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new shows May 2015

Greetings All

Tomorrow night the 2015 outdoor festival season commences when your friends, The Tritonics, scale the nautically accessorized stage to perform two full sets of rock steady, ska and roots reggae music for you, the people, at The Landing at Hoyt Park Beer Garden, 1800 N Swan Boulevard, just off the Menomonee River Parkway in Wauwatosa from 6-8pm. Join us for an engaging spring evening of drinking, dancing and romancing in the family friendliest, bike friendliest venue we know and love, The Landing at Hoyt Park.

We look forward to seeing your shining spring faces tomorrow night!

Your Friends, The Tritonics

NEXT GIG...Saturday, May 30th at the Circle A Cafe when our fabulous friends from Portland OR, Strangled Darlings present a captivating opening set of their special, intimate brand of Americana Doom Pop. 8:00pm. Five bucks. BONUS: The Tritonics will be prominently featuring songs from our new, soon-to-be-released CD at the Circle A that night AND our friend and fellow Riverwest rudy Jay Anderson has been engaged to bring his special brand of saxual healing to the evening's festivities.

Unless your senses have taken flight, you will not want to miss this night!

Matinee Show @ Kochanskis Sunday May 3rd 2:00

Greetings All!

Your friends, The Tritonics are excited to host our first ever Rock Steady Matinee Show at Kochanski’s Concertina Bar, 1920 South 37th St, just south of the corner of 37th and Burnham, tomorrow afternoon, Sunday, May 3rd, from 2:00pm - 6:00pm.

We’ll entertain you and your friends with engaging live musical performances; three full sets of live rock steady, ska and roots reggae music, including tunes from our new record, scheduled for release later this summer.

The weather will be warm and welcoming so it's a perfect Sunday to come to Kochanki’s where you can drink, dance and romance your lover to the tropical riddims and heavenly harmonies that will be swirling all around the dance floor.

The cover charge is five bucks.

Join us!

Your friends, The Tritonics

Circle-A-Cafe Sunday eh!

Greetings All! Your friends, The Tritonics, invite you to join us at our adopted Riverwest home, the The Circle A Cafe, for a rare Sunday night show. Sure, it's a Sunday night, but there are compelling reasons to attend... * Our newest member, viola-ista Glenn Asch will be making his Circle A performance debut. * We'll be previewing new tunes from our first full length CD, set to (one) drop in Spring 2015. * Final Milwaukee show of 2014. Unless you book us to provide tropical sonic sparkle for your private or company holiday party. Then that will be our final Milwaukee show of 2014. * Book us for your party. We are clean, well behaved and housebroken. * Sunday night will be our last chance to see you drink and dance before we return to the liberating undertaking of record making for the winter months. Please don't deny us this opportunity. Your engaging, cocktail-fueled conversations and refined dance moves are frequently more entertaining than we are. * Sunday night is our send-off show. Next week, we leave for our fourth annual Bay Area Boom Boom tour. The best possible way to head to San Francisco bay is with a big warm, whiskey-breathed hug from all of our friends and neighbors at The Circle A Cafe. * Packers don't play Sunday but we do. Two full halves of rock steady, ska and roots reggae music for the people. So. Give those Sunday night worries a rest and head to Riverwest. The Circle A Cafe. 932 East Chambers. Corner of Chambers and Weil. 8 PM start 5 dollar cover dj with a near-endless supply of tasty vinyl records spinning immediately after second set PS: Drag racing icons of yesteryear referenced in subject line actually just a promotional ploy. Few actual drag racing legends will be in attendance. As far as we know. c u @ the circle a!

Summer in Tritonica™

Greetings All

Tritonica is aglow with three big, boom boom shows we'd like to share with you and yoze. And we need to let you know so that you can go to at least one show. Maybe mo!

* Your friends, The Tritonics, are excited and pretty darn pleased to be performing at Summerfest for the very first time this year. Whether you are a downtown cubicle dweller seeking temporary midday, outdoor reassignment, or simply a fan of daytime drinking, we hope you will join us this coming Thursday, June 27th at the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage (formerly the Potawatomi Stage) from 12 O' Clock noon until 2:00 pm. If you have not had the opportunity, please check out our Summerfest band page, because, from that site, you can click on our pic to access our new music video, Smoky Places. The video features the illustrations, animations and strange mutations of local artist and our most talented and generous friend, Michael DiMilo.

