August, you so crazy

We Brothers Grimm have finally settled into our new home, even closer to Lake Mendota than before! With the lake view and laid back, spacious vibe ~ it has been deemed The Beach House!  For our intermittent two weeks of homelessness, we were kindly put up at friends Sarah & Eric Lang’s house.  AJ works with both of the Langs at Bradbury’s coffee shop.  Not only are they excellent hosts, but Sarah is an exceptional photographer!  Take time out of your busy day and check out Lovely Ember photography.  (click on these photos to see more of her guqin pics!)

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For all of you who couldn’t make it to the 8/1 Lovely Socialite show on Lake Mendota Terrace ~ here is a clip of Shakuhachi master Brian Ritchie jamming out on Saucy Pat’s new tune Humus!!  What a blast, glad to have this one on video (thanks again Silas!)

Silas “Be” Ritchie (Brian’s son) visual artist, tea lover, and musician has recently released the second installment of his Tea Life series (feat. Brian Tairaku) ~ check it out ya’ll

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8/9 at Dobra was an evening of very special musical guests.  We were proud to welcome Thollem McDonas to the tearoom, he certainly helped us reach some new improvisational heights!  My dear composer/performer friend/former ensemble mate Zane Merritt was able to join us on classical guitar!  The classical guitar (Zane) & flamenco guitar (AJ) duo in the first hour was a highlight for everyone!  After two hours of mixing and matching with only two or three musicians playing at a time, we invited everyone up – including shakuhachi master Brian Tairaku Ritchie ~ forming a Tea-Allstars Septet.  Oh, and did we mention it was Watercourse Quartet’s last Madison performance (…till sometime this winter…. when we release our full length album!!)

[L to R] Brian Tairaku Ritchie, Ben Willis, Thollem McDonas, Saucy Pat Reinholz, AJ Huckleberry Grimm, Zane Merritt, BC Grimm

Here are some recordings, courtesy of Silas

More live recordings from Dobra Tea coming your way soon!!

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Thollem McDonas + Brothers Grimm 8/9 Dobra 7pm

Poster by John Praw Kruse (Head of Mine All Mine Records) will be available at the show! $5 each!


Thollem McDonas + The Brothers Grimm

feat. Watercourse Quartet

 7pm | Dobra Tea House

Madison, WI

suggested $5 donation (w/ purchase of tea)


As Beniot Willis and Saucy Pat of Weather Duo leave Mad-town, this shall prove to be our last Watercourse Q4 show for a spell ~ it’s been an absolute pleasure to develop our free improv with you, our Tea Family, during the many Dobra shows we’ve had in the last year!  Keep your ears to the ground, we have recorded an album this summer and will master/print it soon!

“Thollem travels perpetually as a pianist, vocalist, collaborator
and facilitator. His musical experiences are extremely diverse
and his ever expanding variety of approaches to making music
result in dramatically new and different outcomes. He plays in
punk clubs, museums, concert halls and riots. He works regularly
with film makers, dancers, poets and painters as well as a wide
array of divergent musicians and communities. He is the founding
director of Estamos Ensemble, a Mexican-American cross-border
ensemble for musical exchange, as well as lead singer of Tsigoti,
a socio-politically charged avant-punk band among many other
groups and collaborations.”

….still need further incentive to see this show ~ just check out Tholl’s list of recent collaborators!