Music springs from every corner of Door County. From every lapping wave to chirping bird, the natural beauty of Wisconsin's sanguine peninsula inspires its visitors and natives to make something beautiful.
About a year ago, Melaniejane, a fixture on the Milwaukee music scene, packed up and headed up to the relative tranquility of Door County, where she continues to write, perform and record. Her latest work can be heard on "Purgatory Hill," a collaboration with Pat MacDonald, best known for his band Timbuk3.
Proceeds from "More Barn," which was released Tuesday by Madison's Slothtrop Music, will benefit The Bridge School in California.
There's a lot going on in Milwaukee music this week and we've picked out four events that just might be worth your attention.
It's an exciting week in music here in Milwaukee. The new and improved Cactus Club re-opens with a huge show by Decibully and Kid, You'll Move Mountains on Saturday, Aug. 11.
You won’t see The Pinwheels listed among those playing gigs at local clubs and you won’t hear them on the radio much, but Roy Anderson and Michael Kloman can’t be described as hobbyists.
Meaghan Owens, an alt-folk/Americana musician, was formerly in the band Beautiful Pollution. Her new record, a solo effort called "No Whiskey In A Good Girl's River," just came out. She plays later this month at The Highbury and Circle-A Cafe.
After a year of recording, mixing and mastering, Heidi Spencer has released her second independent album, "The Luck We Make." Her first disc, "Matches and Valentines," a diverse collection of acoustic-based songs, came out a couple of years ago.
Although it's been years since poet Harvey Taylor was a longshoreman, he still harbors the wisdom of a man who has spent hours working on the waterfront. He performs Jan. 20 at Caribou Coffee.
Flint, Michigan native Daniel Johnston has quietly been plying his trade as a talented singer/songwriter and performer in Milwaukee for a decade now, first with The Fontanels and now as a solo performer.
Local musician Stephanie Dosen decided to organize a songwriters circle after a friend in L.A. told her about their popularity out West. Dosen originally planned to involve all women, but eventually agreed to include male musicians. The group plays Wed., April 16 at the Ale House.
Her local rock icon father died when she was only nine years old. Her grandma bought her a guitar at a flea market. She has lived and traveled all over the country. All of this said, it seems inevitable that Heidi Spencer became an artist, specifically, a musician.
Madison's Sara Pace is a mod Americana rocker with a folkie's soul and a truckload of talent, wisdom and sincerity. She recently released her first album and plays this Friday at Linnemann's with Stephanie Dosen, melaniejane and Heidi Spencer.
On her latest disc, "The Gathering of Spirits," singer and songwriter Carrie Newcomer writes about the smaller things that make up our everyday lives. Newcomer, currently on tour, visits the Cedarburg Cultural Center on Fri., Nov. 15 and recently OMC had a chance to speak with her.
Folk-rocker melaniejane has been on the local music scene for only a few years, but the classically-trained cellist has already dazzled critics and audiences with her dynamic stage presence and ambitious new album, "flower." She will play at Linnemann's in Riverwest on Fri, Aug. 2.