Wisconsin Music Podcast
Episode 081: Classic blend of ’70s rock and ’90s alternative - ZEROED HERO

Episode 081: Classic blend of ’70s rock and ’90s alternative - ZEROED HERO

August 2, 2022

Episode 81

Hometown:  Madison, WI

Genre:  Rock

Sounds Like:  Foo Fighters, Rival Sons, Royal Blood

Try on some Black and Blue-Collar Rock & Roll!

Zeroed Hero pours a classic blend of '70s rock and '90s alternative that’s more Muhammad Ali than Mike Tyson, featuring tight, riffy guitars and smart, thoughtful lyrics presented with sweet, memorable harmonies.  Their high-energy live shows built on visceral rhythms, immersive grooves, rich melodies, and powerful harmonies showcase the strength of their songwriting and have earned them the title of the Madison Area Music Association's 2020 Breakthrough Artist of the Year.

  • Chris Franczek - bass, vocals
  • Dean Kesler - vocals
  • Katrina Harms - keys, vocals
  • Stefan Truesdell - guitar, vocals
  • Tony Kille - drums

Infused with an array of badass talent packing more flavor than an artisanal ice cream shop, the band connects with audiences during compelling live shows that are energetic, passionate affairs.  Chris seasoned his bass chops through cover bands and blues. Dean extracted his vocal style from powerhouse classic rock and musical theater.  Katrina came up on classic rock radio playing piano and writing and performing as an electronica solo artist.  Stefan forged his guitar skills in alt-metal and tempered them touring nationally with reggae and funk groups. Providing the tock to our tics, americana & rock veteran Tony anchors the rhythm section on drums.

Like your favorite pair of worn jeans, slide in and wrap yourself in the black and blue-collar rock & roll comfort of Zeroed Hero.







Episode 080: Animal Crackers Music Festival and more at the Racine Zoo

Episode 080: Animal Crackers Music Festival and more at the Racine Zoo

July 12, 2022


Episode 080

Animal Crackers Music Festival at the Racine Zoo

Invite your friends, grab your folding chairs, and enjoy the scenic view of Lake Michigan while listening to some truly amazing artists from across the U.S. and atop the charts for our 35th annual Animal Crackers Concert Series.


2022 Artist Lineup:

Season Tickets

$90 per person online only



Individual Tickets

$30 per person online

$35 per person at the gate


Ticket Pickup

Tickets will be available for pickup at the Zoo Administration Office (200 Goold Street, Racine WI, 53402) before the concert until 12PM. After 12PM the day of the concert, tickets will be held at "Will Call" at Zoo entrance (2131 N. Main Street, Racine, WI 53402). Please bring your ID.


Concert Times

Doors open: 5:30PM

Shows begin: 7PM


Please Note

  • Concerts held rain or shine.​
  • Online ticket sales will conclude at 12PM the day of the concert.
  • There is no discount on individual tickets.
  • Only purchase tickets through the Racine Zoo website or in person at the Zoo. All other places tickets may be sold are a scam.
  • Proceeds benefit the animals and programs of the Racine Zoo.


Nestled on the sandy shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, the Racine Zoo is home to some of the world's most remarkable and endangered wildlife. The walk is easy for kids and seniors, making the Racine Zoo a great way to enjoy the outdoors with the family.


Voted #1 "Best Place to Take Kids" in Racine County 2021

Voted #1 "Best Place for Summer Jobs" in Racine County 2021

Voted Hometown Favorite for "Best Place to Work" in Racine County 2021

Voted Hometown Favorite for "Best Family Fun" in Racine County 2021

Voted #1 "Top Place to Take Kids In and Around Milwaukee" 2021

Voted #1 "Most Loved Place to Go" 2022


Episode 079: Kenosha Opera Festival (KOF) - Not What You May Be Thining!

Episode 079: Kenosha Opera Festival (KOF) - Not What You May Be Thining!

July 12, 2022


Episode 79

Kenosha Opera Festival


The mission of the Kenosha Opera Festival is to create high quality art and provide accessible, excellent classical and operatic music experiences to the greater Kenosha community.

he Kenosha Opera Festival is a new opera company in beautiful Kenosha, Wisconsin. We bring professional operatic performances to Kenosha, and we strive to complement and uplift the various ethnic and cultural communities here. Joining with our strong local partners, we are excited to bring some of the best stage repertoire there is to Kenosha’s own shores.

