Friday, June 9: Well-Known Strangers

wellknownstrangers_pridefestmilwaukeeWell-Known Strangers plays the Miller Lite Mainstage on Friday, June 9.

Well-Known Strangers have been entertaining Midwest audiences with their cello infused, alternative pop/rock, with-a-tinge-of-country, band sound.

Members Joe Adamek (acoustic guitar), Betsy Ade (vocals, guitar, mandolin), Sacia Jerome (cello, background vocals), Theodore Koth (lead guitar, background vocals) Roger Gower (drums/percussion) and John Kulas (bass guitar) have been busy performing and preparing for the August 2016 launch of their new single and music video Splinter, and the September release of their debut album Aligned.

Together, the band members have an amazing mix of musical knowledge and education that provides a unique sound that is reminiscent of familiar of music from the 90s while being expressively groundbreaking and melodically rich.

Well-Known Strangers grew out of a 15+ year friendship between Ade and Adamek. In fact, it was Ade, who in 2009, sang backup vocals on the song Storm that Adamek co-wrote for artist Mark Harrod. Then, after performing at a mutual friend’s wedding in May 2014, the two discussed the possibility of a music collaboration and began seeking out talent.

In February 2015, Well-Known Strangers were born. Their name comes from the idea that they were all individually well-known in the local music scene when they got together, but on a personal level some of them were strangers to one another.

While Ade and Adamek do most of the songwriting, it’s the band’s creative spark and sonic diversity that are the driving force behind their sound. Ade’s rich lyrical gifts are essential and her vocal delivery is simply unmatched in contemporary pop/rock music.

wellknownstrangers_pridefestmilwaukeeA proud member of the LGBTQ community, Ade is passionate about cancer research, after losing her mother to Hodgkin’s disease when she was just 9 years old.

WKS released their debut EP Found in October 2015 to much acclaim and followed up with the launch of their single Voices, a haunting dive into the fight against Human Trafficking. Ade and Adamek won Songwriter of the Month by Songwriter’s Universe for their work on Aligned.Prior to that, Ade won the Wisconsin area music industry’s Female Vocalist of the Year.

Well-Known Strangers are passionate about giving back. They support cancer research, LGBTQ rights and the movement to stop human trafficking.

Well-Known Strangers music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon and heard on Pandora and Apple Music.

Connect with Well-Known Strangers on Instagram,  Facebook and Twitter.

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