April 28, 2017
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Music Matters: From jazz concerts to a symphony




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.)

Triad — guitarist supremo Terry Peterson, percussionist Brian Ford and bass and trombone player Jeremy Kriedeman — performs traditional jazz standards but also throws in some more popular music, too. Whether it’s Wes Montgomery or Steely Dan or Hoagy Carmichael or Jimi Hendrix, the trio stays connected to jazz but doesn’t mind wandering a bit.

Special guest Janine Arecco will be joining in on vocals, and Jamey Buencamino will add some guitar as well. (Note: The Facebook events page comments about this gig go back and forth on whether Buencamino will be there or not due to another gig. I spoke with the talented guitarist and he said that he “probably” will be able to drop in for an hour but will not be there for the entire show.)

As for those hipster drinks? Don’t worry, the venue is a beer joint. In fact, they brew it right there. You’ve got nothing to lose.

Triad performs 7 to 11 tonight (April 6) at Rustic Road Brewing Co., 510 56th St.

Jazz at Fusion

As long as we’re on jazz, let’s stay there awhile.

The beauty of jazz music is that it can be so different from group to group. Take the Kal Bergendahl Project’s show Saturday night at Fusion.

The group is performing as part of Jazz Month at Fusion. Bassist Bergendahl has been on the scene for quite a while, always gathering top notch players. The other common denominator has been a jazz foundation.

The current version of the group, while rooted in the jazz idiom, brings a lot of free flowing funk and great melodies to the table, too.

In addition to Bergendahl, band members include Benny Olson (tenor sax), Jeremy Scott (alto sax), Eric Jacobson (trumpet), Theo Merriweather (keyboards) and Glenn Williams (drums). Admission for the 8 to 10 p.m. show (doors open at 7:30 p.m.) is $8.

The Kal Bergendahl Project performs at 8 Saturday night (April 8) at Fusion, 5014 Seventh Ave


Kenosha student performing with symphony

Not many cities our size in Flyover Land have a top-notch symphony orchestra. That’s why we have to pick up the slack and have not one, but two, quality orchestras in this area.

The Racine Symphony Orchestra will finish off its 2016-17 season with a 7:30 performance Saturday night in the University of Wisconsin-Parkside’s Frances Bedford Concert Hall.

To close out its 85th season, the RSO will feature Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 — also known as the “Surprise Symphony.”

The guest artist is cello player Matthew Udry, winner of the symphony’s Young Artist Competition. He is a student at Kenosha’s Tremper High School and will reprise his winning piece from the competition, Antonin Dvorak’s “Cello Concerto in B minor, movement 1.”

Another special part of the program will be when participants in the Side-by-Side Youth Invitational perform alongside their orchestra musician mentor on the Haydn piece. How cool is that?

Tickets are $25 at the door ($23 in advance) for general admission and free for everyone under 21 years of age.

For advance tickets go to racinesymphony.org, then click on “Events” and look for April 8, then click on “Buy Tickets.”

(If you can, it would be greatly appreciated if you could bring a gently used or out of date iPod to the concert to be recycled and used in an Alzheimer Music Program. Again, how cool is that?)

The Racine Symphony Orchestra performs 7:30 Saturday night (April 8) in UW-Parkside’s Frances Bedford Hall, 900 Wood Road.


The Kenosha Symphony wraps up its season with an April 29 Russian-themed performance at Reuther Central High School.

21 Hours in downtown Kenosha

Have you spent time at that wonderful strip of Sixth Avenue in downtown Kenosha? You’ll find: Great food. Unique shops. Interesting people. Live music. It’s all right there, the best of Kenosha in a few block stretch.

You can get a small sample of that Saturday when 21 Hours performs at Sazzy B. Lead singer and guitarist Benjamin Mulwana leads his band (bassist Suresh Graf and percussionist Justin Hall) through soulful interpretations of familiar songs in a way that will tug at your heart strings.

21 Hours performs Saturday night (April 8) at Sazzy B, 5623 Sixth Ave.

That’s it for this week. 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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