It’s been a really long time since the last Living Room Sessions house concert… so let’s change that!

Tina & Her Pony are heading back to Brown Deer for a night of great Indie Appalachian folk music! It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 5 years since they have played here in Milwaukee, so you don’t want to miss this show (Yes, it’s a “school” night, but don’t worry, it’s worth it!)

If you’ve never been to a house concert before, you’re missing a really great time. House concerts are a little different than going to a concert at a music venue, so here are a few details to keep in mind:

  • First off, since this is at a house, a solid “yes” or “no” is greatly appreciated so we can have enough chairs and snacks for everyone.
  • The house is a completely shoe free house. Please be prepared to take your shoes off and leave them at the door. Slippers, extra socks, and shoe covers are available for you to use.
  • Music will start promptly at 7pm. Since this is an intimate setting, (and a “school” night 🙂 ) please try to be here on time. Comfy chairs are first come first serve, so get here early, have some snacks, and make some new friends!
  • Bands that play house concerts get paid solely from donations at the door. Please bring a cash donation if you are able. The suggested donation is $10-20, but give whatever you can. (And if you’re like me and don’t carry much cash, you can donate through paypal, facebook, or even credit cards)
  • Please feel free to invite additional friends, family or well-behaved strangers. 🙂 The more the merrier!

And if you still need some convincing, here’s a taste of some Tina & Her Pony music…

Critically acclaimed Midwestern songwriters!


Hold onto your socks, folks. Two amazing, internationally touring artists will be performing right here in Brown Deer!

Bob Walkenhorst

Legendary Americana songwriter Bob Walkenhorst of the Kansas City band The Rainmakers will bring his renowned songwriting to your eardrums in a solo performance you won’t want to miss.

Here’s a sample.

Jonathan Rundman

Born and raised in the isolated Finnish-American communities of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Jonathan Rundman has been writing songs and performing across the country since he was 18 years old. He emerged on the national music scene as a Chicago-based touring artist, generating rave reviews in Billboard, The New York Times, Performing Songwriter, Paste, and countless regional publications. Now living in Minneapolis, he continues to tour and record. Jonathan’s songs can be heard on radio stations across America, in Scandinavia and England, and have been featured on television’s Ellen Degeneres Show and CBS This Morning.

Nitty gritty details

  • The show is on Sunday, September 13th
  • Doors open at 6pm. Music starting promptly at 7pm (don’t be late. ok?)
  • The artists need to eat, so please bring cash (Suggested donation $15-20… or more if you’re so inclined)
  • Snacks and drinks will be provided. Feel free to bring something to pass if you’d like.
  • Seating is limited. Please RSVP on Facebook, or RSVP via email.
  • The house is now strictly a “no outside shoes worn inside” home. So please remove your shoes at the door. House slippers and socks are provided on a first come first serve basis.
  • There is a dog and a cat that live in the house. If you have allergies please be aware. We’ll clean the house well and keep the pets out of the concert area when guests arrive though.
  • Friends, family and strangers are always welcome. Just RSVP to let me know how many people you will be bringing
  • Also, if you’re like me and don’t typically carry cash around, you can also digitally send your donation via paypal:

  • The address is 8131 N. Green Bay Rd. in Brown Deer. Here is a map in case you need it.

See you on September 13th.

What a wonderful night of music! Thanks to everyone who came and especially Artemis and Reverend Screaming Fingers. Be sure to check out their music.

Here are the recorded videos from the live stream:

Set one: Artemis

Set two: Reverend Screaming Fingers

Encore: Artemis & Reverend Screaming Fingers

Join us for an evening of great live music, potluck and inspiring conversation.

Enjoy an intimate evening of original music riding the waves of dark and light with guitarist and composer Reverend Screaming Fingers (aka Lucio Menegon – Music•Noise•Art), and singer-songwriter Artemis, along with special guests Steven White and (our gracious host!) Tracy Apps.

There is something quite extraordinary about watching talented artists perform for a small audience in a private space – both for the audience and performers. If you have not experienced this, then you are in for a pleasant surprise. House concerts are a unique opportunity to experience music in a comfortable environment.

Doors open at 6:30pm, music starts at 7:30pm.

Timely arrival is appreciated. We will have two 45 minute sets of music with a break between for chatting and eating.

Donations of $10-20 per person suggested
All contributions go to the performers, to support their tour. You can also pre-pay online using paypal by clicking below:

Feel free to bring an appetizer, drink or dessert to share.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP on Facebook, or RSVP via email.

More about the musicians

REVEREND SCREAMING FINGERS (aka Lucio Menegon) is a composer, improviser and sonic artist that freely mingles angular riffs, subtle sounds and sheer noise with fucking awesome in-free-fall after jumping out of a capsule at-the-edge-of-space guitar work.

His work is rooted in old blues, country, punk rock, surf, spaghetti western soundtracks and has been described as Morricone composing surf music on Laudnum… performed at a secret opium den in the basement of CBGB’s. Big city chaos, desert expanses, long drives and forays into ambient textural spaces inform a fusion of traditional song structure and modern improvisation.

