Weekend music: ChocolateFest, country band, benefit show

By Paddy Fineran

Kenosha News Correspondent

Burlington’s ChocolateFest is all about one thing, music, music, music. My bad. A quick look at the website (www.chocolatefest.com) actually says that the fest is all about chocolate, chocolate and chocolate.

As part of the Chocolate Experience, you can check out chocolate eating contests and chef demonstrations. As for live music, some of the biggest names in local hits music will be there including Pat McCurdy, Tim Castle and Young Southern, The Toys, Dueling Pianos, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys and The Britins.

ChocolateFest is today (May 24) through Monday (May 27) in downtown Burlington. Maps, schedules and more can be found at www.chocolatefest.com.

Tombeau Road in town

There are a few places you can go in Kenosha to get some great live country music. One of those places has not been Pub22. That is, until now.

Pub 22 is going country tonight (May 24) with Tombeau Road. If you’re not familiar with this southeastern Wisconsin band yet, you will be soon. They are armed with male/female lead vocals, three- and sometimes four-part harmonies and a rhythm section that keeps things nailed down tight.

Tombeau Road hit the No. 1 spot for local country bands on www.reverbnation.com. To add to that, they won the WNL Budweiser Pavilion Contest against 144 bands. They will be giving the audience a lot of current pop country hits, some dustys and even an original or two.

Tombeau Road performs tonight (May 24) at Pub22, 2200 60th St.

Motor Alley shows

It’s getting to the point where I find something good going down at Motor Alley Bar & Lounge every week. Rather than a rock-abilly weekend, this weekend is more of a kick-buttabilly weekend.

First up tonight (May 24) is the “raw, rippin’ rock ’n’ roll” of Krank Daddies. If you’re a rock-abilly devotee, don’t worry, this three-piece delivers a high-octane set with HiTops Farrelli on upright bass, snapping away to give lead singer Chops McClintock all he needs to work with. Even with that, McClintock gets even more with the click beat breaking Nutzy pounding away on drums. That’s just the recorded music on the band’s website. Live, I’m guessing is a smiling, sweaty groovy mess.

Also on tonight’s bill is the local old-school grab bag of Americana, garage and punk we lovingly call Hobo Rodeo, which is made up of Keith Pauley (bass and vocals), Jayme Raddatz (drums) and Evan Priday (guitar and vocals).

Saturday’s bill features two acts you’re probably very familiar with, the no-apologies, in your face punk/metal of Pistofficer and the straight-up hard rock/metal of 38DD.

The shows are tonight and Saturday night at Motor Alley, 1402 52nd St.

Benefit show

There’s a big rock ’n’ roll show and get-together Sunday (remember, most of you don’t have to work Monday) in memory of Gary Fortner and to help his family cover funeral costs. There will be food and raffles and a lot of great music Fortner would have loved, according to Republicans on Welfare’s guitarist/vocalist Tim King.

I had the privilege of hanging out at a weekend recording session produced by Mike Hoffmann for King’s band Donoma. King told me a couple of times about the benefit so I know it is dear to him and others. King’s other band Caviar (along with other Donoma members vocalist Stephanie Donoma and drummer Israel Alpizar) is also on the benefit bill.

As of press time, the other bands helping out are the Johnny Thunders Tribute act Veronica Late, Pistofficer and The Last One. Suggested donation is five bucks.

The Gary Fortner benefit starts at 3 p.m. Sunday (May 26) at Hattrix, 2425 60th St.

Rat Package Cabaret show

What must it have been like in the late ’50s and early ’60s when the likes of Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and many more were all in their prime and loved the spotlight?

Put on by The Rat Package Cabaret Troupe, “The Rat Pack Show” feature the music of Sinatra, Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and the ladies of that era such as Marilyn Monroe, Rosemary Clooney, The Andrew Sisters and others. Elvis is, well, Elvis in the body of David “Elvis” Kirby. The show runs from 8 p.m. to midnight and costs $10.

The Rat Pack Meets Elvis is tonight (May 24) at Cortese Banquet Hall, 1300 Sheridan Road.

Email me at paddythemediaguy@yahoo.com

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