I have a friend, Jerry Horton, who is a HUGE live music lover. Every year, he throws a concert party for his birthday. This year’s celebration is Saturday night at Fusion. The band this year is the Who’s Your Daddy Trio.

The group features three of southweastern Wisconsin’s top jazz musicians, for an admission of $15. The trio is comprised of Mike Standal on guitar, Dave Bayles on drums and Dan Trudell on Hammond B3 organ.

Milwaukee-based Standal is a “first call” player/composer on numerous local, regional and national recordings and can be heard on the likes of ESPN, BET and NBC’s former sitcom “Friends.” He has also performed and collaborated with big names, including Berkley Fudge, Brian Lynch, Buddy Miles, the former Milwaukee Bucks house band Oceans and Nora Jones and is a co-leader of Forcast with Genesis/Phil Collins’ Daryl Steurmer.

Bayles is an associate lecturer at UW-Parkside and has performed with Steve Allen, Bobby Broom, Slide Hampton, David Hazeltine and Brian Lynch, to name a few. In addition to jazz, Bayles has performed with the Milwaukee Ballet Orchestra, Skylight Opera, the Rome Festival Orchestra and appeared regularly on Wisconsin Public Radio’s former “Whad’Ya Know?” show.

While Trudell is best known to many people as the organist of the B3 Bombers, alongside James Brown’s “Funky Drummer” Clyde Stubblefield, he has also performed with Aretha Franklin, Diahann Carrol, Roy Hargrove, Kenny Burrell, Slide Hampton, Jon Faddis, Randy Brecker, Buddy Guy, the Joffrey Ballet and many others. This will be well worth the admission. Happy birthday, Jerry!

The Who’s Your Daddy Trio performs starting at 8 Saturday night (May 4) at Fusion, 5014 Seventh Ave. For tickets or more information, call Jerry Horton at 262-770-6858.

This show’s a riot

It’s time for the Rock and Roll Riot II show at Hattrix this Saturday. As the name suggests, the theme is rock music, and there will be eight bands starting at 4 p.m.

Those who are about to rock include (subject to change) Fckr Jr, The Slurs, IfIHadAHiFi, Fowlmouth, Slandercannon, Ghost Machines, Burned or Buried and Conan Neutron and The Secret Friends.

I was told by Fowlmouth singer Jeff Moody that admission is just $5. I’ve written a lot about Fowlmouth (indie rock), Ghost Machines (electronica hip hop) and Conan Neutron (power rock) over time — and they are all great. A quick listen to Fckr Jr showed them to be melodic rock.

IfIHadAHiFi is a popular noise rock band out of Milwaukee. The Slurs are a straight up power rock ‘n’ roll outfit made up of former Rust Belt Demons cats. Slandercannon is an amalgam of indie, folk, Americana and flyover-land pop. Burned or Buried is a roughhouse rock band. All told, it should be good times.

Rock and Roll Riot II starts at 4 p.m. Saturday (May 4) at Hattrix, 2425 60th St.

Mardi Gras music

Remember Mardi Gras seven weeks or so ago? A big part of the celebration is the music. We are blessed here in Kenosha to have a musician like Yves Francois who can bring all of that great music to us whatever time of year. The trumpeter and band leader will have his Yves Francois Jazz combo perform Saturday night at Sazzy B. Frank Youngwerth on trumpets, Gregory Redfeairn on bass, drummer Thomas Selear and Jared Dickey on guitar (subbing for Bruce Mak) will be playing a mix of swing, rumbas, rootsy blues and more. This is fun music to drink to, socialize with old friends and new ones and dance to. Treat yourself.

Yves Francois Jazz will perform starting at 8:30 Saturday night (May 4) at Sazzy B, 5623 Sixth Ave.

Benefit show

For a while now, there has been a great benefit every fall where people bring blankets for admission to give to those in need. There will be a spring “Blank Fest” Friday at McAuliffe’s Pub on the far south side of Racine.

Since there are some warmer days ahead, patrons are asked to bring bottled water, granola/protein bars, coffee and maybe some blankets (it still gets chilly at night). Just like the fall event, there will be live music.

Two bands will perform, both of the hits/variety genre. The Kung Fu Grips feature some of Racine’s top longtime musicians from a variety of original rock bands. They will play a mix covering Alice Cooper to Alice in Chains, Sabbath to Supertramp and Van Morrison to Van Halen. Also joining in with their first big show will be Rockmore. The group was described to me as a rock hits cover band. Again, admission is some basics stuff for those in need; don’t be stingy.

Spring Blank Fest start at 9 Friday night (May 3) at McAuliffe’s Pub, 3700 Meachem Road in Racine. Take 22nd Avenue north of Highway KR a few miles to the intersection of highways X and Y. McAuliffe’s is behind the first bit of buildings on the northwest corner. Kung Fu Grips and Rockmore will perform.

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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