Come and enjoy an inspiring performance of original music with Songa. Singer-songwriters and lifelong musicians, Mario and Sherry Friedel will take you on a journey with their unique instrumental sound and vocal blend. Their newest EP, “Sunshine in the Rain,” includes songs of hope with a message of love and care for humanity after a period of deep introspection during the pandemic. // Multi-instrumentalists playing guitar, banjo, ukulele, harmonica, melodica and percussion, these artists will take you from folk to country to bluegrass to blues to Latin jazz and back again. A 2021 compilation of seven of Mario’s songs arranged for Big Band Jazz in Janet Planet’s “Under the Venus Moon” was recognized on the Grammy Ballot 2021 under the category Best Vocal Jazz Album // Mario was produced and published by Buzz Cason, Creative Workshop Studio, Nashville, TN and signed to Universal Records in 1971 as a member of White Duck, Jimmy Buffet’s first Coral Reefer Band, along with legendary Americana artist John Hiatt. Sherry is a lifelong music educator and church music director. Mario and Sherry are joined by musicians Will DeBlaey on acoustic bass and Rose Mish on violin, filling out our quartet and contributing to our authentic Americana sound.
Shannon and Jason Gilmore’s musical journey commenced in 2000, as they shared the stage with The Old Dog Band in Colorado Springs. Their onstage synergy, Shannon lending her vocals and Jason playing the guitar and mandolin, laid the foundation for a lasting friendship. Despite Shannon’s departure to her home state of California in 2005, their bond endured. Meanwhile, Jason continued shaping his musical path, contributing his talents to various bands in the Colorado Springs area like Creating a Newsense, The J.Miller Band, and Woodshed Red.
Fast forward to 2016, an opportunity drew Shannon back to Colorado Springs, rekindling her involvement in the local music scene while owning Rocks Sports Bar & Grill. After more than a decade, Shannon and Jason seamlessly reconnected, resurrecting their musical collaboration. Their repertoire expanded across diverse genres—blues, folk, rock, bluegrass, country, reggae, soul, funk, and more.
The magnetic connection and friendship between Shannon and Jason gradually evolved, leading to the inception of The Gilmore Family Band in November 2019. Their musical endeavors saw them joining forces with prominent Colorado musicians and, in 2020, welcoming John Wise on Bass and Teddy Nazario on Drums, both esteemed members of the renowned Colorado band, TRIBE, solidifying the band’s foundation.
After an incredible two-plus decades of creating musical memories in Colorado, The Gilmore Family has moved to the driftless plains of Wisconsin. They are gearing up to launch their first album, “MESS THAT WE MADE,” to be released December 23, 2023. This relocation offers a fresh beginning, new prospects, and the joy of being nearer to family. It’s yet another unexpected twist in The Gilmore Family’s musical journey.
Tyler Lustek is a pianist, composer, arranger and educator from Eau Claire, WI. Tyler is involved with a variety of musical projects around the Chippewa Valley including his own quintet the Tyler Lustek Confluence, avant-garde jazz duet Lustek / Granros, piano/cello duet Duo Vivace, and the Chippewa Valley Jazz Orchestra. Tyler is also co-director of the jazz combo program at UW-Eau Claire, and teaches weekly improvisation workshops at Chippewa Falls High School.
Come on out for Happy Hour Show with Pretend Friend from 5:30-7 PM. $2 off all drinks during their set!
“Pretend Friend respects tradition and its musical heritage while consistently breaking new ground. The combination of expert writing and outstanding musicianship places the band in rarified company—one of those bands that wows fellow musicians with its acumen and leaves everyone tapping their toes and singing along to songs that seem to have always been.”
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