For years, our Music Committee has been searching far and wide to invite unique and talented musicians to perform at ArtStart on the indoor or outdoor stage.
A few past performances include: Drew Peterson, The Lowest Pair, Robert "One Man" Johnson, Charlie Parr, Brothers Burn Mountain, Lee Henke and Ira Wolf, J.E. Sunde, Shoestring Joe and the Star Thief, Humbird, Joe and Vicki Price, Scott Kirby, and Boat Patrol.
Co-hosted by WXPR, Local. Public. Radio
Suggested $10 admission donation. Donations pay the musicians.
Cash bar with beer and wine.
Thursday, February 14, 7-9 p.m.
Fendrick and Peck are a traveling duo from Wisconsin. Their performances are constantly evolving, and it’s not uncommon to find them sharing the stage with vintage instruments such as 1920s guitar, mandolin, and tenor banjo, an older fiddle fiddle, or even a 1972 Telecaster!
Madeline and Brian’s music includes folk, blues, light rock, and bluegrass with a freshness and originality that centers on exquisite harmony, lyric writing, groove, and heart. Brian’s instrumental work and peaceful presence and Madeline’s versatile vocals and tremendous energy pair for an utterly wild and soaring ride. Together, they balance each other marvelously and their harmonies and devotion to each other and the music are unlike any you’ve ever heard or seen.
Thursday, April 11, 7-9 p.m.
Rachael Kilgour is a Minnesota-born, Boston-based songwriter and performing artist whose sincere, lyric-driven work has been called both brave and humane. The 2015 grand prize winner of the esteemed international NewSong Music Performance & Songwriting Competition and winner of the 2017 Kerrville New Folk Contest, Kilgour has been featured at NYC’s Lincoln Center, at The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and by the ASCAP Music Cafe at the Sundance Film Festival.
Kilgour's music is influenced by her life experiences including relationships, parenthood, divorce, and sociopolitical issues from government corruption to income inequality and religious hypocrisy.
Thursday, May 9, 7-9 p.m.
Say the name Howard “Guitar” Luedtke, and little more needs to be said. Howard is a staple in the Blues scene and with good reason. He has 40 plus years of playing guitar in both the Midwest and on the international stage.
In 1964 he got his first guitar and today, when he picks up his Les Paul, he will transport you into the world of the blues. He in incredibly talented and his passion and love for what he does shows.
He can also be seen performing solo, as a duo with his wife Deb Klossner on bass, or with his full band Blue Max, that also includes a talented line up of drummers.
Howard’s guitar playing is hard, fast and immaculate. He’s truly one of those players who lives in harmony with his instrument. That connection only comes with experience and an undying need to share this sound, which runs deep in your soul. ~ Scott Morfitt
Outdoor Concert & Silent Film Series
Friday, June 14, 6-9 p.m.
Boat Patrol began creating music in the Fall of 2017 in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Built on an improvisational base, the trio uses a trove of influences and techniques from genres like jazz, funk and electronic to create extensive musical landscapes and textures. Avoiding simple categorization, Boat Patrol explores every nook and cranny of the musical palate with each live performance serving as a unique portrait of the band.
"One of the Northwood's best and busiest musicians" is how the Northwoods Live Music Calendar describes Scott Kirby, an alternative blues rock singer/songwriter living in northern Wisconsin. Don Burnstick describes what Kirby has simply as "mojo". It's that mojo that is Kirby's signature sound.
Kirby has been exploring guitar and writing songs since the age of twelve. Kirby's wide range of influences helped hone his individual voice in songwriting. He notes his larger inspirations to be Bob Dylan, Neil Young, REM, Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder, and Johnny Cash. Band Camp Diaries says, "He has a unique approach to blending melody and attitude that makes me think of modern artists such as The Fray or Daughtry, just to mention a few."