Saturday, August 30, 2008
This has been a fun week and a fun weekend and it's only Saturday morning yet. It's people like Dave, Nick, new friends Paul and Talane from London, and all the other great regular pals here that make this a fun gig...and this weekend is extra special with the KiteFest going on (during an absolutely gorgeous day) and Nick performing tonight.
Friday, August 29, 2008
Get one tonight, hold it up when I snap some pics and you might make the cover of a CD.
Monday, August 25, 2008
But first I want to post this excellent press release from Nick Venturella announcing his show here this coming Saturday (that's KiteFest weekend in Two Rivers). Nick's shows are simply the most fun shows of just about anyone who plays here, you will thoroughly have a blast, I promise.
Here's the release:
Nick Venturella is a folk/rock/garage/pop singer-songwriter who delivers smart songs with simplistic savvy and contagious enthusiasm.
While only 28 years old, Venturella has been writing and performing his music for 14+ years. On more of a pertinent note, Venturella has been performing locally in Two Rivers, Wisconsin at Stumpjack Coffee Company regularly for close to a year now. So, if you’ve missed his previous shows the upcoming August 30th performance will be your next opportunity to catch Nick Venturella.
Venturella's music stems from personal experiences and observations of life, relationships and self-awareness…think John Mayer and The BoDeans meet Ryan Adams, Roger Clyne and Dashboard Confessional. Plus, with a loose personable performance style, Venturella connects well with his audiences making each show a memorable one (be sure to have a joke in mind if you plan to attend the show).
Venturella is originally from St. Louis, MO, but got his musical start in Waukesha, WI. For the last few years he has lived in Madison. However, in the last year Venturella traveled across the country from Anchorage, Alaska to Raleigh, North Carolina trying to figure out where he might land next and decided on a little spot just north of the Milwaukee area. Nick Venturella performs throughout the upper Midwest at colleges, coffee shops, restaurants/bars, and private parties.
Venturella has had the opportunity to open for and work with some outstanding performers, including: Jason LaVasseur (Authentic Records), Copeland (The Militia Group), Catchpenny, John Hermanson (of Storyhill & Alva Star), Sean Michael Dargan, Mark Croft (Abacus Records), Ryan McIntyre and many more.
Coming off of the momentum recently created from his appearance at Summerfest 2008 Venturella is gaining a loyal following through his live performances, online social networks, college radio, and "through the grapevine" fan distribution of his music.
Venturella has six albums available for sale. His latest is primarily a live album, Premium Blend, as well as his latest full-length studio album, SweetSonic.
See you at the show…
Check the Kites Over Lake Michigan kite festival then come out to the show…
Saturday August 30, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Click here for the Adam Morantez set from a couple Friday ago. Adam was great...his first solo gig (you would never have known...he was confident and smooth). We've set another date with Adam for Friday, Oct. 3rd.
Click here for the Pat Zyduck's set. What a totally enjoyable show from Pat last night...he's such a great guitar player and really fine songwriter. Had a couple of folks stop in this morning (Sunday morn) who were here last night, who said what a great time they had listening to Pat. We have a few of Pat's CDs availabkle too.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Yesterday we sold all of the Tina Kugler posters we started with, so I made a quick run to Tina's pad and to Persimmons to snag 15 more (have 13 left in the Stump right now). I think around half of the 100-limit run is sold already so if you want one you'll want to get it soon, because they're going fast. At only $18 apiece it's an absolute steal.
While doing some online work yesterday I had Ethan Keller's and Pat Zyduck's myspace sites open in other windows, listening to their music as I worked (when Ethan's set would finish I'd click on Pat's and listen to that one, then back to Ethan's, and so on). Just getting revved up for this weekend (Ethan Keller on Friday & Pat Zyduck on Saturday). You gotta go to their myspace sites and listen to their music...these guys are so good.
Updated Stumptoons and Diary of the Daft a few days ago...check 'em out, leave comments if you have time.
