A True Rolling Stone: Darrell Taylor

Recently I spoke with Darrell Taylor, your class act 21st century wandering troubadour of blues and soul. We caught up on everyday musician topics, long nights on city sidewalks entertaining passer-byes, Oshkosh and Appleton from outside eyes and also logged some session hours in my makeshift studio. A recording is available towards the tail end of this feature. Continue reading A True Rolling Stone: Darrell Taylor

STEEZ, the ‘Funk’ in Funkadelic!

Steez, Creepfunk, and what to do with the ‘D’. They call themselves Creepfunk, but the Madison-based band known as Steez has been putting the funk back in Funkadelic. With a colorful stage presence, beats that cause instant sway, and jams that’ll have you dancing late into the show, Steez fills the room at the Mirimar Theatre and Majestic Room in Madison on the regular. It’s no surprise either. Once you get that first note in your ear, there’s no stopping the funk from taking over. This year they’ll be playing Brat Fest at Willow Island in Madison on May 29th, and I for … Continue reading STEEZ, the ‘Funk’ in Funkadelic!

WiFEE and the HUZz BAND!

Hot Rods, Saxophones, and Cool Cats. WiFEE and the HUZz Band has it all. WiFEE and the HUZz BAND is an all you can eat buffet. From their big band image to the tauntingly burlesque vocals, the entire outfit oozes musical prowess. With your first glimpse at their classy threads you know you’re about to see a show-stopping band. Take a load off, tip your hat to the barkeep, and take a listen. It’s not very often you come across big bands anymore. Most groups prefer to stay with the standard lineup – guitars, bass, drums, and vocals – but WiFEE … Continue reading WiFEE and the HUZz BAND!

David Bowie, the Masterpiece Called Blackstar

One of the worlds greatest artists has something to say. David Bowie, one of music’s greatest contributors, and most creative minds, released his latest, and final album on January 8th, 2016. Bowie had been vigorously brawling against cancer’s ever growing grasp on his health. Taking things one day at a time, fighting for every syllable, Bowie defied every crushing blow the universe could throw at him with grace. He was determined to see his final parting gift to the world released, and he did just that. No more than two days after the release of his final contribution, David Bowie … Continue reading David Bowie, the Masterpiece Called Blackstar

The Erin Krebs and Jeff Johnston Jazz Duo.

Modern Elegance With A Touch of Nostalgia. I haven’t heard a duet that gives listeners the feeling of true elegance, and raw emotional power in decades. However, the Fox Valley’s very own Erin Krebs and Jeff Johnston Duo is a duet of musicians that can’t be overlooked. Together they made it possible, once again, to experience a Jazz and Blues duet with breathtaking beauty. Erin Krebs and Jeff Johnston teamed up musically a few years ago. Writing and playing music together has led to live performances that create beautiful arrangements of colorful Jazz that floats through the air riddled with sparks of intense primal blues undertones. When I … Continue reading The Erin Krebs and Jeff Johnston Jazz Duo.

Stream of Consciousness

Stream of Consciousness, hardened by society and driven by truth. Stream of Consciousness, or Stream, has been in the hip-hop game for a while now. With years of stage experience, and a library of material, his version of hip-hop takes a very real approach. His words are not about bitches and hoes, drugs or guns, or violent hate of any kind. As a politically-driven artist he speaks the things that his fans are already thinking. He speaks of corruption, greed, and powerful men taking advantage of those less fortunate. His rhymes are well developed, clever, and are backed with powerful … Continue reading Stream of Consciousness

Genius in just under 2 days.

Christopher Gold & The New Old Things “Whichever Way Home” – Out on May 13th, 2016 Christopher Gold has been lighting up stages all over the Fox Valley and the mid-west. If you haven’t gotten the chance to see this guy in action, you need to. His most recent release, scheduled to hit the shelves May 13th, “Whichever Way home” is a touch of everything you know and love about music. With his bushy beard, long hair, and obvious tattoos, Chris Gold reminds us of our humanity, and what really matter in life. With his days on the road stacking … Continue reading Genius in just under 2 days.

Time Community Theater

Community isn’t just a word to the Time Community Theater. The Time Community Theater is, in my opinion, probably one of the greatest assets to the downtown Oshkosh experience. To the Time Theater, community isn’t just a word to be thrown around lightly. The employees that make up the Time Theater are almost entirely volunteer. That’s right, the individuals that make up the staff don’t do it for a paycheck. They genuinely love movies, and the people that come out to see them. Check out this documentary about our Time Community Theater At the Time movie-goers can get a once-in-a-lifetime … Continue reading Time Community Theater