Wisconsin Music Ventures

Patron-supported live music experiences featuring local musicians in distinctively Wisconsin settings.

Performance + Education + Wanderlust


WMV Industry Talks @ Online (Via Zoom)
Nov 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
WMV Industry Talks @ Online (Via Zoom)

Join in on the conversation with music industry leaders from around the state. We’ll pick a topic to start with and the conversation will go from there.

WMV Industry Talks will happen at least once a month. These meetings will also be an opportunity to connect with other musicians and music industry leaders in the area.

WMV Monday Music at the FireHouse: Dave Schoepke & Kristen Kieckhaefer @ Live Stream From Story Hill FireHouse
Nov 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This is an in-venue live streamed event only

On Monday, November 9th at 7:00 PM, Wisconsin Music Ventures will present the fifth official concert in its series, WMV Monday Music at the FireHouse, at Story Hill FireHouse. Please purchase your tickets via the external link provided here. If you cannot attend the live stream, there is an option to “rent the video,” which will give you access to the video after the event.

Solo drummer, Dave Schoepke, and live art-maker, Kristen Kieckhaefer will perform inside the gorgeous Story Hill FireHouse venue. This will also be a live release of Dave’s new all drums album, Tessellated Resonance!

Dave Schoepke is an accomplished drummer from the Greater Milwaukee area. He has been the drummer for The Willy Porter Band since 2002 with three acclaimed albums with Willy. In addition to recording and touring he has numerous television and radio appearances. Dave has had the pleasure of working with the Legendary Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre. Dave toured with Martin’s band in 2017 and briefly in 2018. He appears on his Live At The Factory Underground album released in 2019.

His project, Drums On Low, has received acclaimed reviews from Modern Drummer, Recording Magazine, and numerous global online music critics. The 400th issue of Recording Magazine includes a multi-page feature of Dave’s process of writing and recording Drums On Low. Dave is currently a full-time member and songwriter of the Milwaukee based Soul-Blues group Tweed. The band’s original take on the genre has made a strong impact internationally with numerous tours in Europe and consistent tour dates in the U.S. with strong radio airplay in the US and Europe.

Dave leads the improvisational recording project, Blank Radio, and is the chief engineer and curator of hundreds of sessions with musicians that help emphasize the energy to create free flowing music in real time. Additionally, he is an extremely busy session musician with over 50 albums to his credit. These albums cut across all genres of music. He has done dozens of instructional CD’s for the Hal Leonard Corporation. Dave has led dozens of clinics and educational based symposiums with legendary artists Ed Thigpen, Paul Wertico, Dom Famularo, Greg Bissonette, Ernie Adams, and Carmine Appice. He maintains a busy schedule of teaching, touring, clinics, sessions, and is always striving to evolve in every facet of his music making.


Kristen Kieckhaefer (pronounced KEY-kay-fur) is a Milwaukee-based creator who specializes in crafting custom live art-making performances for a variety of events.

Kristen pivoted into the entertainment industry after 7 years as an art teacher. During that time span, she taught every age, from elementary to high school, and offered classes including AP Art History, Painting, Drawing, and Special Education Arts (see her full class list and work history here). As a live artist, Kristen often receives the question: “Doesn’t it make you nervous with people watching you make art?” The answer? Not really.

As a former teacher, doing art-making demonstrations for classrooms full of snickering teenagers and rambunctious children multiple times per day for many years adequately prepared her for this new endeavor. While doing live art in this new capacity feels like a breeze compared to her previous vocation, Kristen will always cherish the time spent and connections made with her past students over those 7 years.

Sunday Brunch Surprise Concert #14 @ Online (Zoom)
Nov 15 @ 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Sunday Brunch Surprise Concert #14 @ Online (Zoom)

Join us for a Sunday brunch-time performance, online! Enjoy a mimosa, Bloody Mary, coffee and/or brunch food of your choice in the comfort of your own home while we provide a live music experience for you.

Audience members will be able to ask questions of the artist, converse with each other along the way (using Zoom chat), and see each other all in one place – almost as if we were at a concert together. Register through this Eventbrite link so that we know how to send you the Zoom invite.

Zoom invites to the concert will be sent around by 11:15 AM on the day of the event. 

Although we won’t give away the name of the musician performing until you arrive to the concert, we’ll give away additional clues via social media between now and Sunday. See you at the #WMVSundayBrunchSurprise!

Sunday Brunch Surprise Concert #14 Clues:

  • Did her first headlining Europe tour last year
  • Studied and trained opera for 5 years
  • Is obsessed with ASMR videos
  • Her first big music influence was The Backstreet Boys at a very young age
  • Is a queen thrift shopper. Loves all things antique/ consignment.

Past Sunday Brunch Surprise performers, in order of appearance:

Featured Patron presenting this concert: Jared Judge, CEO of Book Live

WMV Musician Workshop #2: Live Streaming @ Online (Zoom)
Nov 17 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm



Live shows are still possible via a variety of online streaming platforms. Would you like to start live streaming shows? Need ideas on how to create an engaging, virtual show?

You may already have begun to live stream, but do you know about the rules and policies?

The second workshop in our musician workshop series will focus on live streaming from the perspective of a musician and an entertainment attorney. Two guest speakers will join us to share their expertise on this topic via Zoom.

Register for your ticket here!


Ryan Kairalla has dedicated his career to seeking innovative solutions in the media and education industries. He is relentless in using every tool and resource he has to bring those solutions into the world.

Ryan is excited by any opportunity to use his backgrounds in law, business, education, entertainment, and communications to help make big ideas happen. But he doesn’t do it alone. He benefits from a dynamic network of partners, collaborators, mentors, and friends who share his passions. They do great things together.





Cullah (Born April 27, 1991 in Milwaukee, WI) is a multi-disciplinary musician and engineer who writes, records, and releases an album every year on April 27th (his birthday) since 2006. Each album reflects the eclectic musical styles that Cullah draws from — an autobiographical journey of musical expression. It seems Cullah is able to reinvent himself every year, with each revolution around the sun, exploring and documenting the human condition through song. Releasing all his music free and under an open license, Cullah’s music is the heart-beat of a deeper philosophical pursuit.

WMV Industry Talks #2 @ Online (Via Zoom)
Dec 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
WMV Industry Talks #2 @ Online (Via Zoom)

Join in on the conversation with music industry leaders from around the state. We’ll pick a topic to start with and the conversation will go from there.

WMV Industry Talks will happen at least once a month. These meetings will also be an opportunity to connect with other musicians and music industry leaders in the area.

This session will focus on live music during the holidays and Tik Tok, a social media platform with a personalized video feed based on your interests and likes.

An overview of our first six months in existence - giving you a taste of the variety of events we program, as well as the community-based environment we wish to create.

View more of our videos here.