WAM Fest Music Schedule
on SATURDAY, AUGUST 5th, 2017
Performances at Two Locations:
Band Shell and East Pavilion
At the Band Shell With Heather Styka as MC:
10:00 to 10:45 – Maddie Korbas – An emerging artist playing Guitar and Ukulele
11:15 to 12:00 – Cheri, Paul and Friends – Cheri and Paul are a husband/wife duo from Lakewood, Wisconsin, who began performing in 2013 as a result of their desire to share the joy they find in music with others, and turn a personal living room hobby into a second career.
Flowing with energetic personalities, Cheri and Paul bring a semi-acoustic experience that is rich with male/female harmonies. They cover a wide variety of musical styles and tastes, including hits from the 60s and 70s (including CCR, Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Eagles, America), old and new country (from Johnny Cash to The Band Perry), and a spattering of Gospel, Americana and Folk. Their “sweet spot” audience includes everyone from young children to the young at heart.
12:30 to 1:15 – Ken Dennison – Wielding a few of his home-made Turtle Box Guitars, and a ton of Mojo, Ken Dennison (a.k.a. Chubby Digit) fires off the Blues and some good ole God fearing soul, with his unique style. Let the Blues fall down like rain!
1:45 to 2:30 – Heather Styka – heatherstyka.com – With a “classically modern folky warble” and “nimble fingerpicked guitar” (Dispatch Magazine), Heather Styka’s performances are candid as late night conversation and comfortable as coming home. An award-winning songwriter with albums charting high on the FOLK-DJ list, Styka writes gut-punch pretty songs as fresh, smart, and unexpected as they are hummable. Styka grew up in Chicago and has been coming to the Wabeno area since she was a little girl. Her love of the Northwoods led her to move to Maine for a while, and while she’s currently based back in the Midwest, you can find her touring the country from coast to coast, with curiosity, a sunny persistence, stories, and songs in tow.
2:45 to 3:00 – Announcement of Jr. Rembrandt Awards
3:00 to 3:30 – Larry Seiler – Eclectic
4:15 to 5:00 – Living Room – This contemporary music trio have been close friends for over fifty years and counting. The married couple Char and Jim have been playing music together since they first met thirty-eight years ago. Bruce and Jim have been buds since they were twelve, having their young minds blown listening to the Beatles, James Brown, you name it. And, as they say folks, the rest is history. They wanted to do what their musical heroes were doing, and they’ve been playing guitar and singing ever since. This semi-acoustic trio, from Milwaukee, WI. covers a wide variety of musical styles and tastes, serving-up genres of folk, country and Americana, spiced with a touch of rock and blues. They put their own spin on each song, incorporating sweet and soaring three part harmonies accompanied by a weaving blend of acoustic and electric guitars accented with a variety of hand percussion. While reaching for inspiring musical heights, the group truly enjoys making music together, having fun and sharing that feeling of well-being with others. As the group’s name suggests, Living Room is a place to share our common human experience of being alive, together in melody, harmony and song. Bruce, Char and Jim will be making music as long as they breathe. As breathing fills us with being alive, music fills us with Living Room. For music lovers, music is a shared grace beyond description.
5:30 to 6:15 – Jeff Brown – jeffbrownmusic.com – Chicago singer-songwriter Jeff Brown grew up with his ears fixed on the musical intricacies of Iron Maiden records, but over the years has chosen to explore a softer side of music. These days, he creates songs rooted in the gentle musings of contemplative trailblazers like Carole King and James Taylor with modern touches similar to Damien Rice and Iron & Wine. He cites his musical influences as, “Girls and alcohol, mostly,” and uses passion, a sense of humor, and a comforting stage presence to bring to life love songs for people that are sick of the same old love songs. He tours regionally, nationally, and internationally, having just returned from a month-long tour of Iceland, England, Ireland, and Scotland.