Extra! Rumor has it that the (not) youngest member of our pack of pale rudies actually has TWO gigs at Summerfest on Thursday. Talk about da man in demand! Our grandest guitarista, Mr. Tom Plutshack will ALSO be performing with Bella Bruto and special guest (and former band mate of most of us) Mark Truesdell on the Renegade Stage at 3:15pm. So please, after we chat and swap some post show-sentences, head over to the Renegade Stage at 3:15pm (but no sooner because the fabulously awesome Mali Blues follows us at 2:30pm on the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage) to support that two-timing, moonlighting, gig-grinding Plutshack and his mates, Jared Drake and Bob Mueller, and the always-engaging stories and repertoire of Bella Bruto.

* Next week, on Friday, July 5th, your friends, The Tritonics, will be (with apologies to Primus) sailing the seas of cheese on the Vista King for a two hour starlight cruise, featuring two sets of live, nautically-themed, rock steady redeemed music for you and your companions, co-workers and compatriots. Rumor has it that our Lord and Master Of The Seas, Triton, may be riding in our wake on a boogie board. But verifying a crazy story like this requires witnesses, so bring your camera/smartphone and join us! The Vista King cruise boards Water Street and Michigan Street. Tickets are $19.00 and can be purchased at the Milwaukee Boat Line web site, which you can reach by clicking here.

* And then, the following week, we return to that always-fabulous, always free and always French festival, Bastille Days. We'll be on the Kilbourn West Stage again this year, BUT we've migrated to a brand new Saturday afternoon timeslot. And please, do let us add this tid bit of en-francais by-the-way; we are followed on the Kilbourn West Stage by the intriguing and exotic, Victor DeLorenzo-propelled, cello-powered chamber rock ensemble Nineteen Thirteen AND last but not least, Paul Cebar (and the first man to play our new 45 live over the Milwaukee airwaves on 91.7 WMSE) and Tomorrow Sound, whose rapturous sonorities will lure everyone around to sing and dance profound. SO... it looks like this is just gonna be one of those nights where you wanna find yourself a comfortable spot, grab a bag of begneits, a bevvie of choice and the perfect festival companions to settle in for a long, sumptuous summertime evening of local musique exotique.

Well, as usual, this email has gotten longer than I had intended. We have other fun gigs in the works too; some recurring and others that will act as punctuation marks at the end of the sentence that is our beautiful, busy Wisconsin summertime. But those are for another day.

The Tritonics look forward to rocking steady with you and yours this summer. See you out and about on the streets, beaches and stages of our fair city.

Your Friends, The Tritonics

Greetings !

Greetings All!

It was bound to happen. The colossal cosmic collision of two bands on righteous musical missions, combining their diverse influences and love of great live music on one stage, for one night, in one fab-sounding room.

This Friday, the classic Stax and Volt-inspired sounds of Torn Soul share sonic space and a warm embrace with your friends, The Tritonics. Hot sexy soul, sung like slow-burning embers. Heady rock steady, like Jamaica remembers. Songs leapt from the speakers; Studio One, Treasure Isle. Hearts swell wit di riddim. And faces, dem smile.

So, brothers and sisters, bredren and sistren, grab your closest friends, your family AND your neighbors, and get down to Linneman's Riverwest Inn this coming Friday night, April 26th at 9:00pm for what is sure to be a religious experience. With the help of Jim and Marti, we will baptize you in libations and sonic vibrations that will lift your spirit (while you lift your spirits) and move your feet to the one-drop beat and horn harmonies sweet. On the southeast corner of Locust and Weil Street. Tritonics at nine. Torn Soul at ten. Tritonics at eleven, then Torn Soul again. For one final midnight brass mass. Amen.

Feeling blessed in Riverwest

Your Friends, The Tritonics

PS: Please Mark your calendars for these upcoming events! The Tritonics at Circle A Cafe on Saturday, May 4th! Smoky Places musicians/artist collaboration at Dominion Gallery Friday, May 17th, including the he world premier of Michael DiMilo's animated music video with soundtrack provided by your friends, The Tritonics. And don't you dare head home after the Dominion Gallery event! For that very same night, Friday May 17th, The Uptowner hosts the record release party for our new 7' single, Smoky Places, including the original, instrumental b side, Smoke-Free Places. That word is final. The Tritonics on vinyl!

