Scott Sharrard

Riverwest Public House is thrilled to welcome GRAMMY nominated musician (and former Milwaukeean) SCOTT SHARRARD, guitarist, music director, and co-writer for The Gregg Allman Band. Local musicians Ms. Lotus Fankh and Bootleg Bessie will open.

Tuesday, Aug. 21 doors at 7pm
Riverwest Public House (815 E. Locust St)

2018 GRAMMY nominee Scott Sharrard had been the touring guitarist for the Gregg Allman Band since the Fall of 2008. He’s been called “one of the best guitarists in the country” by Billboard. Gregg Allman, had high praise for the guitarist. “I know all about guitar players —I’ve seen the very best — and Scott Sharrard is the perfect guitarist for my band. He understands that you don’t need to play just for the sake of playing; Scott isn’t one of those guys who thinks they’re getting paid by the note. He never steps on the vocals, and leaves plenty of room for everyone else to do their thing, but when it’s time to solo, Scott delivers, boy.”

While most recently acting as Musical Director & Co-Writer for Allman and recently recording his last record “Southern Blood” in Muscle Shoals, Scott has also been concentrating on the growth of his solo career while holding Gregg’s legacy near and dear as a guiding light and point of everlasting inspiration. His next album “Saving Grace” has been recorded and will be released in 2018.
Instagram: @scott.sharrard ;


JUNE Build Your Own Happy Hours

“Build Your Own Happy Hour” is an ongoing series at Riverwest Public House where we invite individuals, groups, and organizations to come in for a special happy hour to promote themselves. Here’s happy hours we have booked for June. Interested in hosting your own? E-mail:

Thurs. June 7 (6-9pm): Dalek Asylum Milwaukee
Dalek Asylum Milwaukee (as seen in Doctor Who Magazine) is a Dalek replica building collective that is headquartered in Milwaukee Makerspace. Stop by to get more info on the collective, Makerspace, and get your picture taken with a Dalek!
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Thurs. June 14 (6-9pm): Milwaukee Poly Group
The poly group was founded in 2009 and has stood by its mission to foster awareness of ethical non-monogamy and support those that are polyamorous or poly-curious for almost a full decade. Twice monthly meetings have developed a community of hundreds of people strong.

At this Build Your Own Happy Hour, the Milwaukee Poly Group would like to host a pot luck, info session, and discussion to learn all about what Milwaukee Poly is, what they hope to bring to the community of Milwaukee at large, and if it’s a community you’d like to be a part of.
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Tues June 19 (6-8pm): Tarot Tuesday
Are you interested in Tarot? Have you been reading for a while, or are you just getting started? Special guest Jen Cintrón will be joining for this Build Your Own Happy Hour, leading a discussion on Tarot, bring your cards, your notebook, your questions, or your insights!

Discussion from 6-8pm, and you can stick around afterwards to get a special price on a reading from Jen, only $10 for 10-12 minutes! You can read more about Jen on her website here:

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Thurs June 28 (5-8pm): Collective Amnesia zine
Local anarchists give a talk and lead discussion about their zine, ‘Fighting Collective Amnesia: Recovering Our Memory and Staying Alert’ which offers a contemporary history of resistance movements while putting forth the goal of long-term movement building against capitalism and the state.

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The Voodoohoney House Band Journal (#2)

The Voodoohoney House Band took the stage late last night as the bar was overtaken by poets (it happens sometimes). The Gathering Place of the Poets packed the joint with poets– 40 in total– who stood elbow to elbow throwing them back and reading poems.

As the clock passed Midnight, the Voodoohoney House Band stood in a corner chatting with each other, watching the poetry, armed with their instruments– saxophone, bass guitar, drumsticks.

I told them sorry, this event was going later than I thought.

“Does it look like we’re stressed, Tea?” Jay replied. Indeed, the band does not ever seemed stressed, they take it as smooth as one of their jazzy riffs. After the last poet (Dr. Nick) recited, the band quickly set up and made the most of their stage time. They started off with psychedelic sounding Zappa-esque space rock. The magical violin player and her mythical wolf (see last entry) and Jay wailing on the saxophone soon joined in.

The band played on until just before bar close, closing a long evening of poetry and jams.

