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

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Jun
21
Sun
2020
WMV Special… All Jazzed Up: An Afternoon of Jazz, Rock and Soul Music @ Story Hill FireHouse
Jun 21 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
WMV Special... All Jazzed Up: An Afternoon of Jazz, Rock and Soul Music @ Story Hill FireHouse

Join us for an afternoon with local singer Marcya Daneille and bassist Ben Titus as they perform music by Pat Benetar, Chaka Khan, Bruce Springsteen, Imagine Dragons, India Arie, The Beatles, Bill Withers and more.

Light snacks will be included, individually packaged. A cash bar will be available. More information on Story Hill FireHouse’s policies related to COVID-19 on their website.

Seating is limited, as the venue needs to be kept to 25% capacity.

More on the musicians:

Marcya Daneille

Marcya Daneille is a classically trained cross-genre singer with Jazz, Soul and Gospel influences, as well as a vocal teacher of contemporary and classical styles. Formerly of New York City where she worked as a session singer and maintained a private voice studio. Marcya has performed in NYC venues such as Miller Theater at Columbia University, Alice Tully Hall, Rose Hall (Jazz @ Lincoln Center), the Apollo Theater, Ashford and Simpson’s Sugar Bar  and S.O.B.s. Midwest performances include Freedom Hall, the Art Institute of Chicago, Carleton College, Hancher Auditorium, the Racine Theater, Jazz in the Park, Summer Sizzle Jazz Festival, Main Street Festival, as well as a host of  private events. A few of Marcya’s most memorable moments on stage include performances with jazz phenoms Wycliffe Gordon, Aaron Diehl and Laurel Masse (former chanteuse with Manhattan Transfer), soul singers Gerald Levert and Vanessa Williams and opera legend Simon Estes.

Ben Titus

Ben Titus is an in-demand bassist, conductor, and educator in SE Wisconsin. Ben has shared the stage with jazz greats Eric Marienthal, James Moody, and Duffy Jackson. He conducts the pit orchestras for Slinger High School and West Bend High School, plays with various community theater groups, performs with the bands Big Spoon and Dear Karma, and is the Director of Instrumental Music at Milwaukee School of Languages. He is also an endorsing artist for GHS Strings, Skjold Design Guitars, and Gamechanger Audio.

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.


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.