This 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.”
The Mustache (12:15 to 1:45):
“In a time where live music has been dominated by mainstream labels, new technology, and worst of all, hairless upper lips, Wisconsin’s finest funk/dance party band has kept strong roots in classic and contemporary funk music which is ideal for producing a flourishing, thick and bushy, party atmosphere. Along with their desire to create the funkiest music possible, the band also exudes a satirical sense of humor in a Spinal Tap-esque fashion with comical characters and outrageous stage antics. Don’t miss this Mustache ride!”
Natty Nation (9:00-10:25):
“Hard Roots Rock Reggae & Dub–this is the unique blend of music that is Madison, Wisconsin’s Natty Nation. The independent all original touring & recording outfit is one of the leading forces in USA-based reggae. Their messages of spreading positive vibrations, peace, love, building community, & universal spirituality have been ringing out since Natty’s inception in 1995. JAH Boogie and his backing band’s tight but fluid, rootsy but funky, beautiful but gritty, righteous but real vibration is clear to anyone listening to their music either live in concert or on their stereo. It’s almost impossible not to dance at a Natty Nation show.”
The Hi-Matics (8:00-8:50):
“The Stevens Point-based Hi-Matics are an indie folk-rock band with many influences. Melting together elements of folk, blues, bluegrass and rock and roll. The band formed in the summer of 2011 when its founding members Dan Waterman, Graham Prellwitz, and Brad Prellwitz were asked to perform at a Fox Cities music festival. They took on the name The Hi-Matics for the show and it has stuck with them ever since. The Hi-Matics performed basements and local venues around central Wisconsin, doing modest self-recordings. With the addition of Augie Dougherty on banjo and guitar, and multi-instrumentalist Matthew Weiss in the spring of 2012 The Hi-Matics were complete. In early 2013 they began recording their first full length studio album due to be released this spring!”