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Next Up: Summerfest

Rebecca and the Grey Notes will be making its fifth appearance at Summerfest when it performs at 2:30 p.m. July 7 on the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage. The band will be the last local act before a national touring show of four country music bands–Priscilla Block, Niko Moon, Erin Kinsey and Russell Dickerson–hits the stage. Bonus: Those 60 and older will get free admission to Summerfest on July 7! Please join us to support live music.

Next Up: The Hive Taproom

Join the band for an evening of free, live music outdoors at one of the best mead-based breweries in the Milwaukee area. The band will be performing original songs from its first two EPs along with covers of music from female artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Nina Simone, Linda Ronstadt, Patsy Cline, Aretha Franklin, Norah Jones and Ann Peebles and material from bands from Tom Petty to Led Zeppelin. The weather should be great, so we will be performing at the Hive’s outdoor stage.

Next Up: Polish Fest

Rebecca and the Grey Notes will be headlining the Miller Lite Main Stage from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday evening June 12 at Polish Fest on the Summerfest grounds. We performed on a chilly evening at the last Polish Fest on the Summerfest grounds before the festival shut down due to COVID-19 and are excited to be invited back to perform at the popular ethnic festival. General admission for the festival is $10. You can check out the lineup at http://www.polishfest.org/schedule/daily-schedule/.

Next up: Back to back

We will be using the month of April to rehearse new songs in preparation for back-to-back dates in May. On Saturday, May 21, we will be returning to the Studio Winery + Geneva Lake Distilling in Lake Geneva. The first chord will be struck at 5 p.m. On Sunday, May 22, we will be performing at the baaree, a fantastic outdoor venue in downtown Thiensville, from 4-7 p.m. Hope to see you there.

In the studio, 2015

On Feb. 7, 2015, we were recording our first CD of original music in the St. Francis studio of Ken Krei, using the incredible Jon Chi as our producer. Over a three-day weekend we recorded five original songs written by Tyler Famularo and one cover song, “The End of the World,” by Skeeter Davis. Music from the CD was played on five Milwaukee-area radio stations.

Thanks, Jeff!

On Thanksgiving weekend , we played our last show with our great drummer, Jeff Franks. We formed as a band in mid-2011 and played our first gig in April 2013 as a trio. But when the festivals started calling, we knew we had to find a drummer. Tyler found Jeff at the old Cali’s jam session in Brookfield, and we quickly learned that Jeff was a good fit for us. Our first gig with Jeff was at Bastille Days in 2014. Since then, we’ve played with him at countless venues, large and small, and he’s been awesome at all of them. Jeff has moved with his wife to Hendersonville, Tenn. Meanwhile, we’ll be playing our shows as a trio until we can find an appropriate drummer who can measure up to Jeff’s talent.

Thanks, Summerfest!

Thanks to usCellular Connection Stage and Summerfest for allowing us to perform Friday, Sept. 17. We were able to squeeze most of our original music while playing a more rock-oriented set list. We’re putting a hold on more gigs until the end of the year while we figure out what we should do next and also set aside some time to learn some new material. Thanks to all of our friends who have supported us throughout 2021 and who came to Summerfest on a very hot afternoon to cheer us on. You are the best. Don’t worry. We do expect to be playing next year in Lake Geneva, Brookfield, Milwaukee and other area venues, so stay tuned for updates.