The Mid-Week Beat: Hometown Get Down

202277-250This week on the Mid-Week Beat, our Music Doer Bill Geoghegan reviews an upcoming show in his neck of the woods, Central Wisconsin. We love featuring shows like this: eclectic, DIY and loaded with local talent that most of you probably haven’t discovered yet.

If you’re in Central Wisconsin, be sure to head out to Bernard’s Country Inn in Stevens Point, Wisconsin for a night of music that’s sure to please just about anyone, regardless of their musical tastes. Tell ’em Bill sent you!

This Saturday, May 4, Bernard’s Country Inn will be the home to an incredibly eclectic night of music. The up and coming, Central Wisconsin bluegrass group, Horseshoes And Hand Grenades, are throwing a release party for their new full length CD entitled “This Old Town.”

With this being their sophomore album, you might expect them to stack the show’s line up with other members of the Central Wisconsin bluegrass family of bands. Not these guys. This show promises something for almost anyone on the planet. Whether you need bluegrass, funk, reggae or indie rock to get you going… you’ll find it at Bernard’s. At least you will on Saturday. Get your tickets here before they’re gone!

Horseshoes And Hand Grenades (10:30-12:15):
“Hailing from the great town of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, HHG plays something like progressive high-energy old-time folk music. With strong roots in old-time and bluegrass, the band has formed it’s own unique style born from the diverse musical backgrounds and interests of the five friends who make up the band. All born and raised in the great state of Wisconsin, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades began playing music in the spring of 2009. Since then, the band has shared the stage with the Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, Charlie Parr, Pert Near Sandstone, Art Stevenson and Highwater, .357 String Band, The Big Wu and many more. Being mostly inspired by rivers, valleys, good friends, and good drink, this five piece is as sturdy as any midwest riverbed and will make your toes tape from sundown to sunrise.”


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Austin’s Wildfire Festival and 3 Months of Reggae

185037-250Music festival season is fast approaching and our site is already starting to fill up with tickets to festivals all around the country.

One of the first big events of the season is, of course, SXSW in Austin, Texas. Originally started in 1987 as a way to showcase independent music, SXSW has turned into one of the biggest interactive media events in the country, complete with corporate-sponsored showcases featuring big name acts, high-tech trade shows and media startup conferences. Attendance has sky-rocketed from 700 attendees in its first year, to over 40,000 attendees today. As a result, being able to see bands has become a bit of a challenge for the average music fan.

That’s why we’re excited to be ticketing a real “independent” festival in Austin that’s focused on a genre of music that we deeply love here at Brown Paper Tickets: reggae! Our music doer Billy Geoghegan has been playing in reggae and ska bands for years and you’ll often hear a reggae beat coming out of the computer speakers of many of our employees’ desks.

So, when we see that we’re ticketing a festival like the 4th Annual Wildfire Reggae and Arts Festival, we naturally want to spread the word and support it in any way we can. It’s going on during SXSW, so if you’re in town for “South By” and want to experience some high quality grooves in a beautiful setting, then Wildfire is for you!

Now in its fourth year, the Wildfire Reggae and Arts Festival will take place at The Music Ranch from Thursday, March 7 to Saturday, March 9 and will spotlight more than 30 bands offering a cross-section of the reggae genre, from ska to rocksteady to roots, dub and beyond. Past headliners have included Collie Buddz, Lynval Golding (of The Specials), HR (of Bad Brains), Common Kings, Contra Coup and Josh Heinrichs. This year offers another stellar lineup: Don Carlos (of Black Uhuru fame), Gyptian, Marlon Asher and the Farmers, The Expanders, Mike Love, Alex Marley, a large selection of DJ’s and more. They expect over 4,000 attendees this year and there will also be camping in a beautiful 80-acre oak tree forest. You can pick up daily passes, three-day passes or the coveted VIP passes right over here.


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