Let Resting Fish FINish

The middle portion of the proGram caught the usually active….just chillin’:

Shakin’ All Over- Susan Santos
Snake Boogaloo- Lena & The Slide Brothers
Big Mama Told Me- Sugar Queen and the Straight Blues Band (live)

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Motion Of The Ocean- Johnny Rawls
609- Biscuit Miller & The Mix Ft. Marcus Randolph
Maybe Maybe- Dr. Bacon

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Miscommunicate- Allen Stone
Back To The Swing- Allen Stone
The Only Way Out Is Through- Hannah Williams & The Affirmations
End Credits- The Sorcerers Ft. Chip Wickham

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Allergic- STEEZ
***prerecorded conversation with Steve of STEEZ***
Movin’ On (part II)- STEEZ
C Section- STEEZ

All Kinds Of Shrimping

The first portion of the regularly scheduled proGram finally found the shrimp hidden with the water creatures:

greenarrowradio promo- Katy Hobgood Ray
Oh Devil- Katy Hobgood Ray Ft. Dave Ray
Feel Like I Ain’t Got A Home- Oliver Wood & Amy Helm
If I Wake Up In The Morning- Jesper Lindell

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Saturday Morning Jam- Neal Casal
Still I Got You- Neal Casal
Raining In The City- Fruition
On My Way- Grace Potter
Rock and Roll Music- Joanna Connor

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Free- Iggy Pop
James Bond- Iggy Pop
Spazz-Fea

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Love Your Lies- Samantha Fish
Dead Man’s Clothes- Sunday Wilde & The 1 Eyed Jacks

The Shadows Out Back

Had the opportunity to do a little pre-show G show once aGain this week. So I let these shadows shine in the light of the morning:

Driftin’- Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
The Cat- Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra
Something Sweet 2nd Movement- Todd Marcus
Something Sweet 4th Movement- Todd Marcus

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The March Of The Women- Karrin Allyson Sextet
Alice Paul (1921)- Karrin Allyson Sextet
Delilah- Wynton Marsalis Ft. Joe Farnsworth/Russell Hall/Isaiah J. Thompson & Jerry Weldon
Blues Walk- Wynton Marsalis Ft. Joe Farnsworth/Russell Hall/Isaiah J. Thompson & Jerry Weldon
Doo Dat Tang- Michael Waldrop
Relativity- Jonathan Kreisberg (live)

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Mais Que Nada- Scott Wilkie Ft. Jimmy Haslip & Kleber Jorge
Burning up the Carnival- Scott Wilkie with Joise James Ft. Ronnie Foster
My Favorite Things- Isabelle Olivier & Rez Abbasi
Mambo pa la niña- Roberto Fonseca Ft. Gema 4
Cadenas- Roberto Fonseca Ft. Danay Suárez

A Sacred Bond and Ada Rovatti

After studying at Berklee College of Music, Italian born saxophonist, composer and arranger Ada Rovatti moved to Paris before landing in New York City. She has performed and recorded with artists such as John McLaughlin, Mike Stern, James Moody, Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Jimmy Heath Patti Austin, Joe Bonamassa, and many more.
Ada was part of the Grammy winner CZD by her husband, Randy Brecker –“34 th N Lex” and on the acclaimed CD of John McLaughlin “Industrial Zen”and also appeared in the movie ‘Mona Lisa Smile’ featuring Julia Roberts
As a band leader she has released 5 Cds: Ada Rovatti & The Elephunk Band – For Rent (2003),Under The Hat (2003) Airbop (2006) Green Factor (2009) and Disguise (2014). Ada has toured with the Brecker Brothers Band Reunion with whom she recorded a live double DVD/CD from the Bluenote Jazz Club in NYC, and she just finished recording her new recording co-leading with Randy Brecker “Brecker Plays Rovatti: Sacred Bond” which was just released at te end of October on Piloo Records.

