WhiskeyBelles bring captivating vintage country to Monroe Arts Center Nov. 22

Staff Report

MONROE, Wisconsin — With the passion of a Hank Williams song, Carter family harmonies, and a little Hee-Haw mixed for good measure, The WhiskeyBelles are widely known for captivating shows featuring their own take on vintage country, Americana, folk-revival and roots-country tunes, with their own witty originals sprinkled in. At 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 22, Monroe Arts Center (MAC) presents this all-female trio featuring pitch-perfect, three-part harmonies, and their own hot fiddle, guitar and bass playing.

The members of the Milwaukee-based WhiskeyBelles are Chrissy Dzioba (guitar, vocals), Kimmy Unger (fiddle, vocals), and Sara Moilanen (bass, vocals). They started their musical venture together in May 2011. By July of the following year, they released their debut album, Whiskey Woman, which was named one of the 10 best local albums of 2012 by Milwaukee Magazine. Their second album, titled Nothin’ Says Christmas Like Whiskey, was released in November 2013.

Their sound has been compared to such music groups as the Pistol Annies, Dixie Chicks and The Trio (Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris and Linda Ronstadt). They have shared the stage with country stars Montgomery Gentry, The Lost Trailers and the Kentucky Headhunters, and were the 2014 Wisconsin Area Music Industry’s Americana/Bluegrass Artists of the Year. With personalities as big as the Texan skyline, the WhiskeyBelles have a great time on stage, and love to share the fun with their audience.

Before the performance of The WhiskeyBelles, the public is invited to attend the opening reception of MAC’s annual Holiday Silent Auction fund-raiser. Hundreds of unique and one-of-a-kind items will be on display in MAC’s Wesley Hall from Nov. 22 through Dec. 13. Bidding begins and refreshments are available 6-7:30 p.m.

Reserved seat tickets for The WhiskeyBelles performance are $25 and $20, and student (18 and younger) tickets are $10. Tickets may be purchased in person at the box office at 1315 11th St., by calling the Monroe Arts Center at (608) 325-5700 or 888-596-1249, or online at www.monroeartscenter.com.

Posted Nov. 20, 2014

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