SheRocks WI Anniversary Celebration - Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018.
What a party! Our 3rd Anniversary was an awesome celebration of women in Wisconsin’s music industry. Attendance of over 200 was off the charts and the music insanely good at J&B’s Blue Ribbon Bar & Grill. Dynamic performances were the order of the day. The money raised goes directly to supporting our mission, connecting and lifting up women in our local music scene.
The Upside should also be known as the dynamic duo. Here’s what we enjoy about their music: harmonies and humor. Think Indigo Girls meets The Murmurs in 2018. With two guitars and two voices, Sam and Danielle complimented each other perfectly throughput their set of original songs. They built things up with “Guitars and Race Cars,” “Build You a House” and finished it up with a crowd sing-along to “We are Never Getting Back Together.”
Gypsies In The Palace performance saw the return of this acoustic trio – turned electric. Jamie Kellicut fronted the band with soaring vocals, her husband Greg brought a strong backbeat on drums while Ann Rakowiecki wove in a backdrop of melodic chords. The set included original songs written by Jamie like “Man on the Edge” and “Where I’ve Been,” as well as songs written by the trio; “Hands Tied Up,” and “Stepping Stones.” They also mixed in songs by Fleetwood Mac and Alicia Keys.
Wise Jennings is an alt-county/Americana (with a tinge of rockabilly) band celebrating the release of their second record, “Jennings Holler.” A powerhouse duo from Lake Geneva, Wise Jennings is Melissa Weishaar on vocals, drums and harmonica and Jeff Weishaar on vocals with a guitar in his hands and bass pedalboard through a Micro Korg at his feet. That’s all they need to create a veritable wall of sound. Wise Jennings, although new to the SheRocks audience, garnered an awesome and positive reaction to their sound. From foot stomping, fast talking rockers to high and lonesome ballads, the duo won them over with “Jump River” and the title track to their latest, “Jennings Holler.”
The Ronnie Nyles Band kicked things into full on rock and roll mode. Ronnie’s full band rattled the rafters and shook the foundations. From the downbeat to the final cymbal crash, she owned the stage. Ronnie performed staples from her own catalog like “Tonight” and “Movin’ On.” The band also performed a great selection of covers including “Ain’t it Heavy” by Melissa Etheridge and an off the hook version of “Straight Up” by Paula Abdul. With a bit of gravel, a bit of growl and a lot of swagger, Ronnie had complete control of the stage and command of the audience during her performance.
It was great to hear Alyce Hart and Matty Jay do a set of original music, including her latest release “Kiss Me While I’m Sleeping,” and a song co-written with Ronnie Nyles called “Cheers”. The studio original songs feature full band recordings but it was delightful to hear them in such an intimate way. It was like hearing the very heartbeat of the songs, with their lyrics being at the forefront. We also got to hear a cover of Bob Dylan’s “To Make You Feel My Love.” And while her music can be serious, Alyce is upbeat and into having fun with an audience between songs. She’s got a way of making you feel as though you’re listening to an old friend tell a story.
The Incorruptibles brought it all home with their rockabilly show. Amy Ashby crooned on original songs like “White Alligator Shoes” as she played percussive lines on her upright bass. Jimmy McCarthy had a perfect blend wail and twang on guitar while Bill Siebert was rock solid and steady on drums. Whether it is the blues or a rockabilly barnburner, the band puts a modern spin on songs while staying true to the classic vibe. The Incorruptibles play upbeat and fun music and they make it look and sound effortless. They just groove off each other. This band is tight! What an excellent way to cap off a day of wall-to-wall music.
We were thrilled to celebrate our third anniversary with long-time supporters and new fans. Thank you so much for buying tickets, thank you for taking part in the drawings, thank you for buying CDs, t-shirts, hats and donating prizes. Without people coming to support our artists and our mission, without people who believe in what we are doing we wouldn’t be able to put on shows like this. We also need to give a HUGE shout out to the artists who donate their time and love to share their talents for our cause and for your ears. We loved seeing so many past performers at this year’s party. YOU are the very heartbeat of SheRocks and Wisconsin, you are why we do what we do. THANK YOU one hundred times over for your kindness and talent.
SheRocks WI Singer-Songwriters Session - Erv's Mug
Our annual outdoor Singer-Songwriter Session on Sunday, August 13th at Erv's Mug in Oak Creek was a barn burner! The deck became our stage and the fans came out to support our featured artists.
The lineup was strong and included the tasty blues licks of Tina Michels Nelson and band, the country rock of Katie Beth, the soaring harmonies of The Upside and a dynamic solo performance by Ronnie Nyles.