The Kenosha Opera Festival is dedicated to a summer opera but facilitates or hosts a variety of both free and ticketed musical events, such as recitals or concerts, during our festival. Please check out our upcoming events, or events of our partners, today!

The Kenosha Opera Festival is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.



(262) 288-0707

Registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Episode 078:  Fusion of pop-punk and post-hardcore, with ”cathartic emo vocals and lyrics”  - Milwaukee’s Gold Steps -

Episode 078: Fusion of pop-punk and post-hardcore, with ”cathartic emo vocals and lyrics” - Milwaukee’s Gold Steps -

June 28, 2022

Wisconsin Music Podcast

Episode 078

Gold Steps


Alternative Press has named them in their “10 unsigned bands to keep an eye on in 2021" and
aptly called their music a fusion of pop-punk and post-hardcore, with "cathartic emo vocals and
lyrics" that make for an eclectic blend all their own. For a band that says they've never felt like
part of the in crowd, this is just one of many accolades ringing throughout the industry.
The band has been featured in Rock Sound, had several features in Alternative Press, a spot
on San Antonio's Warped Tour, So What?!, Summerfest, and SXSW official showcases.
They’ve even shared the stage with acts like Belmont, As It Is, Forever Came Calling, The
Ataris, Aaron Gillespie (Underoath, The Almost), and more through regional and national
Self-proclaimed Warped Tour Kids who found refuge in bands of the 90s and early 2000s
pop-punk scene, Milwaukee’s Gold Steps brings a playful, energetic mood to all that they
create, with a sound that teeters between influences like The Wonder Years, State Champs, and
Neck Deep to create impassioned lyrics and hard-hitting, emotive songs.
”In creativity, there are no rules,” says the band. “We’ve written songs in many different ways.
Sometimes we jam something out and it just blossoms into an actual song. Sometimes it starts
with a vocal melody. We’ve even written a song by trying to emulate a specific feeling. Anything
goes; All creation starts with just... starting! Somewhere, however, wherever or whatever
inspires it..”
“Made up of married duo Liz Mauritz (vocals) and Zach Duarte (guitar), with Ryan Rivas (bass)
and Mike Britz (drums), the foursome have a slew of releases lined up for 2022. Up first is “Stay
The Same” a collaboration with Nick Thompson (Thief Club, Hit The Lights), who not only
shares vocals on the track, but appears in the music video as well.
“We shot at Four Seasons, this legendary warehouse skatepark in Milwaukee that's peppered
with murals by local artists, and asked the CIB Milwaukee chapter crew to skate and show off
their mad skills,” explains Liz. “We goofed around on this old toy tractor that's been in my family
for generations. And that was it! There were some mishaps pre-shoot, and the shoot was almost
derailed an hour before we were scheduled to start...but that's a whole other story."
The video achieves what all of Gold Steps’ music hopes to achieve—a feeling of belonging. Of
being part of the family, even if you’ve felt like an outcast. For these four friends, it’s all about
making music they believe in, and hoping that reaches a community of peers who, like Gold
Steps, have never been one of the cool kids; but who couldn’t possibly care less—so long as
they’re surrounded by the people and music they love.

For Fans Of: The Wonder Years, State Champs, Neck Deep

Follow Gold Steps:
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Episode 077:Father and Son musicians, author and podcasters from La Crosse, Andrew and Nick Tempte of the Remainders

Episode 077:Father and Son musicians, author and podcasters from La Crosse, Andrew and Nick Tempte of the Remainders

June 21, 2022


Episode 77

Andrew and Nick Tempte


As the author of Balancing Act: Teach Coach Mentor Inspire, Senior Advisor at Kaplan North America and a classic rock musician, Andrew Temte continues to hone his work/life balance. Together with his son Nick, and his band, The Remainders, Andy and team are proud to announce the release of a new music video for their song “Hitchin’ a Ride.” This is the first music video for the #1 classic rock band in Western Wisconsin. 


Available on YouTube and Facebook, the music video features clips from recent live performances of “Hitchin a Ride” and captures the lively and positive spirit of The Remainders. With the video, produced in collaboration with Dylan Overhouse Productions in La Crosse, Wisconsin, the band looks to inspire their fans to follow their dreams, no matter their age. 


