Sunday, November 10, 2013

What a great night.

Chrissy, Kimmy, and Sarah were outstanding!  We had good audience turnout, and everyone left with a smile...

I should say that not everyone left when the most of the audience did, Tim Kolek from Rose River and Guitar Logic plus Steve Topel from Guitar Logic stuck around and pretty soon there was a jam session; unfortunately, you won't be able to listen to this short video unless you are Steve's FB friend.

Monday, October 14, 2013

WhiskeyBelles Nov 2nd

“The Whiskeybelles is not your typical Milwaukee band. Not even taking into account the band’s entirely female populace, the outfit expertly toes the line of talented original act and more-than capable cover band. Its upbeat and experienced melding of country, folk and Americana proves a welcome resident to dive bars and massive outdoor festivals alike. And at the tender age of two, the trio has managed to garner growing consideration from local promoters… not to mention a Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) award along the way.” - Milwaukee Magazine

Hank Williams passion, Carter family harmonies, with a little Hee Haw mixed in for good measure. The WhiskeyBelles are an all-female traditional country and Americana trio featuring pitch-perfect three-part harmonies and their own hot fiddle, guitar and bass playing. The 'Belles have personalities as big as the Texan skyline - they have a great time on stage, and love to share the fun with their audience.

They released their debut album, “Whiskey Woman,” on July 29, 2012 kicking off a full schedule of summer gigs including coveted opening slots for country stars Montgomery Gentry, Kentucky Headhunters and The Lost Trailers.

Chrissy Dzioba (joe-buh) ~ Guitar, Banjitar & Vocals
Chrissy began piano training and performance at the age of three, reading music before she could read words. As a music major in college, Chrissy focused on classical piano as well as saxophone, but continued to write songs on guitar and mandolin. She soon began performing weekly in various bands, and as a solo artist around Wisconsin. With two albums under her solo name, 'In the Making' (1999), and the nationally distributed 'Far From Dreaming' (2001 - produced by Joe Puerta), she recently released 'Folk N' Soul' (2008) under her duo, Blonde On Blonde. She has performed on NPR's Hotel Milwaukee, as well as Fox 6 Wakeup. In 2008, Chrissy was nominated for WAMI Female Vocalist of the Year.

Kimberly (Kimmy) Unger ~ Fiddle & Vocals
Kimmy hails from a musical family and has been playing violin since the age of 10 after being inspired by the musical Fiddler on the Roof. She has been a member of the Racine Symphony Orchestra since 1999 and loves to keep in touch with her classical roots. Her live music career began in 2004 with local Milwaukee band, Misses Murphy and in 2007 joined the ranks of one of Cetlic rock band Reilly, currently signed to Oglio Records. In 2009, she was brought together with the lovely ladies of The Whiskeybelles. Bringing vibrant and rare reverberations to the table, combining elements from classical, blues, folk and rock, Kimmy is continually fine-tuning a sound using delay, distortion and other effects to create a vibe of her own. She garnered a 2011 WAMI nomination for Best Specialty Instrument of the Year.

Sara Moilanen ~ Bass, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
A recent winner of the 2011 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) award for Best Female Vocalist, Sara fits right in with this female, vocal-driven trio! She also performs with her husband, Tim Suchocki in the Americana/Folk duo West of East, which won the 2011 WAMI award for Americana Artist of the Year. They released their first album, Love In the Twilight Zone, in 2009 and a second album is currently in production. Sara has been involved in music, one way or another, for her whole life. Choir, musical theatre and in her early twenties she began to discover her talents as a songwriter and guitar player. For nearly ten years before coming to Milwaukee, she developed those talents while writing and performing music with the PeaceHill Musicians in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Mark the date..

 Nov. 2nd 7:30, The WhiskeyBelles.  

Roots Country Music, Born of Gin Halls and Juke Joints –Hank Williams passion, Carter family harmonies, with a little Hee Haw mixed in for good measure. The WhiskeyBelles are an all-female traditional country and Americana trio featuring pitch-perfect three-part harmonies and their own hot fiddle, guitar and bass playing. The 'Belles have personalities as big as the Texan skyline - they have a great time on stage, and love to share the fun with their audience. 

