Joe Huber Trio / Pole Barn Rebels / Suitcase Boozers

Fri, Jul 21, 2017 @ 8:00 pm to 2:00am

Friday, July 21 / 8pm doors, 9pm music / $10
Joe Huber Trio (Folk/Singer-songwriter)
Pole Barn Rebels (Outlaw country)
Suitcase Boozers (Honky tonk)

Singer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist Joseph Huber was a founding member of the .357 String Band–a group that, despite its abrupt break-up, still continues to gain popularity and is known as one of the most influential groups in the recent insurgent underground country and bluegrass movement. Having moved from .357, Huber has honed his songwriting abilities immensely and now continues moving onward and upward captivating folks with his sincere and well-crafted songs under his own name and with his backing band. Whether it’s irresistible, fiddle-driven, dancing tunes or honest, heart-wrenching “songwriter” songs, Huber spans the spectrum of ‘Roots’ music while preferring not to stay within the boundaries of any strict genre classification.

His lyricism and introspective writing style has received high acclaim from many Americana enthusiasts looking for a more substantive substitute to much of today’s modern country. Maintaining a solid touring schedule, playing all throughout both the U.S. and all around Europe, Huber continues to gain positive press, including being listed on L.A. Weekly’s ’10 More Country Artists To Listen To (2014).’ Blue Ridge Outdoor writes, “Songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Chris Smither, and John Prine can marvel listeners in the simplest of acoustic settings,…From time to time, I stumble upon a new singer/songwriter whose work warrants comparison to the luminaries on this list. …Huber’s songwriting has me comparing him to my favorites above.”

Huber’s 4th solo release, ‘The Suffering Stage’ is a shift both in writing style and in it’s filled-out production style, which looks beyond his usual minimalist folk recordings. It features many of Milwaukee’s best players, such as Ryan Knudson on pedal steel; Dustin Dobernig on keys; Andrew Koenig on electric guitar; as well as his long-time touring band members–Jason Loveall on fiddle; and Eston Bennett on bass. It follows his early self-released material–‘Bury Me Where I Fall’ (2010) and ‘Tongues Of Fire’ (2012)–and his 3rd album, ‘The Hanging Road,’ which was released under Nashville’s ‘Muddy Roots Recordings’ label in Spring 2014.

Pole Barn Rebels: We are a band of misfits brought together for a simple goal, GREAT MUSIC. But not just any music, OUTLAW Country. The brainchild of founder, Rev.HB Bonz (Bones), the Pole Barn Rebels were born in Bonz’s pole barn/rehearsal space back in ’09. While driving cross-country in a 18 wheeler, Bonz’s boss bought him a satellite radio. Digging through the channels, he stumbled upon a channel called outlaw country. First song was a classic Waylon Jennings tune and memories from his childhood came flooding back: biker rallies, pig roasts, and all things outlaw. Immediately he tore off the dial and it never left that channel. When he got off the road, he started putting a band together and the Pole Barn Rebels would hit the music scene running. At first a revolving door of musicians, the PBR boys’ lineup is now set in stone. Joined by RB Suave on bass, RB brings a hard hitting, rocking, yet melodic style of bass playing to the mix. Coming from a punk funk rock background he is Bonz’s right hand man. Jakey Black No. 9 came to us after spending 4 years on the road and in Nashville. Jakey comes from a country upbringing but has speed metal racing through his veins. Malmsteen and Vai would be proud. Jakey can turn up the heat on the rocking tunes and take it back to solid gold country on the waltzes. Last but not least Roger Ferko brings a whole new energy and life to the songs on the percussion side of the music. Roger adds a high energy back beat to all the songs, with an arsenal of add ons, the haunting chimes will send chills up your spine.

You can catch the PBR boys on any given day playing their brand of hard rocking outlaw country all over the state of MI. From the dingiest honky tonks to small town concert series and fairs, they are one of Michigan’s hardest working bands, boasting over 150 shows a year. The Machine Shop concert Lounge is a regular stomping spot for the boys opening for many national acts including David Allan Coe, Blackberry Smoke, Whitey Morgan and many others, these boys are no strangers to the big stage. So if you enjoy REAL country music come on out and enjoy some local boys tyring to keep the outlaw tunes alive.