Wisconsin Music Ventures

Building community through music, and music through community; patron-supported live music experiences featuring local musicians in distinctively Wisconsin settings.

Performance + Education + Wanderlust

Upcoming Events

Musicians, please visit this page to let us know how we can help you during this time of uncertainty due to COVID-19.

Mar
8
Sun
2020
Find Us at Sherman Perk: Jake Stanzer @ Sherman Perk Coffee Shop
Mar 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Find Us at Sherman Perk: Jake Stanzer @ Sherman Perk Coffee Shop

Join us in listening to fingerstyle acoustic guitar performed by local musician Jake Stanzer. He’ll perform pieces ranging from classic Celtic to Irish to Scottish traditional tunes, as well as some modern songs.

With heavy roots in blues, ragtime, and Celtic music, Jake Stanzer brings his passion for music and fingerstyle guitar to audiences all over Southeastern Wisconsin.  Whether you find him serenading a wine tasting, or rocking the stage with his emotive, blues-tinged licks in the bands Whiskey and The Devil or J.R. & The Strangers, Jake’s playing guarantees to satisfy your musical soul.

Grab some locally sourced coffee, tea and/or bakery from Sherman Perk while you’re there!

Aug
14
Fri
2020
Find Us at Nō Studios: Steve Burks @ Nō Studios Rooftop Lounge
Aug 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Find Us at Nō Studios: Steve Burks @ Nō Studios Rooftop Lounge

NŌ STUDIOS UNPLUGGED

This Nō Studios Unplugged session is in collaboration with Wisconsin Music Ventures and sponsored by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee – thank you!

Nō Studios believes that the current business interruption offers a chance to connect, enjoy and appreciate the value that artistic expression delivers in times of need. We present to you Nō Studios Unplugged – which will be delivered as a live streamed experience on Nō Studios Youtube + website homepage live. In addition, Nō Studios Unplugged experiences will be archived on the Nō Studios website at www.nostudios.com/community-wins.

Contributions are strongly encouraged and can be made through your RSVP and/or directly to the artists paypal – paypal.me/SteveBurksMusic

STEVE BURKS

Steve Burks is a vocalist, emcee, keyboardist, songwriter, composer, producer, and remixer from Gary, Indiana, now residing in MKE. Performance highlights include 3 seasons with the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation in Dallas, and 8 years as a solo performer with the cruise industry.

Steve is a graduate of the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Steve has worked as Associate Instructor, IU Soul Revue, African American Arts Institute, Indiana University; choir teacher, Dallas Independent School District; vocalist, House of Blues Music Forward Foundation; vocalist, Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Holland America Line; general music teacher, St. Anthony Middle School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; vocalist, Seasons 52 Restaurants; and a gospel vocalist at various churches in the US.

Enjoy a LIVE performance with Steve Burks on Friday, August 14th at 6pm CST. RSVP encouraged!

Sep
11
Fri
2020
Find Us at Nō Studios: Carmen & Kostia @ Nō Studios
Sep 11 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Find Us at Nō Studios: Carmen & Kostia @ Nō Studios

NŌ STUDIOS UNPLUGGED

Enjoy live music again with NŌ STUDIOS UNPLUGGED

Nō Studios believes that the current business/life interruption offers us all a chance to connect, enjoy, and appreciate the value that artistic expression delivers in times of need. We present to you Nō Studios Unplugged – live streamed performances from the Milwaukee area’s GREAT musical artists – on Nō Studios’ YouTube channel + website homepage. If you miss the show or need more of that live music vibe, not to worry. All Nō Studios Unplugged experiences are archived on our website at www.nostudios.com/community-wins.

Contributions are strongly encouraged and can be made through your RSVP and/or directly to the artists’ paypal – paypal.me/carmennickersonmusic or Venmo – paypal.me/carmennickersonmusic

Enjoy a LIVE performance with Carmen + Kostia on Friday, September 11th at 6pm CST. RSVP NOW!

Carmen Nickerson

From collaborating with nationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Willy Porter (Carmen & Willy co-wrote the 2017 album, “Bonfire To Ash.” ) to being the voice for Sonya Lee – one of Fisher Price’s Little People Characters in their live stage performances, Nickerson has endeared herself to audiences across age and musical genre. She’s a professional vocalist and studio voice-over talent, recording for Hollywood Records (a subsidiary of Disney) in Los Angeles and on the “Pro Vocal Series” for Hal Leonard Publishing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Kostia Efimov

Kostia Efimov, who trained as a concert pianist in Russia, came to America to record with Narada Records. He blends a wide range of styles into his playing, including classical, jazz and pop. He performs with The Daryl Stuermer Band (of Genesis fame) as well as many other regional acts. His original compositions are treasured throughout the world and have been heard on Sex in the City and other shows. Olympic gold medalist, Michelle Kwan, has skated to one of Kostia’s songs!

This Nō Studios Unplugged session is sponsored by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee – thank you!


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.