2015 Keeps on Rolling!

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It’s already April!

Starting to fill in the Spring and Summer dates of 2015, here’s what is on the books so far:

With Nineteen Thirteen
April 4, 2015 @ 7PM – George’s Tavern – Racine, WI
April 17, 2015 @ 7PM,  w/ The Shift & Parallel – Linneman’s – Milwaukee, WI
June 4, 2015 @ 8:30PM – The Bay – Whitefish Bay, WI
June 13, 2015 @ 1PM – Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA) – West Bend, WI
June 20, 2015 @ 4PM – Lakefront Festival of The Arts  (MAM) – Milwaukee, WI
July 12, 2015 @ 5PM – Bastille Days: Cathedral Square Stage – Milwaukee, WI
August 7-8, 2015 Mile of Music Festival – Appleton, WI

With Devil Met Contention
April 11, 2015 @ 9PM, w/ The Local Strangers & New Boyz Club – Club Garibaldi – Milwaukee, WI
April 30, 2015 @ 8PM – Linneman’s – Milwaukee, WI
May 1, 2015 @ 8PM – Club Garibaldi, Milwaukee, WI
May 5, 2015 @ 5PM – Live on 91.7 WMSE Radio – Milwaukee, WI
May 28, 2015 @ 7PM – UWM Honors Martin Jack Rosenblum – Milwaukee, WI
May 30, 2015 @ 7PM – The Great Unknown Radio Fundraiser – Appleton, WI
July 11, 2015 @ 7PM, w/ New Red Moons & Tree Party – Club Garibaldi, Milwaukee, WI
August 7-8, 2015 Mile of Music Festival – Appleton, WI

With Dave Fitzpatrick Band
April 23, 2015 @ Harley Davidson Museum – Milwaukee, WI

Twenty Fifteen!!

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Goodbye Holidays, Goodbye Flu, Hello shows!

Lots of great shows coming up with Nineteen Thirteen, Devil Met Contention, and Dave Fitzpatrick Band from now until April and it that’s not enough, I’ll be recording with all three acts as well!

With Nineteen Thirteen:
January 15, 2015  @ 5pm – Milwaukee Athletic Club – Milwaukee, WI
January 23, 2015 @ 9pm – The Frequency – Madison, WI
February 3, 2014 @ 7pm – Milwaukee Art Museum – Milwaukee, WI
February 14, 2015 @ 7pm – Racine Theatre Guild – Racine, WI
February 20, 2015 @ 5pm – Milwaukee Area Technical College – Milwaukee, WI
March 11, 2015 @ City Winery (w/Langhorne Slim) – Chicago, IL
March 20, 2015 @ 7pm – Art Bar- Mike Judy gallery opening – Milwaukee, WI
April 4, 2015 @ 7pm – George’s – Kenosha, WI

With Devil Met Contention:
January 15, 2015 @ 9pm – Boone and Crockett – Milwaukee, WI
January 16, 2015 @ 9pm – Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI
January 27, 2015 @ 9pm – Vintage – Milwaukee, WI
February 7, 2015 @ 9pm – Mad Planet – Milwaukee, WI
February 9, 2015 @ 9pm – Boone and Crockett -Milwaukee, WI
February 11, 2015 @ 4:30pm – WUWM RADIO SHOW with Trapper Schoepp
(recording for broadcast on February 18, 2015)
February 12, 2015. @ 9pm – Linneman’s Riverwest Inn – Milwaukee, WI
February 21, 2015 @ 9pm – Pizza Forever House Concert – Milwaukee, WI
February 26, 2015 @ 9pm – RECORD RELEASE PARTY – Hotel Foster – Milwaukee, WI
March 1, 2015 @ 5:30pm – ARTE DE TODOS FESTIVAL – Yield – Milwaukee, WI
March 2, 2015 @ Club Charlie’s – Milwaukee, WI
March 6, 2015 @ 9pm – The Sloth Loft/Riverwest – Milwaukee, WI
March 7, 2015 @ 8pm – Anodyne Coffee – Milwaukee, WI

With Dave Fitzpatrick Band:
February 22, 2015 @ Whammy Bar West – Milwaukee, WI
April 23, 2015 @ Harley Davidson Museum – Milwaukee, WI

“Smith Uncovered: A Reinterpretation of the Songs of Patti Smith” w/Nineteen Thirteen – THIS WEEKEND!



“Smith Uncovered” is the latest in Alverno Presents’ series of shows in which local musicians interpret, deconstruct and artfully fiddle with a songwriter’s body of work. 
Alverno Presents impresario David Ravel recruited Betty Blexrud-Strigens of the band Testa Rosa to curate this concert, asking her to pick an American songwriter. Blexrud-Strigens, who took part in the earlier “Beautiful Dreamer” show saluting Stephen Foster, mulled over several possibilities, including Dolly Parton.  (Courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

I am so excited to be joining Mr. Victor DeLorenzo and Ms. Janet Schiff onstage as part of this event.  In the past I’ve sat in with them as a percussionist but woohoo! now I’ll be manning the drum set for some upcoming Nineteen Thirteen shows.  I will do my best to keep up with these two and try not to geek out about the fact that I get to play with one of my long-time drum heros.

Now, if you’ll excuse me,  I have to go practice my bolero….

(commence frantic search of practice room for #VicFirth SD2s)

In the studio with Devil Met Contention

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More intimate details to come but the short story is we gathered together to cut as many tracks as we could on Sunday, October 12 at the fantastic Howl Street Recordings with Milwaukee legend Shane Hochstetler at the helm.  And we are very tired today but also very happy with the marathon tracking session.


Goodbye to Summer!


Well, it’s been a great Summer for playing shows (weird weather not withstanding) but September in Wisconsin basically means it’s time to start booking shows indoors.

It also means it’s time to do some recording!  I can’t wait to line up some studio time and test out all of the cool new gear I’ve been working with this year.  Especially Crescent Cymbals and Aquarian Drumheads, both of which have been more and more impressive every time I’ve used them.   (Thanks Chris Brady and Michael Vosbein!)

Here’s a link to a little flyover from my most recent show with The Dave Fitzpatrick Band – it’s a quick shot of what I’m using and loving right now: LLRLRR on Instagram


Drummers like to tinker…

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Been tinkering in the music room downstairs during the off season and this monster has emerged.

It’s my Taye Drums gokit rack tom (12″) and the 18″ gokit kick as a woofer for a 24×14 Yamaha 9000 kick. Also a Yamaha 9000 14×10 rack tom as a floor tom.

There are 4 snares in the pic – A Yamaha steve gadd with vintage hoops, a vintage red slingerland, an LP 10″ micro by the hihat and a Taye 14x7maple/walnut hanging out down below.

Cymbals are: SABIAN Prototype 10″ aero splash, 18″ HH thin, 21″ SR2 thin, 19″ AAX Tremor with rattler and the hihats are 15″ Crescent Cymbals

Electronics are a Roland SPD-S with some sweet e-panda headphones (thanks Dominic at Woodshed for pimping #hooligan stuff haha)

I’m using the new vic firth beaters and Steve Jordan sticks (can’t see them)

Oh yeah. and a cowbell. (LP Salsa bell. mmmm chips and salsa)