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441 E. Lincoln Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207
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Non-smoking, Bay View bar with 60 tap beers.
 
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June 5, 2015 - June 7, 2015
OKKA FEST 7

OKKA FEST, an annual and international festival of improvised music, returns to Milwaukee June 5 through June 7, 2015 for its 7th edition, featuring another brilliant line up of musicians who will perform 17 sets of music over the course of the event. Legendary multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee (Poughkeepsie, NY) and the trumpet innovator Peter Evans (New York, NY) kick off the festival with a duo set at 7:00 Friday night at the Sugar Maple in Bay View. They will be followed by three more groups, also comprised of some of the most outstanding contemporary musicians working today. In addition to McPhee and Evans- and many of Chicago’s finest improvisational artists- this year's festival will include visiting musicians Johannes Bauer (trombone/Germany), Helen Gillet (cello/New Orleans, LA), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (bass/Norway), Paul Lytton (drums/England), Mat Maneri (violin/New York, NY), and Jeb Bishop (trombone/Durham, NC). The concerts continue Saturday with an intimate afternoon set by Paul Lytton and Mat Maneri (solos & duo) at the Palm Tavern (2989 S. Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee) at 2:30pm. This first time meeting will be followed by a free community Music Walk of solo performances that start at Anodyne café "Bay View" with Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone) at 4:00. Listeners will then proceed down Kinnickinnic Avenue to the Rush-Mor record store for a set by Helen Gillet on cello and on to ACME Records for music by the bassist, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten. The music begins again at the Sugar Maple at 7pm with Håker Flaten in a duo with Joe McPhee, who will be followed by trio, quartet, and quintet lineups to round out the evening. Sunday starts at 3pm with a solo performance by Johannes Bauer on trombone at ACME. Then the music continues with a series of 4 sets at the Sugar Maple which follow the inspired programming approach of this year's Okka Fest: a duo featuring Joe McPhee (electronics with Jim Baker), unique formats (string trio with percussion- Gillet, Håker Flaten, Maneri with Lytton), new compositions (Tim Daisy's Vox Arcana), and sensational finales to close out each evening (the exceptional lineup of Johannes Bauer, Paul Lytton, Tim Daisy, Helen Gillet, and Fred Lonberg-Holm playing together for the first time as a quintet). DJ sets by Bruno Johnson (Friday), Tim Daisy (Saturday) and Ken Vandermark (Sunday) will follow the live performances each night. Advance passes for the festival will go on sale soon at http://okkadisk.com and the time of their availability will be announced shortly. A limited number of 25 Gold Passes will be sold, these include reserved seating for all the sets at the Sugar Maple and advance seating at the Palm Tavern, and an Okka Fest 7 poster and T-Shirt, for $150. The Weekend Pass will include early admission to all shows for $120. The Sugar Maple sessions will be $40 at the door, and $20 to attend the second half of the evening. The Saturday Palm session will be $20 with limited space available. Students with a valid ID will get a 25% discount at the door. The Music Walk is free to all. Okka Disk is an independent American jazz record label founded by Bruno Johnson who, along with Adrienne Pierluissi, also owns and operates the Sugar Maple and Palm Tavern in Bay View. The Okka Disk label has been documenting improvised and free jazz music since 1994 and has amassed a huge catalog featuring artists from around the world. Since 2009, Johnson and Pierluissi have been working in collaboration with renowned jazz composer and improviser, Ken Vandermark, to develop Okka Fest as a way to celebrate the range of contemporary improvised music for listeners and musicians from around the world. Without question, all three plus their team of volunteers have worked to ensure that Okka Fest 7 will be the most exciting edition of the festival yet. For more information please contact Adrienne Pierluissi at adriennepierluissi@yahoo.com and Ken Vandermark at kenvandermark@gmail.com. Schedule of events: Friday, June 5 7:00 Joe McPhee & Peter Evans Duo 8:00 Paul Lytton, Jeb Bishop, and Fred Lonberg-Holm Trio 9:00 Kent Kessler, Avreeayl Ra, and Dave Rempis Trio 10:00 Johannes Bauer, Tim Daisy, Helen Gillet, and Mars Williams Quartet DJ Bruno Johnson 11pm to close -------------------------- Saturday afternoon, June 6 2:30 Palm: Paul Lytton & Mat Maneri (solos & duo) 4:00 Anodyne: Jason Adasiewicz solo 5:00 Rush-Mor: Helen Gillet solo. 6:00 ACME: Ingebrigt Håker Flaten solo -------------------------- Saturday, June 6 7:00 Joe McPhee and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Duo 8:00 Jason Adasiewicz, Helen Gillet, and Mars Williams Trio 9:00 Jeb Bishop Quartet, with Russ Johnson, Jason Roebke, and Frank Rosaly 10:00 Johannes Bauer, Jason Adasiewicz, Jeb Bishop, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and Frank Rosaly Quintet DJ Tim Daisy 11pm to close ------------------------ Sunday, June 7 3:00 ACME: Johannes Bauer solo 4:00 Joe McPhee & Jim Baker electronics duo 5:00 Paul Lytton, Helen Gillet, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and Mat Maneri Quartet 6:00 VOX ARCANA: Tim Daisy, James Falzone, and Fred Lonberg-Holm 7:00 Paul Lytton, Johannes Bauer, Tim Daisy, Helen Gillet, and Fred Lonberg-Holm Quintet DJ Ken Vandermark 8pm to close

