Last night Hello Death was honored to open for Jozef Van Wissem at the Milwaukee Opry in the Fortress Building. This new venue provides a wonderful room for delicate music with generous natural reverb, but not too lost or messy a sound.
We had never been to the Opry before, and with no signs yet posted and a maze of doors, halls, wings, floors and stairwells we ended up being guided finally to a dilapidated freight elevator by a whimsical young artist who has a studio in the building. After loading our gear and convincing Marielle that our chances of dying were quite slim, we closed the broken door, slammed down the gate, and grumbled and climbed to the seventh floor, the ancient steel wheels spinning as the counter weights dropped to the ground.
Erik Ljung captured the visual meat of the evening with some beautiful shots.
Thanks to the wonderfully respectful audience members who made it out on a frigid Sunday evening, to Martha Joe and Aaron for organizing and to Jozef Van Wissem and R Keenan Lawler for the music.