Monday, June 7, 2021

Here and Barely There

 If a tree falls in the forest, did I chop it down?

Not if nobody saw me, I didn’t.

Just like if nobody heard it fall then it didn’t make any noise (and you can’t prove it did). And the same could be said if I had planted the seed and nurtured the sapling and had come back year in and year out to witness its transformation into a mighty oak. Only me and the acorns will ever know.

There ya go, Grasshopper.

Don’t forget! BIG WES Turner’s Trio has severed all ties with Mark Zuckerberg and his evil enterprise (Facebook). It’s not that we’re not sociable, or that we oppose networking. It’s just that our mentor and main-man Big Wes has a policy against aiding and abetting such anti-human assholery. We urge all to free themselves of the FB tyranny.

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The McMusical Calendar

Friday, June 18

The Birddog Blues Band plays Camp Beef Butter BBQ from 6 to 9 (weather permitting!). The “Camp” is set up right behind the location of the old White House restaurant on Hwy M (next to the Summit Credit Union branch). If it rains, the event is canceled. If it doesn’t rain, grab some great food, choose from the selection of Wisconsin beers, grab a picnic table and enjoy some funky Blues from mouth harpist Birddog, guitarist Mel Ford, bassist Tom McCarty and drummer Mark Haines. Plenty of parking, people!

Wednesday, August 11

The Sparks Band plays rockin’ hits from the 60s (mostly) to The Fest Haus at 106 Third Avenue in New Glarus. Early show, so don’t be slow.

More happenings in the works. Check back.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The Good, The Bad, The Better

Where wisdom prevailed in our fair state of Wisconsin, the taps of live music performance were shut off right around about a year ago. The close quarters of those favorite taverns where so many of us feel warm and welcome were just too damn welcoming to the pesky pandemic virus. But for the few outdoor venues that could accommodate a dispersed audience, BIG WES and other noise-ical muse-makers would have been completely silenced in the year 2020. Instead, they were just mostly silenced.

That’s too bad, but the real bad news is that over 657,000 Wisconsinites have gotten sick, and 7,473 of those have died (!!!) as a result of contracting the COVID-19 virus (as of April 27). Chances are good that you knew at least one of them.

But there’s good news, too. You and I have survived thus far, and those of us who have been vaccinated have vastly improved their odds of aging to ripeness. And those that hang in with mask-wearing and keeping a reasonable distance from their fellow humans, especially indoors, are improving the odds that COVID illness and death will grind to a halt sooner rather than later. Perseverance, citizens!

Perhaps the best news of all is that Tyranena Brewing of Lake Mills starts up their summer series of outdoor musical performances on Friday, April 30, and on Saturday, May 8, BIG WES Turner’s Trio will be there (from 6 to 9 pm) with Grammy-winning guitarist and FOW (friend of WES) Billy Flynn.

Billy Flynn

The spacious, partially covered patio and sprawling grassy knoll area offer plenty of room for comfortable placement of people pods. It bears repeating that Tyranena's brews are the best in the state. (Best! In! State!) Mask up and line up at the service window for your pour. If you get hungry, one of a rotating array of food carts sets up on site.

The weather will need to turn most foul indeed before any cancellations. Do your double-checking at Tyranena’s website.

Friday, February 12, 2021


We might have mentioned the word “hibernation” in a previous post. Who knew then how deep and long the suspense of that inanimate state would endure.

Well, the snow is still deep and the thermometer is still reading single digits (some with a minus sign in front), yet signs of Spring are popping up. We’re not just talking about earlier sunrises and later sunsets; Tyranena Brewing in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, has posted their schedule for a summer of entertainment for fans of fine brews. Check it out.

Portable heaters have kept the spacious Tyranena patio amenable to the hardiest of Wisconsin beer imbibers throughout the winter. Starting the last weekend of April, the same experience will require fewer layers of clothing and will be accompanied with LIVE MUSIC!!!

Tyranena’s expansive patio and grassy knoll area leaves plenty of room for keeping distance between people pods. You can bring your own food or sample tasty fare from the rotating cast of food cart vendors. Tasty Tyranena brews are served out of the patio-side service windows. Multiple porta-pottys allow discreet and distanced answers to the calls of nature. It’s as pandemic-safe a situation for enjoying an outdoor musical performance as we can imagine. Musicians perform under a permanent awning, so the shows go on except in the case of weather most foul.

Best of all, BIG WES Turner’s Trio will be there for a 6 to 9 pm performance on Saturday, May 8, along with our good friend, Grammy-winner and Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Billy Flynn playing guitar.

So stay safe. Put on your mask, wash your hands. See you there.

Note: If you’ve been looking for BIG WES Turner’s Trio on Facebook, stop it. Wes don’t go there no more. Why? Because Mark Zuckerberg pissed off the big fella one too many times.

S'okay. You can keep up with the world of Wes by checking back here, or by signing up for BIG WES Turner’s Newsletter. Just drop your email address in the bucket at any Big Wes Turner’s Trio gig.

Friday, November 6, 2020

Heads Poke Out

We are fine. But many fellow Wisconsinites are less fine, having contracted the virus, and some are very much less fine, having died of the virus. Condolences.

Meanwhile, Mr. McMusic's musical endeavors have necessarily turned to study and practice, two of the many things on the to-do list we've all been meaning to get around to. (Am I right? Of course I'm right.)

Who won? 
We think we know, but it's not official. Not at this time. Not yet.

What's going to happen? Don't know that either. Not when it comes to live music and the welcoming places where we were hearing it last year.

While we're waiting to find out, here's a snippet, produced by Chief's Tavern with images and sound featuring BIG WES Turner's Trio.

