Published on Aug 6, 2014
The Vitrolum Republic get gussied up at Stag Barbershop, learn about hat making at the Brass Rooster and play a show at Hotel Foster.
The Band Visited:
Stag Barbershop: http://www.stagbarbershop.com
The Brass Rooster Hat Company: http://www.brassrooster.com
Hotel Foster: http://thehotelfoster.com
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The Milwaukee-based Vitrolum Republic’s sound is a combination of various styles that can best be described as classically infused folk music. They cover many different styles of music, but all in a way that feels rooted in a style all their own, which they have come to call Gypsy Noir. Their original compositions blur genres, combining classical elements with singer-songwriter, folk, bluegrass, blues and gypsy tango styling. Their music is diverse, and draws upon the acoustic instrumentation that each member brings to the stage; Nick Waraksa ~ Piano, Accordian, Vocals, Jordan Waraksa ~ Violin, Guitar, Vocals, Chuck Lawton ~ Bass, Guitar, Vocals and Benjamin Schaefer ~ Percussion. The word “Vitrolum” is a word they created that represents a ‘conduit’ of expression. Through their performances these musicians and their audience become part of “The Republic,” and work to create the communal experience of “The Vitrolum Republic”.
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