They released their debut album, “Whiskey Woman,” on July 29, 2012 kicking off a full schedule of summer gigs including coveted opening slots for country stars Montgomery GentryKentucky Headhunters and The Lost Trailers

“One band that makes their performance look like more fun than legally allowed is the Whiskeybelles. Blessed with decent chops, excellent harmonies and outstanding camaraderie and charisma the Whiskeybelles delight audiences every night out.” 
- Paddy Fineran -

"I mentioned their perfect harmonies. I mean they were perfect. Yet -- and this is their gift-- the Whiskeybelles are wonderfully loose, making it sound and look easy so that the audience is engaged and involved. Really good set……..and they're definitely on my "go see them again" list."
- Veronica Rusnak - The Sixth Station blog

The WhiskeyBelles Have Been Nominated and Awarded Several WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) Awards:
2010: Won the People’s Choice Award, Nominated for Best New Artist. 
2011: Nominated for the People’s Choice Award, Sara Won Female Vocalist of the Year.
2012: Nominated for Roots/Americana Artist of the Year,  Kimmy Nominated for Strings and Chrissy for Vocalist of the Year.
2013: Won Americana/Bluegrass Artist of the Year, Kimmy Nominated for Strings and Chrissy for Vocalist of the Year.

More information at :

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Burns & Allen, Tim & Mary?

Last night we received a reservation from a couple coming from Rochester (over an hour away) to come to the show. He said he heard Mary and Tim on the Bob and Tom show and thought they were as funny as Burns and Allen. Here's the show he was talking about:

The reserve list is well over 30 at this point... call or email before you head over.... the seating might be on overflow stairs.

We also want to let you know that Amanda Grace will open the night instead of Lucky Dog.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

When is a house concert, not a concert?

When it's a comedy night!... I think then we can say in the immortal words of Ed Sullivan, "we have a really big shhoooooow, for you tonight"  Mary Mack comes back to the Bluff View, this time bringing her husband, Tim Harmston.  He just has also had an appearance on David Letterman.

Here he is...

Of course, we love Mary and she is the headliner...

Please please like us at : even if you can't make it to this really big shoe... I mean show.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Festival summer...

Hey, while we still don't have anything officially on the calendar, Lori and I have been throughly enjoying music this summer.  We've made it to the Root Note three times since July 1st to see, SHEL, Barbara Jean, and The Pines. Now some of you know that we were lucky to host David and Benson with The Pines a few year ago, and now I have SHEL and Barbara Jean on our prospect list.

If you would like to listen or get a few free songs from SHEL and Barbara Jean, help yourself with this mix I helped put together for the fest.  I'd love to do one for the House concert series too:

And if you want to come see for yourself, come to the fest August 23-25 in La Crosse WI

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Great Concert with Prairie Smoke

Oh we had a great time last night with Prairie Smoke, and the Great River Folk Fest thanks you all for your contribution.  Here's a video of them doing Pig Ankle Rag.  If you missed it and want to throw a few tax deduction bucks the fest's way, you can donate on their website at

Monday, May 27, 2013

Summer fun(d) raising concert

We are having a summer fund raiser for Great River Folk Fest party at Bluff View House Concerts with Prairie Smoke. Plans are to open the yard to everyone at 5:00 for a pot luck, music starts at 6:00 with Lucky Dog and Prairie Smoke comes on around 7:30. Let's hope for great weather, but we have inside seating for 40 and overflow upstairs, so don't hesitate stopping out and donating to the fest while enjoying some great music and company.

All you blog readers know that Bluff View Concerts has been hosting house concerts since 2008, including performers like Steve Gillette, Cindy Mangsen, The Pines, David Stoddard, Beth Wood, Norah Rendell, Brian Miller, Lindsay Lou and Flatbellys, Becky Schlegal, Carrie Elkins and Danny Schmidt.  Call 608.526.9051 and ask for Dave Schipper if you get lost, but as long as it's not raining there should be room for all.  BYOB, Hot beef sandwiches supplied.  N7916 Bluff View Concert, Holmen WI

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Poster with QR Code

My son was doing a project with QR codes and then I was standing looking at the bulletin board at SSE and one out of 12 posters had a QR code... poof I put the two and two together... It's a modern link that will allow people to remember that they saw the coolest concert to go to... If you see this new poster around town.. test it out please.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Better off Broke

As your host sits down to finally do his taxes... why not a great song from Danny Schmidt... that pretty lady sitting next to him in parts of the video is Carrie Elkin.  LOVE this song!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

April 27th Carrie Elkin & Danny Schmidt

Or as Raina Rose called them, "The future Mr. & Mrs. Schmelkin" will grace the Bluff View House concert series on Saturday April 27th... and we're excited.  This Austin Texas couple are both individual Red House recording artists, and we get to see both of them TOGETHER with their unique talents and voices blending.  I did have someone contact me to find out if he could get reservations and he's planning to drive two hours to see them; he had hosted them before but couldn't this time.

