Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Love Live Music at Stumpjack

Friday, February 6th at 7:00pm Milwaukee jazz/funk artist Ethan Keller and Manitowoc independent musician Kelly Underwood will be performing together at Stumpjack Coffee in Two Rivers. Keller is a Milwaukee musician of some notoriety and has earned a strong following for both his musicianship and songwriting skills. He is an accomplished performer who captivates audiences with his ability to build a song onstage via his use of alternating several instruments and a looping sound machine. He will, for example, pick up bass guitar and play the bass line for a tune, record it on the looping machine, go to guitar and play the rhythm part, loop that over the bass line, and so on, building the song in front of the audience. He has a talent for improvisation. His music is jazz and funk based with a strong melodic and alternative rock foundation, while his occasional covers of other artists songs are rather esoteric and always interesting.

Kelly Underwood is someone who many people believe is a star in the making. Her sound is reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan and The Cranberries. Underwood auditioned for American Idol last year and while unsuccessful in making the final cut she did earn praise from the judges and was one of the few who were considered for the final line-up. She is determined to return to try again this year after receiving high marks from the Idol judges. She has a very appealing stage presence, is quick to laugh and have fun on stage, often picking out people in the audience and spontaneously making up songs about them. She is constantly honing her craft as a songwriter and musician, with each performance bringing something new and fresh.

This will be the first time that Ethan and Kelly have performed together. It is a collaborative performance that promises to be most interesting and a lot of fun.

Ethan Keller & Kelly Underwood
Friday, Feb. 6 at 7:00pm
Cover: one drink/hour minimum

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