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Local music: Sons of Mary, Donoma, Old Junk performing

Local music: Sons of Mary, Donoma, Old Junk performing


A couple of singer-songwriter friends who have known each other for 40 years will be performing Friday night at Kenosha Creative Space.

Billed as The Sons of Mary, longtime area musicians Gene Covelli and John Hansen are both 1978 graduates of Mary D. Bradford Hugh School, hence the name.

The performance will feature the duo’s original music, written in the singer-songwriter genre. Covelli (guitar and vocals) has performed in area bands for decades including Shout, the Convertibles, the Surf Boys and The Toys. Hansen (harmonica and vocals) spent time in the Convertibles, Time Peace and Flat Head and performs with The Grateful Deadliners.

The two also performed as a duo in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s. The concert is free and open to the public

The Sons of Mary perform 7 to 9 Friday night (Aug. 16) at Kenosha Creative Space, 624 57th St.

Donoma at Public Craft tonight

A lot of people have been asking me what happened to local rockers Donoma. They grabbed a lot of radio programmers’ ears across the country with their last record and played South by Southwest showcases. Then not much happened the last year, at least on the surface.

The group has been busy recording a new record and getting ready to unleash all that pent-up energy on you all.

Solo guitarist Tim King has been out on the West Coast, and Stephanie Ash (guitar, vocals), Shelle Marie Mounce (bass, vocals) and Nick Campolo (violin) have been performing stripped-down acoustic versions of old favorites and new rockers.

The band will bring back the drum kit and the big amps and plug in tonight at Public Craft Brewing for a free show after the open mic. King is back in town for a bit and will be on the guitar for this show. I have heard the new songs, and they will grab you. It should be an exciting show starting around 10 or 10:30 p.m.

Donoma performs tonight (Aug. 15) at Public Craft Brewing Co., 716 58th St., starting about 10 p.m. (after the open mic).

Old Junk in the house

It has been a few years, so I feel like I need to reintroduce some readers to the wonderful local band Old Junk. The rockabilly band is comprised of brothers Steve and Guy Crucianelli from Brother6 fame, along with nephew Danny Crucianelli from a number of local bands (replacing Rick ... rest in peace).

For those who are unfamiliar with the term rockabilly, it refers to a type of rock ‘n’ roll that dates back to the early and mid 1950s blending western swing, rhythm and blues and upbeat country into what would become rock ‘n’ roll. Artists like Gene Vincent, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis popularized this style, and current artists like the Reverend Horton Heat still live by it. It is an exciting music style, and you will love watching Steve Crucianelli slapping at and riding that big upright bass.

Old Junk performs starting at 9 Saturday night (Aug. 17) at Union Park Tavern, 4520 Eighth Ave.

Pike River concert

Kenosha certainly has some great outdoor venues for live music. You can see and hear for yourself Friday when the Hawthorn Hollow Pike River Concert Series continues.

The summertime concerts are held along the Pike River in Hawthorn Hollow’s beautiful outdoor amphitheater.

Headlining this penultimate show in the series is the always enjoyable Indigo Canyon. The indie folk/rock band with a lot of soul is made up of Michelle Warnecke on vocals, guitar, bass and keys; Todd Steffenhagen on vocals, guitar and bass; and Justin Mendez on drums.

The band easily connects with their audience, mixing chops with sincere warmth. They will perform songs by others that you are familiar with along with their own songs that others might someday cover.

The concert runs 6 to 9 p.m., with a $10 admission. Food, wine, local beer (Public Brewery) and soft drinks will be available for purchase. No carry-ins. Cash only please. All proceeds go to Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum.

Indigo Canyon performs starting at 6 Friday night (Aug. 16) as part of Hawthorn Hollow’s Pike River Concert Series at Hawthorn Hollow Nature Sanctuary and Arboretum, 880 Green Bay Road.

Up on the roof

The downtown rooftop concerts are back above Mike’s Sportsbook & Meatbar/Mike’s Chicken and Donuts. Hot Nuts is performing up on the roof (Hey, isn’t that a James Taylor song?) every Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m.

Hot Nuts is the super talented duo of Keith Pauley on the double bass and Lavonne McRoberts on guitar and vocals. They are a vintage rock combo that performs their own original songs as well as upbeat songs from the 1930s to today.

Expect to be entertained by a mix of rock, blues and jazz. If your Sunday evenings are full, you can catch Hot Nuts at their free Songwriting Workshops. Check their Facebook page for dates.

Hot Nuts performs 5 to 8 p.m. Sundays (Aug. 18 and 25) on the rooftop above Mike’s Sportsbook & Meatbar, 707 56th St.

That’s it for this week. Bands, artists and venues, please send me your calendars, gig listings, bio links and anything else you think might be useful to me to write up your show.

Email me at If I do not know about it, I can not write it up. Thank you for all that you do to keep music live.

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 …


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