Some say you have to be born with the blues to play the blues. That was the case when Jon Neuberger was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome at an early age. But that didn’t stop Jon from picking up the guitar at the age of thirteen. Eventually, Jon also picked up the harmonica and ukulele. Jon was given the name JONNY T-BIRD while he was a student at Wauwatosa West High School and one of his teachers (Bob Bathurst) called him that name out of the blue. The more he did it, the more that name stuck.
Over ten years in the making of his professional blues musician career and Jonny has already shared the stage and bill with national artists like Greg Koch, Altered Five Blues Band, Casey James, Michael Coleman, Billy Flynn, Johnny Burgin, Sue Foley, Frank Bang, Coco Montoya, James Armstrong, Gabe Stillman, Gaelynn Lea and Doug Deming.
Schlei Birthday, Pavilion, 2-5pm
Winter Concert Series - Jeanne Marie Farinelli Jazz Duo
Jeanne Marie Farinelli is a saxophonist and educator in the Milwaukee area. Inspired by the classic jazz tradition, her influences include Sonny Rollins and Dexter Gordon. In her music, Jeanne Marie uses modern sounds combined with traditional feels to create a unique and soulful approach to improvised music.
She will be joined by Milwaukee based jazz guitarist, Sam Catral. Join us for a night of jazz music at Hop Harvest!
Winter Concert Series - Buckthorn Ramblers
The Buckthorn Ramblers play bluegrass music, starting with the music of Bill Monroe and continuing to the present day. They enjoy composing new music as well as creating new versions of traditional material, using vocal harmonies to tell stories, and playing the foot-stomping instrumental tunes. The Buckthorn Ramblers are a hard hitting, mandolin heavy band (and in fact all of the members are mandolin players, while some of them happen to play other instruments in the current scenario). One of the features that sets the band apart is the use of two mandolins, often trading solos and licks, and at times playing together in harmony. How is the audience affected? Some will smile, tap their foot, and sway or step to the music. For children and the young at heart, it often becomes an all-out, no-holds-barred, bouncing and bumping dance scene. The Buckthorn Ramblers look like a band should. They dress for success and aim to please, while maintaining artistic integrity and avoiding trips to trendy boutiques or the local farm supply store, as the case may be.
James Anders, mandolin: This young man is full of ideas, and as a mandolin player, he fires them off with machine gun speed and precision. Bam!
Kevin Christianson, mandolin: Kevin is dedicated to upholding and furthering the tradition of the bluesy, punchy bluegrass mandolin sound. Pow! In many ways, Kevin is the driving force behind the band.
Eric Langford; guitar, fiddle, and bandleader
Brad Astor, bass: The Buckthorn Ramblers are blessed to have Brad on bass, borrowed from the acclaimed Madison-area band “Sortin the Mail”. If the audience is lucky, they will be treated to one of Brad’s original compositions, “A Little Goes a Long Way”.
Winter Concert Series - Foocoustics
The Foocoustics are an acoustic Foo Fighters tribute duo from southeastern Wisconsin. Though the lion share of our set list is Foo Fighters, we also play a variety of other genres including oldies, 80s and 90s songs. https://www.facebook.com/The.Foocoustics