Monthly Archives: May 2015

Ryan Steiskal


BY Amber McCord As a successful independent artist I always have appreciated my teachers and mentors from elementary school through college. They have always produced motivation and induced inspiration and creativity. I owe a lot of my success to these wonderful people in my life. Apparently most artists do. One in particular Ryan Steiskal. Steiskal is an emerging artist who ... Read More »

Kevin Fort Hits Red Gold


By George Halas With Red Gold, Kevin Fort delivers a strong, consistent album of originals and standards that will have fans of piano jazz that stays true to bebop, while incorporating modern elements, considering a trip to the Windy City. Fort is a Chicago-based jazz pianist, composer, and arranger who has worked with such notable musicians as John Clayton, Bill ... Read More »

THE MILES BEFORE US Hillary Reynolds Band


By George Halas There are rumors that a wise guy reviewer once answered the question “what kind of music do you like?” with “I like good music.” “Good music” seems like the best way to describe the offerings on “The Miles Before Us” by the Hillary Reynolds Band because it’s otherwise hard to nail down the rich combination of styles ... Read More »

Lake Street Dive


by Jane Spietz 7 PM May 27 Turner Hall, Milwaukee with The Congress $20.00 6 PM July 16 at Waterfest, Oshkosh with Cory Chisel’s Soul Obscura and special guests Sly Joe and The Smooth Operators $10 before 6 PM, $15 before 7 PM, $20 after 7 PM Vets and kids under 12 are FREE Info: Perform Watch ... Read More »

Testicle Festival


Twenty five hundred people will journey to Dundas, Wisconsin on Saturday, May 16th for the annual Testicle Festival. That’s right… Testicle Festival, where large numbers of people come to enjoy a true delicacy, deep-fried testicles. According to Linda Fassbender, owner of 2 of a Kind, one of two drinking holes in Dundas, “We skin’em, slice’em, bread’em, and fry’em, and I ... Read More »

Bill Casper’s Iconic Packer Shanty


By Michael Mentzer Bill Casper’s sturgeon shanty may trace its origin to the humblest of beginnings but it is destined for historical greatness. Those who wander the vast expanse of Lake Winnebago’s field of ice during the sturgeon-spearing season each February no doubt know of Casper’s distinctive shanty in the shape, design and hue of a Green Bay Packers helmet. ... Read More »



By George Halas May arrivals are not just for flowers. Hillary Reynolds will be gracing the Fox Cities with a new album and a musical career in full bloom. “In May, I’ll be coming back home for a couple of shows,” she said. “On the 14th, I’ll be opening for The Ballroom Thieves at The Vox Concert Series in Marshfield ... Read More »

Rebel Waltz – Rubber Walls (25th Anniversary Reissue)


By Blaine Schultz Last August over 200 artists performed at over 60 venues in downtown Appleton.  Twenty five years ago Rebel Waltz released their album Rubber Walls, to a small but dedicated following. To quote Lou Reed, “Those were different times.” Think about it.  If you were around three decades ago and wanted to hear cutting edge music in the ... Read More »

Bats, Continued


By Will Stahl Last month I wrote about the first appearance in Wisconsin bats of “white-nose syndrome.” Most of you have probably heard about this disease, a highly contagious fungus that attacks bats as they winter over in their hibernacula––usually caves or mines––where ideally they remain in a state of torpor until spring when insect food again becomes available. The ... Read More »

Bringing Back Bees


By Rob Zimmer Over the past few years, you may be aware of increasingly urgent news regarding the status of the honeybee and native bee populations throughout North America. Numbers of both honeybees, as well as native bees, such as bumblebees and others, have declined seriously in recent years. Many area residents are looking for ways to help. Thankfully, there ... Read More »

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