The label features a diverse group of artists and seeks to be "a central hub" for Milwaukee-area creatives.

Saxophonist Jay Anderson has been a prolific force in the local music scene. Not only is he a member of area groups Foreign Goods, New Age Narcissism and Stomata, but he also curates community showcases, like this summer’s weekend-long Strange Fruit festival, which aimed to spark racial conversations throughout the city. (He’s also quite the cook.)

voodoohoneyIf all that wasn’t enough work, Anderson recently announced that he started a record label. VoodooHoney Records features a diverse group of artists like soul singer B-Free, rapper/producer Klassik, blues/folk duo Nickel and Rose, string duo SistaStrings, rapper Lorde Fredd33, and Anderson’s groups, which includes his latest outfit, The Truth, a collaboration between him, Chris Gee, Bo Triplex and Curtis Crump, Jr. Anderson also enlisted backing assistance that reads like a who’s-who of Milwaukee creatives, including former Alverno Presents artistic director David Ravel, artist Reginald Baylor and radio DJ Tarik Moody (who all serve as artistic directors), and a long list of other talented staff members.

“The company aims to become a central hub serving Milwaukee artists and creativity-driven industries,” VoodooHoney chief editor Brooke Maroldi writes in the press release announcement. “By fostering and promoting new work in music, the written and spoken word, visual media, fashion and other arts-related business, VoodooHoney is creating a web of connections throughout the city.”

To celebrate the announcement, the label hosts a kick-off show at Company Brewing, 735 E. Center St., on Saturday, December 10. The unveiling party includes performances from label members and DJ sets from Noh Life. The show starts at 10:30 p.m. and tickets are $10.

Stream of the Week

Dead Not Done, the solo debut from Marielle Allschwang (of Group of the Altos and Hello Death), was one of last year’s finest local albums.  It’s a dark, brooding effort that’s carried along by Allschwang’s powerful, soaring voice. On Friday at the Walker’s Point Anodyne Coffee, 224 W. Bruce St., the singer-songwriter and her band, The Visitations, celebrate the vinyl release of Dead Not Done and premiere the music video for album track, “Aquarium.” The show starts at 8 p.m. with fellow Alto member Klassik opening the night.

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This Week in Live Music

Monday, December 5: Sabrina Carpenter with Harletson at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. (SOLD OUT) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Argopelter at Boone & Crockett, 9 p.m. (FREE) – (2151 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., BooneMilwaukee.com)

Wednesday, December 7: K-Love Christmas 2016 featuring Crowder, Mac Powell and Unspoken at The Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. ($24.99-$299.99) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Thursday, December 8: SilverFoxxx (album release) with Redbelt at Company Brewing, 10 p.m. ($5; $10 with album) – (735 E. Center St., CompanyBrewing.com)

Also: Punk House Kegger featuring Hot Coffin and Bad Grades at Burnhearts, 6 p.m. (FREE) – (2599 S. Logan Ave., BurnheartsBar.com)

And: Straight No Chaser at The Riverside Theater, 7:30 p.m. ($41.25-$53.25) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

And: Big Snow Show featuring Bastille, AWOLNATION, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and Barns Courtney at The Rave, 7:30 p.m. ($40-$50) (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: Rocket Paloma and SistaStrings at Tonic Tavern, 8 p.m. ($5) – (2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., TonicTavern.com)

And: Queens With Attitude Part 2 featuring Host Shaomi Smith & DJ Markus X feat. Sabo, Taj, Heera, MVP, S1D1TY GANG, Tru West, Ms Fit, Enmity and Adisa Lumumba at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. ($10) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: Back to BACK TO BLACK (Amy Winehouse tribute with 15-piece orchestra) at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($12) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Friday, December 9: Marielle Allschwang & The Visitations (video premiere and vinyl release) with Klassik at Walker’s Point Anodyne Coffee, 8 p.m. ($10) – (224 W. Bruce St., AnodyneCoffee.com)

Also: MSO Performs the Music of David Bowie at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($37.50-$45.50) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

And: Spirit Animal with Nico Yaryan and Bo Triplex & his Beautiful Band at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($10 advance; $12 door) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: Dead Horses at The Back Room @ Colectivo, 8 p.m. ($15) – (2211 N. Prospect Ave., PabstTheater.org)

And: Nestle with Tontine Ensemble (duo), D’Agostino, Elert and Valenza at West End Conservatory, 7:30 p.m. ($5) – (5500 W. Vliet St., WestEndConservatory.com)

And: Tyler Farr with Clayton Anderson at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($30-$35) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: Atomic Spins with Camel Toe Truck, Obscure Birds at Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m. – (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)

Saturday, December 10: VoodooHoney Records Unveiling Party at Company Brewing, 10:30 p.m. ($10) – (735 E. Center St., CompanyBrewing.com)

Also: Jeffrey Foucault with Dietrich Strause at Walker’s Point Anodyne Coffee, 8 p.m. ($18) – (224 W. Bruce St., AnodyneCoffee.com)

And: Dead To Me with Arms Aloft and Avenues at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($10 advance; $12 door) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: MSO Performs the Music of David Bowie at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($37.50-$45.50) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

And: Dead Horses at The Back Room @ Colectivo, 8 p.m. ($15) – (2211 N. Prospect Ave., PabstTheater.org)

And: Marshmello with Sikdope and Speaker Of The House at The Rave, 8 p.m. (SOLD OUT) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: R.A The Rugged Man with A.F.R.O All Flows Reach Out, Mike Regal, ARW and Yo-Dot at The Miramar Theatre, 8 p.m. ($10-$15) – (2844 N. Oakland Ave., TheMiramarTheatre.com)

And: Zappafest at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($10) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Sunday, December 11: R. Kelly at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($58-$128) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Trans-Siberian Orchestra at BMO Harris Bradley Center, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. ($33-$73) – (1001 N. 4th St., BradleyCenter.com)

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