I had the complete honor of spending a little timechatting with Ada about the fantastic new release, “Brecker Plays Rovatti: Sacred Bond” and how this project went from seed to flower with all her original compositions while working with her husband, Randy Brecker and daughter Stella. We dissect a few of the tunes so when listeners get an earful, they can decide for themselves where it takes them. Ada reflects a little about working with the Queen of it all, Aretha Franklin and we also discuss her friendship with our friend, Lisa Maxwell and what being apart of her “Shiny” project was like. After checking out this chat, I bet you with feel like I do….let’s all go hang out at Ada’s and cook some food and listen to records and discuss what’s in our minds. This one reminds me once aGain that it’s often so much about the artists, not the just the art.

It’s a LITTLE WORLD with STEEZ

Churning out their self-described Creepfunk, a high energy, danceable variety of funk — one uniquely laced with electronic and improvisational sensibilities – STEEZ has garnered a loyal following throughout the Midwest performing at music festivals and to capacity crowds at rapidly growing venues. STEEZ repeatedly receives acclaim for their live performances, which typically include a seamless weaving of thoughtfully composed originals and crowd pleasing covers spanning from Madonna to clever obscurities like Genialistid (Estonia). Well established in the Midwestern jamband community, what really sets STEEZ apart is the camaraderie and endearing sense of humor. The band’s humble beginnings include getting banned for life from a venue after their first ever live performance, maneuvering a moped accident involving a parked car, and cruising the Midwest in the inspired 35 foot band bus, “Big Brown.” (RIP) While it’s the original songs and taut musicianship that initially grab both fans’ and critics’ attention, the band’s personality keeps it. STEEZ continues their musical endeavors by balancing extensive touring with studio time. STEEZ continues to rage major festivals such as Summer Set Music & Camping Festival, Wakarusa, Summer Camp Music Festival, Camp Bisco, Electric Forest, 10KLF and Rootwire, while grinding it out on the road throughout the Midwest and beyond. The band’s 4th studio album, STEREOVISION, was released in 2013 and can be found on bandcamp.com. The band’s 5th album, Little World, will be released November 23, 2019.

I had the opportunity to catch up with Guitarist, Steve Neary about the upcoming album release event on 11/23 at the High Noon Saloon. We got into the creation of the new album, “Little World” and how the sounds have changed, but also kept that same appeal that has been bringing the crowds out for years. We get an idea of how the term “Creepfunk” became a part of the STEEZ thang and we learn which song of the new album Steve has been digging the most (right now) and what other artists he would choose to build a set-list off of with that track being the starting point.

Blanket Wrapped

Did an extra set after the scheduled proGramming was completed. Hopped under the woobie and this is what happened:

Coming Out- Todd Mosby
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Between Dog and Wolf: Reprise- Joshua Redman & Brooklyn Rider w/Scott Colley & Satoshi Takeishi
Flash- Joshua Redman & Brooklyn Rider w/Scott Colley & Satoshi Takeishi
Jump Monk- Wynton Marsalis Ft. Joe Farnsworth, Russell Hall, Isaiah J. Thompson & Jerry Weldon

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Su Mimmi Non Si Spara- Francesco Guerri
Ascent To Now- Go: Organic Orchestra & Brooklyn Raga Massive
For All Its Fury: II. Blur- Third Coast Percussion
For All Its Fury: III. Coil- Third Coast Percussion
For All Its Fury: IV. Wane- Third Coast Percussion
Bakithi- Guy Buttery & Kanada Narahari Ft. Chris Letcher

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Flambée Montalbanaise- Baguette Quartette
C’est Magnifique- Lucienne Delyle

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Reluciente Sol- Los Lobos
Las Mañanitas- Los Lobos

Snow Leaf Dog

The final portion of the reGularly scheduled program raked leaves, shoveled snow AND played with the dog all in the same hour.. Strange times indeed:

Ridin’ On The Rhythm- Sylvia Black
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Bar Shift- The Eminent Stars Ft. Bruce James
Summoning the Monkey God- The Sorcerers
End Credits (Alt Version)- The Sorcerers Ft. Chip Wickham
Bandits- Leon Dinero Ft. Screechy Dan
If You Ask Me- Leon Dinero

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Pistach Griye- Lakou Mizik Ft. Trombone Shorty
Head Charter- Strata Gemma
BLACCK- Jon Batiste (live at the Village Vanguard)
Justice- Ego Mondo Ft. Kokayi

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Cyroette- Amendola vs. Blades
And in That Order- Horne Electric Band Ft. Chris Potter
Lifeforce Part II- The Comet Is Coming
The Monks of Oka- TuneTown

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Bernard “Bunny”‘s Jam- Dawn Drake Ft. Zapote

We Will Get There…Together

The middle portion of the proGram will help you close your eyes and travel to that spot you need to be:

Singapore Downbeat- Kerry Pastine and the Crime Scene
Sweet Sweet Bourbon- Misty Blues
Eldorado- Lena & The Slide Brothers
In Trouble- Susan Santos

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Dead Presidents- Sunday Wilde & the 1 Eyed Jacks
Evil- Sunday Wilde & the 1 Eyed Jacks
Sinner- Hannah Williams & The Affirmations

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Farmer Brown- Shawn Lee
Mr. Maestro- Shawn Lee
Don’t Give Up- The Williams Singers
Condition the World is In- Religious Souls

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Give Me One Reason- Alicia Olatuja
***pre-recorded conversation with Alicia Olatuja***
No Ordinary Love- Alicia Olatuja

The Bark That Protects

The first portion of the reGularly scheduled program kept the inners safe with less bite and just a little more bark:

Steam Train Salvation- Garland Carr
Songs You’ve Left Unsung- Leftover Salmon
Whatever Happens- Jesper Lindell

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Raphaë- Louis Ville
Dandelion Wine- Neal Casal
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School Days- Ally Venable
My Ding A Ling- Kid Andersen
Watch It Die- Samantha Fish
Every Kind Of Blues- Niecie
Hold Your Drank- Sugar Queen and the Straight Blues Band (live)
Wicked Cool- Joanne Broh (live)

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Real Fat Cat- Donna Hourigan & The Lucky Lips Band
greenarrowradio promo- Breezy Rodio
It Hurts Me Too- Shady Frank
Like BB King- John Verity

Sauté In Black And White

Did a pre-show G show where the fixin’s were from the day before color mattered:

Inspire- Teddy Kane Ft. Positive Impact Choir
Smash My Head- CocoRosie

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Fawkner Hustle- Antiphon
Horns over the Sea- Esbe
Glorious- Sudan Archives
House Of Opening Tuning II- Sudan Archives

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Ran In Red- Square Peg Round Hole
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The Mining Town of Kakariko- Gaijin Blues
Urgent, Important, Please Read- DJ Shadow Ft. Rockwell Knuckles, Tef Poe & Daemon
Let Me In- Robert Glasper Ft. Mick Jenkins
Bass Rock- Ursula 1000
Campari and Soda- Ursula 1000 Ft. Qypthone
Hello Darling- Ursula 1000

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Staifia- Acid Arab Ft. Radia Menel
Enter- MYDY
Gimme More- MYDY
They Won’t Beat Us- MYDY

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Regimen- Masok
Lion Mi Lion Vip- Tenor Youthman Ft. King Toppa

