Sunday, May 15, 2016. - Coins Sports Bar - Kenosha, WI - A. Rakowiecki
Our second featured artist was Sammy Ray. Sammy performed a set of original music that had the audience stomping their feet and hootin’ and hollerin’. She was energetic and entertaining throughout her performance. Sammy even brought a young guest on stage, Casseidy, to sing harmonies on her final song. And what’s that line about “up north is where we make all the beer?” From serious to hilarious, Sammy Ray brought it.
Smack in the middle was Delray, an acoustic duo who just happened to be celebrating their 3rd anniversary. Jim and Julie covered everything from Adele to Melanie to Pat Benatar and more. They kept the energy of the crowd building with their entertaining performance. Ever hear an entire room sing along to “Brand New Key?” The crowd was singing, acting silly and living in the moment with Delray.
And then there was Eminence, a hard rocking group of 5 young women from the Fox Valley area. They brought a presence to the stage that let us all know that they meant business. From the downbeat to end, the energy was high, including dueling guitars, heavy backbeats and a ton of smiles. The band’s set included songs by the Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, Heart and Joan Jett. Eminence has talent and an upbeat approach to what they do!
Candy Eisenhauer and the Send Help Reunion Band, another hometown favorite in Kenosha, brought it all together for us. I am pretty sure that they never stopped playing once they started, they found a clever way to string songs together. The band was high energy and in great form, tight and sharp! The set included a collection of the best sing-along classic rock tunes including the Doobie Brothers and REO Speedwagon. We are so thankful that these artists gave of their time and talent to support the mission of SheRocks Wisconsin. If you were there, you know what an amazing afternoon of music it was. If you missed it, keep your eye out for these groups and see for yourself!
SheRocks Wisconsin Singer-Songwriter Session # 2
Sunday, April 10th - Dopp's Bar & Grill - A. Rakowiecki
Our second singer-songwriter session of 2016 was a blast! Our lineup featured Savanna Rose, Susannah Thorngate, Claire Kelly and Jewlz At the Singer-Songwriter sessions, the artists perform their own material, music made in Wisconsin.
A familiar face to She-Rocks supporters, Savanna started off the afternoon with a set of her own tunes from her album “Change”. All of Savanna’s work comes from some life experience. The pinnacle of Savanna’s performance was when she performed “My Hero,” a song dedicated to her father. He was right there, front and center. We even got a sneak peek at material from her upcoming album which is slated to be completed this summer. Savanna has a powerful and expressive voice and solid guitar playing skills, completely self-taught. You’ve seen her on The Transistor Show, The Viewer’s Voice Show and was recently featured “artist of the week” by Wisconsin’s Got Talent. We are so fortunate the Savanna has been our guest on more than one occasion! She’s got a busy summer ahead, including a slot at Summerfest! Keep up with Savanna Rose at: http://www.savannaroserocks.com/
Susannah Thorngate made her SheRocks debut at this Singer-Songwriter Session. We were delighted to have her with us. Susannah performed songs from her EP “August” including “Same Old New Day.” As she was talking with the audience about half-way through the set, Susannah commented that it her first solo performance! She usually performs with her brother Jon. What attracted us to Susannah was her ability to craft poignant lyrics. Susannah treated us to a set of dynamic songs with great insight into music. She also treated us to some new songs that she’s working on. Susannah also pours her creativity into poetry and spoken word. Check out her EP “August at https://susannahthorngate.bandcamp.com/
Claire Kelly took to the stage with a smile that never quit! She really shared the stories of her songs with us. Claire performed music from her October of 2015 EP “Moments to Save,” including a bouncy and hopeful-love tune called “The Coffee Song.” Her performance was joyful even in the moments on introspection. Her guitar playing, vocal timbre and phrasing fit together perfectly. Claire documents her musical journey at https://www.facebook.com/clairekellytunes/.
You’ll read about her upcoming project, her recent run-in with Kiefer Sutherland and more! Her EP is available at: https://clairekelly.bandcamp.com/ Our headliner for this Singer-Songwriter Session was Jewlz. What great performance! Milwaukee music fans know Jewlz from her work in supporting other musicians, this time she was in the spotlight. She performed a striking song called “Just Between You and Me” that she dedicated to her son. Jewlz also shared a beautiful song called “Where Do They Go?” that asks what happens after people draw their last breaths. It was a performance that was full of raw emotion with refined lyrical interpretation. We were thrilled that Jewlz agreed to be front and center and share her music with us. You’ll see Jewlz performing around Milwaukee with Scott Berendt and rooting for other Milwaukee artists!
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SheRocks Wisconsin Celebrates 1st Year Ann.Rawowiecki
A year ago a dream was realized when a group of musicians and music lovers came together to form SheRocks Wisconsin. The organization's purpose is to support, connect, promote and recognize women in our local music industry.
What better way to celebrate a full year than with a full day of music with a full house?
As a member of SheRocks Wisconsin and one of the performing artists, Sunday, November 29th had been marked on my calendar for months. From the moment I walked into the room, I could feel what everyone else was feeling: anticipation. We all knew that it would be a great day of live music, but no one would have been able to predict what we heard and saw!
We are so thankful to our artists: Savanna Rose, Genevieve Heyward, Candy Eisenhauer & The Send Help Reunion Band, Jude Kinnear, The Dots, Nora Collins and 76 Juliet - they kept the crowd singing, dancing, and clapping along. The artists came from Appleton, Kenosha, Lake Geneva and the Milwaukee area.
I kept hearing the same things from the audience and the artists alike throughout the day: “talented,” “amazing” and “so much fun.”
That’s exactly what a SheRocks event is supposed to do: expose talented artists to new ears and be fun for the audience. At our Anniversary Celebration, the crowd got to hear everything from country, classics, acoustic, full-blown rock bands, covers and originals. From the up and coming to the established artists it was a tremendous show, stacked with showmanship, musicianship and entertaining antics.
It’s also fun for the artists! It isn’t often that gigging musicians have the opportunity to see each other perform. “Really looking forward to hearing you,” or “it’s great to put a real face with a name,” I heard that on more than one occasion.
Year one is in the books and we are excited for the coming year and our 2nd Anniversary Celebration.
To everyone for sharing their talents, J&B Blue Ribbon Bar & Grill for hosting the our Anniversary and to our event sponsor Glo Ramos of the A-Team with BHHS Metro Realty. Our event supporters Tina Dimmer of Designs Unlimited, Meritage - Milwaukee, Tina Michels Nelson - Consultant for Mary Kay, Dominic with WOP Music Productions and Stella Productions Thank you again to everyone for helping make the this SheRocks 1st Year Anniversary Celebration the success it was!
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