I have to admit, when I heard Little Couch Band would be performing Saturday at Hattrix, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
How about a folk-rock-with-punk-and-rockabilly-leanings duo with instrumentation of guitar and ukulele? Sure, why not?
Jolene “Gritty, not Pretty” Boles on guitar and lead vocals and Nadia “Carny Hands” Ehlers on uke and backing vocals make up this almost certain to be entertaining combo that performs hits from the 1970s through today, along with some originals. They will be joined by the goth/horror rock band Amsedel and hardcore, thrash punk rockers Full Shred Ahead. Admission is $5.
Little Couch Band, Amsedel and Full Shred Ahead perform Saturday (May 11) at Hattrix, 2425 60th St.
You know how you get mid-week. You are already thinking about the weekend and itching to hear some great live music. Well, The Port has you covered next Wednesday (May 15) with a three-band bill.
A stripped-down version of Donoma will be performing, along with Louisville’s GRLwood and Chicago’s Big Surf Wave Pool.
This version of Donoma will be lead singer Stephanie on acoustic guitar, bass player and background vocalist Shelle and Nick on violin. Don’t worry, Tim and Iz are still around. They will be playing reimagined songs from the band’s last couple albums, as well as some looks at a couple new songs on their much-anticipated, soon to be released new collection of songs. Stripped down, but surprisingly powerful.
GRLwood seems like they will be a lot of fun. The band members describe themselves as a “two-piece band of Kentucky-fried queerdos, wailing at max capacity.” They describe their music as “scream pop.” It’s also a bit of surf punk. You can listen to some songs at grlwood.bandcamp.com. It looks like they have a cult like following.
Haven’t found a lot about Big Surf Wave Pool other than the Facebook event page listing that says they believe the ocean is totally gay and they have some danceable stories about that. You can check some demo songs at bigsurfwavepool.bandcamp.com/releases.
Donoma, GRLwood and Big Surf Wave Pool will perform starting at 8 p.m. May 15 at The Port, 714 50th St.
Friday night show
If you don’t know already, Ryan McIntyre is one of the most successful southeastern Wisconsin musicians to be found, and he will be performing Friday night at Kansasville’s 1175 club. The Waukesha native is a regular performer at Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and a host of other festivals, clubs and corporate gigs.
The singer-songwriter is a seven-time WAMI Award winner, along with a Shepherd Express nod for Best of Milwaukee Acoustic Artist of the Year.
McIntyre’s original music has appeared on HBO, Showtime, the Disney Channel and Discovery channels and more. To top it all off, McIntyre also has a new children’s album out. He’s a busy man. Also on the bill is country-ish Myles Wangerin. Advance tickets are $5 (or $10 at the door).
Myles Wangerin and Ryan McIntyre will perform Friday night (May 10) at Club 1175, 22840 Durand Ave. An easier way to remember where it’s located is at the intersection of highways 11 and 75 in Racine County.
Jazzy at Sazzy B
One of the top jazz combos in the area will be performing Friday night at Sazzy B. Triad — made up of Terry Peterson on guitar, drummer Brian Ford and bassist/trombonist Jeremy Kriedeman — are all at the top of their games, not just in jazz, but other music genres as well.
What sets Triad apart from most other jazz combos is that they are extremely adept at mixing traditional jazz with modern pop, rock and other styles. Peterson is a stud on any style of music and a very tasteful player. Drummer Ford has been a top of the list call for more than 30 years. Kriedeman has performed in the genres of funk, ska, reggae and rock and is glad to be playing jazz again. This band is great both for jazz purists as well as casual music listeners.
Triad performs Friday night (May 10) at Sazzy B, 5623 Sixth Ave.
Get me that, STAT!
I just want to put out one more thing here. My deadline to get this column in is at the beginning of the week. I often get notices of weekend shows as late as Thursday or Friday. Give me a bit more than a week’s heads-up about shows, and I will do my best to help you. That goes for both the performers and the venues. If we all work together, hopefully we will get some people out to your establishment and concerts.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If I do not know about it, I can not write it up. Thank you for all that you do to keep music live.