6:15 to 6:30 – Josh & Mary Ellen: Mary Ellen Keller has been an active performer in the area for many years. She has performed with Nicolet College, WXPR radio, Wabeno Area Players, and in her church. She is the K-12 Music Specialist in the Wabeno Schools, where she is also the Music Director for Rebel Drama. Her career in education has given her the opportunity to work with incredible young people as they develop their musical and dramatic skills. She has also been able to absorb theatrical knowledge from some amazing directors over the years. Musically, she shares her time between performing vocally and as an accompanist, and is grateful to WAP for providing local opportunities to perform and view live theatre. She is thankful that her parents instilled in her a love of music at a very early age, and also gave her “music genes” to pursue that as a career. Joshua Jameson is thrilled to be performing at WAMFest. He has directed and been the musical director for many Wabeno Area Players productions. He has also performed in various productions. Some of his favorite roles are Jesus in Godspell, Kenny in Showdown at the Séance and The Return of Kenny, Father Virgil in Nunsense Jamboree and Barry in Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah. Josh has toured Japan and Europe with various music ensembles. Josh honored to be president of Wabeno Area Players and a member.
6:30 to 6:45 – Art Raffle Drawing
6:45 to 7:45 – Macyn Taylor
8:00 to 8:15 – Josh & Mary Ellen – (please see 6:15 pm entry above for more information)
8:30 to 10:00 – Piper Road Spring Band offers musical diversity from bluegrass through Irish fiddle tunes to American country, big band and classic rock. The band features Randal Harrison on fiddle, Bob Mason on mandolin, Mark Hembree on Bass, Barry Riese on guitar and vocals and Billy Kangaroo on washboard.
At the East Pavilion With Anger Brothers as MC:
10:00 to 10:45 am –Anger Brothers – Facebook – Pop/Rock Band
11:00 to 11:45 am – Ray Ehlinger – Country
12:00 to 12:45 pm – Pat Schwenke lives in Shawano, WI. She has been playing guitar and singing for about 20 years, mostly in Shawano and New London venues. She also presently performs with Red River Ramblers and Shillelagh. Her songs reflect a variety of musical influences as well as original compositions.
1:00 to 1:45 pm – Keith McGillivary – Keith has been involved in music since he was 7 years old when his grandmother taught him how to play her pump organ. Using what he learned from his grandmother he has been played many other instruments such as piano, trombone, trumpet, baritone, hand drums, and more recently Native American and other ethnic flutes from around the world. Keith has been playing his collection of flutes for a variety of events: yoga classes, weddings, funerals, homeless shelters, house concerts, service clubs, church groups and services, neighborhood associations, nursing homes, candlelight vigils and special events at St Norbert Abbey. He was even invited to play for two presidential campaign events held in Wisconsin. Keith loves to teach people how to play these wooden flutes wherever he goes so they can enjoy them
2:00 to 2:45 pm – Skip Jones and Randal Harrison
3:00 to 3:45 pm – Scott Wycherley- This is a duet performance of Scott Wycherley and Melody Stake. Their combo is called “No Mistake.” The genre is Old Time Favorites from the early 20th Century. Scott Wycherley is the music director at St. John Lutheran in Townsend where he has served since 1988. He was born in New York City in 1949. His music education was at Concordia College in Bronxville, NY, and he has served as music director at Immanuel Lutheran, Whitestone, NY and Holy Cross Lutheran, Greenbelt, MD near Washington, D.C. before moving to the northwoods of Wisconsin. He and his wife Deb live on Little Archibald Lake in Townsend. Melody Stake is a native Wisconsinite from Racine where she sang in school and church choirs as a youngster and teenager. She sang in two different quartets while performing with the Sweet Adelines for twelve years. She and her husband Bob retired to Lakewood two and a half years ago. Melody is active in the music program, voice, bell choir, and octet at St. John in Townsend.
4:00 to 4:45 pm – Sophie Wysocki
5:00 to 5:45 pm – [to be determined]
6:00 to 6:45 pm – JT Casper Band
7:00 to 7:45 pm – Ashlynn Ward
8:00 to 8:45 pm – Metadiscorse