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Abstractly speaking, the Milwaukee band scene is a series of overlapping and intersecting circles, meaning lots of musicians have played with the same people but in different bands and at different times.
"It gets a little incestuous," says BJ Seidel, frontman for Dramatic Lovers.
Such is the case with the musical groups behind Rock Around The Wreath, a holiday show that takes place Friday, Dec. 22 at Tonic Tavern, 2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
"This wasn’t intentional, but we realized a lot of people in these bands played with each other in various forms," says Seidel. "We also all have the same practice space."
The Dramatic Lovers will headline the show, which begins at 9 p.m., along with Rx Drugs (featuring Scott Schoenbeck), Hello Face and Jayk. All four of the bands are donating their time and talent, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Hunger Task Force. Thus, a $5 donation – or more – is encouraged.
Seidel says it’s a holiday show that’s all about giving back, but when asked if holiday songs were a part of his setlist, he simply said, "No." (That’s definitely a selling point for some.)
Milwaukee musician Biju Zimmerman organized the show. He and Seidel have been friends and bandmates since middle school, including a successful run in Camden. The circle of life – er, circle of Milwaukee musicians – continues.
Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.
As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.
She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that.
Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.
Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.
In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!
When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.