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RIVER ROOM: Two Night Special with Farewell Milwaukee w/ Big Lake (Acoustic) $15 Adv / $20 Cash Door
Saturday, January 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm$15 - $25
Two night special with Farewell Milwaukee in the Historic River Room!
Friday Jan 12th – Electric w/ Turbo Pastel
Sat Jan 13th – Acoustic w/ Big Lake
Buy advance tickets to both shows for $25!
BIG LAKE 7:30PM
FAREWELL MILWAUKEE 8PM
Minneapolis band Farewell Milwaukee releases their fourth full-length album, FM, on September 9. FM is the product of successfully achieving the balance of furthering their artistic careers with a family life. “[The album] has the first song ever written about my daughter, called ‘Hurt No More,’” says front man Ben Lubeck. “I texted my wife a few weeks ago after revisiting the album saying that this was the record I wanted my daughter to remember me by. Musically and lyrically.”
Mainstays of the Minneapolis music scene since 2008, Farewell Milwaukee embraces the role that their Midwestern towns have played in shaping them artistically, garnering them fans through their authentic lyrics, lush vocal harmonies, and an honest sincerity at live shows. It is because of this, they have gathered accolades from local and national press, landed a song placement on major-network TV, opened for the Lumineers (among others), and are featured on compilations alongside Mumford & Sons, Adele and Amos Lee.
The band’s success has given them perspective and an appreciation for their roots, which continuously comes across in FM. The album, filled with a thematic sense of grounding, was shaped by the stage-of-life lens of being husbands and fathers, and it is this concept of home base that made a concrete impression on FM’s overall flowing sound.
Produced by Minneapolis’ Jason Orris and recorded in Terrarium Music Studios, FM is the first album the band has recorded in town since their debut album, Autumn Rest Easy. Farewell Milwaukee has previously shied away from recording close to home in order to keep the flow of the process as smooth as possible; however, for this album, being close to home had a positive and productive effect on the record. “We’ve tried to avoid that [recording in town] in the past with the fear of it being a distraction and taking away from the process. But it seemed to make things very comfortable this time around in the best possible way. It seemed like the easiest record we’ve ever made. The logistics were simplified, we slept in our own beds at night,” says Lubeck.
Through the ease of the recording process, the band was able to take time to experiment with new sounds; this creativity and adventurousness brings FM to life through the addition of strings, steel guitar, and other sonic touches that the six-piece group perfected in the studio. “One of our greatest strengths is that we are all sympathetic to each other’s playing,” added Lubeck. “We give each other space to play the others’ instruments and take turns letting certain instruments take the spotlight.”
The unique sounds of the album make it difficult to fit FM into a particular genre (call it folk rock with a head and a tail, as described in an earlier album review from the Netherlands); however, genre tags are less important when projects like FM have beautifully crafted instrumentation accompanied by powerful lyrics and melodies.
“We’re making the best music of our lives while experiencing some of life’s most precious moments with our children. We’re truly living out our personal dreams and couldn’t be happier. My three-year-old runs around the house with a bedazzled pink guitar playing harmonica as loud as she can, trying to be like her daddy, and I don’t have to experience that through the screen of an iPhone,” says Lubeck.
Minneapolis band Big Lake debuted in 2014 with a self titled LP full of songs that were as ear-wormy as they were well-crafted. Their sturdy songwriting mixed with deftly layered guitar work and lush vocal harmonies helped them arrive at a unique blend of indie folk rock and alt-country. That release helped draw comparisons to Wilco and Whiskeytown and saw support from MPR station 89.3 The Current and City Pages.
The forthcoming Big Lake record dives further into their midwestern take on country music. Their evolution from synths and driving bass lines to a pedal steel and a loose country shuffle lends a natural setting for Mazurek’s voice and songs. Their new record is reminiscent of Minnesota country mainstays the Jayhawks in the how Mazurek’s and Carlson’s voices work together but it also resembles the stripped down approach of the traditional folk arrangements on Son Volt’s ‘Trace’. The new release will be made available Spring 2018.
RIVER ROOM SHOW. ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ABOVE.
Two Night Special ticket is not available for cash purchase – advance ticket only. NO REFUNDS. NO EXCEPTIONS.
PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW IS BAR SERVICE ONLY – NO FOOD SERVICE. IF you would like to join us for dinner, please make reservations in our Cafe prior to the show at 612-379-3138. There is a cover for the show in our Cafe, affective 8pm.
TICKET SALES END SHOW DAY 12 noon. Remaining tickets will be available for cash purchase the door. NO REFUND. NO EXCEPTIONS.