Cactus+ Launch Party: Tru West • Graham Hunt Band • Summer Birth • Bug Moment • Old Pup • B8R

Sat 10/01/22
4:00PM
All Ages
music
Free

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This is the soft launch of Cactus+. Cactus+ is the name of the new nonprofit arts and education organization we are launching. The organization will broaden the scope of our youth-centered industry assistantships, guest curation and multimedia arts community building. In addition to programming, we are working to improve accessibility on-site with the addition of a ramp to the front door and accessible bathrooms. Read more about our accessibility initiative here.

Event featuring DJs Auntie, DJ Gramma Matrix, XxUltraVioletxX throughout the day/night.

Poster design by Carolann Grzybowski

Show Lineup

Tru West

(Milwaukee, WI)
Genre: Soul/R&B

From creating remixes—or “Trumixes”— of popular songs to releasing her “Gift of Gab” eps I
and II, Milwaukee native Tru West continues to push the envelope for what it means to be “tru”
to yourself. Her undeniable talents and versatility has led her to artist activism, working with
local organizations, such as, Leaders Igniting Transformation, where she executively produced
a collaborative mixtape “From the Ashes, We Rise” that featured local artists–including, Genesis
Renji, Von Alexander, Nile, MoCity, Mudy, and more. There’s no denying Tru as an influential
artist in Milwaukee’s music scene. At the top of 2022, Tru teamed up with Kaylee Crossfire’s
Fuel Your Fire Music Academy to mentor aspiring young artists. Tru has taken the city by storm
with her success, including performing at Milwaukee Pridefest, winning the Beat the
Competition: Milwaukee Takeover, performing Bronzeville Fest, and curating her first event for
National Tequila Day at Casablanca (in honor of the singer’s latest single “Tequila”). Tru’s
evolution has been nothing short of divine, as she embraces her depth and vulnerability, she

strives to connect with listeners more personally in upcoming projects.

Graham Hunt Band

(Milwaukee )
Genre: Garage Rock

Prolific Wisconsin songwriter and new Madison resident Graham Hunt (Midnight Reruns, Sundial Mottos, Midwives, soda road) has a knack for picking out life’s small moments and connecting them to the big stuff, doing so with sympathy and spirit. Catchy and clever these tunes are sunny, introspective and supported by the powerful backing band Claynkee (Sam Reitman and Tyler Chicorel).

Summer Birth

(Milwaukee, WI)
Genre: Indie Rock

Summer Birth is a new band out of the Riverwest neighborhood, playing songs inspired by the indie and alternative of the early aughts

Bug Moment

(Milwaukee, WI)
Genre: Pop

BUG MOMENT is a alternative/pop band from Milwaukee, Wisconsin consisting of Jasmine Rosenblatt (vocals), Gray Edward’s (production & guitar), Aidan Hoppens(drums) and Elias Dorsey (bass). This band was formed at the end of 2020, and since has released their EP “BUGS” in May of 2021. Dabbling in genres like hyper pop, indie, rock, emo this band experiments with all sorts of sounds.

Old Pup

(Milwaukee)
Genre: Americana

Cosmic Folk from Milwaukee. New record, “Incognito Lounge,” out 2022 on Hear Here Records.

B8R

(Milwaukee )
Genre: Americana

B8R (fka Ruth B8r Ginsburg) is a seven-piece neo soul-folk group from Milwaukee, Wisconsin with an aim to lift up women’s voices. In seven part vocal harmonies, they address a myriad of contemporary issues.