Alicia Olatuja Brings Intuition and More To Town

Praised by the New York Times as “a singer with a strong and luscious tone and an amiably regal presence on stage”, Alicia Olatuja has been astounding audiences with her exquisite vocals, artistic versatility and captivating demeanor. She first came into the national spotlight in 2013, whilst performing as the featured soloist with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir at President Barack Obama’s 2nd Inauguration. Shortly thereafter, she assembled her own jazz based ensemble & recorded her first solo album, “Timeless” in 2014. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Alicia grew up immersed in a wide range of musical styles, including gospel, soul, jazz & classical. These influences have informed her artistic journey and she later graduated with a Masters degree in Classical Voice/Opera from the Manhattan School of Music. After appearing in numerous operatic and musical theater productions she started to perform more regularly in gospel and jazz concerts and worked with such esteemed artists as Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans and Christian McBride. Also in 2014, Alicia came to the attention of the acclaimed composer/arranger/pianist & friend of the proGram Mr. Billy Childs, and was brought on to be part of the touring incarnation of “Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro” alongside vocalist Becca Stevens. Her voice has also entranced the another friend of the show, legendary Hammond B3 organist Dr. Lonnie Smith, who has invited her to join his band on multiple concerts, including the Charlie Parker Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival & others. Now focusing on the rich contributions of a diverse selection of female composers, Alicia just released her sophomore album, “Intuition: From the Minds of Women”, on Resilience Music Alliance. The album celebrates the achievements of a long list of esteemed female composers, while offering a musical perspective unique to Alicia. She is joined by Kamau Kenyatta and Ulysses Owens Jr. as producers and the material includes songs of Brenda Russell, Sade, Tracy Chapman, Kate Bush, Angela Bofill & Linda Creed.

I had a chance to catch up with Alicia ahead of her visit to Madison on 11/21 with a show at the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Play Circle. We get into what the lucky people in attendance can expect from that event, how she is able to adapt her craft to different styles of music and we go for a deep dive into the new album, “Intuition: From The Minds Of Women”. We also spend a little time building a set-list with Alicia – which song off the new album would she choose and what other artists/songs will build off it. Listen in and see that the person and personality is as important as the undeniable talent.

Photo by: Harrison Weinstein

Like A Raptor Glove

Had a chance to do an extra shift which watched the hunt from the side…still…it happened with such a quick ease:

Jam Man (1941 Standard Transcription)- Nat King Cole
Windy City Boogie Woogie (1941 Standard Transcription)- Nat King Cole
I’m an Errand Boy for Rhythm (1943 AFRS Jubilee #51)- Nat King Cole

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Sharing Her Journey- Ramsey Lewis and Urban Knights Ft. Henry Johnson
Baby What You Want Me To Do- Ramsey Lewis and Urban Knights Ft. Henry Johnson

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Yeah Man!- Sun Ra Arkestra (Live In Kalisz, 1986)
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Circle, Line: II- Kevin Sun
The Middle of Tensions: IV- Kevin Sun
I’d Turn Back If I Were You- Leslie Pintchik
Well You Needn’t- Monty Alexander

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Ciacco- Francesco Guerri
Mimmi Resisti- Francesco Guerri

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The Seven Planetary Heavens- The Comet Is Coming

Winter’s Fall

The final portion of this week’s proGram had the confusion of a modern day Mother Nature on full display:

Mrs. Phillips- The Eminent Stars
Take On The World- The Mighty Mocambos Ft. Gizelle Smith
Where Do We GO From Here- The Mighty Mocambos Ft. Lee Fields

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Eenie Meanie Beanie Weenie- Rich Willey’s Boptism Funk Band
Mister Magoo- Rich Willey’s Boptism Funk Band
Flip Mode- Sefi Zisling

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Stone Poem- Elephant Wrecking Ball Ft. Mike Dillon
Rust- Manycolors
Keep It Working (Jacques Renault Remix)- The Pendletons

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Breathing- Captain Supernova Ft. Made by Crooks
Herbie Hemphill- Surprise Chrf
Feel- Rilla Force
Ven A Mi- Rilla Force

Blades Out

The middle portion of the proGram grew it’s blades in close-up so no one will miss it:

St. Louis Blues- Charles Berry III
Memphis- Anders Osborne

Sweet Wine- Ginger Baker’s Air Force
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Here Kitty Kitty- Biscuit Miller & The Mix
Slow Roll It- Johnny Rawls

