Sonic Diet

A Weekend of Jazz With Okka Fest

Mats Gustafsson

Milwaukeeans can see live free jazz performances in Milwaukee mostly thanks to the fuel behind both the Okka Disk label and The Sugar Maple / Palm Tavern, Bruno Johnson. Johnson, owner of Milwaukee’s craft and specialty beer homes, The Sugar Maple (and Palm Tavern), is a loyal and frequent host to musicians such as Peter Brotzmann and Ken Vandermark via The Sugar Maple’s just-right sized back room. This weekend sees the pinnacle of these occasional performances, with the entire weekend devoted to artists such as Vandermark and the like for another edition of Okka Fest. This year, both national and international musicians will be arriving to Milwaukee to share their music with the city for three days; catch performances by Tim Daisy on drums, Mats Gustafsson on saxophone and Jason¬†Adasiewicz on vibes.

Sponsored by the Milwaukee Free Jazz Society, Okka Fest has become a very visible reminder that Chicago is not the only city in the United States with interest in the more fluidly improvisational form of the jazz genre. A.V. Milwaukee says, “Sugar Maple has become the home for free jazz in the city”, and nothing could be more true. Complete lineup and details for this year’s Okka Fest are below.

Friday, June 10th

9 p.m. / Sugar Maple

Mats Gustafsson (sax) + Ken Vandermark (reeds), Christof Kurzmann (electronics)

Sunrooms w/ Nate McBride (bass), Jason Adasiewicz (vibes), Mike Reed (drums)

Saturday, June 11th

3 p.m. / Palm Tavern

Mats Gustafsson solo

Saturday, June 11th

9 p.m. / Sugar Maple

Jason Adasiewicz + Mats Gustafsson Duo

Made to Break w/ Devin Hoff (bass) + Tim Daisy (drums), Ken Vandermark, Christof Kurzmann

Sunday, June 12th

3 p.m. / Sugar Maple

Christof Kurzmann (solo performance) + a film by Michaela Grill

The Chicago Double Quartet w/ Mars Williams (sax) + Jeb Bishop (trombone), Dave Rempis (sax), Jim Baker (keyboards), Kent Kessler (bass), Steve Hunt (drums), Brian Sandstrom (guitar, bass), Michael Zerang (drums)

Complete artist information, compliments of The Sugar Maple and Okka Disk, available *here*.

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