April 28, 2017
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Music Matters: From Cooler’s last stand to a cheese fest




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.

Bringing things full circle, Lund is bringing Honeyrude into Kenosha for a show Monday night at Fusion.

From what I listened to on Soundcloud, they have a solid indie rock sound.

Honeyrude is touring with melodic rock label mates Magnet School, who will join them here. Also on the bill is Chicago “space rock” band Lybria and local “blender rock” outfit Donoma.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Bands in order of appearance (starting on the hour) are Lybria, Honeyrude, Magnet School and Donoma. Admission is $8 (a bargain for four touring bands). If you can’t make it (but please do come), the show will be streamed at concertwindow.com/kenoshafusion.

Donoma, Magnet School, Honeyrude and Lybria perform starting at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7 p.m.) Monday (April 24) at Fusion, 5014 Seventh Ave.

Last call at Cooler

Well, this is it. After nearly 16 years it will no longer be Cooler Near the Lake.

The iconic bar and live music venue calls “last call!” for good this weekend.

Kevin and Jody McCarron began the final live music onslaught last weekend, and they’re not going out quietly this weekend. They will be going out the same way they started, with the first band they ever had perform there. Cooler’s “house band” The Barr Casters will perform 7 to 10 Friday night. Tom Barr (guitar), Tom Van Caster (drums) and Bill Calder (bass) will be giving you plenty of classic rock.

Chicago’s The Blues Niks will hit the stage from 9:30 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Guess what style of music they play? (Hint: It’s the blues.)

And finally, closing things out from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, it’s Sid Simo playing pretty much everything. And that’s it. You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay at Cooler.

Live music will close out the final days of Cooler Near the Lake, 506 56th St., Friday-Sunday (April 21-23).

Cheese and beer fest

Beer, cheese and music. Sure, let’s celebrate.

It’s time for the 2017 Dairy State Cheese & Beer Festival. Some of you may know the event by its web url, “Kenosha Beer Fest.”

What I know is that the event is a fundraiser created to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha.

The party will feature a variety of Wisconsin cheeses and some of the most sought-after beers from Wisconsin and beyond, along with some great live music, all to help support after-school programs for at-risk youth of our community.

Acts performing are Random Maxx, 89 Mojo and Jeff Stevens. Advance Tickets are $45 for general admission ($50 at the door) which gets you beer, cheese samples, a keepsake beer glass and the live music or $75 advance ($80 at the door) for VIP access, which has plenty of extras. You can order tickets at www.kenoshabeerfest.com. Eat up. Drink up. Listen up.

The Dairy State Cheese & Beer Fest is 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday (April 22) at the Brat Stop, 12304 75th St.

Be Exposed to the Arts

It’s Be Exposed to the Arts time again. Even though the Friday show at Fusion is part of a series that mixes different art genres, this weekend’s offering especially covers a lot of bases.

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Literary Arts magazine Straylight is presenting an evening of poets, musicians, actors, magicians and performers of the like. Pretty much, if it’s art and entertaining, it could happen.

As for Straylight, it prides itself for being on the edge of literary innovation and greatly values new and upcoming writers. Copies will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public.

Straylight Literary Magazine’s Open Mic at Fusion runs 6 to 9 Friday night (April 21) at Fusion, 5014 Seventh Ave


Poetry and music

I know this column is becoming a bit Fusion-centric, but good is good. Kenosha Poet Laureate Brent Mitchell is presenting a multi-media reading and live music performance at Fusion on Wednesday,

Mitchell’s new book, from which I’m guessing he will do some readings, is called “Mermaids, Cowboys & The Lord of Death.”

The Texas native and Grammy nominee is a writer, songwriter, live and recorded music performer, theologian, teacher and a hell of an interesting cat.

Brent Mitchell presents a multi-media reading and music performance starting at 8 Wednesday night (April 26) at Fusion, 5014 Seventh Ave. Admission is free. www.kenoshafusion.com.

That’s it for this week Please send me your new songs, gig calendars or whatever you’ve got. That goes for the club owners as well. If I don’t know, you don’t get ink.

Email me at pjfineran@gmail.com or drop off information at the Kenosha News marked to my attention.


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