“DoubleShark” EP by Lovely Socialite now available on Bandcamp!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the #DoubleRelease show last night! Thanks to Jack Chandler & Art In for hosting. Thanks to Emili Earhart & Michael Groome aka And Illusions for sharing their soundscapes and sonic explorations & kicking off the show. Thanks to Jacob Bicknase, Cooper Schlegel, Joshua Agterberg & Alex Charland for sharing their beautiful compositions as Left Field Quartet – congrats on the release guys; killer set! Thanks to Jess Jacobson & Elizabeth Jesion for coordinating the Sharks&Crafts table. Thanks to my shark bros Ben Willis, Pat Reinholz, Corey Murphy, Michael A Koszewski & Abe Sorber, it’s always a pleasure and an honor to spend time together as Lovely Socialite (est. 2009!). #DoubleShark (& thanks to Scott Gordon of Tone Madison for this freakin badass picture!)

Be sure to check out Left Field Quartet’s new release “Please Take Us Seriously” >>


8/7 | Ben Willis + Brian Grimm @ Bos Meadery

8-7 Ben Willis and Brian Grimm v2

Sun 8/7  |  6pm  $5  @ Bos Meadery

849 E Washington Ave, Madison, WI 53703

solo & duo performances from

BEN WILLIS – double bass

BRIAN GRIMM – guqin, cello

Bos Meadery – “Mead Made Modern” our mission is to make the world’s oldest fermented beverage in the most modern possible way using local ingredients, so that our mead reflects the flavor of the Wisconsin landscape. Much like farm to table eating, this is field to glass drinking.

BEN WILLIS (DET/AA, MI) – solo double bass

Egret/Flatlander is a set of solo bass pieces by Ben Willis. Composed through development and exploration of improvisational practice, the movements have taken shape as open cellular structures, that act as themes and zones for extemporaneous development.

The pieces make use of a range of extended double bass techniques, drawing inspiration from contemporary classical music and free improvisation. The musical language draws from many influences, including rock structures, folk harmonies and melodies, and doom metal.

Ben Willis is a bassist whose affinities lie in collaborative projects, new music, improvisation, and the merging of cross-disciplinary elements. He’s performed his original collaborative work at venues and festivals around the U.S., including the International Society for Improvised Music Conference, Electroacoustic Barn Dance at the University of Mary Washington, the Whitewater Arts Alliance Series at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater and the Ratchet Series at the Skylark in Chicago. In 2013, he was a Robert Black Bass Fellow at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival. Much of his work highlights the importance of collaborative, performative process in the development of new art. He is a member of the Weather Duo, an electroacoustic ensemble with cellist Pat Reinholz, dedicated to performing new music that blends classical training with improvisation and folk idioms. The Weather Duo has contributed music to the Li Chiao Ping dance company, a video project with artist Doug Rosenberg and dancer Sally Gross, and composed occasional film scores. In live performance, they explore multimedia collaboration with the help of live video artist Anna Weisling. He has also toured and recorded as a sideman, working with many indie/folk artists, including Anna Vogelzang, Dietrich Gosser, and Thistle and the Thorns. He often participates in recitals of new music and collaborations with composers, and performs regularly with the jazz/rock project Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, and the free improvisation trio Glacier. He currently resides in Ann Arbor, MI. He earned a BM in Performance at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and MM in Improvisation from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He’s studied bass with Richard Davis, Diana Gannett, and Bob Hurst, and composition with Andrew Bishop.

Buy Egret/Flatlander here >>

BRIAN GRIMM (MAD, WI) – solo cello & guqin

Cellist & composer Brian Grimm grew up surrounded by Chinese string instruments of every sort. After initial lessons in Chinese music with Yang Wei (pipa) & Daxun Zhang (bass) of the Silkroad Enesemble, he was lucky to then study guqin (zither), pipa (lute), gaohu (fiddle) & daruan (bass lute) in Hong Kong with members of the 香港中樂團 Hong Kong Chinese OrchestraWuji Ensemble 無極樂團. Over the last 15 years Grimm has developed a deep language of Free Improvisation & Composition with groups such as The Brothers Grimm, Lovely Socialite, and Brennan Connors & Stray Passage. In conjunction with performing & teaching, Brian runs GrimmusiK Records – a label for all projects involving him & his brother AJ (classical & flamenco guitar).

** BC Grimm’s new CD “Orbis Obscura” for Pipa, Fuzz & Delay drops Friday, 8/12 on Other Obscura Records @ ArtIn Gallery on East Wash! **





6/26 – 7/2 | Lovely Socialite “Toxic Consonance” Midwest Tour!

