Second Annual Flannel Fest Set for November 7
Flannel Fest is Saturday, November 7 at the High Noon Saloon 5 p.m. – midnight
Flannel Fest has more going for it than being just another celebration of Americana music. Though the name conjures hipster images, it’s about keeping people warm in the coming months as much as heating up the audience at the High Noon Saloon next Saturday, November 7. Flannel Fest will benefit the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund as it did in 2014. According to their website, the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund (KWW/CF) “is a statewide non-profit charitable effort that steps in and keeps the heat and power on for thousands of elderly, people with disabilities, veterans and working families with young children in crisis. As a result of generous public, private, business and individual support, KWW/CF provides preventative services and the financial assistance necessary to avert energy-related crisis situations. The KWW/CF provides the only safety net that keeps those most in need safely in their homes.”
The Flannel Fest lineup will include both local and national acts. The Whiskey Farm will kick things off at 5 p.m. The Madison-based group will likely focus on songs from their recent release Book of Matches (read the review here). They’ll be followed by ever-popular Beth Kille Band. Boston’s Hillary Reynolds Band is no stranger to Wisconsin having performed at the Mile of Music festival in Appleton. The group’s new album The Miles Before Us has just been released. Madison favorites The Mascot Theory will perform next. TMT has been busy working on their next album over at Clutch Studios. Rockford’s Miles Nielsen and The Rusted Hearts play folk-rock and pop. Miles Nielsen is the son of Cheap Trick guitarist-vocalist Rick Nielsen. Austin’s Micky and the Motorcars will close out the event. Their latest recording, Live in Rockford (check it out here), was recorded in late 2014.
Flannel Fest is organized by Beth Kille and the Mascot Theory’s Erik Kjelland – as if these two incredibly dedicated people have nothing else to do. “Last year we wanted to get a bigger name act with Wisconsin ties so we got Cory Chisel,” says Kjelland. “Continuing that Mile of Music/Appleton link this year, we got Hillary Reynolds who has strong ties to that area and is now living in Boston. Miles Nielsen Miles plays around Wisconsin and Illinois so we were familiar with him. Our headliner is Micky and the Motorcars from Austin. Three-fourths of my band (not me) used to cover some of their songs in their old band. Micky Braun is part of a very musical family, one brother is in his band and two other brothers are in Reckless Kelly. Both those bands tour like crazy and have loyal followings around the country.”
Tickets for Flannel Fest are $20 in advance $25 day of show, or $35 for a VIP package which includes one ticket to the show, a 2015 Flannel Fest T-shirt and a hand-printed poster (LIMITED QUANITY). Tix are available through www.flannelfest.com or www.high-noon.com.