We're going to start running some contests where you can win stuff...cool stuff like pounds of excellent coffee, Stumpjack T-shirts, lunch (voted "Best Lunch in Manitowoc County"), vino, tickets to tastings, trips to exotic locales, fresh fruits and vegetables, barista-for-a-day, secrets about secret stuff, fine cigars, stuff from my basement that I don't want anymore, guest blogger status, lawn mowing service, possible dates with Hollywood celebrity types, red meat, free beer, and lots of other great stuff. Next contest will be posted this weekend.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Our "partner" in producing these shirts needs to be mentioned too. Dave Theiss of Lakeside Apparel in Two Rivers puts out the best quality screen printed product we've ever seen. I use the word partner because that's how Dave approaches any job he does...you bring him an idea for what you want and after mulling it over he'll get creative, advise you and work with you on what's best for what you want done. The quality of his shirts and his screens is head and shoulders above most everyone else's...no crumbly or peeling images here, no cheap shirts that will come apart at the seams after three or four washes...it's all high quality stuff in every aspect of production. We pay more for Lakeside Apparel screened shirts than we would at other places, and we're glad to do so, because you get what you pay for. You want an el cheapo $4 printed shirt (that'll look like guano after you wear it and wash it a few times) then go somewhere else...you want a high quality shirt with a tough, durable print then you go to Lakeside Apparel. Simple as that.
Dave's redoing his website right now and when it's completed I think the URL should be lakesideapparel.com. BTW, while I'll accept any discount or price-break I can get, we aren't getting anything for giving Dave a shout-out here (he doesn't even know I'm writing this)...I just like the idea of promoting any business that does quality work and treats people right.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Dos: We have a really exceptional weekend of live music scheduled this week. On Friday (the 22nd) Ethan Keller is returning from Milwaukee. If you saw Ethan when he was here a few months ago you know how exceptionally good this guy is. If you like jazzy, funky guitar and appreciate exceptional musicianship and songwriting Ethan is the man to see. Last time he played we had a bunch of local musicians in the house as Ethan "built" a number of songs from the floor up right in front of everyone...the local guys were mighty impressed and all raved about what he was doing. You can listen to some of Ethan's music on his myspace site: http://www.myspace.com/ethankeller. 8:00pm Friday night.
Tres: On Saturday night Pat Zyduck will be doing his first gig at the Stump. We're pumped for this one too, because Pat has been to a few shows here when friends of his were playing and has actually sat in once or twice during breaks to play his own music. He was excellent, and his CD ("I Never Wanna Meet Another You") is a kicker too, so we scheduled a date and this Saturday (the 23rd) is it. Pat's music is a tight mix of blues-based rock with an old time country vibe hiding underneath (I think his Dad was a session guitarist who worked in Nashville). 8:00pm Saturday. You can hear some of Pat's music on his myspace site at: http://www.myspace.com/patzyduck.
We have some new eurobrews in the beer cooler this week too, including the English Fuller's 1845 Ale and Blanche de Namur, a Belgium Witbier (it's a biggie, over pint in a cool heavy glass bottle).
Friday, August 15, 2008
And speaking of wild and woolly, Wild Bill Walkner will be here Saturday night at 8:00 to bring a smile to your ears and a melody to your soul. Come on down and relax and listen to some good-time tunes from Bill.
We're putting together the music schedule for the next three months or so now too...several "new" musicians and some old friends to make your weekends right.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
But first, on Friday night, Adam Morantez will be here for his first Stump gig. Adam and his wife just moved here from Minnesota and he stopped in a couple weeks ago to say hi and drop off a CD for us to listen to. After listening to Adam's CD we had planned to schedule him right away in October because we're fairly full-up until then. But as luck or fate would have it, Kelly Underwood called and said she was going to hit the American Idol try-outs in Nashville this Friday (good luck Kelly!) and wanted to know if it was all right to reschedule with us (hmmm...Stumpjack or American Idol...what to do, what to do...). So I emailed Adam straight away and asked him if he wanted to fill in this Friday...good luck for us because he said yes! It's short notice and we didn't have time to do a press release or anything substantive for the paper, but tomorrow night is the night folks. Come on down and welcome our new friend and neighbor and enjoy Adam's brand of acoustic music. If his CD mirrors what he plays live it will be an evening of good acoustic, spare and heartfelt, independent music.
8:00pm both nights.
Who: Adam Morantez
What: acoustic indie music
When: Friday, Aug 8 at 8:00pm
Where: Stumpjack Coffee, 1606 Washington St., Two Rivers
one drink minimum
Who: Lloyd Rohr
What: acoustic music, mellow and smooth
When: Saturday, Aug 9 at 8:00pm
Where: Stumpjack Coffee, 1606 Washington St., Two Rivers
one drink minimum