“Toxic Consonance” by Lovely Socialite


Available on Spotify, iTunes, &  Amazon

CDs + Streaming on our Bandcamp

“An omnivorous mutant of a band.” – Isthmus, Daily Page
“ …this band is deeply odd in its bones,” – Tone Madison
“Fans of Modern Jazz, Contemporary Classical Music, Rock & Hip-Hop will become  captivated by the amazing sound of Lovely Socialite.” – High Noon Saloon

Lovely Socialite  website  |  facebook ], formerly Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps, is a Madison-based six-piece that combines the aesthetics of modern jazz with contemporary classical, driving rock, and hip hop.  Lauded for their bold and intricate compositions, the group often draws comparisons to Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention.  The band’s original music combines strict notation with moments of improvisation and maintains a healthy balance of dark and heavy rock grooves with quirky jazz obscurities.

While Lovely Socialite’s unusual mix of strings, traditional Chinese instruments, brass, and a jazz rhythm section suggest that the group might be a contemporary music ensemble, it is their use of stomp boxes, vocal processors, and other electronics that makes the group a suitable fit for any rock, hip-hop, or jazz bill.  In fact, Lovely Socialite has been privileged to share the stage with such artists as Dessa, of Minneapolis hip-hop collective Doomtree, as well as performing live on the UW Madison Terrace with Brian Ritchie of the Violent Femmes.

In October of 2015, Lovely Socialite released their second full length album.  Nearly two years in the making, “Toxic Consonance” was recorded at Blast House Studios in Madison with Landon Arkens.  “Toxic Consonance” represents an edgier and more mature version of the band than their previous endeavor, “Registers Her Delight” (2012), and features extensive production efforts mixing found sounds, vocal samples, and electronic effects into their live-style recording.

Upcoming “Toxic Consonance” Tour

6/26The Frequency, Madison, WI

9p  $8-11 | w/ We Are The Willows & Mr. Jackson

6/27Elastic Arts, Chicago, IL

9p  $10 | Anagram Series w/ Gerrit Hatcher Trio

6/28 –  The Spot Tavern, Lafayette, IN

6/29Space Bar, Columbus, OH

9p  $5  w/ Us, Today & Radar Hill

6/30MOTR Pub, Cincinnati, OH

10p  Free  w/ Us, Today

7/1 Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, MI

8p  $10  general admission

7/2Trinosophes, Detroit, MI

8p  $10  w/ Salim Washington


4/12 – 4/19 | Brian Grimm Tax Day Tour (ft. Ben Willis; NoExit Performance)

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Tues 4/12 – Tues 4/19  BRIAN GRIMM TAX DAY TOUR

Heading on the road with electric cello, cellitar, guqin zither & a pedal board!

For bios, photos, etc. check out:  BC Grimm EPK

Tue, 4/12  |  9p-12a  Free  @  the Mason Lounge  [Madison, WI]

Five Points Jazz Collective, the resident “Tuesday Night Squad” house-band

Wed, 4/13  |  9:30p  Free  @  Constellation  [Chicago, IL]

Oscar Jan Hoogland Chicago Project – SOUND OF THE CITY WORKSHOP

Thr, 4/14  |  8pm  $8  @  Trinosophes  [Detroit, MI]

Jack Wright & Bob Marsh duo + Willis/Grimm duo

Fri, 4/15; Sat 4/16  |  6p-12a  $5-10  @  Detroit Free Arts Music Festival  [Detroit, MI]

* Fri, 4/15  11:15-11:45pm – Ben Willis + Brian Grimm Duo

Sun, 4/17  |  tba-pm  Free  @  Pioneer Restaurant  [Indianapolis, IN]

Brian Grimm solo set (cello, cellitar, guqin)

Mon, 4/18  |  8p  Free  SPOTLIGHT 2016  @  Clowes Memorial Hall  [Indianapolis, IN]

DINNER – dance by Tommy Lewey, NoExit Performance

score by Brian Grimm

Tue, 4/19  |  9p-12a  Free  @  the Mason Lounge  [Madison, WI]

Five Points Jazz Collective

5 points jazz collective

Five Points Jazz Collective! Live Jazz every Tuesday night from 9p-12 @ the Mason Lounge > 416 S Park St


3/25 Milwaukee, 3/26 Madison – Lovely Socialite Live!


Fri  3/25  8pm  $5 cover
@ Linneman’s Riverwest Inn
1001 E Locust St
Milwaukee, Wi 53212

Sun//Decrease (MILWAUKEE, WI)
Percussion by Devin Drobka
Upright Bass by Barry Paul Clark
Vocals by WC Tank

Cello – Pat Reinholz
Cello/Pipa/Gaohu – Brian Grimm
Trombone – Corey Murphy
Vibraphone – Abe Sorber
Upright Bass – Ben Willis
Percussion – Mike Kozewski

Guitar-Jay Mollerskov
Soprano Saxophone-Steve Nelson-Raney
Percussion-Devin Drobka


