In the true spirit of UW Madison, Trapper Schoepp and the Shades are Wisconsin-ites through and through. Trapper Schoepp himself and his brother Tanner were born and raised in Ellsworth, the “Cheese Curd Capital of the World,” and when they met the rest of The Shades in Milwaukee, they endeavored to make their music, especially their latest album Run Engine Run, “a love letter to their beloved home state.” The band write roots-rock music that is inspired by the blues, rock, and folk that they grew up with. It’s easy to tell when listening to their music that they were influenced by many different genres, leading to their uniquely Midwestern sound and heartfelt lyrics.
The Shades have been playing live since before they were old enough to drink legally in the bars they performed in. They’ve rocked out in all kinds of places, whether it’s onstage with The Wallflowers or Soul Asylum to critical acclaim, or in their first-floor apartment, resulting in a gift of PBR from their upstairs neighbors the next morning. These guys have been relentlessly pounding the pavement in promotion of this third album, and it is paying off. They’re charismatic and powerful as a live band, and have easily picked up numerous fans along the way.
Trapper himself probably sums up the band’s outlook on life best when he says “I’m young, so I look at this as an opportunity to press on and share songs. Right now I have no expectations other than to keep on keepin’ on.”
Frankie Lee, a rocker from Minneapolis with a country twist will support Trapper Schoepp and the Shades. Tedo Stone, a soulful americana singer from Atlanta, GA, will open the show with his special brand of “carpe-diem passion.”
You won’t want to miss this one.
Saturday, July 13th, 9:30 PM, FREE