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FRIDAY

 

BoDeans

With countless tunes you know from the first note, rip-roaring gigs you can count on, and a whole lot of energy you’ll take home with you, BoDeans continue to contribute to the American songbook as a tried-and-true institution. Founded and led by original frontman, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Kurt Neumann, the band’s catalog consists of generational anthems such as “Good Things,” You Don’t Get Much,” “Idaho,” and “Closer To Free,” just to name a few. However, they still reflect the soul and spirit of the modern American experience on their fourteenth full-length offering, 4 The Last Time.

“The music of BoDeans has defined much of my life,” muses Kurt. “I consider myself fortunate to be able to do what I enjoy. I wanted to creatively do something positive for the world instead of just taking from it. So, this is what I’ve chosen to do with my life. The music was always about the blue-collar dream of a better life, and it still is.”

BoDeans emerged out of Waukesha, WI in 1986 with the seminal debut, Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams, produced by T Bone Burnett.  Following Outside Looking In [1987], Home [1989], and Black and White [1991], Go Slow Down [1993] yielded “Closer To Free,” which famously served as the theme song for the smash hit television series Party of Five. With a sought-after discography, their music landed hundreds of television and film placements. Meanwhile, they transformed into a proven live phenomenon by supporting the likes of U2, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, The Pretenders, and David Bowie in addition to gracing the bills of Farm AidSummerfest, and ACL. Speaking to the group’s legacy, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame permanently entrenched BoDeans in the Midwest Artists exhibit. Most recently, 2017’s Thirteen arrived to widespread acclaim from The Chicago Tribune and Glide Magazine who spotlighted the music’s “understated grace—an attribute that no doubt fuels the steadfast approach Kurt Neumann has employed of his thirty-plus years as a ‘BoDean’.” Along the way, NETFLIX’s The Ranch also utilized over 70 tunes from Kurt,and he launched his own podcast Staring At The World.

In the midst of the Global Pandemic, he wrote and recorded what would become 4 The Last Time in his Austin, TX studio.

“We have a classic guitar-driven midwestern rock-pop sound,” he goes on. “I wanted to make sure there was still some music out there with guitars on it. I feel like I’m getting better at this in my fifties. So, there are a lot of those big rock songs we’ve done for years. I got that vibe down on this record.”

Fittingly, BoDeans kick this chapter off with the high-energy anthem “Ya Gotta Go Crazy.” It charges forward with roots-y countrified swagger punctuated by an unshakable chant and hummable guitar solo.

“When Spring came in Wisconsin, everyone rolled their windows down and turned the radio up,” he recalls. “The music sounded so good. This is meant to be one of those songs that makes you crank the volume and have some fun. In light of difficult times when you’re dealing with depression or challenges, sometimes you’ve got to go out and do some shit that seems a little crazy.”

Then, there’s “A Little More Time.” The stomping groove gives way to another anthemic refrain as he pleads, “Come on baby won’t you give me just a little more time.

“On the day Tom Petty died, I was really sad,” he admits. “I’ve always been astounded by how good he was—from the time I discovered him at 15 until now. This is my little nod to Tom and The Heartbreakers for what they gave me.”

On “I’m A Mess,” he examines the two lives of a career musician. “I’ve done this for 35 years,” he says. “As you get older, you start a family. When you’re in the traveling circus, you feel really disconnected from your life at home. You’re a mess without the other half of your life.”

“Anyone But You” unfolds as a poignant love song over dreamy piano. Meanwhile, the title track “4 The Last Time” captures the breaking point of a relationship through an emotionally charged vocal originally popularized through an early incarnation of the tune on The Ranch.

“It’s about the despair you go through when a relationship is dying and you can’t save it,” he continues. “It’s a tough and painful place to be. When ‘4 The Last Time’ was on The Ranch, I got so many messages asking for a full version. I thought the title might get everyone talking since we’ve been around for so long. Is this the last time? It’s a topic of conversation when you mention the history of the band.”

The opener “Loved” importantly doubles as a mission statement. With its robust guitars and wild solo, it culminates on a promise to his kids, “You’re gonna know you were loved.

“It wasn’t until later I found out my mom sent me to the ER when I was two years old for getting fingerprints on the dining room table,” he sighs. “I was just surviving as a kid. I have children, and I want them to know how much I love them and how much they mean to me. I didn’t get that from my parents. It’s a message to my kids that I’m going to make sure they know how important they are.”

In the end, BoDeans make an impact through such honesty.

“For the next year, I’m going to be showing up in towns everywhere and trying to bring people together a little more,” he leaves off. “Come to a BoDeans gig, sing along, and forget about everything else. That’s why I play nowadays. I’d like to keep pushing that message as long as I can.”

Bell Bottom Brewed

Bell Bottom Brewed is a collaboration of some of the Northwoods most popular musicians who have come together to perform some of the most recognized and classic hits of the Woodstock Era and beyond.

The Allman Brothers, Eric Clapton, Rolling Stones, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield, Janis Joplin, Black Crowes, CSNY, Blind Faith are a few of the supergroups this band will bring to the stage. Comprised of members of The Juke Dawgs and Bret and Frisk this band promises to please in a high energy rock and roll show that will have the audience participating and engaging the best of memories of the rock era! 

