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2022-23 Blue Denim Pack

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Friday, October 21, 7:30 p.m., Chicken Wire Empire

Born from the Wisconsin jamband scene, Chicken Wire Empire began as a traditional bluegrass band. The band honed its traditional sound in 2014 with its debut album Chicken Wire Empire. With half of the group rooted in bluegrass and the other half steeped in jamband music, a change occurred when Chicken Wire Empire performed an Old & In The Way tribute show. A new sound was found in Milwaukee, and Chicken Wire Empire joined the roster of high-energy jamgrass happening across the nation.

While Chicken Wire Empire is deeply embedded in the Milwaukee and Wisconsin music scene, the band has toured Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, enamoring audiences with their unique contemporary Bluegrass sound.

If you go: This performance is rated PG-13

Tickets: $33, $26, $19, plus fees and tax. New this season: Blue Denim Pack, featuring Chicken Wire Empire, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, and Mike Farris and the Fortunate Few. All three shows: $76 and $62, plus fees and tax

 

 

 

Friday, February 10, 7:30 p.m., Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

After 10 years, five albums, and innumerable sold-out shows, Americana mavericks, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades are enjoying a wild and wonderful roller coaster of success. The bond between the quintet is clear, fueling their creativity and chemistry on stage.

Forming after meeting in college at Stevens Point, the band hit the road and has ignited stages since. They take audience members through a wide range of musical landscapes with their tried and true blend of “new-time old-time” music.

If you go: This performance is rated PG-13

Tickets: $43, $36, $29, plus fees and tax. New this season: Blue Denim Pack, featuring Chicken Wire Empire, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, and Mike Farris and the Fortunate Few. All three shows: $76 and $62, plus fees and tax

 

 

 

Thursday, May 4, 7  p.m., Mike Farris and the Fortunate Few

Following a Grammy Award for 2015’s “Shine For All the People,” (Best Roots Gospel Album), Nashville rocker Mike Farris keeps it earthy and personal on his follow-up, “Silver & Stone.” The title refers to his wife Julie’s wedding ring, and the album is a celebration of their years of marriage and her steadfastness in sticking by him through his years of struggling with addiction and alcoholism. Now sober for more than a decade, Farris has the energy and conviction of a man saved, with a soulful delivery reminiscent of Sam Cooke or Otis Redding.

Farris’s supersized vocals and powerhouse range to country, blues, and gospel, the soul is sure to deliver a night of heart-wrenching music.

If you go: This performance is rated PG-13

Tickets: $33, $26, $19, plus fees and tax. New this season: Blue Denim Pack, featuring Chicken Wire Empire, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, and Mike Farris and the Fortunate Few. All three shows: $76 and $62, plus fees and tax