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.

Thanks, State Fair

A big thank-you to the Wisconsin State Fair and the Major Goolsby’s Heartland Stage for playing host to us Aug. 6-7. Despite the hot and humid weather Saturday and a threat of storms Sunday that never materialized, we drew big crowds. Thanks to all our fans for supporting live music!

Sad News

The band was informed this week that Jeff Zmania, who was the Grey Notes’ official photographer for many years, passed away in his sleep July 29. We are heartbroken over this loss. Jeff was not only a great photographer and graphics artist, but he also was great friend to the band. His incredible photos graced the covers and insides of our two CDs. He would have been at the Major Goolsby’s Heartland Stage at the Wisconsin State Fair on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 6-7, shooting photos of the band. It’s difficult to put into words how big of a loss this is for us. We’ll let you know more details as they become available. Meanwhile, say a prayer for his sister and mother who lost a brother and son too early.

Next up: the baaree

Thank you, Summerfest, for allowing us to play at the USCellular Connection Stage. We had big fun July 7 opening for rising country music star Priscilla Block. Next up: the baaree beer garden in downtown Thiensville. Help us celebrate the end of a great weather weekend. We’ll be playing from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, July 10. No cover charge, but lots of good food and beverages and seating in an acoustically friendly setting. Hope to see you there.

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

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