Monday, November 6, 2017

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Waupaca’s chain of lakes is mighty pretty country. (MIGHTY pretty.) And no less so after the lakes start freezing over. The Wheelhouse is where Waupacans go for fine food and drink (including a full on-tap array of Central Waters beers), and deckside checking up on lake conditions. And when winter starts rolling in? Wednesdays with Wags begins. 

First-call drummer Tony Wagner hosts an every-other Wednesday gathering of various Wisconsin musical stars and stalwarts. Show up for the first show of the season, November 8, and find out what happens when you throw together Tony and wizened Big Wes Turner’s bass player Tom McCarty with blues guitar threat Alex Wilson (see pic) and saxophone dynamo Stephen Cooper (of WiFEE and the HUZzBAND). Music from 7:30 to 10 pm.

The following week finds the aforementioned McCarty bass-fiddling around with singer and songwriter Paul Otteson’s “chamber folk ensemble” Faux Fawn. They’ll be on a triple bill with the Nick Brown Duo and Luke Arvid and band at Madison’s own High NoonSaloon. That’s Thursday, November 16. Show starts at 9 pm.

The very next night (on Friday, November 17) Faux Fawn ventures up to Driftless Books in Viroqua to open up for Society of Broken Souls. The slightly scaled back version of the band will barely miss missing bassist Tom who will be stuck back in Madison getting all bluesy with Chicago’s own Cash Box Kings as they raise the roof at The Knuckle Down Saloon. 9 pm to close.

Then, on Wednesday, November 22, The Birddog Blues Band participates in the pre-Thanksgiving customer-appreciation celebration at Tofflers Bar & Grill. Mel Ford on guitar, Tom McCarty on bass, Derek Hendrickson on drums, and (of course) Ken “Birddog” Olufs on the mighty Hohner mouth harps. 8 pm in New Glarus, Wisconsin, Baby!

Not long after the stuffing has settled and the last turkey sandwich has been mayonaissed (sic?), Big Wes Turner’s Trio will be giving thanks that number-one guitar player Gary Hendrickson is back and grooving with the band at Cash’s Old Smokey in Monroe, Wisconsin. That’s Friday, December 1. 8 to 11 pm.
Check back soon for the full December calendar of McMusical events.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Q: When? A: Now! Q: Where? A: Here!

Okay, “when” is actually “soon,” but soon will soon be “now” (a mere forty-eight hours and change), specifically, this Friday, October 27. And if you don’t get your tickets in advance, there’ll be that much less in your pocket to pay for the potables that made Milwaukee famous.

The “what” we’re talkin’ about is Big Wes bassist Tom getting all bluesy with Chicago’s own Cash Box Kings as they raise the roof at Milwaukee’s storied Shank Hall (that's the where that becomes here when you get there).

And not too far further into the future the aforementioned Tom teams up with drummer Tony Wagner to give the rhythm section direction for blues guitar great Alex Wilson (of the Alex Wilson Band) and saxophone dynamo Stephen Cooper (of WiFEE and the HUZz BAND).

It’s the start of a new season of Wednesday with Wags, and the music starts at 8pm on November 8, at The Wheelhouse in Waupaca, WI.



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Circling the Airfield

It's a feeling you get. You know. Am I ever coming down?

But don't worry. Sooner or later the plane will land. Or run out fuel. Either way, you will no longer have to worry about what comes next.
(Hey! We're here to cheer you up.)

Big Wes Turner's Trio never rests, but they are looking for gigs. So throw yourself a party! For the most modest of honoraria, they'll be there.

Also, regarding future non-BWT3 gigs, Tom will be joining blues bigshots The Cashbox Kings when they play at venerable Milwaukee venue Shank Hall. It happens on Friday, October 27.