Local singer/songwriter — and recently minted national star — Betsy Ade has been a longtime advocate for awareness of human trafficking, both in her lyrics and in her personal activism.

She and her band, Betsy Ade and Well-Known Strangers, will be taking part in a one-day music festival to bring light to that subject on Saturday in Pennoyer Park.

Songs of Freedom is an all-day concert with the proceeds going to Operation Underground Railroad to help victims of human trafficking.

Tickets are $12; children under age 12 are admitted free of charge. There will be food and drinks available for purchase.

Currently there are an estimated 2 million child sex slaves around the world, including in the United States. Over the past five years, Operation Underground Railroad has rescued 2,800 victims and assisted in the arrests of more than 1,500 traffickers around the world. It’s a good organization making a difference.

Bands scheduled to appear on the Main Stage, starting at 12:30 p.m., are Jolly Jackson, Ben Beland, Earthmother, Would You Kindly, Dropping Daisies, Rust Belt and Betsy Ade and the Well-Known Strangers. Over on the Fusion Stage, starting at noon, it’s Johnny Rotten Paycheck, Britney Lumley, 3 a.m. Saints, Candy Eisenhouer, Spare Animals and Mykal Bass. For more information about Operation Underground Railroad go here: http://ourrescue.org/.

Songs of Freedom starts at noon Saturday (Sept. 28) in Pennoyer Park, 3601 Seventh Ave.

Welcome back

Has it occurred to you that other than at Taste of Wisconsin you haven’t heard Pierce, Vendetta and Rick in a while? Not to worry. Brennan is a new daddy and has been kind of busy. The trio will be back together for a show at Union Park Tavern Friday night, right after the fish fry. They play a nice blend of fun, uplifting music with really nice vocals. If you liked them at Taste, come back for another helping.

Pierce, Vendetta and Rick will perform Friday night (Sept. 27) at Union Park Tavern, 4520 Eighth Ave.

Club SOS show

Club SOS has been hosting some shows of late and they have another one Saturday night. Three bands will be rocking starting at 9 p.m. It will be a metal show, for sure, with Siren of Sorrow (death metal), Rictus Grin (townie metal) and Effluvium all performing.

Locals Siren of Sorrow have performed all over and push a sound of brutal old-school death metal ground together with extreme metal and hardcore riffs. Rictus Grin has toured all over the U.S., as well as Iceland and Romania. They have also opened for a ton of big bands including King Diamond, Anthrax and Meshuggah. I plead ignorance on Effluvium and started writing this column too late to check further. I’m guessing a metal band. Sorry, Effluvium. It’s great to have another venue doing live music somewhat regularly. Give it a listen.

Siren of Sorrow, Rictus Grin and Effluvium perform Saturday night (Sept. 28) at SOS, 4626 Sheridan Road.

Show for military vets

Every day, 22 military veterans commit suicide. With that in mind, there will be an event Saturday at the Brat Stop called Rock For 22. The event starts at 3:30 and runs through the night.

Four rock bands will perform. The $10 cover charge goes to help raise awareness of the crisis.

Performing are Saint Tragedy, Three Left, Rokken Dokken and Sunshine Menace. The site didn’t have the band order ,so hit up your favorite group to see when they are performing.

Saint Tragedy is a harder-edged modern rock band with a nod to older great stuff with good vocals. Hard rock/metal locals Three Left keep raising their bar and have notched song spots on movie and Netflix soundtracks. Rokken Dokken is that newer project by guitar stud Lyden Moon playing a deeper than most mix of Dokken songs. Sunshine Menace is a relatively newer rock band out of Racine.

Sounds like it will be a great show for a very good cause. Veterans sacrifice everything for us. Don’t turn your back on them.

Rock For 22 starts 3:30 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 28) at the Brat Stop 12304 75th St.

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. If I don’t know about it, I can’t write it up.

Email me at pjfineran@gmail.com.


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