Thursday, February 15, 2018

Mid-Winter Amazements

That l’il ole blues band from Chicago, The Cashbox Kings, is helmed by sovereign soul men Oscar Wilson on vocals and Joe Nosek on harmonica. They do jaunt around—east coast, west coast, sometimes Europe—and when they head north to Wisconsin you will often hear guitarist Mel Ford, drummer Mark Haines, and Big Wes bassman Tom McCarty in the mix.

Such occasions are soon upon us.

Tuesday, February 20
The Cashbox Kings help YOU help Porchlight raise funds for their worthwhile cause. Pay up and chow down on delicious dishes from a heaping helping of Madison restaurants. Yes, we missed the official Mardis Gras date, but, hey! It's never too late to laissez les bon temps rouler!

Saturday, March 3
Once again, that venerable eastside Madison watering hole, The Crystal Corner Bar, hosts The Cashbox Kings. The Kings bring that Chicago Blues thing, and the Crystal pours the libations. 9:45 ‘til late.

What about BigWes Turner’s Trio? Yes, it’s the question quivering expectantly on the moist edges of virtually every pair of music-loving lips. Work is underway on what will be the band’s first recording since Big Wes went AWOL. Demos are done and studio time is booked. Tentative title is “Walk the Talk,” and the marketing department is gamely getting ahead of the game. (see sample art below).


The band has also started lining up gigs for the first leg of their “Basement Full-o-Blues Tour,” so if you have a basement, get in on the ground floor of this exciting “down-and-dirty” musical endeavor. Make contact.

Also. Have you heard? The Big Wes Turner’s Newsletter has added an amazing new feature: POSTCARDS! Whaaaaa? Yeah, you heard right. Most well-informed Turnerites receive their sporadic action updates via email, but now they can alternately (or additionally) get a scrap of cheap cardboard with informational notes scribbled thereupon... FOR FREE!!! Just ask. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Where-ing Out

Oh where, oh where, is “the Big One’s” band?

It’s a more common question than you’d imagine, though not nearly so often posed as the myriad musings over the whereabouts of that monolith of musical mystique nonpareil himself, (Big) Wes Turner.

Call it hiatus or hibernation, Big Wes Turner’s Trio is scheduled not to see nightlight until April 28, appearing at that apex, that epitome, that Holy Grail of beer-drinking destinations, Tyranena Brewing in Lake Mills, Wisconsin (the Tyranena Tasting Room serves up good vibrations AND great libations). 7 to 10 pm.

But why wait that long? Call! Big Wes’s boys will get down with the sounds that move you. The price is reasonable, and therefore right. Pass the hat and don’t let the beer go flat.



Meanwhile, check out these approaching opportunities to soak in some lively LIVE MUSIC!!!

Saturday, February 10
The Cashbox Kings return to Milwaukee’s storied Shank Hall. Sovereign soul men Oscar Wilson on vocals and Joe Nosek on harmonica bring along guitar-slinger Mel Ford, drummer Mark Haines, and Big Wes bassman, Tom McCarty. 8pm. $10 advance/$12 at the door.

Sunday, February 11
Neo-folkers Faux Fawn open up for KUINKA (“An electronic jolt into modern folk and Americana, waltzing along the grooved edges of dream-pop, synth-pop, and Brooklyn’s mid-aughts guitar-rock revival.” According to Vanyaland.) at The Frequency, E. Main St., just off the Capitol square in downtown Madison. Ages 18 and up. $7 advance/$10 at the door. Show starts at 8pm.

Tuesday, February 20
The Cashbox Kings help YOU help Porchlight raise funds by sampling delicious dishes from great Madison restaurants. Yes! On 
Mardis Gras! Laissez les bon temps rouler! Celebrate New Orleans tradition via Chess Studios-era Chicago sounds.

Saturday, March 3
Once again, The Cashbox Kings bring that Chicago Blues thang to venerable eastside Madison watering hole, The Crystal Corner Bar. It ain’t far, so make sure there’s where you are! 9:45 ‘til late.

Check it out and check back for more McMusical news.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

PSA

Here’s a list of the things we can talk about without risking offense: The Weather.

