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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

New Tweed Funk CD

Upcoming Shows and News

Tweed Funk has some great shows starting out this Saturday night at the Horny Goat Hideaway in the BFT. BFT stands for the Big Fun Tent and if you have not seen it, you are missing one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern, Upper-Midwest, Engineering World. Indoor volleyball courts, bar, stage, a giant TV screen made up of 20 smaller TVs, and it feels a balmy 75/80 degrees in the BFT. No cover charge, great food, and one of Milwaukee's hottest spots.

Then Tweed Funk returns to the House of Blues next Tuesday in Chicago where we have joined the regular rotation of some of the top blues bands from Chicago (and national touring blues acts) playing at this fine establishment.

Friday, April 13th we are The Hamilton in Milwaukee. This upscale wine salon and craft cocktail lounge is located just off of Water Street by the Gallun Tannery. Lots of parking in their lot and no cover charge.

Saturday, April 14th we will be part of the Downtown Alive - WAMI Showcase playing with The Sandcarvers at The Bar on College Ave in Appleton. All day long top bands from Wisconsin will be participating in the WAMI Downtown Alive Series on College Ave. So come out and enjoy some of the best music our state has to offer. Sunday we will be attending the WAMI Awards Show where Tweed Funk has been nominated in the Best R&B/Soul Band Category (our 2nd nomination) and Frontman Smokey has been nominated for Best Male Vocalist. We hope to bring home some hardware and wish all of our WAMI Nominees good luck!

Eric Madunic on bass and vocals played his first shows with us this past weekend and was well received by the Tweed Funk fanbase at Mo's Irish Pub in Tosa (many of his former bandmates showed up) and the Rock-n-Blues Haus in Manitowoc. Eric began performing at the age of 12 with his dad's oldies band and played with his dad for 7 years. His dad taught him to sing harmonies and Eric focused on keyboard and guitar. Eric switched over to bass as a short-term fill-in for a band he was in who lost their bass player - and the rest was history. Most recently Eric spent 8 years playing with one of Milwaukee's top cover bands, Old Mil. It is great having Eric on-board, his harmony vocals compliment Smokey and his passion is playing old school soul in the style of Booker T & the MGs!

Spotlight on Greg Koch

So who is this "Twisted Guitar Genius" aka the Gristleman that is working as Tweed Funk's producer and contributing some fretboard mayhem to the CD? We are not sure that we know. However, Fender Musical Corporation recently named him as one of the Top 10 Unsung Guitarists and they are real impressed with his comedy routine! Check out the article from Fender and look at the fine company Greg is keeping on the list!

Most of you in the Milwaukee/Wisconsin area know Greg for his band the Tone Controls in 90s. Greg then ascended to national/international status via his Fender Clinics and Hal-Leonard DVD Instructional Series. Catch him traveling the world doing clinics as he gets his passport stamped or in Milwaukee with his trio at Shank Hall or sitting in with Leroy Airmaster at a club gig.

Upcoming Shows
Horny Goat Hideaway Milwaukee, WI Sat Apr 07 12 09:00 PM
House of Blues - Chicago Chicago, IL Tue Apr 10 12 09:00 PM
The Hamilton Milwaukee, WI Fri Apr 13 12 09:00 PM
Music on The Couch Olive Branch, MS Mon Apr 30 12 09:00 PM
WMSE 91.7 FM Milwaukee, WI Wed May 09 12 05:00 PM
Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI Fri May 11 12 07:00 PM Tickets
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