ARTEMIS is a New York native, California-based artist whose songwriting is a relentlessly genre-defiant exploration of science and sensuality, etymology and emotion, the natural and supernatural. In live performance, she layers looped vocals to build skeletons of textured harmony and quirky rhythm, adding naked timbres of piano, guitar, flute, and ukulele, alongside various electronic devices. Floating above and weaving together this simple yet sophisticated palette, the singer’s superpower is subtlety, from intricate inflections in a near-whisper, to the use of dissonance as counterweight in belted-out Bulgarian-style choirs.

Artemis recently released her ninth album, a 3-EP volume called Triptych, through the Oakland-based artist collective and label she co-founded, RTFM Records.

Artemis “presides over an aural slow-burn like one of Wim Wenders’ angels – warm, wise, detached, waiting for you….” – Ron Garmon (LA CityBeat, SF Weekly)

What a great show last night! (not to mention a rowdy bunch in the audience, as every house concert needs)

If you missed the show, here’s video recording from the live stream from last night. Enjoy!

set 1:

set 2:

Guess what kids! The one and only Kira Small is coming back for a solo show at the tapps estate! Yes, it’s a Monday night, but what BETTER way to make your Monday a gajillion times better than rounding it off with some bonafide sweet soul?!

You don’t believe me? Here, listen to this.

About the show

  • Please either RSVP for the show on the facebook event, or contact me directly.
  • Show starts promptly at 7pm on Monday, May 12th. Arrive early to get a good seat (last show was at capacity, so keep that in mind)
  • Friends, family and strangers are always welcome. Just let me know how many people you will be bringing
  • Light snacks and drinks (alcoholic and non) will be provided, however feel free to bring food/drink to share if you’re picky
  • admission to the concert is a SUGGESTED DONATION of $15. (and if you’re like me and don’t carry cash, feel free to prepay below using debit, credit or paypal!)

Oh, and if you missed last time Kira was here at the tapps estate, you can see how much fun we had…

what a great show by Tina & Her Pony! If you missed the show, here’s the recorded live stream. more photos and video will be posted soon!

What the heck is “indie appalachian folk”?

Well, come to the tapps estate on June 29th to hear for yourself! The next show features Tina & Her Pony, riding all the way from New Mexico to serenade us with great music.

About the show

  • The show will be at the tapps estate on Saturday, June 29th
  • Doors open at 6pm, and the show starts promptly at 7pm.
  • Light snacks and some drink options (alcoholic and non) will be provided. You may also bring snacks and/or drinks to share, but it’s not required
  • As always, friends, family, significant others, well-behaved kids, co-workers and strangers are all welcome. If you would just please RSVP (either on facebook or send me an email) for everyone so I know how many people to prepare for
  • admission to the concert is a SUGGESTED DONATION of $10.

if you don’t want to worry about carrying cash, that’s no problem. prepay using paypal or credit card here:


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About Tina & Her Pony

With warm smiles and honest simplicity, Tina & Her Pony bring fresh life to old-time music.

The charming duo adds a unique sound to the American folk tradition, featuring original songs that echo familiar melodies while creating new waves with radical, queer lyrics and uncommon instrumentation.

Tina & Her Pony formed in Asheville, N.C., in 2009 following the chance meeting of Tina Collins (tenor banjo, tenor ukulele, guitar, vocals) and Quetzal Jordan (cello, guitar, vocals). Collins and Jordan spent the last two years holed up in the high desert mountain town of Taos, N.M., making music and friends, and becoming one of the iconic artist colony’s most beloved performing acts.

They draw inspiration from such artists as The Be Good Tanyas, Uncle Earl and Beirut, as well as the lush rivers and mountains that surround them.

tina and her pony

What a great show! Thanks to everyone for coming out to the tapps estate on a cold, cold night! If you missed the show, here’s the recorded video from friday.

Come hear an Atlanta-based musician who will blow your mind with amazing music.

More about the show

  • The date is Friday, February 1st.
  • Show starts promptly at 7:00pm. Doors open between 6-6:30pm.
  • Arrive early to get a good seat
  • Admission to the show is a $10 suggested donation (all money goes to the artist) so please bring cash, or pre-pay through paypal by clicking the donate button below:

  • if you’re on facebook, please RSVP here. (otherwise leave a comment here)
  • snacks, drinks and great company provided
  • friends and family are more than welcome!

If you would like to give your donation for the show using a credit card, you can

More about Kurt

Kurt Scobie lives in Atlanta, GA, but he is most at home when he is on the road and meeting new people. Since 2008 he has performed over 400 shows, including three NACA showcases, and a performance for the Atlanta Braves. Kurt has also shared the stage with The Civil Wars, Matthew Perryman Jones, Montell Jordan, and Mike Kinnebrew. Influences such as Mat Kearney, Dave Matthews and Jason Mraz have helped Kurt create a sound that is winning over audiences across the country.

learn more about kurt here: (official website)