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Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 12:01 am

December doings

Lady Carole and Her Knights perform Sunday, 5 to 8 p.m., at Driftwood Cocktails and Eatery, Fifth and Adams.


Here we are moving through December like a kid through presents on Christmas morning. Per usual, we have a diverse and dandy assortment of doings to share with you this week.

Word on the street says Jules “Jodo” Hainuat might be retiring from playing music at the grand old age of 88. Jodo plays clarinet with Riverboat 5 + 1, our fantastic and fun Dixieland-style local group featuring Don Udey, Gene Haas and Gary Niehaus, plus Jane Hartman as “plus one,” along with some other cool cats now and again. These guys are real deal musicians; studied and stalwart, they know their notes inside and out. You can catch them, and possibly Jodo, if he’s up to playing, this Friday at Lime Street Cafe. Thanks to Laura Drennan for this sad but glad-to-get-it information and here’s a “thanks to you” Jodo, from the music community you’ve given great joy to for so many years.

Lady Carole and Her Knights break ground at a new venue with a CD release party on Sunday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the new downtown establishment, Driftwood Cocktails & Eatery, located on the corner of Fifth and Adams. This is Lady Carole’s debut CD (entitled Then Came You) and, as far as I know, the debut of live music at Driftwood. LC sings jazz and R & B classics with charm and elegance while backed by some of our area’s finest musicians. Look for guest players to come sit in as well.

The Blue Suns with Mike Burnett and Brooke Thomas perform a holiday concert with guest Bonnie Ettinger at the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Woodside Road Saturday night. Bonnie, as well as Brooke and the Blue Suns, are sporting CDs for sale. They’ve got it set up so the cover charge ($20) includes drinks, food and music.

It’s always bittersweet to announce benefit fundraisers. How grateful we all are when the music community comes together to support folks in need, but it can tear at the heartstrings when you know what those folks and their loved ones are going through.

Longtime local DJ, Brad Schroeder (since 1985), who seemed to be everywhere at once with his DJ and wedding planner service, suffered a massive stroke recently. Friends of the friendly Brad got together and organized this get-together at the Curve Inn on Sunday from 3 to 10 p.m. to support a guy who has given so much to others. Bands kick off at 3 p.m. with Clover 6, EXIT 52, Off The Wall and Powerhouse included in the action. Donated items will be auctioned off between bands and all the proceeds go to Brad’s GoFundMe account. You can go there by Googling “Brad Schroeder GoFundMe” and donate if you can’t make the gig. Right now, donations are being used to pay rent and basic costs of living, since Brad, being self-employed, does not have a corporate net to fall back on. Let’s help out with Brad-Aid.

At Firefighters Postal Lake Club on West Lake Shore Drive, friends gather on Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. in support of Nancy Blankenship. The lifelong resident of New Berlin and mother of local musician Brad Allen of ZZ Tripp and Sleeping Dogzz is fighting stage 3 multiple myeloma, a form of leukemia. Along with a silent auction, live auction, 50/50 raffle, door prizes, food and cash bar, seven bands perform including Shockafex, Zack Fedor & The Backseat Drivers, Sleeping Dogzz, Big Guy & The Mob, ZZ Tripp, Hipbone Sam and Pocket Rocket. Donations will go to offset the tremendous medical expenses associated with the disease’s treatment.

That should do it for this week. Here comes 2015 on our heels.

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