The production of “Hitchin’ a Ride” was a family affair; Andy, based in La Crosse, and his son Nick, now living in Milwaukee, collaborated in their home studio to write and produce the tune. “It was awesome how organically it all happened. It’s been better than I could have expected,” Nick says of producing the song with his father. With their music, they hope to encourage other families to make music together.


An experienced musician, Andy found the inspiration for “Hitchin’ a Ride” while riding his bicycle down scenic Highway 33 in the bluffs of Western Wisconsin. He discovered a giant bug on his leg that, in Andy’s words, was “just hitchin’ a ride.” He immediately began humming the hook and singing the lyrics for what would become a love song about his 37-year relationship with his wife Linda. “The song ‘Hitchin’ a Ride’ is all about how I’m hitching a ride with my dear wife Linda in the wonderful journey that we’ve had,” says Andy. 


Together since 2004, The Remainders have earned themselves a reputation as the top classic rock band in Western Wisconsin. With a love for Wisconsin, The Remainders have helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for charities in the La Crosse community over the past 17 years. As their motto states: “Rock’n Out and Doin’ Good,” The Remainders are a perfect example of a community-oriented band with passion for making music. 


Episode 076: Multi-Instrumentalist,  Synth and electronic ,musician, Sulestial

Episode 076: Multi-Instrumentalist, Synth and electronic ,musician, Sulestial

June 14, 2022


Episode 76 



Sulestial is an artist without boundaries, he has connected his personal influences and emotions across the different genres he releases under. Based out of Milwaukee and originally from a small town out of Milwaukee, Sulestial started playing guitar for a jazz band as well as lead singer/rhythm guitar for his own band “Buffalo River”, before that he played violin, saxophone and banjo. 
Sulestial has always believed that music is worth being made and listened to as long as it is done well. With that policy while beginning to produce music, artists such as Exmag and Griz acted as an inspiration for combining the synths of electronic music with the dance inducing grooves of funk with live instruments to create a happy marriage of live and digital music. Sulestial found his niche in creating music that pulls from all his different skill sets and the result is a little something for every music listener.
After his first electronic funk EP “NOVA” released in 2018, Sulestial began to branch out with his releases. The song “Nights Of Love” started to pull from his other influences, incorporating soul and vinyl scratching. In 2021 he gave us his most energetic music yet, such as the heavier synth sounds that came with the release of "Hark" and the funky bass house vibes from "RadioMan".
Now he is gearing up for the release of his funkiest, most bangin' song yet coming in February 2022 so be sure to stay tuned!

I am also a part of music team called "Bass Chasers Music Collective" that I will occasionally play shows with and release music with including a different new single on a compilation album coming later in the year. 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sulestialmusic/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sulestialmusic
Website: https://sulestialmusic.com/home
TikTok: @sulestialmusic   

Episode 075: Next Paperback Hero -  Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nathan Honoré from Milwaukee WI

Episode 075: Next Paperback Hero - Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nathan Honoré from Milwaukee WI

June 7, 2022


Episode 75

Next Paperback Hero


Original music by songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Nathan Honoré from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The music of Next Paperback Hero walks the line between hope and heartbreak, encouraging reflection for those who feel like outsiders... lost souls searching for a path, looking to begin again.

Simple acoustic guitars and melodic baritone vocals serve as the musical foundation, leaving space for electronic flavors, splashes of saxophone and trumpet, and sparse percussion to create a menagerie of indie folk/rock influences. With confessional, wistful lyrics full of wanderlust and hunger, Next Paperback Hero navigates uncertain waters in uncertain times by looking forward without dismissing the past.
Next Paperback Hero's first full length record 'Morning Skies & Heavy Eyes' is available now on all digital platforms.
For fans of Field Report, Elliott Smith, Lucy Dacus, The National, Phoebe Bridgers

Praise for 'Morning Skies & Heavy Eyes':

“Like a good paperback, "Morning Skies & Heavy Eyes" is hard to put down, thanks to the vivid lyrics and arrangements from the songwriter behind Hero, Nathan Honoré.” - Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“It is so well done and it’s hard music to do that well. There’s so much singer-songwriter music out there, especially after the quarantine where everybody was holed up recording, recording, recording. You can tell what goes that extra mile and this one really does. - TAP’d IN


Episode 074: Blues and then some, Jay Stulo

Episode 074: Blues and then some, Jay Stulo

May 10, 2022

Episode 74


Jay Stulo has been playing, fronting, and leading blues bands since the late 1980’s. He has toured the nation several times and released 5 CD’s. Jay first picked up guitar at the age of 14, learning some basic chords from his father, a early rock-a-billy guitarist. He joined his first working bar band Gypsy Rose at the age of 17.

