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Local music: Busy weekend in Kenosha for local music fans
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Local music: Busy weekend in Kenosha for local music fans


Let’s start today with something I haven’t come across yet. Combo Chinotto will perform Saturday night at Sazzy B.

First, a little background. A chinotto (pronounced “key-no-toe”) is an Italian citrus fruit that is a little sweet, a little sour with a hint of bitterness. Kind of like me.

The Combo Chinotto has a lot going on as well.

They showcase a blend of jazz, blues, folk, world music and funk with a multilingual delivery. The instrumentation is cool as well, with Sophia Sanchez on vocals, guitar, mountain dulcimer and percussion, Lou Marini on bass and Davide Ilardi on drums. On top of that, the group’s influences are amazing — Nina Simone, Tom Waits, Count Basie, Bill Evans, Anita O’Day, Sarah Vaughan, Joni Mitchell, Mose Allison, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and a slew of other artists I love. This should be shamma lamma.

Combo Chinotto performs starting at 8 Saturday night (Jan. 18) at Sazzy B, 5623 Sixth Ave.

Music at tg’s

A couple of local icons are teaming up Saturday for a concert. Rogers Randle Jr. will be performing at the longtime eatery, tavern and music venue tg’s Restaurant & Pub. He has performed with more area big names than I have space here to mention. Randle is mostly known as a saxophone player, but he is also proficient on other instruments. He delivers a mix of R&B, soul, smooth jazz and blues with some funk. As far as tg’s, yeah, they are still doing live music. Come back and visit some old friends.

Rogers Randle Jr. performs starting at 8:30 Saturday night (Jan. 18) at tg’s, 4120 Seventh Ave.

Peacetree All-Stars

OK, so winter has come roaring back into town, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a bit of summertime this weekend. Remember the Peacetree Music Festival back in the summer? It was a weekend of peace, love and music and all about community. Well, the Peacetree All-Stars will re-create a bit of that feeling Friday night at Kenosha Fusion. The Peacetree All-Stars are Mike White, Kyle Magnusson, Trevor Mooney and Pete Rallo. According to Rallo, the All-Stars play a blend of classic rock and blues with some jams thrown in.

I’m pretty sure you might get some Grateful Dead and Dead descendant music in there. Admission is $5 for the 8 p.m. show. Well worth it considering that Fusion is a high quality listening room. And yeah, there is a bar there.

The Peacetree All-Stars perform starting at 8 Friday night (Jan. 17) at Kenosha Fusion, 5014 Seventh Ave.

Hot show at Hattrix

You want some heat? Head over to Hattrix Saturday night for the Third Annual Winter Inferno. The idea is a bunch of bands and a chili cook-off. The doors open at 7 p.m., when the chili cook-off starts. Live music starts at 8 p.m., with five bands performing.

First up is acoustic folk gore artist Josie Spoons. Next up at roughly 8:30 p.m. is extreme death metal act Luna in Sanguinem. At 9:30, it’s “sausage core”/party band Ex Üncle. Next up around 10:30 p.m. is power rockers Thunder Driver. Closing things out starting around 11:20 p.m. is punk/thrash/heavy rock/metal act Miners. What will be hotter, the chili or the music? You tell me.

The Third Annual Winter Inferno opens at 7 p.m. (with music at 8 p.m.) Saturday (Jan. 18) at Hattrix, 2425 60th St.

Four acts at The Port

Well, it seems like we’re going with a lot of rock ‘n’ roll this week. The Port of Kenosha will be hosting four acts Saturday. Old Wolves will perform along with Snake Oil Bandits, W.T. Newton and Josie Spoons.

Old Wolves is one of the most unusual solo acoustic artists you’re going to run across, blending elements of doom, blues and folk. Snake Oil Bandits play a mix of bluegrass, folk, country, punk and rock. W.T. Newton is an old-school folk Americana artist. Finally, Spoons is in a category of his own, playing a doom, country, Americana and just plain bad-ass blend of music.

Josie Spoons, W.T. Newton, Snake Oil Bandit and Old Wolves perform Saturday night (Jan. 18) starting at 8 at The Port of Kenosha, 714 50th St.

Going Into The Space

Into The Space is a monthly music series over at Kenosha Creative Space featuring local bands. The Friday night show features the bands Indigo Canyon and Would You Kindly. Both bands fall into the less noisy but still indie rock vein. Admission is $10. The funds go to good places and good people.

Indigo Canyon and Would You Kindly perform starting at 8 Friday night (Jan. 17) as part of Into The Space at Kenosha Creative Space, 624 57th St. Admission is $10; cash bar.

PHOTOS: Lincoln Park Live: Betsy Ade & the Well-Known Strangers

Betsy Ade & the Well-Known Strangers — a band made up of Ade on vocals, Cameron Fair on cello and piano, Brittany Lumley playing multiple instruments and backing vocals, Roger Gower Jr. on drums, John Kulas on the bass and Joe Adamek on lead guitar — played a two-hour set at the latest installment of Lincoln Park Live in Lincoln Park, 6900 18th Ave., on Tuesday, July 17.

Here are a roundup of photos of the band performing at the event. 

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Betsy Ade and the Well-Known Strangers, seen here performing in Lincoln Park during the summer, are playing in Pennoyer Park Saturday as part …

That’s it for this week. Bands, artists and venues, please send me your gig listings, event posts, bios, Facebook event invites or anything else you think might be useful to me to write you up. Email me at


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