Back in the spring of 2012, Milwaukee’s gone-but-not-forgotten Juniper Tar set up shop at The Hotel Foster for four Wednesdays in a row, previewing songs from their then-upcoming album Since Before, and collaborating with some of their local musical contemporaries. Residency gigs were nothing new to Milwaukee, of course (see: The Jazz Estate), but Juniper Tar’s month-long experiment was ambitious in its scope, and easily one of the musical highlights of the year.
Starting this Wednesday, sonorous-voiced folk troubadour Hayward Williams will embark on a four-week residency of his own at the Walker’s Point Anodyne. On August 6, 13, 20, and 27, Williams—along with his band—will play songs from his upcoming album, The Reef (due this fall), and will share the stage with four other artists:
August 6: TBD
August 13: Thriftones (Milwaukee)
August 20: Rusty Belle (Massachusetts)
August 27: Peter Mulvey Band (Milwaukee)
Each show will begin at 8 p.m., with a $5 cover.
“It’s true that Juniper Tar’s Hotel Foster residency had an influence on my idea. Great room, great bands supporting each other and joining up on stage,” Williams says. “But mostly I want to introduce my new songs to as many people as I can before my record is released. Having been a Milwaukee artist for a long time, I still feel like I’m on the fringes of the ‘scene.’ So I’m putting my best foot forward with this new project.”
If The Reef’s stunning, soulful title track is any indication, Williams should have no problem finally emerging from the margins of the city’s music scene. Before the residency kicks off tomorrow night, listen to “Out On The Reef,” only at Milwaukee Record.