Jay hit the road early with blues legend Luther Allison, then later with James Solberg. Jay co-founded The Mighty Aces in 1996 and toured full-time for a decade leading the The Jay Stulo Band. After taking some time away from music in 2006, Jay picked up his guitar returned to the stage in 2016. It did not take long to get back on top of his game, first as part of the West Coast style Jay Edward Band and now leading an all new Jay Stulo Band.

Influenced by multiple genres, Jay is not a traditional blues artist by any means, and this is not your grandfather’s blues - versatile, high energy guitar pyrotechnics, rock-tinged hooks, and gut-bucket vocals make for a show to remember.

YouTube channel is here: https://www.youtube.com/c/JayStulo
Episode 073: Ugandan-born, Wisconsin Resident Ben Mulwana

Episode 073: Ugandan-born, Wisconsin Resident Ben Mulwana

May 3, 2022


Episode 73

Ben Mulwana


Ben Mulwana is a Ugandan-born and raised artist residing in Wisconsin.  Ben released his debut EP, "Wano Naawe", in June 2019.  Ben's most recently released work is his Single, "Lies of the Devil" available on all streaming platforms, and he is set to release his next project in Spring 2022.  With soulful lyrics and a diverse range of musical inspiration, Ben's music has a storytelling quality that is both unique and familiar. Playing various shows from New York to Minnesota, and everywhere in between, he strives to share his heart through his music with everyone he meets.
Episode 072:  Singer/Songwriter Peggy James - 2nd appearance

Episode 072: Singer/Songwriter Peggy James - 2nd appearance

April 19, 2022


Episode 72

Peggy James


With The Parade, Peggy James Revisits Favorite Songs
and Adds to Her Catalog
Due Out Digitally Nov.19, 2021
Peggy James’ The Parade is an album of quiet strength, fervent hope and unshakeable
faith. The Parade, her sixth album, stands on the strong shoulders of previous releases. It’s a “best-of” and a “what’s new?” featuring five new recordings of favorite songs from her earlier albums and six new songs written in 2021.

Like her previous albums, many influences can be heard yet The Parade refuses to be
easily categorized. And yet, The Parade is rooted above all in the ballad and storytelling
traditions of American country music.

At the heart of The Parade is Peggy James’ voice, pure as a morning in spring, unafraid
yet sensitive to the nuances of the words she sings. She has written her own material since her recording career began.

 “Most of my inspiration for writing comes from observing people, places, events and my
own life experiences,” Peggy says. “When something strikes me as interesting, I try to weave a story around it and become a character in the story that makes the idea come alive—like an actor would if given a part,” she continues. “Then I know I’m ready to write it into a song. Usually, the words and the music pretty much appear simultaneously as a rough draft. Then I carve the song until I'm satisfied that the emotion, melody and words express what I intended it to. The first song on the album, ‘I Go With Me’ is a perfect example of this process.”

Peggy accompanies herself throughout The Parade on acoustic guitar. Most of the other
instrumental tracks were performed by her producer and longtime musical partner, Jim Eannelli, who endows the music with its genre-spanning scope. “Willow” is old school country, not more than a few miles down the road from the Carter Family and other seminal country artists.

“Thousand Reasons,” however, has the cadence of one of those great ‘60s hits that hovered somewhere between Nashville and the Top-40. The title track, closing the album, is an anthemic rock song, the collection’s hardest, most electric track.

Common themes recur throughout The Parade. There is the devotion that comes with
caring deeply about another person, but also the search for direction and guidance in a time of confusion.

One of Peggy’s earlier songs rerecorded for The Parade, “Joan of Arc,” sounds timelier
today than when first released in 2010. It’s the account of a woman of conviction, standing straight and moving forward against all obstacles. The Parade will be released digitally on November 19, 2021 with a CD release to follow in 2022.

For information on Peggy James please visit:

Public Relations contact:
Gary Tanin • Daystorm Music • (414) 321-9956 • daystormusic@garytanin.com

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