2 gigs in May

The band’s 10th anniversary 2023 World Tour begins in earnest in late May. We previously announced our outdoor show May 28, from 2-6 p.m., at Bobberz in Waterford. We’ll also be performing outdoors from 6-9 p.m. May 31 at the baaree in Thiensville. Hope to see you there.

We’re back at it

After taking off the month of March for a break, we’ve returned to rehearsals to prepare for our 2023 World Tour. We’ve already played one show on the tour–at the Studio Winery + Geneva Lake Distillery in Lake Geneva–but our tour resumes in earnest on Memorial Day weekend with a show Sunday, May 28, at Bobberz, a VFW Post on a beautiful outdoor setting in Waterford. First chord will be struck at 2 p.m. Hope to see you there.

Thanks, and a break

Thanks to Studio Winery + Geneva Lake Distilling for inviting us to perform Feb. 11. We’ll be posting some photos and perhaps a video of our performance soon. Meanwhile, we’ll be taking a short break from public performances but will be back at it in April. Also, we’ll be sharing more information soon on our nomination for a WAMI award for best bluegrass/ Americana band. Stay tuned.

Next up: Studio Winery

We will be making our 14th appearance at the Studio Winery + Geneva Lake Distillery from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11. We won’t return to Studio Winery until September, so please join us as we begin our 10-year anniversary World Tour. We’ve added a few new songs to our playlist, so enjoy the fine home-brewed beverages while listening to live music in one of the best venues in southeastern Wisconsin. We also hope to release an update on how to vote for us as a WAMI-nominated Americana band. Stay tuned.

WAMI award nomination!

BREAKING: Rebecca and the Grey Notes has received a nomination in the category of Bluegrass/Americana Artist of the Year as part of this year’s WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) awards. This year, WAMI has expanded the award nomination process so that anyone can nominate any band or individual musician for an award. The three-step process began Jan. 17 with the opening of nominations, which will close Feb. 17. The first round of voting begins Friday, Feb. 24, and runs through Tuesday, March 21. The final voting round begins Tuesday, March 28, and ends Tuesday, April 1. We’ll provide more information as it becomes available, including how to vote, but right now Rebecca and her fellow Grey Notes band members are just thrilled to be nominated. What a great way to celebrate our 10th year as a band.


That’s a wrap. 2022 is in the books, and what a year it was. Thanks to the many venues who booked us, we were able to perform multiple times at the Studio Winery + Geneva Lake Distilling in Lake Geneva, a wonderful indoor live venue; twice at the baaree, an equally wonderful outdoor venue and one of the best in the Milwaukee area; Polish Fest in Milwaukee, where we were the Sunday headliners on the Main Stage; The Hive, with great outdoor and indoor stages; Summerfest, where we performed on the Us Cellular Connection Stage for the fifth consecutive year; the Wisconsin State Fair, where we have been performing at the Major Goolsby’s Heartland Stage since 2014; WGTD-FM in Kenosha County, which played our original music multiple times; and a handful of private parties in Milwaukee and the surrounding area. We are so thankful to have venues who appreciate our performances and a growing number of fans who like what they hear. Next year will be our 10th year of performing as a band, so we hope to put together a special event. We began our run at Tallys Tap & Eatery in Waukesha in April 2013 as a trio and added drummer Jeff Franks in 2014 when larger venues began calling. We added drummer Tom Spolar earlier this year when Jeff moved to Tennessee. Our two CDs of original music have been played on five Milwaukee-area radio stations, and we hope to record more original tunes. Thanks to John Ertl, Jesse at the baaree, Doug at Studio Winery, Jessica at Tally’s and the many other promoters and venue owners who took a chance on us. And thanks to our fans for supporting us and live music.

Next up: Studio Winery

We’ll be wrapping up our 2022 world tour on Saturday, Nov. 19, with a performance at the Studio Winery + Geneva Lake Distillery in Lake Geneva. First chord will be struck at 5 p.m. We’ll be playing new songs in addition to our usual list of originals and covers. As usual, there is no cover charge. Hope to see you there! Thanks to all of our fans for an incredible year of live music. We were so fortunate to be able to perform at the Studio Winery four times, headline Polish Fest in Milwaukee, play Summerfest for the fifth time, perform at the Wisconsin State Fair twice, and also play cozier venues such as the Hive in Walworth County and the baaree in Thiensville. We are looking forward to a great 2023 as we celebrate our 10th year together as a band.

Album air play

All this week, songs from our second album, “Volume Two,” are being played by WGTD-FM in Kenosha County. The station has a segment called “Noon Tunes” in which a song recorded by a band from southeastern Wisconsin is played, usually around 12:21 p.m. or so. Go to https://www.wgtd.org and click on the Listen Live button in the top right corner of the homepage to hear our original music. If you are lucky, you might hear our song “Picture of You,” which the station manager has called the best song recorded by a local band and played on this station. WGTD-FM is one of five Milwaukee-area radio stations that have featured our music. Enjoy!

Thanks, Studio Winery

We had a big crowd and a great time Aug. 27 at the Studio Winery + Geneva Lake Distillery in Lake Geneva. The next day we played at a private party in northern Illinois celebrating an engagement. We have two more private parties coming up–one Sept. 10 and the other Oct. 1. Yes, we do perform at private engagements. Our fee depends on how many people will be there, how far away it is from our home base and other factors. If you’re interested in playing host to a private party and want a live band, contact us. Meanwhile, our next scheduled public appearance isn’t until mid-November, so until then we will be in rehearsals learning new material.

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