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The newest Milwaukee concert venue opens on Friday, February 23 with what should be the first of many free performances.

Twisted Path Distillery, located in the Lincoln Warehouse at 2018 S. 1st St, will host concerts in its recently opened tasting room, kicking off on Feb. 23 with a free performance by The Zach Pietrini Band. The show starts at 8 p.m.

Like a sensible drinking approach to a good, smooth alcoholic spirit, the distillery plans to start things slowly. The event calendar is still being sorted out, but artist-in-residence Pietrini, who is also in charge of promotions and booking, says the tasting room intends to schedule two shows a month come spring. He also has aims to put on a recurring “songwriter’s night,” where local and touring musicians can connect with each other and perform together.

“The hope is that they foster awareness of projects of artists around the city but can also operate as a ‘support group’ for artists,” Pietrini says. “I want it to be a place that Milwaukee artists can come together. At first it will be monthly, but as we continue I would like to see if happening more frequently.”

The venue will host musicians in a wide array of genres, including Americana, jazz, old country, hip hop and indie, Pietrini says. There will be no cover charge. All shows will be 21-and-over.

The Tasting Room features a 15-person bar and sit-down tables. The bar serves specialty cocktails made with the distillery’s spirits.

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