The Tritonics are Jeff Stehr, Dave Bolyard, Tom Plutshack, Karl Landwehr and Dave Cusma. They write, arrange and perform original music written in the Jamaican roots styles of rock steady, ska and reggae. They also cover crucial standards of those genres by artists like Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson, Toots and the Maytalls, The Heptones, Johnny Clarke, The Valentines and The Jamaicans. In addition, The Tritonics apply a unique process they've dubbed "doowopification" to rock n roll classics by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and many others. Doowopification reinterprets and revitalizes (Ital-izes!) classic rock standards, anointing them in the name of Jah with stripped down, Jamaican roots-style arrangements, one drop-centered rhythm and harmony-heavy vocals. Stream audio from our latest CD, Again With The Boom Boom, by clicking here; on our Reverb Nation band page. The Tritonics: are committed to keeping the citizenry drinking, dancing and well informed through song.


Greetings All!

Downtown Milwaukee will be abuzz with activity this coming Friday night.

Whether you are heading downtown to see if the Miami Heat will be able to break the Bucks record (shared with two other teams) for 20 consecutive wins in an NBA season, or to attend the concert at the Milwaukee Theater by the legendary and long-absent-from-this-town songwriter Leonard Cohen, I have great news to share with you.

Your presence at either of those events will not interfere with your ability to head over to Intercon Underground, in the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel, where you can enjoy two full sets of live rock steady, ska and roots reggae music, performed by your friends, The Tritonics. We start at 10:00pm, right about the time most of the other downtown events will be ending. And it's FREE, so there's really no reason to do anything but walk through the pair of revolving doors near the corner of East Kibourn and North Water Streets, and into the swanky lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel. Make yourself comfortable in their beautiful lounge, grab a fresh bevvie from the bar and relax and enjoy the music while you let the crush of weekend, post-event, downtown traffic slowly dissolve around you. And remember, the Intercontinental Hotel's central downtown location makes it easy for you to just leave your car wherever it is parked and walk on over.

Need more ideas to help you manage the logistics of your busy Friday night? Here are three of them that we've created especially for those of you who are out celebrating the mayorally-proclaimed Leonard Cohen Day here in Milwaukee this Friday.

* For you pre-show meal, consider dining Mexican at Cohen-ejitos.

* When parking your car downtown on a busy Friday night, never park in an area that has been marked off with orange traffic Cohens.

* After your early evening event is over, proceed directly to the lobby of the Inter-Cohen-tinental Hotel to enjoy The Trtionics (utterly unofficial and unaffiliated) Leonard Cohen After Party.

We hope you will join us Friday night at Inter-Cohen Underground!

Your Friends, The Tritonics

Your place or Mayan? Intercon Undergound

Greetings All!

The Tritonics are excited to celebrate the end of the Mayan long count calendar this coming Friday evening, December 21st, in the lobby / lounge of the Intercontinental Hotel on the corner of Kilbourn and Water Streets. This show is FREE, open to everyone and ton of fun. It is also our last public show of 2012. Or, possibly ever, if you place a lot of faith in the Mayans ability to predict the future. Although, as astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has pointed out, they failed to predict the arrival of the Spanish, so how reliable could their system really be?

Anyway, apocalypse or not-alypse, we would like to share our finest rock steady, ska and roots reggae selections with your and yours, in a delightful cocktail lounge setting, surrounded by classy furniture, beautiful artwork on the walls and the colorful lights and festive decorations of our city's beautiful downtown.

We have also recently returned from our weeklong mini tour in California. We traveled as a four piece there, and though we had a fabulous time and amassed many great stories to tell during our travels, we missed our brother Toys terribly, so we are super-excited to re-unite with him as we return to our now-standard five piece instrumentation that adds holidatious horn harmonies to our original trio format. Adding Karl Landwehr on sax, percussionn, melodia and keys and Dave Cusma on trombone has been one of the greatest blessings bestowed on our band 2012. If you haven't had a chance to spend some time with us in our latest five piece form, this is a great chance to do so. We think the sound will make you happy.

Hope to see all you sippin' on Mayan martini's in the lobby of the Intercontinental Hotel this coming Friday night at 8:30pm.

