Closing Weekend for “The Wanderers” at The Overture Center!

Presented by Forward Theater Company
Thursday, September 8th through Sunday, September 25th (TICKETS)
@ The Overture Center for the Arts Playhouse Theater (Madison, WI)

a play by Anna Ziegler
Directed by Mikael Burke (Chicago)
Wisconsin Premiere!

Esther and Schmuli are young Orthodox Jews whose future is written in scripture. Abe and Sophie believe they can write their own destiny. On the surface, these two couples couldn’t seem more different. But when a Hollywood actress upends Abe’s world, the hidden connections between all of them start to appear. This funny and mysterious drama explores the question of whether happiness lies in what we have, or on the road not taken.


“As perfect a piece of theater as I’ve seen in many years. The script by Anna Ziegler is a revelation, touching on family truths, marriage, and personal histories…Go see this show. It’s magnificent.”
– DC Theatre Scene

Buy Tickets here

With Cassandra Bissell, Elyse Edelman, Alanna Lovely, Paris Hunter Paul, Greg Pragel

Featuring Special Local Guest Musicians YID VICIOUS Klezmer Ensemble!

Scenic Designer: Sarah Ross
Lighting Designer: Brad Toberman
Costume Designer: Karen Brown-Larimore
Sound Designer/Composer: Brian Grimm
Props Master: Pam Miles
Technical Director: Kevin Zimmer
Stage Manager: Kira Neighbors
Asst. Stage Manager: Abbi Hess


I had such a blast recording music with Madison’s own Yid Vicious Klezmer Ensemble for the score of “The Wanderers” by Anna Ziegler! I’m so honored to have collaborated with such fine musicians & friends and can’t wait for you to hear their beautiful playing in this production!

Pictured members of Yid Vicious:
Matt Appleby – guitar
Kia Karlen – accordion & horn
Geoff Brady – vibraphone
Greg Smith – flutes & clarinets

Also pictured:
Brian Grimm – composer, cello at the playhouse theater
Zelda Brethauer – sleeping studio assistant


Lovely Socialite releases new singles, podcast & music video ahead of “The Drift” album release show 7/30 @ Cafe Coda!

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The Drift album release show 7/30/2022 7pm live at Cafe Coda (buy tix $10) presented by BlueStem Jazz, featuring interludes by DJ o2


New Music Video for our second single “Experiment One”!


…Report 2-6z.11, anura, suborder heleioporus australiacus …Dermis level permeo-turbine sequences complete. Calibrating microbiome fueling ratios. Metatarsal elongation – 84.3%. Initiating final flight of F.R.O.G. … 

Lovely Socialite, Madison’s omnivorous mutant of a band, has returned with a vengeance. Following three years of show hiatus, puddle-muck lurking, jazz-gland regeneration, and zoom meetings, Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps’ very own sextet resurfaces with a brand-new full-length album, a renewed penchant for “toxically consonant” performance, and a highly-enriched class of aerial amphibian, known only as F.R.O.G.

Ben, Corey & Brian of Lovely Socialite met up with Michael Brenneis of BlueStem Jazz to discuss their history and release of the new album, check it out!

THE DRIFT is a return to form for Lovely Socialite; a 50-minute opus of their unpredictable, occasionally mordant, oft-funky sound. The album displays an impressive range of compositional concepts – blistering sprints, patient groove journeys, exploratory landscapes of timeless texture, and the mean brooding stomp of a many-tentacled monster. Now in its 11th year as a collaborative project, Lovely Socialite’s unmistakeable musical character has matured into a rich sonic world for listeners of all ponds to enjoy. 

F.R.O.G., tentacle-monster, Socialite, and all lovely guests take flight at Cafe Coda on SAT, JUL 30 at 7 PM. Mrs. Phipps’ lads will perform new music from THE DRIFT. In addition, the event will mark the 10-year  anniversary of Socialite’s debut album, Mrs. Thomas W. Phipps Registers her Delight. Guests will enjoy fan-favorite Socialite tunes from this classic recording.

Tickets are $10, available at the door and online at Cafe Coda’s website.

Check out our first single from the new album “The Final Flight of F.R.O.G.” plus a behind the track podcast with John Praw & Corey Murphy!


No tadpoles were hurt in the making of this album.


Setup Madness (live stream): “Sarangicello” tune-up, string break disasters & setup breakdown + Vardo (trio) live at Al Ringling Brewing Co. April 1st

It was my first ever live-stream, and it ended up being much longer and more dramatic than I originally planned! I was getting my #sarangicello tuned up and ready for last Thursday’s (03/17/22) St. Patty’s Day performance at Al Ringling Brewing co. in Baraboo, WI. Bandleader Chad Canfield, Chickpezio Nazario and I formed a trio version of the steam-punk band Vardo! Unfortunately, as I was getting things tuned up, two of my D strings broke!! Yikes! Follow me on this adventure as I battle against my temperamental sarangicello, all while explaining its unique gut string setup!

If you want to check out what Vardo has cooking, you can come see us play again at the Al Ringling Brewing Company on April 1st, from 6-8pm! Trio style with Rusty Chicken on Violin this time!




“Setup Madness!” Episodes 03 & 04 are live on ‘Brian Grimm’s Cello Zone’ youtube page! feat. Jargar Superior A D (medium)

Episode 03: Jargar Superior A string (medium)

In Episode 03 and 04 of my new series “Setup Madness!” we’ll be changing from Pirastro Perpetual Soloist A & D (med) to the Jargar Superior A & D (med)! I was very excited to try this new Superior string set from Jargar because I grew up playing on Jargar’s Classic A & D strings (med). I have high hopes for their new developments in string making (and honestly think it’s a little overdue!). You’ll be listening to me make observations, noting crucial differences between the Pirastro and Jargar strings. For episode 03, I’ll still have the Pirastro Perpetual Soloist D (medium) and Cadenza G C strings (light) on my cello; and in episode 04, I’ll be switching over to Jargar’s Superior D (med) string.

Special Thanks again goes out to the Dane Arts Council for awarding me one of their 2021 ‘DANG! Arts Grants’ which funded the purchase of my new camera setup and all of its accessories! http://www.danearts.com


Episode 04: Jargar Superior D string (medium)

I’ll be taking a vacation for the next 2 weeks, so there’ll be no new ‘Setup Madness’ episodes until the end of January, next year… But! Here’s what you have to look forward to in the next few episodes!

Episode 05 will feature the Larsen original C string (heavy gauge)
Episode 06 will feature the Larsen original G string (heavy gauge)
Episode 07 will feature the Pirastro Passione gut G string (strong gauge)
Episode 08 will feature the Pirastro Passione gut C string (strong gauge)
Episode 09 will feature the Pirastro Oliv gut D string (light)
Episode 10 maaaayyyy possibly feature the Pirastro Eudoxa gut A string (medium) with the Passione GC and Oliv D… we’ll just have to see…. but it looks like I’m moving back to gut….

Annnd, starting with Episode 07 you’ll finally get to see some footage from my new camera!!

Lots already filmed, as you can see, so subscribe to the “Brian Grimm’s Cello Zone” youtube channel to keep up to date when each episode as it comes out (I post on Monday or Thursday).

Happy New Year,
Stay safe out there!
~ Brian