May 24, 2017
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Terry James sings the blues with his band, The Terry James Band, at Champions on May 15, 2017. ( SEAN KRAJACIC )

On the Beat: Staying power

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Terry James, 61, has been playing the blues on stage for more than 40 years. He’s worked with many big names such as Luther Allison, Buddy Guy and Buddy Miles throughout his career. James is known in the area for playing with the Rhythm Dogs, Terry James and the Blue Flames and currently The Terry James Band.

James will host Open Mic Night at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at Pete’s Place, 4520 Eighth Avenue. You can also catch James performing at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 26, at Fusion, 5014 Seventh Ave. (with the Rhythm Dogs).

Talent/instruments: vocals, guitar, bass


Music Matters: Block party will feature plenty of music

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Remember last week when I passed on the information about the beginning of Kenosha Craft Beer Week, starting out at R’Noggin?

Well, the end of the week is coming up already this Saturday with Public’s Big Block Party all around the Public Craft brewery on 58th Street downtown.

Quick Spins: Willie Nelson invites us all to his party

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Willie Nelson, “God’s Problem Child” (Sony)

www.willienelson.com, $14.99

Racine Concert Band performing at Case High School

The Racine Concert Band — which features several members from Kenosha — will perform a concert Tuesday night (May 23) at Case High School in Racine.

The high school bands will perform first, followed by the Racine Concert Band, and the bands will team up for the finale.

Music at Carthage College

Carthage College is hosting free musical performances:

* The Carthage Choir, Carthage Women’s Ensemble and Carthage Chorale are performing 7:30 Friday night in A.F. Siebert Chapel.

Music Matters: Live music scene heats up with summer coming

Summer must be getting closer. No, it doesn’t have anything to do with the temperatures. It’s more because we are starting to see beer and music festivals.

First up on Saturday is the kickoff for Kenosha Craft Beer Week at R’Noggin Brewing Company from noon to 10 p.m.

Quick Spins: Manilow salutes New York

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Ray Davies, “Americana” (Sony)

www.raydavies.com, $16.99

On the Beat: Mack back on the attack

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Gary Mack, 48, plays the guitar and sings with Rat Fink, a longtime and recently re-established Kenosha rock band. The band took a 20-year hiatus circa 1995 and reformed in 2015. Mack says he pushed hard to get the group back together. Mack has also played with other area bands such as Unlikely Hero and Not So Innocent.

Social media: www.facebook.com/rfrockskenosha

Carthage’s Opera Workshop celebrates composer Menotti’s works

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Carthage College’s Opera Workshop is performing “The Magic of Menotti,” celebrating a 20th century operatic master.

Performances are 3 p.m. Saturday (April 29) and 7 p.m. Monday (May 1) in Carthage’s Siebert Chapel.

Quick Spins: It’s easy to develop a crush on Rainy Day Crush

Rainy Day Crush, “I’m Still Alive” (self-released)

www.facebook.com/RainyDayCrush

Music Matters: Kenosha Symphony and benefit shows

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Had enough talk of Russia lately? I hope not because the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra is wrapping up its season Saturday night at Reuther Central High School’s auditorium with a “From Russia, With Love” program.

The KSO will perform works by Dmitri Shostakovich and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Carthage College graduate student Panpan Wang will perform Shostakovich’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op.102.” Wang is the winner of the collegiate division of the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra’s 2016 Youth Concerto Competition.

Music Matters: From Cooler’s last stand to a cheese fest

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All right, you rockers with more than a handful of concert-going years under your belts: Do you remember a Kenosha rock band called The Danger? How about Reckless Hearts?

A common factor shared between those bands was bass guitarist Ian Lund. Lund left the Midwest and relocated to Austin, Texas, where he is now in the band Honeyrude.

Quick Spins: Celebrating Record Store Day Saturday

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Record Store Day began when a group of like-minded friends decided to celebrate the existence of some 700 independently owned record stores across the country.

Held on a Saturday every April, Record Store Day officially kicked off on April 19, 2008, with an in-store appearance by Metallica at Rasputin Music in San Francisco.

Carthage Concert Band, Jazz Band perform Saturday

The Carthage College Concert Band and Jazz Band — both directed by James Ripley — will perform 7:30 Saturday night (April 22) in the college’s A.F. Siebert Chapel, 2001 Alford Park Drive.

The Concert Band will perform a variety of works ranging in genre.

Infusion Baroque group playing free concert

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The University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Noon Concert Series continues Friday (April 21) with a performance by Infusion Baroque.

The free performance starts at noon in Bedford Concert Hall.

On the Beat: Playing for the sheer love of it all

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Matt Michael, 34, got his start in live performance while playing at open mic nights in the area about 15 years ago. He was one of the original members of Matt Meyer and The Smooth Riders and has played with well-known bands like The Electric Water Buffalo and The Crazy Chesters. These days, you can find Michael playing the guitar and singing at local venues with Secondhand Silver.

Social media/website: www.facebook.com/Secondhand-Silver-204446882914297/

Music Matters: Scene says goodbye to a popular venue

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Two of Kenosha’s biggest rock ’n’ roll family bands are joining forces for a show Saturday night at tg’s.

Legendary local rockers David Aiello (bass guitar) and Janet Aiello (guitar, vocals) along with Tom Selear (drums) and Guy Crucianelli (guitar) from Ash Can School will be joined at the cozy venue by Steve Crucianelli (upright bass) and Guy Crucianelli (guitar) of the newer but also very influential band Old Junk.

Quick Spins: Trey Songz, Tedeschi Trucks Band

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Trey Songz, “Tremaine the Album” (Atlantic)

www.treysongz.com, $16.99

Simply Three trio teams up with local students for Carthage concert

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Simply Three, described as “an innovative professional strings trio,” will perform a free concert as part of the Carthage Chamber Music Series.

The performance is 7:30 p.m. April 20 in Carthage’s A.F. Siebert Chapel.

Music Matters: From jazz concerts to a symphony

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Have you purposely avoided jazz concerts because you thought they would either be stuffy or have a bunch of hipster doofuses there in their skinny jeans sipping half-caf/soy/vegan/extra froth lattes?

Well, it doesn’t have to be like that. Whether you are a seasoned jazz aficionado or a newbie expanding your listening and enjoyment repertoire, you should check out Triad, performing tonight at Rustic Road Brewing Company. (It’s an early start at 7 p.m., so that’s a plus as well.)

Quick Spins: ‘Flowers’ is a most welcome reissue

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Paul McCartney, “Flowers in the Dirt” (Universal)

www.paulmccartney.com, $18.99

GO Kenosha

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