Local Music Links
Updated June 23, 2020
This list is by no means exhaustive. It is only Kharlie’s inner circle of influence.
Where to Listen
On the radio and at the coffee shop
Thursdays from 9 to 10 pm on Janesville Community Radio, WADR 103.5 FM, this show takes a look at the local music scene in Rock County, Wisconsin. Also available online at this link (there are links to mobile apps also).
Open Mic every first and third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Sign up starts at 6:00. Musicians of all types are welcome to join us for the open mic.
1121 Center Avenue
Follow the Open Mic on Facebook
More Local Musicians
In no particular order
Most of these got their start at the open mic mentioned above. Each writes their own music as well as doing cover songs.
Candace Griffin is a singer-songwriter, performing as a solo act after much success with the award-winning folk-rock band Pancake Riot. Armed with a guitar and a lot of feelings, Candace has been inspired by other female rockers such as Michelle Branch, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge and others to share stories through music. In a review by Curtis Bell, Candace's music is described as “…intimate, yet powerful at the same time.” Others have acclaimed “she puts her listeners right in the moment.” Having performed in various places in southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and Tennessee over the past several years, Candace looks to keep performing as long as anyone wants to listen.
Prone to Sorrow
Made up of Mackenzie Benish and Victoria Pearl. This Indie-Acoustic Rock Duo started off as individual songwriters, and they came together to share their lyrics and haunting harmonies. Established in May, 2016.
Kat and the Hurricane
Kat and the Hurricane is a genre- and gender-bending duo from Janesville, Wisconsin. They deliver a unique blend of pop and haunting indie rock, which they dub as “Sad Lesbian Music.” Their second album, Libra, was released in 2020.
Elmer and the Ceramic Trees
Conceived in the summer of 2012 by Janesville, Wisconsin singer-songwriter Robbie Haas, Elmer and the Ceramic Trees blend the melodiousness of bands like The Beatles and Big Star with the doom-and-gloom alt-rock of The Cure and Echo and The Bunny Men, the rhythmic precision of New Order, and the big choruses of classic Bowie and Arcade Fire to form a style of indie pop that is at once harrowing and gorgeous.
In addition to hosting the Open Mic at Mocha Moment from 2012 until 2017, Ken is an amazing guitar player. He has played for bands including Xylem and Days of Awe and has also provided background for some of the other musicians listed here.
Originally the solo project of Jesse Ramirez, who is a schoolteacher by day (Mister Ramirez, get it?). The band now includes four members. His songs have a lively vibe and well-written lyrics; his music combines old and new styles of folk-rock.
The next four bands/artists are not currently active, but their music is still online, and they are good friends, so they are included here.
Jennifer Ruse has a solid contralto voice, an edgy but smooth vocal style, and conversational lyrics.
Established in November, 2013 with eight members, this acoustic folk-rock band was reinvented as a trio of Candace Griffin, Kat Farnsworth, and Robbie Haas.
Clouds as Mountains
Solo project of Jeff Robichaud. Style is gentle, heartfelt folk-rock. Jeff plays guitar, ukulele, and mandolin.
The Fur Trade
Solo project of Danial Monson-Bergum, who also records and mixes music in his home studio called The Outpost.