Nashville recording artist Jerry Schmitt and his band, The 100 Miles Band (also known as The Jerry Schmitt Band), have made a name for themselves. Their sound appeals to young and old alike, and their love of performing and dedication to preserving traditional country music makes each of their shows a unique experience for their fans.
Jerry's sophomore album, "Wishful Thinking" released in Oct of 2016, is a tribute album to some of his heroes of traditional country music. The album consists of a selection of Jerry's favorite songs and are sure to evoke emotion from the listener as a result of the powerful performance, instrumentation, and lyrics. It is anticipated that it will become a favorite album for anyone who loves traditional country music!!
Since the release of Jerry’s first album, “100 Miles,” it has received radio air play not only in his home state of Wisconsin, but internationally in such diverse countries as Australia, Sweden, England, Japan, Germany, France, and Romania to name a few. The album, consisting exclusively of his own original songs, has drawn rave reviews from people across the United States and abroad.
Over the years, Jerry and his band have opened for numerous national acts including: Joe Nichols, Lee Brice, Randy Houser, John Conley, Cross Canadian Ragweed, the Oak Ridge Boys, Lorrie Morgan, Danielle Peck, Merle Haggard, and Joe Diffie.
Jerry and his band have been recognized with many awards and titles over the years, including being crowned the 2007 State Country Band Champions by the HODAG Country Music Festival. In addition to playing at many festivals, he has also entertained at dozens of bars, beer tents, county fairs, casinos, and rodeos across the Midwest and the United States.
Jerry and his band have had the opportunity to play in Nashville numerous times at such legendary locales as Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, 12th & Porter, Swinging Doors Bar & Grill, Honky-Tonk Central, and the historic Ryman Auditorium.
The 100 Miles Band consists of an all-star cast of 7 talented musicians that bring an electrifying presence to the stage with many years of experience. The band showcases steel guitar, fiddle, keyboard / organ, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass guitar, and drums. http://thejerryschmittband.com
The title of Shane Martin’s latest EP tells it all about where he’s been and the places he’s headed: he’s “gonna ride this life” and play his powerhouse brand of country rock Til The Wheels Fall
Off. A Top 5 Finalist in the 2012 Texaco Country Showdown where he competed for “Best New Act in Country Music” at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium (hosted by LeAnn Rimes), the Minnesota based
singer/songwriter is now up to a breakneck pace of 175 regional shows per year.
Fronting his full ensemble, Martin has performed at some of the top country music festivals in the country and shared the stage with everyone from Ronnie Dunn, Joe Nichols and Jerrod Niemann to David Nail, Josh Thompson, Easton Corbin, Greg Bates and Black Hawk. But with his amazing longtime rep as the “One Man Band,” he’s also a powerhouse performer on his own. Performing acoustic guitar driven versions of his eclectic mix of country/rock/pop tunes, high octane rockers and soulful ballads, he uses his feet to play bass pedals and tambourine. In recent years, he’s also added a loop pedal to add extra rhythm via an additional acoustic guitar line. He also plays harmonica and auxiliary bongos – with nothing pre-recorded!
Currently one of the top live draws throughout the Midwest, his modern country rock vibe is perfectly described by his longtime producer and now co-writer, Emmy Award wining engineer/producer Kenny Royster: “Shane is a great singer/songwriter on the teetering edge of country, pop and rock where it’s just dangerous enough to be fun!” http://shanemartin.com/pages
The Sue Orfield Band has been making original music here in the Chippewa Valley since 2005, and has secured it’s place in the local music scene as an innovative band of top-notch musicians. Beyond that, they are hard to describe. Their music is influenced by blues, rock, jazz, country, folk, world, and bluegrass.
In fact, this year (2016) they were voted by music fans in the Chippewa Valley as the area’s No. 1 Blues Band (Volume One’s Chippewa Valley Reader Poll). A few years ago, they were voted the area’s No. 1 Jazz Band. In 2010, they were picked as the 2nd best Original Rock Band.
One thing is for sure, their music is full of surprises, with moments of high-energy wailing, and moments of thoughtful simplicity.
The group features Sue Orfield on tenor saxophone, Mike Schlenker on guitar, Randy Sinz on bass & vocals, and Dave Schrader on drums & vocals.
Boogie & the Yo-Yoz started performing for the masses in 1995 under their original name, Yogi & the Boo Booz. They were named after their drummer’s (Brian Yogerst) nickname. (Not after that pesky bear who steals picnic baskets) Unfortunately, shortly after their inception, they had a little bit of a run in with Hanna-Barbera (Yogi & Boo Boo’s keepers). Thus, the name change. Boogie has played a variety of shows ranging from birthday parties, weddings, and local taverns to regional festivals, opening for national acts, and headlining county and state fairs.
WHAT MAKES THEM DIFFERENT:
Variety: They are not a Pop band, a Country band, or a Rock band. They are an Everything band. Or I guess you could say a “Pocktry” band?? It’s safe to say, whatever your musical taste, they will have something for you.
Horn Section: Not too many bands are able to boast a 3 piece horn section. This allows them to play a bigger variety of tunes without sacrificing quality. Throw in some choreography and the crowd goes wild.
Everyone Sings: Boogie & the Yo-Yoz prides itself in diversity. They have the ability to cater to all tastes in music due to their vocal and instrumental flexibility.
Production: Every event is different, and they have the resources to accommodate every situation. They travel with a seasoned sound company that has the ability to provide sound and lighting for crowds from 20 to 20,000.
Professionalism: Fun is the biggest perk of their job; however, they do view their performances as jobs and treat every event with the respect that it demands.
Energy: You know that phrase “give 110%”? Well, they invented it. They are always moving, singing, and entertaining. One 30 minute break is all they require for a full four hour show.
“No matter who you are or how your day was, you will have fun with us.”
Boogie & the Yo-Yoz performing at SpringFest 2016
The crowd couldn't get enough!
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