Block Party Band Feature: The Family Business

Friday, 16 May 2014 |

Each day coming up to WORT’s 2014 Block Party, our website will be featuring an artist special. Read a little more about the artists that will be at the Block Party and get excited for our yearly celebration of community radio!

The Family Business

the family business“Originally formed in 2005 while most of the band was still in high school, the Family Business has played hundreds of shows over the past nine years, including opening slots for Rival Sons, Blues Traveler, J Roddy Walston and the Business, and Black Stone Cherry. While the bands chemistry and instrumental prowess is heavily reflected in their studio works, it is even more apparent in a live setting. Mixing in the occasional ballad amongst a plethora of high energy rockers, the foursome effortlessly guides their audience through the peaks and valleys of their extensive repertoire.

Now in their mid-twenties, the band is hitting stride, writing and recording more than ever in their main rehearsal space situated above a cheese factory in southern Wisconsin. Its kind of fitting that were from Wisconsin and practice in a cheese factory. In reality, its just a big, open space that we feel comfortable in. Its a bit secluded so we can isolate ourselves and focus on writing, says Bassist Garrett Wartenweiler

Together with Wartenweiler, drummer Derek Hendrickson completes a rhythmic section that plays in intuitive accord. Perhaps their synergy isnt surprising given that their fathers played together for decades in a number of local rhythm and blues outfits. Its this history; together with their deeply rooted belief in the power of music and the importance of family and friends, which inspired the bands name. Rounding out the Family Business is guitarist Eric Ziegler, whose poignant and blistering guitar work provides an excellent complement to Whites soulful timbre at the forefront of the bands sound.”

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The Family Business will be featured on the WORT Block Party Stage from 5:50PM – 7:00PM.

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