June 5, 2015 - June 7, 2015
OKKA FEST 7

OKKA FEST, an annual and international festival of improvised music, returns to Milwaukee June 5 through June 7, 2015 for its 7th edition, featuring another brilliant line up of musicians who will perform 17 sets of music over the course of the event. Legendary multi-instrumentalist Joe McPhee (Poughkeepsie, NY) and the trumpet innovator Peter Evans (New York, NY) kick off the festival with a duo set at 7:00 Friday night at the Sugar Maple in Bay View. They will be followed by three more groups, also comprised of some of the most outstanding contemporary musicians working today. In addition to McPhee and Evans- and many of Chicago’s finest improvisational artists- this year's festival will include visiting musicians Johannes Bauer (trombone/Germany), Helen Gillet (cello/New Orleans, LA), Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (bass/Norway), Paul Lytton (drums/England), Mat Maneri (violin/New York, NY), and Jeb Bishop (trombone/Durham, NC). The concerts continue Saturday with an intimate afternoon set by Paul Lytton and Mat Maneri (solos & duo) at the Palm Tavern (2989 S. Kinnickinnic Ave, Milwaukee) at 2:30pm. This first time meeting will be followed by a free community Music Walk of solo performances that start at Anodyne café "Bay View" with Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone) at 4:00. Listeners will then proceed down Kinnickinnic Avenue to the Rush-Mor record store for a set by Helen Gillet on cello and on to ACME Records for music by the bassist, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten. The music begins again at the Sugar Maple at 7pm with Håker Flaten in a duo with Joe McPhee, who will be followed by trio, quartet, and quintet lineups to round out the evening. Sunday starts at 3pm with a solo performance by Johannes Bauer on trombone at ACME. Then the music continues with a series of 4 sets at the Sugar Maple which follow the inspired programming approach of this year's Okka Fest: a duo featuring Joe McPhee (electronics with Jim Baker), unique formats (string trio with percussion- Gillet, Håker Flaten, Maneri with Lytton), new compositions (Tim Daisy's Vox Arcana), and sensational finales to close out each evening (the exceptional lineup of Johannes Bauer, Paul Lytton, Tim Daisy, Helen Gillet, and Fred Lonberg-Holm playing together for the first time as a quintet). DJ sets by Ken Vandermark (Friday), Tim Daisy (Saturday) and Robert Szocik (Sunday) will follow the live performances each night. Advance passes for the festival will go on sale soon at http://okkadisk.com and the time of their availability will be announced shortly. A limited number of 25 Gold Passes will be sold, these include reserved seating for all the sets at the Sugar Maple and advance seating at the Palm Tavern, and an Okka Fest 7 poster and T-Shirt, for $150. The Weekend Pass will include early admission to all shows for $120. The Sugar Maple sessions will be $40 at the door, and $20 to attend the second half of the evening. The Saturday Palm session will be $20 with limited space available. Students with a valid ID will get a 25% discount at the door. The Music Walk is free to all. Okka Disk is an independent American jazz record label founded by Bruno Johnson who, along with Adrienne Pierluissi, also owns and operates the Sugar Maple and Palm Tavern in Bay View. The Okka Disk label has been documenting improvised and free jazz music since 1994 and has amassed a huge catalog featuring artists from around the world. Since 2009, Johnson and Pierluissi have been working in collaboration with renowned jazz composer and improviser, Ken Vandermark, to develop Okka Fest as a way to celebrate the range of contemporary improvised music for listeners and musicians from around the world. Without question, all three plus their team of volunteers have worked to ensure that Okka Fest 7 will be the most exciting edition of the festival yet. For more information please contact Adrienne Pierluissi at adriennepierluissi@yahoo.com and Ken Vandermark at kenvandermark@gmail.com. Schedule of events: Friday, June 5 7:00 Joe McPhee & Peter Evans Duo 8:00 Paul Lytton, Jeb Bishop, and Fred Lonberg-Holm Trio 9:00 Kent Kessler, Avreeayl Ra, and Dave Rempis Trio 10:00 Johannes Bauer, Tim Daisy, Helen Gillet, and Mars Williams Quartet DJ Ken Vandermark 11pm to close -------------------------- Saturday afternoon, June 6 2:30 Palm: Paul Lytton & Mat Maneri (solos & duo) MUSIC WALK, free to public 4:00 Anodyne: Ingebrigt Håker Flaten solo 5:00 Rush-Mor: Helen Gillet solo. 6:00 ACME: Jason Adasiewicz solo -------------------------- Saturday, June 6 7:00 Joe McPhee and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten Duo 8:00 Jason Adasiewicz, Helen Gillet, and Mars Williams Trio 9:00 Jeb Bishop Quartet, with Russ Johnson, Jason Roebke, and Frank Rosaly 10:00 Johannes Bauer, Jason Adasiewicz, Jeb Bishop, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and Frank Rosaly Quintet DJ Tim Daisy 11pm to close ------------------------ Sunday, June 7 3:00 ACME: Johannes Bauer solo 4:00 Joe McPhee & Jim Baker electronics duo 5:00 Paul Lytton, Helen Gillet, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, and Mat Maneri Quartet 6:00 VOX ARCANA: Tim Daisy, James Falzone, and Fred Lonberg-Holm 7:00 Paul Lytton, Johannes Bauer, Tim Daisy, Helen Gillet, and Fred Lonberg-Holm Quintet DJ Robert Szocik

