The Official Big Turn Music Fest pre party
GENERAL B AND THE WIZ, WE ARE THE WILLOWS, and FAREWELL MILWAUKEE
Festival info: www.BigTurnMusicFest.com
GENERAL B AND THE WIZ
General B and the Wiz is made up of a few really nice jazz boys who are into some really weird, yet wholesome, stuff. The band connects with you, specifically, by writing songs from the heart and putting on high-energy performances that will melt your face and tickle your senses from the inside out. As collaborative songwriters, General B and the Wiz delivers high-energy music that will keep you laughing, dancing, and rocking to your heart’s content until you eventually die someday. The band released their third full-length album, Skeleton, in June of 2017, recorded with Joe Mabbott at The Hideaway Studios in Minneapolis, MN.
WE ARE THE WILLOWS
We Are The Willows is an orchestral indie rock band based out of South Minneapolis. The 5-piece ensemble features songwriter / frontman Peter Miller’s unique countertenor voice and guitar, supported by Jeremiah Satterthwaite (guitar/banjo), Hilary James (cello/voice/keys), Travis Collins (bass), and Stephen Lindquist (drums/voice). We Are The Willows craft dynamic, intimate songs with instruments and voices combining to create energetic rhythms and intricate melodies. Their heartfelt arrangements evoke shared nostalgic feelings of love and loss.
The latest album from We Are The Willows, Picture (Portrait), has been a decade in the making. The album is based off of 350 letters written between singer/ frontman Peter Miller’s grandfather and grandmother while he was stationed in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. Their correspondence inspired Peter to explore themes of family, separation, life, death, and identity in a time of national and personal crisis. The songs communicate complex ideas delivered with pop-sensible charm.
Since the release of Picture (Portrait), We Are The Willows have toured across North America, playing dates with the likes of Blitzen Trapper, PHOX and S. Carey. The band have appeared at music festivals including Treefort and SXSW 2015 where they performed on multiple showcases. Picture (Portrait) has received praise from NPR, the BBC, Buzzfeed, PASTE Magazine, NOISEY, Brooklyn Vegan, Magnet Magazine, and 89.3 The Current.
Mainstays of the Minneapolis music scene since 2008, Farewell Milwaukee embraces the role that their Midwestern roots have played in shaping them artistically, garnering them fans through their authentic lyrics, lush vocal harmonies, and an honest sincerity at live shows. It is because of this, they have gathered accolades from local and national press, landed a song placement on major-network TV, opened for the Lumineers (among others), and are featured on compilations alongside Mumford & Sons, Adele and Amos Lee.
Farewell Milwaukee released their fourth full-length album, FM, on September 9, 2016. FM is the product of successfully achieving the balance of furthering their artistic careers with a family life. “[The album] has the first song ever written about my daughter, called ‘Hurt No More,’” says front man Ben Lubeck. “I texted my wife a few weeks ago after revisiting the album saying that this was the record I wanted my daughter to remember me by. Musically and lyrically.”
The band’s success has given them perspective and an appreciation for their roots, which continuously comes across in FM. The album, filled with a thematic sense of grounding, was shaped by the stage-of-life lens of being husbands and fathers, and it is this concept of home base that made a concrete impression on FM’s overall flowing sound.