It was a great night. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s livestream video uploaded by one of our awesome resident DJs,
DJ Kingpin:

Public House Locust St Fest Line-up June 10

Locust Street Line-up

Outdoor stage:

11:30-Noon: Bootleg Bessie

12:15-12:45: Negative/Positive

12:45: The Mic with Greg Bach and Dana Ehrmann

1-1:30: Detenzione

1:45-2:15: Loud Sun

2:30-3: Taj Raiden

3: Karaoke with Morgan

3:15-3:45: (ORB)

4-4:30: Soup Moat

4:45-5:15: Vincent VanGREAT

5:30-6: Lauryl Sulfate and her Ladies of Leisure

6:15-6:45: Whips

Indoor stage:

12-4: WMSE DJs Von Munz and Haven

4-7: Dashcam

7:30: The Doll House Show

8: VoodooHoney House Band

9: DJ DRipSWeaT

Sign up for the 42nd Annual Riverwest Beer Run/ Walk here:

The Voodoohoney House Band Journal (#1)

By Tea Krulos

Around Midnight the Public House door opened and a woman walked in carrying a violin case with a giant white dog (was it part wolf? part bear?) strolling quietly next to her. We typically don’t allow dogs into the bar, but this was perhaps not a dog but a mystical creature. The audience gawked as they passed by. They were here for the Voodoohoney House Band.

“Can I jam with you?” She asked as she approached the Public House stage where the keyboardist (sorry, still trying to learn names) was noodling around on a melody which James was carefully trying to walk his bass lines over. She unpacked her violin and got onstage and began unleashing a storming crescendo with her bow. Her dog’s leash was strapped to her belt loop, but the dog had no interest in going anywhere and sat comfortably on the stage, his tongue lolling happily while mom shredded. The music had soothed the beast.

All of this seemed like some Riverwest fable or fairy tale– the woman and her wolf show up at Midnight to cast a spell with a magic violin.

Soon the trio was joined onstage by a drummer and Mr. Voodoohoney himself, Jay Anderson, killing it as he poured heart and soul into wailing away on his saxophone. It was just such a great combo with all of the musicians spot on. I’m glad I got to see it.

One of the things I’ve always liked about the Public House is that it can be many things. It’s often a music venue (of almost every genre) and often a place where political and community events take place. It can be a comedy club and is every Sunday at 1pm (The Mic). It’s an art gallery with a show opening once a month and a place to learn (like at our monthly Night School series.)

Now every Wednesday night it’s a mystical jazzy funk jam session on stage with the Voodoohoney House Band. See you there– it gets started around 9:30.

Memorial Day Weekend at Public House

We have a great Memorial Day line-up of events at Public House and we hope you join us! We’ll have drink specials all weekend.

Friday, May 25: Nelson Devereaux with Cool Pollution and Nutrictious and Delicious. 9pm, $7 cover.
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Saxophonist Nelson Devereaux is known for his work with Bon Iver. His solo project is taking the stage along with Minneapolis experimental indie pop group Cool Pollution and Ben Yela’s new experimental group Nutritious and Delicious.

Saturday, May 26: No Stress Collective Party! 10pm, free.

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Bring on all the dancing! The No Stress Collective is throwing a party! Join us for our favorite music from the last 4 decades! You might hear:
Hip Hop
Who knows?! But it will be music to shake your groove thang to. Its been one helluva winter and we wanna bring in the summer with you!


This party will abide by and reinforce the Afropunk rules of :
No sexism, no racism, no ableism, no ageism, no homophobia, no transphobia, no fatphobia, no hatefulness.

Sunday, May 27: Bluegrass Grill-out. Garden Park, 1-4 pm, free.

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Our friends The MilBillies will be playing in Garden Park next to Public House. Bring your own lawn chairs. We’ll be serving drinks you can bring outside and we’ll have a grill going 1-4 pm. Relax, enjoy a drink and a free show.

Monday, May 28: Memorial Day Karaoke. 9pm, free.

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End your holiday weekend with a song! Our wonderful karaoke host Morgan will sign you up and we’ll have grill out leftovers and other food (feel free to bring yours to share).

New Website is here!

Spring is here – finally! And so is our new website! While we are super excited to a have a four letter domain and a sleek, sexy new website, it’s also time to pay tribute to the website that started it all. While the old site isn’t going away, it’ll be around for nostalgic and historical purposes, our new site is mobile friendly!!!! So come down today and raise a glass as we say thanks to an old “friend” (which will now be available at and hello to To celebrate, webmaster Cory is going to bring in his wii so we can play Mario Kart. Our website will be on display on the big screen and we will have drink specials for you if you share our new site via social media 5-8pm. Visit the Facebook event page for Build Your Own Happy Hour: Website Launch & Mario Kart to RSVP/ invite a friend.)

Then stay for the show which starts at 9 with:

The CurlsNot For YouThe BBY’sLifetime Achievement Award

Visit the event page on Facebook to RSVP, remind yourself/ invite a friend.

The Curls, Lifetime Achievement Award, The BBY's, Not For You
The Curls, Lifetime Achievement Award, The BBY’s, Not For You Riverwest Public House 4/20/18 9 PM $5 cover


Coming Soon!

This will be the new home to the Riverwest public house website.  If you are looking at this now, congrats! You must be extra awesome and love to check out what’s going on at the public house.  For now, go to our main website or check us out on facebook.

Stay tuned, we have exciting things to share!


~Cory Ruegg

Web admin for PH