Milwaukee WI • 2.25.17 • The Coffeehouse

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Community Sing in Milwaukee on February 25

Milwaukee WI - The Coffeehouse, 1905 Wisconsin Avenue, welcomes singer and guitarist Craig Siemsen, songstress Julie Thompson and Chicago’s “official troubadour" Mark Dvorak to Redeemer Lutheran Church for the seventh annual Milwaukee Community Sing on Saturday, February 25. Doors open at 7:30 pm. The concert begins at 8:00 pm. 

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The Coffee House has been presenting music and spoken word performances since 1967. 

Siemsen is one of the pillar's of Milwaukee's acoustic scene. He has performed throughout the Midwest with his wife, Patti Stevenson, and the two are regular performers at Milwaukee’s legendary Coffee House. Siemsen is an acclaimed songwriter, a powerful interpreter and a skilled instrumentalist (

Thompson is a versatile vocalist and recording artist who sings jazz, blues, folk and show tunes. She performs regularly with several ensembles in the Milwaukee area, and also works with children ( 

Dvorak is a national touring artist who has seventeen albums to his credit. He was part of the founding cast of The Mid-Winter Singing Festival, and leads the Thursday Folk Jam at the Old Town School of Folk Music and the Folk Club @The Grafton sessions in Chicago (

“The idea is to get people - of all ages - singing together in a social setting,” said Siemsen. “And it seems like it’s an idea whose time has come.” 

“Community singing is popping up all over the place,” said Dvorak, who is artist-in-residence at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago. “We just held the first community sing in Rockford, Illinois, Plymouth, Indiana. and Mt. Morris, Wisconsin. And I just got home from East Lansing, Michigan, for the fifteenth annual Mid-Winter Singing Festival,” he said. “Craig, Julie and I are thrilled and ready to bring our program back to Milwaukee."

The songs are chosen beforehand and lyrics are projected on a screen for the audience to see. 

"The experience can be transforming," said Siemsen. "We try to choose familiar songs that the audience may already know, but we also like to challenge them with other types of songs that may be unfamiliar.”

Suggested donation is $10. For more information phone 414 534 4612. Visit The Coffeehouse online at


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