Going Home- Mike Mattison
That’s a Sign Of The Times- Floyd Family Singers
Peace In The Land- Gospel I.Q.’s
Lay My Burden Down- Garland Carr Ft. the REAL Program Chorus

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Mystic River- Nah Youn Sun
God’s Gonna Cut You Down- Nah Youn Sun

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Touch The Leather- Sylvia Black
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Hourglass- Hannah Williams & The Affirmations
Brown Hair Woman- Shawn Lee

Mix Those Piles

The first portion of the proGram didn’t let any of the differences stay away from the others:

Back On The Radio- Nick Nace
Wine & Dine- Nick Nace
How Long- Libby Koch (live)
Don’t Give Up On Me- Libby Koch (live)

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Combien de lunes- Louis Ville
Attends-la- Louis Ville

Sleeping Pills in Stereo- Neal Casal
Down A Strange Street- Neal Casal
In The Middle- The Drunken Hearts
The Cave- The Drunken Hearts

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Pick Up Blues- Breezy Rodio
Jody’s Jazz- Johnny Burgin Ft. Chris Matheos/Steve Dougherty/Nancy Wright (live)
You Took the Bait- Johnny Burgin Ft. Chris Matheos/Steve Dougherty/Rae Gordon & Nancy Wright (live)
Hard Luck Woman- The Nick Moss Band
The Things We Used to Do- Doug Duffey and BADD
Lyin’ To Yourself- Ghost Town Blues Band

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You Got It Bad- Samantha Fish
In The Pink- Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps (live)
Never Know- Thunderpussy

Stuck In The Web

The final portion of the proGram made being stuck anywhere you were a situation to be handled with plenty of arms:

Snow Fall- E1sbar
Twilight- Kraak & Smaak Ft. Izo FitzRoy
Esoterique Intro- Ursula 1000
Bossa Hey- Ursula 1000 Ft. Isabelle Antena
Esoterique Fin- Ursula 1000

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L’autre quai- The Bongo Hop Ft. Greg Frite
Sonora- The Bongo Hop Ft. Nidia Góngora
Ma Maison- Dobet Gnahoré
Shoulda Never- Dawn Drake Ft. Zapote
Chi Chi’s Afrobeat- Dawn Drake Ft. Zapote
Light My Fire- Tenor Youthman Ft. King Toppa & Choora

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Have You Fed Baby Huey Today- Surprise Chef
Harmony- The Midnight Hour Ft. Loren Oden
Walk- RoSaWay

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Black Flight- Moor Mother Ft. Saul Williams
Trauma- Arrested Development Ft. Daunta

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Swimmers- Zero 7 Ft. Jem Cooke
Électrique Yarghol- Acid Arab Ft. Hasan Minawi

Climb Time

The middle portion of the proGram found the best place to get up higher:

Drink It On Down- Doug Duffey and Badd
greenarrowradio promo- Giles Robson
The Breeze- Breezy Rodio
You Got to Make a Change- Johnny Burgin Ft. Chris Matheos & Steve Dougherty (live)
Be Reckless With My Heart- Debbie Davies
She’s Got A Way With Men- Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps (live)

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Sanctifunkious- Dave Specter
California Shaking Again- Johnny Rawls
Get Ready- Biscuit Miller & The Mix

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Overtime- Dr. Bacon
Express 76- Crowd Company
Worrying Mind- Hannah Williams & The Affirmations
Between Two Worlds- Lulu Fall

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You Want It All- Phat Phunktion (live)
**pre-recorded conversation with Al Falaschi for Funk Out Cancer**
Whatcha Gonna Do?- Phat Phunktion (live)
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Knuckaround- The Funky Knuckles
Blue- The Funky Knuckles
Nothing Compares To This- The Funky Knuckles
Golden Shadow- The Mighty Mocambos

This Side Walk

The first portion of the proGram took a walk on the side, side:

Tyler’s Jazz Odyssey- The Hussy
Better Stuff- The Hussy
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night- Iggy Pop
Loves Missing- Iggy Pop

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Forgiveness- Kaveh Rastegar
Un Dia Punk- Juana Molina
Where Did You Sleep Last Night- Sleigh Bells

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Des à pics et des fadaises- Louis Ville
Better Days- Elliott Murphy
Dogs Of My Neighborhood- Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage
Highway 67- Graham Reynolds

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Shining Eyes- The Drunken Hearts
***pre-recorded conversation with Chad Staehly***
Run It All Together- The Drunken Hearts

The High Hawks Land In Madison on 11/10

No one knows where the train will take them. It’s one you jump on out of the curiosity and excitement of the unknown. The very wonder of what the stars and the spirits will conjure on any given jubilee. And what the hell is a High Hawk? The High Hawks, is a new all-star project comprised of friend of the proGram Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon), Adam Greuel (Horseshoes & Hand Grenades), Chad Staehly (Hard Working Americans), Brian Adams (DeadPhish Orchestra), and Will Trask (Great American Taxi), will bring their blend of Americana, jam, and bluegrass music on the road.

The High Hawks will come together with friends including Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) and Chicago Farmer for their inaugural run of live shows. The band’s fall run began with a performance at Boulder, CO’s Fox Theatre on October 18th, followed by stops at Denver, CO’s Cervantes’ Other Side (10/19); Fort Collins, CO’s Aggie Theatre (10/20). After a short break to soak it all in, they head to Milwaukee, WI’s The Back Room @ Colectivo (11/7); Peoria, IL’s Spirit of Peoria (11/8); La Crosse, WI’s La Crosse Distilling Co. (11/9); and Madison, WI’s High Noon Saloon on November 10th.

I had the opportunity to catch up with Chad Staehly ahead of the November 10th show in Madison at the High Noon Saloon. We talk about how the dip your toe in the water of the first couple of Colorado shows went and what type of momentum they are building on with each note played. We talk about the mission of the band and answer the question, “Just what is a High Hawk?” LoHi Records is a place where Chad (and Tim) are putting a lot of their energy – so learning a bit more on what they are up to and who they are working with really puts a pin in the music map and we find out what tunes/artists Chad would choose if he was to build a setlist for the listeners. Chad and I run in some of the same circles, so the setlist building conversation led us to talking about how artists can find support they need with any if their struggles. Platforms such as Backline and and Music Cares are some of the resources we discuss.

Hey Cancer….Get The Funk Out

The Carbone Cancer Center at the University of Wisconsin is committed to finding the best ways to detect, prevent, diagnose & treat cancer. As one of only 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the United States, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, the Carbone Cancer Center is providing treatment, education & research for all-types of cancer. Any donations to Funk Out Cancer will go directly to the Paul P. Carbone Cancer Center Fund which is funding innovative research to help find the cure for cancer. 100% of these funds will be used by the leading researchers & doctors at the University of Wisconsin for cancer research. There has been significant progress made with the help of these generous donations and Funk Out Cancer is helping to create awareness & fund the advancements in cancer research at the Carbone Cancer Center.

The goal for Funk Out Cancer is to raise $50,000 on a night filled with great friends, incredible music, and generous donors.

I am always honored to be a part of helping spread the word about this event. I had another chance to check in with Al Falaschi about the FUNK OUT CANCER event being help this year on November 2nd at The Orpheum in Madison. We get into the concert portion by talking through what artists will help to get the funk out, we talk about how this event…this party.. got started and the personal story that accompanies the funk. We also tackle one of the silent auction items (check out the Facebook event page for more info) to find out more about what it is and a piece of interesting history around it…do you know what a Wisconsin themed stumpf fiddle is? Right. We have all been in the path of cancer’s travels and what better way to share in the journey then to meet up together to tell cancer to get the funk out!