Danny has over 7 cds recorded and they are rich in stories beautifully penned in a rural Texan style.  Stories about bank robbers, Grandpa, life on the road, and unique perspective on friends & God; here's a sampling of quotes from his website:

"The most brilliant young songwriter I've heard in the past 25 years. His songs are thrillingly poetic."
- Rich Warren, The Midnight Special
"In his use of parable and allegory, there are inevitable comparisons with Cohen and Dylan, but these are songs of such quality and beauty that they more than hold their own in this exalted company."
5 stars out of 5, Maverick Magazine UK
"With seductive simplicity, his music demands your attention."
Texas Monthly
"In today's underground folk world, Danny Schmidt is spoken of in reverent tones, drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, with a poetry that breathes naturally and without pretension, with results that are both attractive and intense."
Austin Chronicle
"Schmidt is a stellar poet and musician, and media comparisons to a string of legends are not amiss. He's too original and too good for a mere cult following."
- Dirty Linen Magazine

Carrie I met at the Great River Folk Fest, and immediately started planning to host her for a house concert.  I'm always on a lookout for the artist who is throughly enjoying themselves with a people warmth that  works in a house concert.  You could see how she how she taught us paltry singers how to sing and exercise those lungs and vocal chords.  No wonder such a tremendous voice comes out of a little package.  Here's what others have to say about Carrie.

TX MUSIC MAGAZINE:  Named one of Texas Music Magazine's artist's of the year 

"an earthy combination of strength and compassion . . . reminiscent of the winsome beauty created by a young Nanci Griffith” 
Austin Chronicle 

"Carrie is a fantastically warm singer...a master of conveying the message and emotions of her characters"
Fish Records, UK 

"the sense of vivid connection to Carrie's experience and to her vision of the world epitomises why I listen to singer-songwriters like her"
Flyin' Shoes, UK 

Now that you are convinced; reserve a spot in the house concert.  Or print out a poster and mention it to a friend.  You can call me (number on poster) or email me at, or finally add yourself to the event on Facebook... you would hate to hear it's full and you wanted to come.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Boy I love the day after

Forget about the tearing down the sound system or moving chairs in or out, the day after a house concert normally starts with coffee the artists, Lori's Church recipe egg bake, and more stories and connections both from last night and into the future.  After they take off for the next gig, I get to putz with the recordings, (live one of a kind stuff), post pics, and this time a few videos.  AND YESSSS.

Wow Beth Wood and David Stoddard rocked last night.  Smile were abound, "Wow were talented! Now I know why Tim said that he was in love last time he saw Beth" said Jenny his wife.  Maybe that's why she showed up this time! Ha.  We had a great crowd, a quarter came because they trust us, a quarter wanted to see Beth, a quarter wanted to see David, and quarter came because they insist never to miss one of these living room concerts.

While most of the night both Beth and David supported each other's song, this fine story about a piano's history was one she just enjoyed with the rest of us.

Now this one wasn't from our house concert, but it was from one their first mini-tour and I'm so glad I got a good live recording of it from last night.  Sing it David!!

Friday, March 8, 2013

One week to go...

As I sit here with one week to go, I'm still hoping for ten more people for the audience, but fearing 20 more.. HA.. the life of a small venue.  Watching the audience take shape is always fun, and seeing newbies, the 2-3 show experienced, and the long term supporters blend always give life to the party.

Beth Wood flew over from Oregon, and she and David have started their little Midwest tour together; this one will be special.  I was hoping by now there might be a video from one of their concerts... but there was a picture.  Tantalizing isn't it... HA.  Heck, it's just great acoustic live fun music.

March 15th Friday 7:30 at Holmen WI N7916 Bluff View Ct.  Map  and call 608.526.9051 for RSVP.

Here are some more...

And this one answered my question... even in the cold of Minnesota Beth sings barefooted.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Beth Wood & David Stoddard March 15th

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