Sat  3/26  8pm  $5 door
@ The Frequency
121 W Main St
Madison, WI 53703




“I, Nefarious” CD available for Pre-Order

Fri, 1/08 *Sat, 1/09* |  8pm @ Audio For The Arts Studios

7 S Blair St, Madison, Wisconsin 53703


$10 admission gets free copy of Bell Monks “Big Bay” EP [Wren&Shark]
$5 for BRAIN GRIMMER “I, Nefarious”




 “I, Nefarious” CD compilation by BRAIN GRIMMER

Release Date Jan 8th 2016

on GrimmusiK & Mine All Mine Records

Drawing influences from Hip-Hop, Jazz, and World Music, this CD compilation features the producer heavily on cello & bass as well as Chinese zithers & lutes to create bizzaro covers and off kilter remixes.  Reserve your limited edition disc, co-release with Mine All Mine Records. Features collaborations with SiLas Be Ritchie, Brian Tairaku Ritchie, C.J. Boyd, Bashiri Asad, Nice Boy Vice, Rob Dixon, Justin Brewer, & Alan Watts

Pre-Order Today!


7/3 – 8/1 | Pre-Order Lovely Socialite’s new album “Toxic Consonance”!

7/3 – 8/1 | Pre-Order Lovely Socialite’s new album “Toxic Consonance”!

We’ve finished our second album, “Toxic Consonance”!  It was such a pleasure to work with master architectioneer Landon Arkens once again at Blast House Studios during the recording & mixing of this album.  Now in post-production, we are designing the cd-packaging, commissioning album art, mastering the cd, etc… this is where we need your help!  By pre-ordering our new album, now through 8/1, you will help us to cover these costs!

Pre-Order now! >> https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/lovely-socialite-toxic-consonance#/story

There are all sorts of sweet Socialite swag in our perks section; including t-shirts, posters, an exclusive ep, house shows, & Mike, our drummer, will even clean your pool!

Thanks so much for your support!!

Check out our first music video single from the new album, “Black Yukon Sucker Punch”!


Lovely Socialite is:
Abe Sorber – Vibraphone
Ben Willis – Double Bass, Electric Bass
Brian Grimm – Cello, Pipa, Gaohu, Hammered-Guzheng
Corey Murphy – Trombone
Mike Koszewski – Drums, Percussion
Pat Reinholz – Cello


2/06 | “Leo Johnson & The New Shoes” @ Madison Public Library for TWIN PEAKS party!


Fri, 2/06  |  8-11pm  Madison Public Library – Central

NIGHT LIGHT: The Owls Are Not What They Seem

Twin Peaks Party: music, book signing, coffee, screen printing, costume contest, and more!!!

I’m thrilled to have this opportunity to put together a little 7-piece group called, “Leo Johnson & The New Shoes” (which I believe was coined by our very own Huckleberry Grimm) – comprising of Lovely Socialite members BCG, Abe Sorber, Corey Murphy & Pat Reinholz, joined by Geoff Brady (drums – Stray Passage, Yid Vicious), Rob Lundberg (bass) & Julian Lynch (sax & clarinet).  Over the past 2 weeks, Lovely Socialites, including Pat Reinholz, Corey Murphy, Ben Willis & myself, have been hard at work arranging the famous Angelo Badalamenti soundtrack from the show.   Recently, I sat down with Scott Gordon of Tone Madison at WORT for an interview on the arranging process – check it out here! >> Tone MSN – Brian Grimm on channeling the music of Twin Peaks

From the MPL:     Madison Public Library and the Wisconsin Book Festival are pairing up to present Brad Dukes, author of Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaksfor the Bubbler Night Light event The Owls Are Not What They Seem. The author will be visiting from Florida and discussing his book through a Q & A style platform.

Craig Grabhorn / c.Cal Design Studio . Artist-in-Residence, with other visiting print artists, will be hosting a Screen Printing party. Patrons are invited to bring their own T-shirts, canvas bags, etc. to have printed with a one-of-a-kind, Lynchian-inspired design.

Buy Twin Peaks screen printed posters by Patchwork Printshop

Tandem Press, local professional press and artistic laboratory, will display prints by Twin Peaks’ director David Lynch and discuss his creative experimentation process.

There will be Twin Peaks-inspired live music (Road House-style) from Leo Johnson and the New Shoes (music arranged by Lovely Socialite Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps): musicians include Julian Lynch – sax & clarinet, Geoff Brady (Yid Vicious, Stray Passage) – drums, BC Grimm (Lovely Socialite) – bass & cello, Corey Murphy (Lovely Socialite) – trombone, Abe Sorber (Lovely Socialite) – vibraphone, Pat Reinholz (Lovely Socialite) – cello.

More music and weirdness from Half Whale.

Plus we’ll have donuts stacked to the sky, coffee (black as midnight on a moonless night), and pie that is worth the stop. Twin Peaks-inspired cocktails and refreshments by Forequarter

Come dressed as your favorite Twin Peaks character and have your picture taken in the Black Lodge photo booth.

Come enjoy this Lynchian event!