Nothing goes with a cold beverage on a warm day like the blues ... Tina Michels Nelson delivered and then some! She commanded that blue Bonnie Raitt signature Stratocaster to sing. Well placed licks and solos accentuated the vocals and acoustic guitar of Joey Halibur and the percussion of Roi Evans. It was only the third time in SheRocks Wisconsin history that a woman has been featured on lead guitar.Tina did not disappoint! Tina performs often with Joey - catch them when you can. www.facebook.com/tinamichelsnelson
Katie Beth brought her country music with her own boot-stompin", fist pumpin'. sing-along attitude. Energetic and an entertainer with mad songwriting skills, Katie Beth got the crowd into it. Whether it was an anthem or the touching story of her grandmother's battle with Alzheimer's disease, she painted pictures of personal heart. Katie Beth has a string of shows coming up in the Milwaukee area. Don not miss out! www.katie beth.net
Songwriting duo, The Upside, drew the audience in with humor while tackling serious subject matter in their songs. Samantha Jansen and Danielle Jordan are perfect complements to one another not only in the music that they perform, but also in their stage presence. They played so well off of one another that the excitement of the audience grew with every song. Even though Sam and Danielle teamed up in late 2016, this duo is one to look out for. wwwfacebook.com/upsidemke
Ronnie Nyles made sure that the afternoon ended on a high note with a performance that was powerful and entertaining - at the same time, she took an easy-going approach. Ronnie took requests from fans and was truly in her element. It felt like being with friends, talking about good times and making new memories. What a great experience! Sometimes it happens that way. www.ronnienyles.com
SheRocks WI Celebrates 2nd Anniversary
To the musicians who believe in what we do, thank you for your support over the past two years. You’ve performed at our events, you’ve attended our events and you have promoted our events.
Thank you to the fans who have come along with us on this journey, thank you for your loyalty. Your support at every event provides a family atmosphere, where we meet up with old friends and make new friends. Thank you for being an audience that is sincere in your passion for music and genuine excitement to hear live, local and original music.Thank you to Glo Ramos of Berkshire Hathaway Metro Realty for your continued sponsorship of our events. Thank you to Bob Schindel and all the staff at the J&B Blue Ribbon Bar & Grill for all your hospitality and support of SheRocks. Thank you to Alicia Steffenhagen of Country Rose Promotions donating your time and photography talents.Thank you Dominic Famularo, Dave & Steve at WOP Music Productions for Sound and Lights. It is also important to recognize our board of directors. This group works behind the scenes all year long to put on great events, with great prizes and great entertainment. From making arrangements for venues, to handling memberships, to working the door, to fundraising, to working with artists, to publicity, we have to recognize Rochelle Ciucci, Jackie Laska, Tina Michaels, Sandy Priest, Ann Rakowiecki and Tina Dimmer. Of course, without the vision of our founder Ronnie Nyles, we wouldn’t have anything to celebrate!
Now – on to the celebration! Wow. Wow. Wow. The concert hall at J&B’s Blue Ribbon Bar & Grill was filled with electricity all day. Over the course of the day, the audience got to hear six talented acts, each with their own style!
Alison Helf kicked off the day long celebration with a soulful set of covers and original music. Alison accompanied herself on guitar. Highlights of her set include an original tune “Linger” with intriguing lyrics and a melody that lilts. Alison closed her performance with an amazing version of “Oh Darling” by the Beatles.
The Zimmer Effect played high energy rock and roll with a bit of an alternative feel. From the first beat you could hear that this band was tight and ready to put on a great show. The band played tunes from their recently released EP “Pierce Street Singles.” Max (bass) and Mike (drums) laid down a tight bass and drum groove while Emily lit up the fretboard of her SG with pyrotechnic playing!
Five Star Secret shared her talents with us for the second time. Hailing from the Fox Cities area, this 20 year old is a proven songwriter. She treated the crowd to an all original set that included songs ranging from thought provoking to hilariously witty. Five Star Secret switched between guitar and ukulele and during breaks shared the stories of her songs.
Alyce Hart Band rocked the stage with driving beats and big guitars of rock, a soulful siren of a voice and tremendous harmonies. The high point of the show was an original tune called “Go.” With a blend of original music from the album “Walk In My Shoes” and cover tunes, the band put together a list of anthems and sing-alongs. The chemistry between the members was electric!
Sammy Ray and the band delivered on the promise of good time country music. Whether performing Sammy’s original music like “Northern Grown” or classics by Johnny Cash, the band was smokin’ hot and stacked with talent. Sammy would call out a song and the band was with her. As talented as Sammy is musically, she’s certainly an entertainer as well. She and the band put on a great show!
Dianna Jones Band headlined the show with a set of completely original work written by Dianna. Her music could be described as Americana Blues Rock. Dianna’s vocals powered the band that was colored with the sweet sounds of Stratocasters, a solid bass and drums that were in the pocket. The highlight of her performance was her song “Make This Fade Away.”
We are so grateful to these artists for sharing their talents and believing in the mission of SheRocks Wisconsin.
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