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Public Craft Brewing’s Block Party Blowout attracted a crowd to downtown Kenosha in May of 2018. The event returns Saturday on 58th Street.

The Public Craft Brewing Big Block Party is back Saturday on 58th Street downtown in front of the brewery.

The party runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. with great beers, food and plenty of live music.

Let’s start with the non-sonic goodies. In addition to Public Craft, local breweries R’Noggin and Rustic Road will be serving up their suds. As far as eats go, this is a step up from most fests with Olano’s Empanadas, The Buzz, Trampers Oak Oven Fire Pizza, Sandy’s Popper and Elsie Mae’s Canning providing the base for all of that good beer.

Finally, yeah, there’s live music. At press time, bands scheduled to perform are The Claudettes (indie rock), Earth Mother (progressive rock), Peace Tree Allstars (jam/progressive rock), Moon Rebels (rock), The Westerlees (jazz and wwing), Erik Koskinen (folk) and Pat Willis (indie/folk). There may be others added, there may be changes, but hey, it will be great.

The Public Craft Brewing Big Block Party is 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday (May 18) in front of Public Craft, 716 58th St.

Swing Fandango show

It is really good to see Jason Kent performing in so many different configurations. This weekend, Swing Fandango will be performing at the Union Park Tavern. Some of the area’s top players comprise the swing band that performs jazz standards from the early 20th century. Don’t scoff, young’uns, this is great music to chill, dance, drink and party to. Joining guitarist Kent in Swing Fandango are trumpeter/vocalist Yves Francous, guitarist Dwaine Majkrzak, upright bassist Greg Redfeairn, trumpeter Frankie Youngwerth and trombonist ”Trombone” Dave Raney. The upbeat, danceable set includes music by the likes of Louis Armstrong and Django Reinhardt. Starting time for the free show is 9:30 p.m.

Swing Fandango performs starting at 9:30 Saturday night (May 18) at Union Park Tavern, 4520 Eighth Ave.

Tribute to the Rat Pack

OK, whatever your age or musical taste, the Rat Pack was pretty cool and who wouldn’t want to hear what that was like? For most of my readers, let me explain. The Rat Pack was hugely popular in the early 1960s with the star power nucleus being Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. Sinatra is the most famous, Dino had the best voice (in my not-humble opinion) and Davis was a ridiculously talented singer, dancer and drummer.

That all said, there will be an Ocean’s Tribute to the Rat Pack Saturday night at the Wyndham Garden Hotel. Performing the herculean roles of the three are Tony Ocean (as Dean Martin), Bill Serritella (as Frank Sinatra) and Elliot Wimbush (as Sammy Davis Jr).

Each of these cats (using the parlance of that time period) are veteran performers. Check it out; tickets are $15 (plus a service charge) at hap2it.com or brownpapertickets.com.

Ocean’s Tribute to the Rat Pack starts at 8 Saturday night (May 18) in the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 5125 Sixth Ave.

Farewell show

One of Kenosha’s music legends is moving away from us, so there needs to be a goodbye show.

Such will be the case Saturday night when Larry Hinds will bid us adieu while performing alongside Memory Fields and other guests at tg’s.

As a matter of fact, it will also be the farewell show for Memory Fields, so bring the hankies.

Hinds has built a solid reputation on both sides of the biz as a performing artist and as a studio engineer. While working in California, Hinds worked on projects by Michael Jackson, Boy George, Chris Squire (of Yes fame), Journey’s Jonathan Cain, Sergio Mendes and many more.

As a performer, Hinds draws upon his many years of experience to incorporate knowledge, melody and a laid-back expertise.

As for Memory Fields, they have been a popular band for quite awhile, specializing in vocal harmony covers of songs by Crosby, Stills and Nash, the Beatles, the Mamas and the Papas and James Taylor. If you like classical talent, this is a show for you. Catch Memory Fields’ final show and Hinds’ likely last show before he heads to Asheville, N.C. Hinds is up first at 8 p.m., with Memory Fields ending the night.

Larry Hinds and Memory Fields perform from 8 to 11 Saturday night (May 18) at tg’s, 4120 Seventh Ave.

Country legend in Kansasville

For the second week in a row, I am recommending a show out in Kansasville at club 1175. The legendary David Allan Coe will be performing at the club Friday night. The Nashville songwriter and performer is best known for his songs “Mona Lisa Lost Her Smile,” “The Ride,” “Longhaired Redneck” and the No. 1 hits “Would You Lay With Me” and, of course, “Take This Job and Shove It.”

Coe’s style is laid-back, humorous and a bit badass. Makes sense since he spent time in reform schools, correctional facilities and the Ohio Penitentiary from the age of 9 to about 30. He has lived in a hearse and is also credited as the genesis of the term “outlaw country” when, while following Willie Nelson at a show, he went on stage with a gun tucked inside his pants. Yeah, he is a character. Tickets for the show start at $38 and will go fast. You can find tickets online at www.1175events.com.

David Allan Coe performs starting at 8 Friday night (May 17) at club 1175, 22840 Durand Ave. in Racine County (at the intersection of highways 11 and 75).

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 cannot write it up. Thank you for all that you do to keep music live.

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