While the Milwaukee music scene is so eclectic that its identity cannot be confined to a single genre or aesthetic, one distinguishing factor of the city’s musicians is their willingness to give back to the community. Over the past couple years multiple fundraising festivals that aim to support local nonprofits have popped up, including Arte Para Todos, Riverwest FemFest and Local Coverage to name a few. These efforts have been successful largely thanks to the selflessness of the bands that participate. They forgo the opportunity of an actual paying gig in order to help out a worthwhile organization.
Now it’s time to help them out. Tweed Funk singer Joseph “Smokey” Holman was recently diagnosed with multiple myeloma cancer and will undergo a stem cell transplant in August. The treatment means that Holman will be out of commission for at least three months—an eternity for someone who makes a living being a full-time bandleader. To help cover medical and living expenses, his band raised $1700 during an Anodyne Coffee performance last weekend. Fans also contributed an additional $1000 more to a GoFundMe fundraiser, but the campaign still remains short of the $5000 goal.
The band plans to go on hiatus for the rest of 2016, but not before playing one final Milwaukee gig on Thursday, July 28 at Shaker’s Cigar Bar, 422 S. 2nd St. That establishment holds a special significance for Tweed Funk, as the music video for “Love Ain’t Easy” was shot there. The show starts at 8 p.m. and there is no cover charge.