club venues during Radio Summer Camp. Today we feature shows happening at the AV Club Milwaukee Stage at the Cactus Club. Don’t forget, full festival passes are only $25, and online pre-sales end Thursday at 10:00am.

Friday, July 16th:

11:45pm
Collection of Colonies of Bees
– The instrumental Milwaukee band that has set the bar for all others in Milwaukee, COCOB blends guitars, drums and bass with keyboards and their signature Mac to achieve a “dynamic attack of sonic maximalism.” It’s this attack that led COCOB to Volcano Choir, a collaboration with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon whose first release was released last year on powerhouse indie lable JagJaguwar. Below, check out the first of four movements from their latest release, Birds.

Listen: Flocks: I

10:45pm
All Tiny Creatures
– “Stacked melodies, distorted organs, stretched chords, reimagined vocals: Collections of Colonies of Bees/ Volcano Choir multi-instrumentalist Thomas Wincek drops his Emotional Joystick handle for the glorious themes of All Tiny Creatures.”

A perfect way to lead into COCOB, All Tiny Creatures (Hometapes) have released the EP, Segni, which they’re telling us is “a prelude to [their] debut LP—which will feature vocalists Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Megafaun, and Ryan Olcott (12 Rods, Mystery Palace)—due in early 2010.” Below, listen to the closing track from Segni.

Listen: Street Lights Ten Thousand Feet

10:00pm
Castle Thunder
– Very little is yet known about this upstart Milwaukee band, but part of Radio Summer Camp is unveiling unknown talent to music fans in Milwaukee. Check them out on Local/Live this Tuesday, July 13th. Then, get there early on Friday to catch their live set.

Saturday, July 17th:

12:15pm
Samantha Crain
– “Consider some of the songs on Crain’s palette: the slightly grunge-flavored rocker “Equinox,” the Bonnie Raitt-style, blues-heavy “Santa Fe” and the garage-band-sounding “Two-Sidedness.” Not many artists can pull off such a musical feast, yet Crain does so while keeping it all genuine.” Nancy Dunham, The Washington Post

Samantha Crain is a firecracker! Watch just one of her live shows and you’ll be hooked on the intensity, the raw output of emotion and most importantly, the songs. Take a listen to the aforementioned “Two-Sidedness” to hear just what we’re talking about.

Listen: Two Sidedness

11:15pm
The Loom
– Sometimes bands have perfect bio/press info on their websites; The Loom is one of those bands: “The New Yorker recently described The Loom as ‘the beloved Brooklyn sextet who have lately been guiding their chamber-folk sound to decidedly louder sonic territory,’ while the website nyctaper.com wrote recently of their live show that, ‘To say that The Loom’s performance was a revelation would be to understate the significance of this unit.  They combine musical talent, strong writing, and an abundant amount of band camaraderie into an intense amalgam.’”

Not much more we can add to that, other than, DAMN! we want to see the live show described above. Listen below to a track from the band’s debut LP, At Last Light, while keeping in mind that the band promises “a decidedly louder sonic territory” on their forthcoming album, Teeth. You can hear a couple of the forthcoming tracks at the band’s website.

Listen: Song for the Winter Sun

10:20pm
Heidi Spencer & the Rare Birds
– Unheralded Milwaukee musician…you know  what, just go read Heidi’s interview with the AV Club Milwaukee. She touches on a lot of different issues, including how her forthcoming album – to be released by Bella Union – features songs that have graduated to “moody” compared to her earlier, much sadder records. But until we get a taste of the new album, check out a track from Heidi’s 2005 release, The Luck We Made.

Listen: While Away

9:30pm
Strand of Oaks
– Just a wail of a voice that grabs the attention of anyone within 100 feet, Philadelphia’s Tim Showalter has in the last year developed quite a strong fan base in Milwaukee. After last year’s appearance at Radio Summer Camp, Tim also played an intimate house show in March of this year that further cemented his place as one of Milwaukee’s favorite national acts. Expect another great show full of both heart-wrenching and sometimes just plain weird songs from the on-the-rise songwriter. Check out the Strand of Oaks Daytrotter.com session, and hear below a track from his 2009 debut LP, Leave Ruin.

Listen: Dogs of War

Backyard BBQ – The Food

BBQ Turkey Legs Anyone?

It wouldn’t be a BBQ without actual BBQ now would it. We’ve recruited some of our local restaurant pals to help make the Backyard BBQ not only a great music event, but as is always the case with big WMSE events, an event with delicious food from local businesses. Here are the local eateries serving you food,  and what they’ll be serving, all day on Sunday, July 18th at Cathedral Square Park.

Maxie’s Southern Comfort: How could we NOT have Maxie’s there? Especially since we have southern-fried music the likes of Southern Culture on the Skids, Eric Lindell and Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Vegetarian Jambalaya
Andouille Sausage Jambalaya
Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Creamy Slaw
Smoked Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Creamy Slaw
Cornbread
Bourbon Chocolate Chip Cookies
Hurricane Punch

Palomino: It’s like taking a juke joint in Louisiana, plopping it in Bay View and combining all that is Milwaukee.

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Vegan Sloppy Joes
Tater Tots

Food Services, Inc: You know the good folks serving you brews at Chili Contest? That’s Food Services. Good people. Good food.

BBQ Chicken Sticks
Jumbo Hot Dog
Wisconsin Brat w/ Kraut
Char-Grilled Burger
Pork Chop Sandwich

Ball ‘n Biscuit: Our very good catering friends and the good folks that have allowed us to say the BBQ will have a “straw hats and lemonade” feel.

Grilled Italian Sausage Sandwiches w/ peppers
Hand-shaken lemonade, pink lemonade and limeade

Backyard BBQ Schedule

We’ve already told you about the amazing Backyard BBQ line-up, but here’s the schedule of bands playing our free event at Cathedral Square Park on Sunday, July 18th.

Noon:
The Ragadors – We’re just going to kick right into gear with the high energy blues rock of one of Milwaukee’s most exciting young bands.

1:10pm:
The Jonathan Burks Band – Speaking of exciting, Gin-soaked and rowdy, Jon Burks will transport you into a smoke-filled, 1970’s honky tonk. Something to behold, really.

2:30pm:
Eric Lindell – Swampy, New Orleans infused blues and R & B with a little bit of country twang, Linell will keep you dancing through the afternoon.

4:00pm:
The Carolina Chocolate Drops – We probably can’t say in any better than the Drops say themselves:  “Tradition is a guide, not a jailer. We play in an older tradition but we are modern musicians.” We are really fortunate to have CCD at the BBQ. REALLY fortunate.

5:30pm:
.357 String Band – “Streetgrass” is their self-described style of music. When you hear it, and maybe more poignant when you see it, you will know exactly why.

7:15pm:
Southern Culture on the Skids – The headliners of the 2nd Annual Backyard BBQ, it’s almost as if this event was made for them. Country fried country rock and roll with the grit of a city, or as they say – “Countrypolitan”, SCOTS close out this quintessentially American event.

So that’s the music, but stay tuned for the food and another awesome surprise! Hint: Vroom!