Yet another powerhouse touring act is making a stop in Kenosha this week. Hartford, Conn.’s, blowtorch biker bar duo Balkun Brothers will perform tonight at the Port of Kenosha.

Nick and Steve Balkun celebrate their independence from run-of-the-mill band sounds and explode expectations of duos with a high-powered blues/rock barrage. The show is often straight-up power, but the Balkun Brothers also toss soul, funk, jam, punk and psychedelia into the mix.

These guys are so good at what they do, they have been awarded Best Blues Band in Connecticut at the Connecticut Music Awards four years in a row as well as nabbing Best Rock Band in New England at the 2017 New England Music Awards. Now, that is impressive. This will be the real fireworks of the night.

Balkun Brothers perform from 8 to 11 tonight (July 4) at the Port of Kenosha, 714 50th St.

School back in session

The legends are back on stage. Ash Can School will perform Saturday night at the Union Park Tavern. The longtime Kenosha pub rock favorites are a beloved live music institution here, and it is always a pleasure to hear them.

Whether for the first time or 50th, the band never disappoints a listener. Janet Aiello is as good a singer as there is, and she interacts wonderfully with her audience. David Aiello has perfected his trademarked fuzzed-out dive bombing bass lines. Guitarist Guy Crucianelli regularly sneaks in very tasty licks, and drummer Tom Selear is as good and solid as they come. This is rock ‘n’ roll and pub rock and good times to drink to and dance to and just enjoy the heck out of. Did I mention they are legends on the scene and it is a FREE show?

Ash Can School performs Saturday (July 6) at Union Park Tavern, 4520 Eighth Ave.

Sunday nights with Jess

While we are on the topic of the Union Park Tavern, the fine folks there have come up with a fun way to spend your Sunday nights. Every Sunday from 8 to 10 p.m., Jess the Ska Kid will host a version of her weekly Thursday night internet show at the near northside pub.

Jess seeks out the best underground talent and hits it on the head. The Jess the Ska Kid Music Revue will come with plenty of tips on live music along with music guests. Well worth it.

The Jess the Ska Kid Music Revue happens 8 to 10 every Sunday night at Union Park Tavern, 4520 Eighth Ave.

Twilight Jazz singer

Twilight Jazz is back for another show in its slightly new venue next Tuesday.Because of the renovation work on the Anderson Arts Center, the concerts this summer are across the street at the Kemper Center soccer field.

Performing July 9 is veteran Chicago jazz singer Elaine Dame. Time Out Chicago has called Dame “a jazz dynamo” and “a gem in the city’s vocal jazz scene” She has headlined top clubs all over the country and has had big performances at the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Dame has a virtuoso talent, which she brings to vintage numbers as well as modern standards. Dame performs with undeniable joy and uses her theater background to build a connection with her audience. The concert is free and open to all ages. Concert goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket. They can purchase food at the venue’s Starlight Lounge or bring their own snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. The concert grounds open at 6 p.m., and the performance is 7 to 9 p.m.

Elaine Dame performs starting at 7 (grounds open at 6 p.m.) Tuesday night (July 9) at Twilight Jazz at Kemper Center, 6501 Third Ave.

Aussies on stage

How about another road trip for a great concert? Sure, I know we have great venues and concerts right here, but as they say, variety is the spice of life. Or is that turmeric? Anyhow, if you don’t mind a short drive down to Highwood, Ill., there is a great concert happening Saturday.

Australian neo-blues stars in the making Kings & Associates will be performing with our own Larry Wimmer Band at the 210 Live venue. This is an all-ages concert at a family friendly venue with food available.

Kings & Associates are six-time nominees and three-time winners of Australian Blues Music Awards. Their music spans multiple genres, and the band’s shows are recognized as powerful, poignant and a very affecting experience. The music touches on funk, soul, Roots, R&B and rock, in addition to blues.

The band is top notch, and Angie Portolesi‘s vocals are magnificent. See them before they are world famous.

Larry Wimmer, who is no stranger to Kenosha audiences, is a highly respected blues and R&B artist. He will perform at 7:30 with Kings & Associates taking the stage with his own band at 8:30. Tickets start at $10 and are available at eventbrite.com then search for “Kings & Associates” or “210 Live” or “July 6.”

Kings & Associates with the Larry Wimmer Band will perform starting at 7:30 Saturday night (July 6) at 210 Live in Highwood, Ill., at 210 Greenbay Road. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com.

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 pjfineran@gmail.com. If I do not know about it, I can not write it up. Thank you for all that you do to keep music live.

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