Yes, it's a short list, and Politics is definitely NOT on it. We live in fraught times. Conversations can feel like a walk along a slope both steep and slippery. One false step and we’re taking a tumble into four-letter-word land.

Luckily, it snowed recently, inches of lovely, fluffy white stuff. Let’s talk about THAT. Wisconsin is still way behind in its ideal accumulation of winter precipitation, but there’s still time to catch up. Keep your fingers crossed. Also, if you don’t know the difference between Weather and Climate, consult your dictionary or encyclopedia, or repeat the fifth grade.


Also, leave early for your next appointment so you have time to take ‘er slow on those slick roads. This friendly reminder to exercise Common Sense, is brought to you by the following events, all of which you should consider attending:


Saturday, January 20. Faux Fawn folks it up with opening act Twin Brother and headliner Old Earth in an evening of intergenerational artistic aspirations at Company Brewing in Milwaukee. Show starts at 10 pm.

Saturday, January 27. The Birddog Blues Band gets down to The Blu Room in Dubuque, Iowa! (It’s over the border!) Ken “Birddog” Olufs on mouth harp, Mel Ford on guitar, Derek Hendrickson (of The Family Business) on drums, Tom McCarty on bass. Show starts at 8 pm.

Saturday, February 10. The Cashbox Kings bring the authentic sound of traditional Chicago Blues to Milwaukee’s storied music venue, Shank Hall. Show starts at 8 pm.

Check back for more (mostly)innocuous preambles and McMuscial news.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Weather Retort

Weather or not, we Wisconsinites work it out. Call it a dip into the deep freeze or just “seasonable,” us wizened ones know enough to keep the woolens handy and allow extra layers and extra time. All that may make an unwieldy wintertime mantra, so whittle it down if you will, but keep on keepin’ on, and keep on coming out to hear music made without mediation by the digital overlords. We’re talkin’ LIVE MUSIC! 


Here are some suggestions.

Wednesday, January 10. Big Wes Turner’s Trio aids digestion for the dinner crowd at Me & Julio (Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg). Good taps, comfort, companionship, plus Rockin’ Rhythm and Swingin’ Blues. 6 to 9 pm.


Thursday, January 11. The Birddog Blues Band at Tofflers in New Glarus. Like the name says: BLUES. Ken “Birddog” Olufs on mouth harp, Mel Ford on guitar, Mauro Magellan (of The Georgia Satellites) on drums, Tom McCarty on bass. 8 ‘til late.

Sunday January 20. Faux Fawn folks it up as opener for Old Earth in an evening of intergenerational artistic aspiration at Company Brewing in Milwaukee. Paul Otteson writes, plays, and sings, Audre Rae Krull sings, Luke Bassuener drums, Doug Brown fiddles on fiddle and guitar, Tom McCarty basses. Check for show times.

Saturday, January 27. The Birddog Blues Band gets down to The Blu Room in Dubuque, Iowa! (It’s over the border!) Ken “Birddog” Olufs on mouth harp, Mel Ford on guitar, Derek Hendrickson (of The Family Business) on drums, Tom McCarty on bass.

Come back for February info. On tap soon.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Holidays and New Years Happnin's

Saturday, December 30
On the eve of New Years Eve Big Wes Turner’s Trio hits the Tyranena Brewery sweet spot in-between the festive feasts. Quaff the best of Wisconsin beers and groove to Rockin’ Rhythm & Swingin’ Blues. Grammy-award winning guitarist Billy Flynn fills in for the ever elusive “Big Wes.”
7 to 10 pm.






Sunday, December 31.
Kiss 2017 goodbye. (Ech! Ptui!) And embrace 2018 (hopefully, a year that sees the fall and departure of many more Roy Moores and Harvey Weinsteins). Come on down to celebrate New Years Eve at The Knuckle Down Saloon with bona fide Chicago Blues band The Cashbox Kings. (Tom on bass.)
9 pm to NEXT YEAR
!



(Whoa! Whadaya know? Here comes... Next Year!)



Wednesday, January 3.
TwoMuch is a rare collaboration of former Little Vito & The Torpedoes guitarist Don “Chico LaBamba” Vallarta and former Little Vito & The Torpedoes bass player Tom “T-Bird” McCarty. Expect an appropriate sampling of “oldies” among the musical melange at Me&Julio (Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg).
6 to 9 pm.