Your friends, The Tritonics

CAli-4-NiA here we come !

Greetings All!

You are no doubt familiar with the challenges of living in an environment with a geology prone to earthquakes. Well, scientists, specifically ethnomusicologists, have recently discovered that sound waves can be manipulated and deployed to transform even the shakiest ground back into terra firma. And all it takes is music.

So, you may be wondering, what amazing type of music is capable of magically solidifying a historically unstable landscape, full of gravel, cracks, crevices, faults, violent outcroppings and loose rock?

Rock Steady Music

We are pleased to announce that The Tritonics have been dispatched to the state of California to make rock steady.

And roots reggae.

And Ska.

We sincerely hope that you will considering joining us at one of the following stops on the Twenty Twelve Tri-Town Tritonics Tectonic Tour. Here are the essential whens and wheres to help you find us during our San Fran Bay Stay:

Wednesday, December 5th at 9:00pm the Elbo Room with DJ Adam from San Francisco Vintage Reggae Society

and our favorite new San Francisco friends

Franco Nero

Check out Franco Nero's tunes here

We love them and their sound and we think you will too. It's the instant sound of sunshine and happiness, so what's not too love? Oh, and the fact that they're awesome musicians doesn't hurt.


Friday, December 7th at Stanford University

This is a private party. But, if deemed necessary, and after gaining the appropriate permissions, blessings and authorizations, we may just be able to deputize people as roadies, van drivers or groupies to help them gain admission.


Saturday, December 8th at 8:00pm at Bocci's Cellar in Santa Cruz

With DJ Rasta Cruz

The Tritonics are excited to bring our 'Sconnie love and rock steady music to the bay area. We look forward to seeing you out and about. Remember - One Drop Is All You Need!

Until next week then...stay cool and true, pale rudies.

Cool and true!

Your Friends, The Tritonics

The Tritonics are Dave Bolyard, Tom Plutshack, Karl Landwehr, David Cusma and Jeff Stehr. They write, arrange and perform original music written in the Jamaican roots styles of rock steady, ska and reggae. They also cover crucial standards of those genres by artists like Alton Ellis, Delroy Wilson, Toots and the Maytalls, The Heptones, Johnny Clarke, The Valentines and The Jamaicans. In addition, The Tritonics apply a unique process they've dubbed "doowopification" to rock n roll classics by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and many others. Doowopification reinterprets and revitalizes (Ital-izes!) classic rock standards, anointing them in the name of Jah with stripped down, Jamaican roots-style arrangements, one drop-centered rhythm and harmony-heavy vocals. The Tritonics: five middle aged white guys playing Jamaican roots music, are committed to keeping the citizenry drinking, dancing and well informed through song. Visit our Reverb Nation Band page, where you can stream tracks from our five song demo CD, Again With The Boom Boom, by clicking here.


Greetings All!

We hope your Friday morning is enhanced with this one- off verse & invite Please read aloud in a 'tick jahmaican accent, inna Linton Kwesi Johnson style...

'ow can one assess the cost of summer temps dat ‘av been lost? di warmt is gone 'n mi feelin' frost ‘n winter’s bridge is a long one to cross

Well if mi meh, let me suggess a way to conquer yah distress put on di finest threads yi possess ‘n make a night a dahncin

First di riddim of Tritonics bell-like singin’ dem fine ‘armonics den come dahnce from early ti later wit ska ‘monious sounds of The Invaders

Dahnce until yi sweat taste salty Dahnce all night at Garibaldi n if yi don wan come den yah reasonin’s faulty! whedah skin ‘ed or long hair, or totally baldy!

So come to Bay View come straight out tonight’ ‘n we’ll all do ah bess getcha feelin’ alright don fear da cold weather zip ya jacket up tight an we’ll see you at Club Garibaldi tonight!

more for today

It has recently come to our attention that the decision to use of the terms "band" "briefs" "stipped down" and "intimate" all in the same sentence of my original email may, by implication, suggest that some sort of ludeness or nudity could be involved in our on-air adventures tomorrow. There will be rudeness, but not nudeness. There will be rudity, but no nudity. At least as far as you know. It is a radio show, after all.

Thank you for sharing your concerns. Future clothing-optional performances by the band will be described explicitly, so you know exactly which shows to avoid.