Friday, February 22, was a good night for Milwaukee music – both music in Milwaukee and Milwaukee music. There is a welcoming trend of support for local bands happening right now and everyone is benefiting from it, especially out of town headliners. When the houselights went out (early) at Turner Hall for a 7 p.m., four-band bill, there was already an impressive couple hundred people, roughly half of the total draw by the end of the (also early) night, which reached well into the mid 400s.
Self-described as “Milwaunkee Tonk,” The Candliers took the stage shortly after 7 p.m. and played a quick set of jovial tributes to a time before synthesizers, drum machines and even overdriven guitars. Successfully recreating this sound on album is somewhat of a tedious task, but it can be accomplished.