Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday, 58 Below, happy birthday to you.
58 Below will celebrate its second anniversary with a concert Saturday.
The downtown venue will celebrate with a nod to where it all began.
First things first, however: It will be an indoor and outdoor event with all ages welcome and a grill going. But I’m here to talk music.
First up from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. is The Ecolimes. The band in the neon attire takes older rock hits and puts their own reggae flavored spin on them. That show will be outside. Up next, at 3 p.m., also outside, is a favorite Kenosha party band, Boys and Toys.
The party moves inside at 8 p.m. — be prepared to be rocked and rolled by The Lonely Ninjas and 89 Mojo.
The party will continue on Sunday with Jason Kent performing at 3 p.m.
The EcoLimes, Boys and Toys, The Lonely Ninjas, 89 Mojo and Jason Kent will all perform at 58 Below’s Second Anniversary party Saturday (Aug. 31) and Sunday (Sept. 1). 58 Below is located at 504 58th St.
Punk Piknik time
It’s time for the Punk Piknik Sunday, with a ton of bands. This is a mainstay event celebrating family, togetherness, acceptance and plenty of live music.
As apparent with the title, the music will be punk-centric and the party will run from 1 p.m. to midnight at a location near the interstate. It is an all-ages show and is free to attend, but leave the drama at home.There will be a community grill but BYOB.
As for bands, the lineup often changes but at deadline time the listed bands are The Skraps, Scorn’d Rott’n, Stay Up All Night & Fight, Army of Cretins, Full Shred Ahead, Revel in Rot, Ill Advised, Beaker and more to be announced. Have fun and be kool, babies.
The Punk Piknik starts at 1 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 1). Check the Facebook event page or with one of the bands for the address; it is not at a club.
Show tonight at Public Craft
It’s going to be a family affair tonight (Aug. 29) at Public Craft Brewing. Well, a couple of families and extended families, but yeah.
Fowlmouth, Ash Can School and Old Junk will all be performing sets that night.
First of all, let’s talk families. Old Junk is the supreme rockabilly band comprised of brothers Steve and Guy Crucianelli and their nephew, Danny Crucianelli. All of them have tons of experience and chops. Ash Can School is made up of husband and wife David and Janet Aiello along with previously mentioned Guy Crucianelli and Tom Selear, no relation. The indie pub rock combo is a Kenosha institution. Finally, with Fowlmouth, you replace Janet Aiello on vocals with Jeff Moody with a different indie sound and there you go. One big happy family. Great lineup!
Fowlmouth, Ash Can School and Old Junk will perform tonight (Aug. 29) at Public Craft Brewing, 716 58th St.
Milwaukee Road show
Just because the ownership has changed at tg’s doesn’t mean the live music there has stopped. Milwaukee Road will be performing at one of Kenosha’s most famous venues with a tg’s show Friday night.
Milwaukee Road is a string band comprised of several of the area’s top musicians. The band plays a mix of bluegrass, swing, Celtic and old timey music. Hey kids, don’t laugh. This stuff is good for all ages.
Milwaukee Road will perform starting at 9 Friday night (Aug. 30) at tg’s, 4120 Seventh Ave.
PB&J season finale
Well, you knew that eventually it would come to an end. The 2019 Peanut Butter & Jam season is ending with a couple shows today (Aug. 29) in Veterans Memorial Park. Chicagoland band Epic will be performing for a couple of hours, with shows starting at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Both shows are free and open to all ages, and there are refreshments available for purchase. Epic specializes in playing hits from the 1980s. That’s all folks.
Epic performs at 11:30 a.m. and again starting at 6 p.m. today (Aug. 29) as part of the Peanut Butter & Jam concert series at Veterans Memorial Park, 625 52nd St.
World Art Drop Day
I know this isn’t really live music, but I want to mention World Art Drop Day on Tuesday (Sept. 3).
Basically, artists take a photo of their art piece and leave clues where it can found and just put it out for people to find.
It is an art scavenger hunt. Hopefully the person who found the art piece will post a picture mentioning the artist, using the hashtags #worldartdropday, #artdropdayracine or #artdropdaykenosha. My friend Rene Amado, who is a gifted photographer, is pushing the Racine version but said he thinks Kenosha is involved as well. It’s a great idea. Spread your art around or grab some art.
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 won’t write it up.
Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for keeping music live. Concert-goers, please remember all shows are subject to change.
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.
Betsy Ade and the Well-Known Strangers, seen here performing in Lincoln Park earlier this summer, are playing at Laborfest on Monday.