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Using Our Outside Voices

As of right now, Wisconsin has NOT solved its COVID problem.

For real. Until Wisconsin gets its infection rate down, down, down, hanging out at our favorite night spots is a bad idea.

That’s bad news for those of us who love the vibe and camaraderie of our local watering holes. It’s bad news for us musicians who were playing there until about seven months ago. Those places and spaces where we sharpened our chops and earned a few bucks are irreplaceable. Online just ain’t the same.

Most bars and restaurants are hurting. A few have been better positioned than others to adjust to outdoor service. Tyranena Brewing in Lake Mills, with a huge patio area facing a grassy natural amphitheater, is one of the few venues around that can accommodate a big crowd and still keep everyone safely distanced. (And the beers are superb.) Since restarting in late May, all performances have been outside and therefore subject to the whims of the weather, but most have managed to dodge the raindrops.

Because of the extreme circumstances, Tyranena has extended their season for outdoor music into October. Which leads us to the McMusical calendar.

The McMusical Calendar

Saturday, October 17, 4 to 7 pm
The expansive patio at Tyranena Brewing in Lake Mills, Wisconsin is partially covered, enough so that a light autumnal drizzle is unlikely to deter BIG WES Turner’s Trio from capping off Tyranena’s outdoor music season with their signature Rockin’ RHYTHM & Swingin’ BLUES. Check the weather, then dress appropriately and come on down.

Tuesday, October 20, early voting starts
Things can change. They will change. But it’s up to us to make sure they change for the better. Let’s do that. Start by VOTING.
If you feel you can do it safely, Vote at your polling place on November 3, Election Day.
If you’re concerned about safety, Vote early (in-person absentee). Many polling places will open from Oct. 20 to Nov. 1 and are less likely to be crowded. Check with your local Clerk of Courts.
Vote by mail only if you're sure you can get your absentee ballot filled out, witnessed, and mailed in As Soon As Possible. Find answers to questions about registration, polling place hours and locations, etc. at

And, as long as the weather allows, consider hosting a driveway concert or exclusive patio party featuring BIG WES Turner’s Trio. Leave a message.

Friday, July 17, 2020

Word One

Wait! It's been a whole month since we said word one about the whereabouts or goings-on related to things McMusical? Sorry to keep you waiting (especially you, Ukraine), but goings or doings have been scarce. Like most sane folk, Mr. McMusic and colleagues have been keeping their physical distance and donning masks on those occasions when stepping outside their respective bubbles is called for.

The Madison area is awash in striving musical artists. Normally, only the cream of the crop could be expected to eke out an existence in their chosen field, but without liquor sales to undergird musical incomes, well... not only the players but the bars and other venues that hosted them are experiencing existential whiplash. Online performances may be arguably better than nothing, but I find even the best of them ultimately unsatisfying (especially if it requires Facebook).

Face it. Outdoor performances are where it's at. Like this evening's (July 17) from 6 to 9 pm at Tyranena Brewing featuring The Birddog Blues Band (BBB) featuring Mel Ford (MF) on guitar. With spacious grounds, plenty of pod-placement spots to go around, Tyranena offers one of the currently rare opportunities available to relax and enjoy some live music whilst safely sipping a delicious Wisconsin-brewed beverage. Bring a mask. Wear it (except when sipping).

McMusical Calendar

Until further notice, Bupkis. 
But things CAN change, so DO check back. And, if you would like to host a driveway, or drive-by, or exclusive patio party event featuring BIG WES Turner's Trio, leave a message.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Weather Watchers

The sun shines, a breeze stirs the leaves. It looks and feels like perfect weather for spreading out in the open air and relaxing to the sounds of live music while sipping a hearty Wisconsin brew.

But this is today. What about Saturday, June 20, when BIG WES Turner’s Trio is scheduled to perform at Tyranena Brewing in Lake Mills? Our fine forecasting friends rate the chance of a scattered thunderstorm better than even. When will we know for sure? Probably sometime Saturday afternoon. This is just the way it is. The Trio will be ready for our 6 to 9 pm gig, and only a downpour will keep us quiet, so check with Tyranena on Saturday to be sure.

Tasty Tyranena beers are sold and served out of the patio-side service window. Dr. Anthony Fauci would approve of Tyranena’s expansive patio and grassy knoll area--plenty of room for physical distancing. Bring your own food or sample tasty fare at the Cafe Costa Rica food cart. (Muy bien!)

If the rains DO come, fear not. Plan for the next big event at TyranenaFriday, July 17, with none other than The Birddog Blues Band (featuring Mel Ford on guitar) playing the patio. Same hours: 6 to 9 pm. Same great beers. Different food cart: Doyle’s Dogs (authentic Chicago-style hot dogs and sandwiches). Same disclaimer: (Shine? Yes. Rain? No.)

And, as long as we can keep winning the weather lottery, consider visiting Vintage Brewing in Sauk City on Thursday, July 23. The Sparks Band revives 60s hits and wonders on Vintage’s spacious deck overlooking the Wisconsin River from 7 to 9 pm.

Note: Looking for BIG WES Turner’s Trio on Facebook? Save your clicks. Big Wes has ceased to humor Mark Zuckerberg. Q: How many billionaires does it take to screw in a light bulb? A: None. They’re too busy screwing you to be bothered.

Keep on keeping up with all things related to Big Wes Turner and his Trio by checking back here, or by signing up to recieve the newsletter. Just drop your email address in the bucket at any Big Wes Turner’s Trio gig. Better yet, invite the Trio to a drive-by performance in your driveway or backyard. It's easy; we're cheap.

Stay safe. Put a mask over your pie hole, then wash your hands. And repeat.