 
 


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Posted by sultan on April 21, 2014 at 4:32 p.m. (report)

I seldom give a 1-star review. I feel that doing so requires some explanation, which I will attempt to give here. In a way it pains me to do so. I was going to The Palm (Sugar Maple's sister bar) before Sugar Maple existed. Back when I was going to bars a bit more often, I often frequented Sugar Maple after it first opened, and almost always had a good time. Their selection is excellent. I hadn't gone in a while, and some friends and I were out in Bay View for a birthday dinner celebration recently, and we all (8 of us) decided to stop in at Sugar Maple at around 9:30 on a Saturday night. Knowing that it's a busy time of the evening we all filed in and started to look for a place to sit. It was full, but not overly packed, There was no place that we could all easily sit together, but we saw two smaller tables near each other that were free, and figured that with minimal effort we could all manage to sit together. We turned one long table 90 degrees without moving it, and relocated two chairs. This was all out of the lane of traffic, in a corner against a wall and railing at the far side of the room. We were just sitting down when one of the bouncers (owner?) walks up and YELLS at my (female) fiance to "GET UP! YOU'RE NOT ALLOWED TO MOVE THE FURNITURE!!" and proceeds to slam the tables and chairs back into their original positions and then storms off and proceeds to stare menacingly at us from the corner. So, hoping that all 8 of us can end up sitting together, we're now standing in the lane of traffic to/from the restrooms, getting stared at by the rest of the patrons who are wondering what we did to piss off the bouncer. My fiance, being a sensitive person, was about ready to cry and wanted to just leave right away. We convinced her to stay, and then proceeded to stand at the end of the bar and be ignored by the bartenders who were busy checking their smartphones behind the counter. It probably took us 5 minutes for the bartenders to get done with text/email/facebook updates and finally ask us what we wanted. All this time we were having to move back and forth to allow people to go to/from the restrooms since we were forced to stand in the lane of traffic. Eventually a group left and most of us were able to sit down, but a couple of us were left standing, as we were afraid to bring over an unused chair from another area for fear of prompting another tirade and scolding from the bouncer. I was originally going to chalk this up to the bouncer having a bad day, but after reading the other reviews, it seems that rudeness and poor service have become a common practice since I stopped coming here regularly. The bouncer could have said "I'm sorry, but fire code prevents us from allowing the tables to be moved, would you mind standing over here until I can free up some room for you" or "We prefer not to move the tables and chairs because it scratches up the floor, would you mind moving them back, please", or even put up a sign that said "Please do not move the tables or chairs". Any of these would have been better than yelling at a group of completely sober people that had just walked into a business establishment just looking for a drink and some friendly conversation. Im not sure if we just weren't cool enough to fit in to whatever clientele the bar is hoping to attract (its turned from a friendly, laid back local bar into more of a hipster crowd), or if the bouncer/owner just has a chip on his shoulder and is surly to everyone indiscriminately as a matter of course. I sincerely hope that they can turn around whatever internal issues they are currently having, and seem to have been having for some time. If I ever do go back (unlikely at this point) I will update this review or post another, as I did truly like Sugar Maple at one point, and Id like to have the familiar, friendly bar back that I used to know.

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Posted by bayviewrider on Feb. 26, 2010 at 8:11 p.m. (report)

Great atmosphere with it's curving bar and different sitting areas BUT I can't believe that with 60 beers on tap, the only food / munchy available is... SOUP! 'Hey Francis, let's walk on over to Sugar Maple and tip back a few and have... soup to go along with 'em." I've been in three times in the past year but if there isn't any actual food to munch on in the near future I'm done. (chips & salsa, popcorn, pretzels, nuts, anything but another liquid... please.

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Posted by business1 on May 7, 2009 at 10:48 a.m. (report)

Nothing really much here except they don't allow smoking. Not friendly, outgoing or exciting. Almost could say this group of people borders on stuck up.

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