There’s only one Hall of Fame inductee within this esteemed institution that isn’t a person.
But as a venue, Kenosha’s Brat Stop has a Hall-worthy history in terms of its contributions to Wisconsin music.
It’s a bar, it’s a restaurant and it’s part of the WAMI Hall of Fame as a concert venue. Opened in 1961, the Brat Stop has provided a stage for up-and-coming local acts while also bringing big-name national entertainment.
Plenty of major acts had the Brat Stop on their itineraries through the years.
It was a regular stop for Cheap Trick as they began to build into a national powerhouse.
It’s hosted Charlie Daniels, Puddle of Mudd, Eddie Money, Warrant, BTO, Jackyl, Trace Adkins, Jo Dee Messina, Foghat, Guess Who and Shinedown among others.
There’s little that can build community like the power of music.
In Milwaukee, the drive of musicians to give back developed into a warm and important holiday tradition.
The Sleighriders, an annual collaboration of 40 of the finest, most experienced Milwaukee musicians, put forth holiday shows to raise money for worthy community causes.
Cast members change. But the collaboration has been a constant since the early 1980s.
The event began as an R&B review, but has expanded to include many different kinds of music. The group on any given year includes musicians from a wide variety of genres. It’s been a who’s who of the Milwaukee music scene.
Each year, music fans see all their favorites all in one place. And in the process, they’ve thousands upon thousands in benefit to others.
An eclectic power trio from Appleton, Soup earned tremendous popularity in Wisconsin and drew attention from far beyond.
Doug Yankus, guitarist and songwriter, led the band and was joined by David Faas on bass and Rob Griffith on drums. They formed in 1968 after Yankus’ prior band dissolved.
They had a solid reputation for their live shows and word got around.
It’s been said that Jimi Hendrix saw them play in Milwaukee and that Eric Clapton was a fan of Yankus’ guitar work.
In 1970, a Rock Magazine writer offered praise that "in ability alone, Soup surpasses nearly every new group on the pop scene today.”
They privately issued their self-titled first album in 1970. It came in a plain brown wrapper with demo tracks on one side and a live performance on the other. Their second and final release, The Album Soup, was released in 1971 and received high acclaim.