Archive for January, 2006

Good times with The Willis

Monday, January 30th, 2006

Hi all.

Just finished up a truly enjoyable weekend of music with my friends The Willis, from Oshkosh, WI. Split a show with them last thursday at the HayMarket here in Decorah, IA. They had all grown beards for the tour, with greater and lesser degrees of success. The Willis displayed a rugged, mountain-man demeanor as they took to the stage (floor) of the Market (dive bar). Decorah received the rock gratefully and demanded more, even when the band had spent every round from their bandaleros of song.

An evening of Texas Hold ‘em followed the show at my rural home. Willis members Steve, Todd, and Erik showed their gritty resolve, playing long into the night after all others had punked out and gone to bed. I truly couldn’t help but admire these single-mindedly determined men, as they played on, though their eyes were puffy and beards awash in spittle.

Saturday, I traveled to Minneapolis with my friend Schroeder and took in sets by Dallas Orbiter, The Willis, and Self-Evident, each band sharing with us in their own special way. All in all, a fine weekend with fine folks.

take care, Jeff

To the HayMarket! With The Willis! uuuhh..Hello!

Sunday, January 22nd, 2006

I’ll get to the point. I want you to come to the HayMarket here in Decorah, Iowa. I’m splitting a show with my friends The Willis, from Oshkosh, Wisconsin. They are an excellent band and nice guys. Check out their music at

the show will be…
10PM / $3 cover
201 Washington St./Decorah,IA

Above is a link to a great blog entry on the HayMarket and Decorah by Dave Simonette of Duluth’s Trampled By Turtles. He paints a great picture of the scene and sparks a subsequent discussion of Iowa bashing. Something for which I once haughtily scolded Wisconsin Public Radio’s Jean Feracca.

Hope to see you all soon. Thanks, Jeff

Me and Sandman in Decorah

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

TUESDAY, JAN. 3RD / 8pm / hat pass
108 W. Rural Ave.
3RD FLOOR / around the back and up the stairs
Decorah, IA