 

Hip Pocket

Hip Pocket is a powerful band with striking lead and harmony vocals; a blazing four-piece horn section; and a rockin' rhythm section. Hip Pocket rocks your favorite top 40, R&B, Latin-infusion, jazz, pop, modern, and classic rock hits! Adding their own unique flavor to classic R&B and rock favorites, Hip Pocket's music stands out. You'll love listening to their fresh arrangements on great horn tunes from artists like Santana, Van Morrison, Chicago, Michael Jackson, Bruno Mars, Tower of Power, and many more. 

 

Bob Palmer

A veteran guitarist/singer songwriter, Bob has been performing since the early 1970’s.  An experienced musician and performer, his influences include: James Taylor, Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, Joe Walsh, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, among many others.  

Over the years while performing solo and in various bands, Bob has had opportunities to work beside groups such as The Outlaws, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Foghat, The Byrds and most recently, vocalist Heather Headley. 

Along with vocalist Emily Miller, Bob has co-written and performed over a dozen original songs with one, “Out of Mind”, making its way into the 2009 movie, He’s Such a Girl which featured Tiffany Dupont,  Alexandra Paul, Patrick Duffy, and Ed Beagley Jr. 

Overall , Bob’s broad experiences have enhanced his appeal to a wide range of audiences and have afforded him opportunities to perform at a variety of different venues throughout the Chicago area including The Morton Arboretum, The Chicago Golf Club, as well as numerous Summer Festivals throughout Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. Bob currently coordinates the live entertainment at Tapa La Luna in DeKalb, Illinois where you can find him performing most weekends. 

 

SATURDAY

 

Starship ft. Mickey Thomas

Mickey Thomas is the owner of the soaring voice that propelled Starship through the decade of the 80’s. With his soulful and compelling vocals, Mickey has established himself as one of rock music’s most recognizable stars.

Mickey made his mark in 1976 as lead vocalist on the mega-hit “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” with The Elvin Bishop Band. In 1979, Mickey joined Jefferson Starship as the lead vocalist, after the departure of Grace Slick and Marty Balin, and recorded a string of hits including “Jane”, “No Way Out”, “Find Your Way Back”, “Stranger”, and “Layin It On The Line”.

The group was renamed Starship in 1985 and went on to record three #1 hit songs including “We Built This City”, “Sara”, and “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, from the film Mannequin which also was an Academy Award nominee. Their hit “It’s Not Over Til It’s Over” became Major League Baseball’s theme in 1987. Mickey’s stellar voice and video charisma on Starships’s video classics such as “We Built This City” and “Sara” became staples on MTV and VH1.

One can expect to hear hits from Starship and Jefferson Starship at Starship’s live performances, as well as a few selections from Jefferson Airplane as a nod to both bands’ beginnings

 

Heartsfield

Heartsfield has toured the United States in each decade since the 1970s, having performed 5,000 shows for
millions fans at fairs and festivals, stadiums, colleges and universities, clubs and bars, private parties, and in
the streets. Having released 12 albums, sold millions of records, and helped pioneer the Americana-based

Southern Rock/Country Rock music for which they are known, their shows are full of fun, up-tempo, foot-
stompin’ music that gets the crowd involved, singin’ and dancin’ away.

The band delivers on its promise of hot pickin’, strong vocals, rich harmonies, driving rhythms, great songs,
triple lead guitar work, and smiles from the stage, which have allowed them to last over five decades and still
continue to please audiences with their growing catalogue of hits.
Having been signed by Mercury Records and later, Columbia Records, Heartsfield has produced numerous
radio favorites and had Billboard charted records. Among them are “Music Eyes,” ”Shine On,” “Here I Am,”
“The Only Time I’m Sober Is When You’re Gone,” “I’m Comin’ Home,” and “Racin’ the Sun.”
In the book, Counting Down Southern Rock: The 100 Best Songs, our song “Another Man Down” is listed and
our self-titled album, Heartsfield, is listed as number 32 on the “100 + 1 Best Southern Rock Albums” list.
Our shows focus on our many hits and fan favorites, as well as a few covers of well known songs by groups
with which we toured over the years such as The Doobie Brothers, Stephen Stills, Creedence Clearwater, and
other well known acts.

On the following pages are examples of our recordings, press coverage by music industry critics and
luminaries, and examples of Heartsfield’s performance history.

 

Old Pine Road Band

Much like the mythical Hodag, the Old Pine Road Band has emerged from the woods of northern Wisconsin to mystify, captivate and entertain its many fine inhabitants. for nearly a decade, David Walters and the Old Pine Road Boys have been combining a crowd-pleasing blend of soulful funk-grass with a taste of twang and jam-band experimentation that's sure to leave you entertained! The Old Pine Road Band’s debut album "Laying Roots" is now available on all digital services like iTunes and Spotify.

 

Burton Tyler

Burton Tyler is a product from the Texas Music Scene with
performances in Oklahoma, Louisiana, Wisconsin & Michigan. Songs about: Love, Love, Life, Birth, Death, Family, Friends, Broken Dreams, Excellent Days, Band Mates, Group Rates, Murder, Happiness, Hate, Fun Energy, Bad Energy, Good Habits, Bad Habits, Worse Habits... Burton currently performs full time in the North Woods of Wisconsin & Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
www.BurtonTyler.com