Events

Jul
13
Mon
2020
Monday Music at the FireHouse: Carmen & Kostia @ Story Hill FireHouse
Jul 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Monday Music at the FireHouse: Carmen & Kostia @ Story Hill FireHouse

On Monday, July 13th at 6:30 PM, Wisconsin Music Ventures will premiere the start of a new series, WMV Monday Music at the FireHouse, that will continue on the second Monday of each month at Story Hill FireHouse. This is a free event and a cash bar will be available. Doors will open at 6:00 PM.

The premiere will feature Carmen Nickerson, vocalist, and Kostia Efimov, pianist, in the courtyard of the FireHouse. In case of rain or bad weather, the event will be moved indoors. The Story Hill FireHouse is taking precautions to protect its employees and guests. Read more about their safety policies towards the bottom of their front page here. *Please note that no food or beverage carry-ins are allowed at this event. 

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. And her appeal goes beyond the performance. 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. www.carmennickerson.com

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 Geneisis 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. We are lucky to have him in Wisconsin. www.kostiamusic.com

Aug
10
Mon
2020
Monday Music at the FireHouse: Neil Davis @ Story Hill FireHouse
Aug 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Monday Music at the FireHouse: Neil Davis @ Story Hill FireHouse

On Monday, August 10th at 6:30 PM, Wisconsin Music Ventures will present the next concert in its series, WMV Monday Music at the FireHouse, at Story Hill FireHouse. This is a free event and a cash bar will be available. Doors will open at 6:00 PM.

Neil Davis and bandmates–George Ballesteros (bass), Yanni Chudnow (drums), Jason Goldsmith (saxophone)–will play in the courtyard of the FireHouse. In case of rain or bad weather, the event will be moved indoors. Story Hill FireHouse is taking precautions to protect its employees and guests. Read more about their safety policies towards the bottom of their front page here. *Please note that no food or beverage carry-ins are allowed at this event. 

Due to the Milwaukee County mask mandate, guests will be required to wear masks throughout the event if within 6 feet of a person who is not a member of their household.

Neil Davis

A fixture in the Milwaukee scene as a teacher and performer, Neil Davis continues to bring joy to audiences around the area. Neil is the Adjunct Professor of guitar at UW-Oshkosh co-founder of West End Conservatory and an accompanist for the UWM Dance Department.

Sep
14
Mon
2020
Monday Music at the FireHouse: Before Nitrogen @ Story Hill FireHouse
Sep 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Monday Music at the FireHouse: Before Nitrogen @ Story Hill FireHouse

On Monday, September 14th at 6:30 PM, Wisconsin Music Ventures will present the third official concert in its series, WMV Monday Music at the FireHouse, at Story Hill FireHouse. This is a free event and a cash bar will be available. Doors will open at 6:00 PM.

Before Nitrogen will play in the courtyard of the FireHouse. In case of rain or bad weather, the event will be moved indoors. Story Hill FireHouse is taking precautions to protect its employees and guests. Read more about their safety policies towards the bottom of their front page here. *Please note that no food or beverage carry-ins are allowed at this event. 

Due to the Milwaukee County mask mandate, guests will be required to wear masks throughout the event if within 6 feet of a person who is not a member of their household.

Before Nitrogen

Before Nitrogen was born in 2017 when lead singer Sean McGibany began capturing his worries about his personal life and the chaos of the world around him in song. “I wanted to create a pathway out through the songs and tell a story of hope prevailing in the end, even though the future was very uncertain in that moment” he says. Teaming up with friends Jack Reesman (guitar) and Joe Perdzock (DJ), the eclectic trio was born and have been pushing their optimistic indie pop blend ever since.

Check out their latest song Dear Kenosha, a heartfelt message from Sean McGibany to his hometown during this time of distress.

Oct
12
Mon
2020
WMV Monday Music at the FireHouse: The Evan and Tom Leahy Band @ Story Hill FireHouse
Oct 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
WMV Monday Music at the FireHouse: The Evan and Tom Leahy Band @ Story Hill FireHouse

On Monday, October 12th at 6:30 PM, Wisconsin Music Ventures will present the fourth official concert in its series, WMV Monday Music at the FireHouse, at Story Hill FireHouse. This is a free event and a cash bar will be available. Doors will open at 6:00 PM.

Story Hill FireHouse is taking precautions to protect its employees and guests. Read more about their safety policies towards the bottom of their front page here. *Please note that no food or beverage carry-ins are allowed at this event. 

Due to the Milwaukee County mask mandate, guests will be required to wear masks throughout the event if within 6 feet of a person who is not a member of their household.

The Evan and Tom Leahy Band

The Evan and Tom Leahy Band has been making music for over 25 years. They began performing Irish music with Leahys Luck, a WAMI award winning Irish folk band. These past 12 years they’ve branched out doing folk rock and Americana music. They have been performing at many pubs and festivals including the Oconomowoc Center for the Arts Cabaret Series.

Nov
9
Mon
2020
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.


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