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Two groups performing Saturday night as Jean’s Jazz Series continues

Nine Worlds Ensemble and the Ivy Ford Band will perform at the Jean’s Jazz concert series Saturday (March 25) at the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave.

Tickets are $18 ($16 for senior citizens, $5 for students).

Nine Worlds Ensemble, formerly known as the Bowtime Quintet, boasts a diverse approach to music with backgrounds in classical, jazz, pop and rock. With several band members based in the Milwaukee area, Nine Worlds Ensemble performs frequently throughout southeastern Wisconsin and the Chicago area.


Fusion celebrates Jazz Month with special concerts, events

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April is Jazz Appreciation Month, and Fusion in downtown Kenosha is hosting “Celebrate Jazz” with a monthlong focus on jazz featuring performances, talks and an interactive class for kids.

The series will show “how jazz crosses borders of culture, musical genre, technology, gender and race,” according to organizers.

Music Matters: SRIM Fest highlights busy music weekend

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SRIM Fest weekend is here.

Most anyone who reads this column knows what that means.

Guitarists will go ga-ga for Eric Clapton collection

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Eric Clapton with J.J. Cale, “Live in San Diego” (Reprise)

www.ericclapton.com, $17.99

On the Beat: Finger picking for the masses

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Jamie Fulton, 61, has been playing with Rusty Horse since 1974 when he, his wife, Barbara, and his friend, Pete Mulligan, decided to form the band while at Northland College in Ashland. The group started playing in Kenosha 20 years ago and continues today.

You can catch Fulton playing with Mulligan in a paired-down version of the band during open mic nights at tg’s Restaurant and Pub, located at 4120 Seventh Ave.

Music Matters: St. Patrick’s Day weekend kicks off with music

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So, the opening weekend of the Big Dance and St. Patrick’s Day both happen tomorrow. I have a feeling that people will be out and about. Hopefully they will catch some live music between slam dunks and corned beef and cabbage leftovers.

One of the places that is having a band Friday (March 17) is tg’s. Wisconsin bluegrass band The Dillweeds will be entertaining the crowd starting at 9 p.m. Now, if you are like me and just can’t handle “Tura Lura Lura” or “Irish Rover” (at least done traditional style) all day and night, don’t worry. Bluegrass music, while bearing strong resemblances to Irish music, can soar and entertain quite a bit more in my humble Irish opinion. This is especially true when it is bluegrass ala The Dillweeds. In addition to the bluegrass base you may hear bits of Americana, outlaw country, jam and maybe even some good old fashioned rock ’n’ roll. Perfect for St. Paddy’s Day. Also on the bill is Kenosha music legend Larry Hinds and Sarah Sorensen. Have a Guinness and a Jamo if you have someone to drive you home. When the Irish toasts begin, feel free to offer up my favorite: “May the worst day ahead of ye be better than the best day behind ye.” Think about it.

Quick Spins: New Shins music has hipster vibe, great hooks

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The Shins, “Heartworms” (Columbia)

www.theshins.com, $14.99

Bradford grad performing with Navy Band

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We are blessed in this area with plenty of opportunities to see great live music.

Here’s another one: The U.S. Navy Concert Band is performing 7 p.m. March 23 at Indian Trail High School.

Milwaukee Musaik slated for Fine Arts at First

Milwaukee Musaik performs an afternoon of piano quintets at the 12th annual Fine Arts at First Concert Series 3 p.m. Sunday (March 12) at First United Methodist Church, 919 60th St.

Admission is free. Doors open at 2:30 p.m.

Music Matters: Benefit shows, jazz trio in town

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Students who are involved in music programs do better in school, particularly math and sciences. A ton of studies have shown that.

And adult musicians like to help out fundraisers. We see that most every weekend around here.

Quick Spins: Old 97’s sounds very much alive on ‘Graveyard Whistling’ album

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Old 97’s, “Graveyard Whistling” (ATO)

www.old97s.com, $13.99

On the Beat: Catching up with a ‘Pickup’ artist

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Patrick Greer, 28, first picked up the bass guitar when he was 22 and is now the “Pickups” portion of the band Kai Andersen & the Pickups.

Check out Greer with Kai Andersen & the Pickups at :

‘Music for Prague 1968’ highlights program

A University of Wisconsin-Parkside College of Arts and Humanities Peaceworks concert — featuring works by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Karel Husa — is 7:30 tonight in the university’s Bedford Concert Hall.

The UW-Parkside Wind Ensemble and Community Band — both conducted by Laura Rexroth — are performing.

Music Matters: From jazz to Thoughts For Food

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Did you give up anything for Lent? Did you know it’s Lent? Sure, Mardi Gras was a couple of days ago. (Remember? You ate a paczki, had some gumbo, woke up trying to remember why you were wearing so many beads and you listened to some great jazz and Creole music?)

Wait, you mean you didn’t go out Tuesday night for some great music? Well, you can make up for that by catching Yves Francois & Rocambu Jazz Saturday night at tg’s.

Quick Spins: Robert Randolph is back with terrific feel-good tunes

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Robert Randolph & The Family Band, “Got Soul” (Masterworks)

www.robertrandolph.com, $14.99

Bix Beiderbecke jazz fest starts March 9 in Racine

Celebrate all that jazz and more at the 28th annual Tribute to Bix Fest in Racine, which runs Thursday through Sunday (March 9-12) at the Racine Architect Hotel (formerly the Marriott Hotel).

This event celebrates the career of jazz trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke, who drank himself to death at the age of 28 — but not before becoming one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 1920s.

Kenosha Unified’s Orchestra Festival is this weekend

Limited tickets are still available for Kenosha Unified School District’s 55th annual Orchestra Festival.

The event will take place 6:30 p.m. Saturday (March 4) and 1:30 p.m. Sunday (March 5) in the Indian Trail High School and Academy fieldhouse, 6800 60th St.

Carthage planning Arts and Creativity Festival

Six days of events and performances are planned throughout the campus of Carthage College, 2001 Alford Park Drive, as part of the annual Arts and Creativity Festival.

The events are March 7-12. Admission to most activities is free. Highlights of the festival include:

Kenosha Symphony set for an evening of romance

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The Kenosha Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of romance with “Noche de Pasion: 100 years of Spanish Guitar” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (Feb. 25) at Reuther High School, 913 57th St.

The concert features Grammy nominated flamenco guitarist David Maldonado and internationally renowned flamenco dancer Ania La Candela. The Kenosha Symphony is directed by conductor Dr. Robert G. Hasty.

Quick Spins: Alison Krauss, Ryan Adams shine on new recordings

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Alison Krauss, “Windy City” (Capitol)

www.allisonkraus.com, $14.99

Music Matters: Spanish guitar master performing with Kenosha Symphony

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It’s Kenosha Symphony Orchestra time again, and this time they have a guest the likes of which I’ve never seen or heard at a symphony performance.

The program — Noche de Pasión: 100 Years of Spanish Guitar featuring David Maldonado — is 7:30 Saturday night in the Reuther Central High School Auditorium.

GO Kenosha

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