Kenosha area music: Rock the Block, Paddock Lake Oktoberfest (Sept. 7-14, 2017) | Entertainment

It’s Rock the Block time again on Saturday. The multi-venue concert(s) will occur on and near 52nd Street off Sheridan Road.

The event is a fundraiser for the Tremper High School soccer program. It was difficult getting information on what bands and venues are involved (no matter how much I pleaded). Hopefully by concert time there will be more information available online.

So what I’m doing here is going with the folks who got back to me (hint for the future). Coins Sports Bar has been a regular participant over the past 11 years and this year will have 89 Mojo, The Usual Suspects and buzzy band Well-Known Strangers all performing there. Matt Meyer is over at Norm’s. Smooth Operators and Michelle Warnecke will perform at Spanky’s. And finally, things will be rocking over at Crystal’s with Three Left and Mixed Company. Again, I apologize if I missed anyone but, this is already a strong group of artists.

Rock the Block is Saturday (Sept. 9) along and near 52nd Street just west of Sheridan Road.

The Giant Show

You expect a lot when an event is called the Giant Show at Paddy O’s. Then you look at the band lineup and go, “Oh yeah, OK.” Seriously, it’s like a music festival is being stuffed in there. (I’m assuming it is being held outside. I’ve been to shows outside at Paddy O’s, and it’s a dandy little area.)

The Giant Show starts 3 p.m. Saturday for the 21-and-older crowd and features eight acts, most of them touring acts. Oh, did I mention that there is no cover charge? I am just going to list the bands in the order I received them. If you want to know when your favorite band is performing, contact them or just come out and catch something new.

Performers are Fowlmouth (rock, dirty blooze), Fur Coats for Sportsmen (indie rock, blues, alt, experimental), The Columbines (rock-y songs about the devil you know and the devil you don’t; highly recommended), The Begowatts (groove rock with modern aesthetics), Old Wolves (powerful blues folk), Tijuana Hercules (mutant blues), The Cell Phones (girl pop meets grindcore) and Conan Neutron & the Secret Friends (big, bouncy rock, but they don’t necessarily sound like The Who).

The Giant Show starts 3 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 9) at Paddy O’s Pub, 5022 Seventh Ave.

Live music (inside and out)

There’s quite a bit happening in the way of live music at Pete’s Place this weekend. You have music Friday. You have music Saturday. You have music inside. You have music in the backyard. The bluegrass/swing/Celtic/old-timey string band Milwaukee Road will perform Friday. On Saturday, you can start out in the yard with Good Vibez from 6 to 9 p.m. After a mad dash to the restrooms and the bar, you can catch some more live music inside with more string music, this time Gin Mill Hollow from Madison. They perform 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Milwaukee Road performs Friday (Sept. 8) and Good Vibez and Gin Mill Hollow perform Saturday (Sept. 9) at Pete’s Place, 4520 Eighth Ave.

German music, food

I like fall. I really do. It makes me think that winter is just around the corner, though, and that kind of stinks. So how do you ease into it? Why, with an Oktoberfest, of course.

Sure, the calendar says September, but that’s often when these festivals of food and German music and Gemütlichkeit begin.

We have a good old-fashioned one happening Saturday with the seventh annual Old Settlers Oktoberfest at Paddock Lake. Of course there will be beer, wine and food tents. There will also be kids’ games, a raffle, a classic car show and 8 p.m. fireworks. But here is the difference between this and other festivals. There will be a beer stein hoisting competition and a Dachshund Dash at 1 p.m. And, of course, to make it an Oktoberfest, there will be German dancing by D’Oberlanders and Polka music by the Brew Haus Polka Kings from noon to 7 p.m. The Kings cut their teeth under polka legend Frank Yankovic, becoming his “Milwaukee band” on U.S. tours. Their style now is a crossover “American polka” hybrid.

Old Settlers Oktoberfest is noon to 8 p.m. Saturday (Sept. 9) in Old Settlers Park, 24100 75th St. in Salem.

When is that show?

There seems to be some confusion about live music over the coming week. Someone with a great ear suggested I should check out Lavonne McRoberts this Saturday at Ashling on the Lough. Well, I agree with the gentleman that Lavonne is fantastic. The only problem is, she isn’t performing there this weekend. Her duo does have a gig in town on Sept. 14. Look for my column that day for more details.

That’s it for this week Please send me your new songs, gig calendars or whatever you’ve got.

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