Yes, we are known as a punk town here. But we also have some of the finest jazz musicians in the area that you will find anywhere.

Six of those musicians will be on display Friday night at Fusion when the James Yorgan Sextet takes the stage. This is a great place to listen to jazz that will hit on music from the swing era up to contemporary jazz.

I have known Yorgan for a long time, and he’s an excellent stand-up bass player who has performed all over. Joining him will be Mick Heberling on drums, Dave Sturino on keyboards, trumpet player Tom Meredith, trombonist Dave Ferguson and saxophonist Steve Jacob. Doors open at 7 for the 8 p.m. show. Admission is $8. These are great musicians playing really enjoyable music.

The James Yorgan Sextet performs at 8 p.m. Friday (April 19) at Fusion, 5014 Seventh Ave.

The Grand Lads in town

Hey, it’s a bit after St Patrick’s Day, but you can still catch some Irish music in town. I have to admit, I was curious about the group performing Saturday night at the Union Park Tavern because of their name: The Grand Lads. It turns out these lads are some regular visitors to town.

The lads are Frank Quinn, Mike Austin and James Conway. The music performed will be a melting pot of country, blues, folk, bluegrass, old-timey, traditional Irish, American-hobo and Celtic-tinker. Whew, that was a mouthful. I’m guessing a lot of acoustic music lovers around here will dig this.

The Grand Lads perform Saturday night (April 20) at Union Park Tavern, 4520 Eighth Ave.

Going on the road

I have worked with a few bands that toured the West Coast and East Coast, including CBGB’s in New York and South by Southwest, not to mention all over the Midwest.

I give huge props to any band that has the courage to tour. But packing up and heading to Europe is a whole new level of guts.

That is exactly what Bastard’s Asylum is getting ready to do. Regular touring in a van is expensive enough, but add airfare, with gear? Oh, my.

That’s why there will be a benefit concert at Champion’s Sports Bar Saturday night to help raise some funds for the death metal band. Other bands on the bill are Chiago’s Devangelist (technical death metal), Children of Dismay (metal, thrashcore) and Josie Spoons (solo folk, punk, blues with an edgy Tom Waits feel).

The money raised will go toward baggage fees to get the band’s gear to Europe.

If you love really aggressive, in-your-face music, this is your show. Help a band out and bring some extra cash to pitch in. The cover is is $5.

Bastard’s Asylum, Devangelist, Children of Dismay and Josie Spoons perform Saturday night (April 20) at Champions Sports Bar, 719 50th St.

Rock 4 Vets benefit

The Rock 4 Vets folks are at it again. Over the years, R4V has raised more than $100,000 for area veterans through donations and service to groups such as Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin, Veterans Assistance Program and events at the Union Grove Veterans Administration Hospital and more.

The group is putting on a big show Saturday at Route20 in Sturtevant.

Headlining the show will be the Kentucky-based, Southern-fried rock band Black Stone Cherry. The band has toured all over the world and has charted eight singles on the U.S. Mainstream Rock Tracks charts. In the past few years they have also notched consecutive No. 1 albums on the Billboard Hard Rock albums chart, too.

Joining them will be Nashville’s straight-up rockers Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown and rock ‘n’ rollish country band The Josephines from Bowling Green, Ky. Yeah, a lot of national acts are coming here.

There will also be some local bands on the bill. Joining in are Fall Hazard (rock, pop, vountry), Atomik Punk (heavy rock) and Mean Jake (rock, pop and Blues Hits). Tickets are $20 advance at and $25 at the door.

The show starts at 4:30 p.m., with doors opening at 4 p.m. This an 18-and-older event. (If you can’t provide a legal ID at the door, you will be turned away with no refund. Hey, rules are rules.) For more information on Rock 4 Vets, go to

Black Stone Cherry headlines Rock 4 Vets, with five other bands also performing starting 4:30 p.m. (doors at 4 p.m.) Saturday (April 20) at Route20, 14001 Washington Ave. in Sturtevant (on Highway 20 in Racine County, one block west of I-94).

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.