Wednesday, January 10. Big Wes Turner’s Trio takes a turn with the dinner crowd at Me & Julio (Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg). There’s a reason they call it Rockin’ Rhythm and Swingin’ Blues. 6 to 9 pm.

Check back for more 2018 show times and places!!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Checkin' This List TWICE!

Whoa! It’s our last chance to remind those ready for repasting and revelry that on Wednesday, December 13, The Sparks Band revs up the retro for early evening eaters, drinkers, TeeVee watchers, music lovers, and DANCERS at Me & Julio (Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg). It’s 60s sounds in a chic suburban bistro. 6 to 9 pm.

Breaking, Chronology-Disrupting News! 
Big Wes Turner’s Trio will take a turn with the dinner crowd at Me & Julio (Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg) on Wednesday, January 10. Rockin’Rhythm and Swingin’ Blues. 6 to 9 pm.


The Sparks Band reconvenes two nights later (Friday, December 15) inside Chief’s Bar & Grill. Friendly folks, great tap beers, and Buck’s Pizza delivered from right across Cottage Grove Road. 6:30 to 10 pm.

The very next night, Saturday December 16, Big Wes bassist Tom gets down with the authentic Chicago sound of The Cashbox Kings in the cozy confines of the Tyranena Brewery tasting room. Chicago Blues and Wisconsin’s BEST beers. Just down the road in Lake Mills.

On Friday, December 23, The Sparks Band rides again at The Hody Bar & Grill in Middleton. A special guest appearance from a former founding member of The Fabulous Flemtones is expectorated. Dancers welcome.
9 pm to late.


And on New Years Eve, come down to The Knuckledown Saloon to kill the old year and ring in the new with The Cashbox Kings. Tom on bass. 9 pm to NEXT YEAR!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

December! Big Wes Back!



Only FIVE MORE SHOPPING DAYS until...
Big Wes Turner’s Trio at Cash’s Old Smokey in Monroe! The Trio gets back in the groove with number-one guitar player Gary Hendrickson. Pull up a barstool and sit down in the colorful county seat of Green County, Wisconsin. Saturday, December 1.  8 to 11 pm.

(Psst. If you’re wondering what Big Wes would want for Christmas, we can only recommend that you think small (a card in an envelope would be about the right size), because the Big One’s whereabouts are always hard to pin down and his forwarding addresses are forever flung further afield. The Universal Gift card (aka CASH) works well and we have ways to make sure it gets where it needs to. Trust us.)

Big Wes Turner’s Trio has one more date this month, Saturday, December 30, at Tyranena Brewing Company in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Tom and Rick will be joined by Grammy-winning guitarist Billy Flynn for the eve of New Year’s Eve and an extravaganza of musical fun and games. Have we mentioned the beer? Bring your growler.
7 to 10 pm.

Other stuff in December?



















Wednesday, December 13, The Sparks Band revs up the retro for the early evening eaters, drinkers, enthusiasts of televised sports, music listeners, and DANCERS at Me & Julio (Fish Hatchery Road, Fitchburg). Enjoy swinging 60s sounds at this revitalized suburban bistro.
6 to 9 pm.

On Friday, December 15, the very same Sparks Band convenes in the cozy confines of Chief’s Bar & Grill on Cottage Grove Road. Great staff, great tap selections, and Buck’s Pizza delivered from right across the road.
From 6:30 to 10 pm.

The next night, Saturday December 16, Big Wes bassist Tom gets down with the authentic Chicago sound of The Cashbox Kings in the friendly confines of the Tyranena tasting room. Chicago Blues and Wisconsin’s BEST beers, make it worth trippin’ out to Lake Mills.
7 to 10 pm.

On Friday, December 23, The Sparks Band rides again at The Hody Bar & Grill in Middleton.
Dancers welcome. 9 pm to late.

And on New Years Eve, come down to The Knuckledown Saloon to kill the old year and ring in the new with Chicago Blues band extraordinaire, The Cashbox Kings.
9 pm to next year.