The history of Mondays at Jazz Estate in the past couple of years has featured Honest Monday who rocked their house slot on Monday nights. Continuously they would bring in a great crowd of fans and friends. Honest Monday has moved on from their regular Monday feature and this has created opportunity for other musicians to showcase their talents. Last Monday, Local Playlist supported The New Sevens debut show and in my opinion it was a hit. To top the past Monday, yesterday Nick Amadeus took the stage as a solo act. We all know Nick as the lead singer and brain child of The Delta Routine, but some may not know about his solo performances. Back in February Nick released his solo EP “New York Avenue” featuring Peter Thomas on cello, that blew up on 88.9’s 414 Music and Local Playlist’s launch party on the 18th at Tonic Tavern. This release signified another level of passion from a already dynamic and progressive musician. The art of writing music seems like it comes second hand to Nick, not to jinx anything.
During the first set last night, Nick invited Al Kraemer and his Wurlitzer keyboard on the stage with him. Together they played a few slowed down versions of crowd favorite The Delta Routine songs, “Felicia”, “Blame It On Me” and other newer tunes like “I Wait Alone”. The lineup and progression of the night was broken up very well with blues jam sessions with Al and some popular covers like “Can’t Always Get What You Want” a Stones song with a special Joe Cocker transition and “Lonely Boy” by The Black Keys. He also gave a shout out to local friends The Wildbirds, and performed “Suzanna”.
As the night progressed into the second set, Noah Sugarman from Cincinnati, who has now become a “Milwaukeean” because of a recent move here. Noah is mostly known for his role in 500 Miles To Memphis. Last night however was more individual exposure for Noah because he also recently released a solo album titled “Art of Starting a Fire” and wants to showcase his music within the Milwaukee music scene.
The night culminated with Al and Nick performing a couple more classic covers and Delta Routine songs. Al is one of the newest members of The Delta Routine playing his Gibson G101 organ. In my personal opinion, I have been a fan and friend of The Delta Routine for a while and now I feel as though adding Victor Buell and Al Kraemer to the band brought the already progressive music to another level. The group won Band of the Year at the Radio Milwaukee Awards and most recently Alternative-rock band of the year at the WAMIs. They are a really fun band to listen and dance to so stay tuned to our calendar for the next show!
Monday night’s may have a certain stigma to being the first day to the boring work or school week, but the Jazz Estate is a good place to meet friends, enjoy some live tunes, and have a memorable social experience. Stay tuned for more solo performances from Nick Amadeus and Noah Sugarman as well as making a point to see The Delta Routine!