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The Revivalists is one of the hottest touring bands right now, selling out venues across every city in their national tour. While not on the road with the band, some members like to keep busy with their own musical configurations. Such is the case for bassist George Gekas who will host a residency at New Orleans’ own Maple Leaf every Wednesday for the rest of December. With the holidays near, the weekly showcases will feature several bands that members of The Revivalists have formed with their NOLA-based musical friends and family that only have a chance to play a few times per year.Starting next week on December 14, Gekas will host fellow Revivalist member Ed Williams and his band RumpleSTEELskin for his annual Birthday Bash celebration. Expect funk, rock, and a reason to dance with the pedal steel guitar player and his band featuring keyboardist Michael Girardot (The Revivalists) and drummer David Shirley (The Cardinal Sons).The following week, on December 21st, Gekas will welcome saxophonist Rob Ingraham (another Revivalist) for their own Space & Harmony project, along with Naughty Professor guitarist Wild Bill Daniel and drummer Sam Shahin. Yes, please and thank you.The ultimate throwdown will take place on December 28th, when George Gekas presents the Jam of Fools, featuring Wild Bill Daniel, David Shirley, and Isaac Howard Eady.It doesn’t get any more “All In The Family” than this, as members of The Revivalists are known to play with one another all the time outside of their band’s extensive tour schedules. If the past is any indication, expect some big surprises from George Gekas and his month-long residency at the Maple Leaf. For tickets and information, head to the venue’s website.
The University of Wisconsin had one of the most impressive athletic semesters in school history in fall 2019. Behind strong performances in sports ranging from football to volleyball, the Badgers impressed on the field, court, ice, mat and track. Let’s take a look at the semester that was in UW sports, starting with the teams whose seasons are over.Men’s Cross Country:The men’s cross country season was up to expectations entering the season. With the team coming off a top 10 finish in the NCAA Championships last season, they were expected to repeat with a similar performance this season.The team did lose several seniors from last season, but the team fought through adversity and finished near the top of each tournament they participated in. They then moved on to take first place at the Big Ten Championships before finishing 18th nationally at the NCAA Championships.Behind seniors Oliver Hoare and Olin Hacker, the team met expectations from the moment the season started back in September.Women’s Cross Country:Like the men’s team, the women’s cross country squad performed well on the big stage in November.Led by seniors Alicia Monson, Amy Davis and Alissa Niggemann, the Badgers finished in seventh place at the NCAA Championships. Monson finished second overall, UW’s highest individual finisher since 2014.The Badgers also had two sophomores and two freshmen run at the tournament, so expect a young core to take over for the senior trio next season.Cross Country: Badgers strive to build upon success this fallThe men’s team had an extremely successful season on the track, capturing both the Big Ten team and individual titles. Read…Men’s Soccer:Unlike many of the other fall sports that Wisconsin participates in, the men’s soccer team underperformed mightily in 2019.Despite finishing with a 6-2 record in Big Ten play and a win in the Big Ten Tournament last season, the team didn’t record a victory against Big Ten competition until their last game of the regular season.With several seniors departing after this season, don’t be surprised if Wisconsin struggles again next year before taking a step forward in 2021.Men’s Soccer: Wisconsin falls to Penn State in Big Ten TournamentThe University of Wisconsin’s men’s soccer team, needing a miracle run through the Big Ten in order to reach the Read…Women’s Soccer:The women’s soccer team made the NCAA Tournament for the fourth straight year, marking the first such streak in school history. Led by senior Dani Rhodes and goalie Jordyn Bloomer, the team made it all the way to the Sweet 16 in the tournament.Ranked in the top 10 at season’s end, the Badgers impressed en route to a Big Ten Championship.Expect some regression with the loss of key seniors like Rhodes, but Wisconsin should return to the NCAA Tournament again next year.Women’s Soccer: How Badgers became dependent on Dani RhodesStar forward Dani Rhodes made her mark in Madison the moment she stepped onto the field as a freshman. The Read…Men’s Basketball:While the men’s basketball season has only endured a month’s worth of games thus far, it’s clear that this Wisconsin team is one of the weakest in several years.Standing at just 5-4 on the season, the team has struggled offensively despite carrying a roster loaded with players who are capable of shooting, including juniors D’Mitrik Trice and Brad Davison.Wisconsin will need to figure out their shooting struggles and turnover troubles as they get deeper in their schedule, when they’ll be faced with top Big Ten teams like The Ohio State University, Michigan State, Maryland and Michigan.Men’s Basketball: Wisconsin bounces back, rolls over Indiana in dominant winWhile all of Madison was focused on the Big Ten’s football championship in Indianapolis on Saturday, the University of Wisconsin Read…Women’s Basketball:The women’s basketball team has performed to expectations through just over a month of their schedule, standing at 5-3 as of Dec. 7.Led by sophomore Imani Lewis, the team has yet to lose a home game and even came within four points of winning against ranked Arkansas. Lewis is leading the team with 13.6 points per game and 7.5 rebounds per game.If Wisconsin is able to keep playing up to par with their opponents, they may finally earn an appearance in the NCAA Tournament, an achievement they haven’t attained since the 2009-10 season.Women’s Basketball: Badgers primed for breakout seasonAfter taking over during 2016-2017, University of Wisconsin-Madison women’s basketball Head Coach Jonathan Tsipis had a lot of work on Read…Men’s Hockey:In previous years, the men’s hockey team has underperformed greatly, failing to reach the NCAA Tournament since the 2013-2014 season.This season, however, it looks like Wisconsin may make a return. Despite having a losing record to this point, the Badgers have held their own against an extremely tough schedule, featuring several top 10 opponents.Led by freshman phenom Cole Caufield, the Badgers will look to turn their record around in Big Ten play in order to remain in position for a tournament appearance.Men’s Hockey: Inconsistencies continue to plague Wisconsin against MinnesotaThe No. 19 University of Wisconsin men’s hockey team (6-7-1, 1-4-1-1 Big Ten) struggled immensely against the University of Minnesota Read…Women’s Hockey:Women’s hockey has gone just as anyone would have expected considering their dominance over the last two decades, specifically under Head Coach Mark Johnson.Coming off an NCAA Championship season last year, the No. 1 Badgers have gone 18-1-1 through a little over two months of play, with their lone loss coming to No. 2 Minnesota.Led by the trio of Abby Roque, Sophie Shirley and Daryl Watts, the Badgers are again performing at a high level as they gear up for another NCAA Tournament run.Women’s Hockey: Wisconsin extends win streak to four games with victories over St. Cloud StateThe No. 2 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (14-1-1, 8-1-1 WCHA) traveled to St. Cloud to take on their Read…Football:The football team has had what can be described as a rollercoaster season, but it’s safe to say it has been successful considering last season’s struggles.Despite losing to Illinois and OSU in October, the team finished the regular season at 10-2, including wins late in the season to ranked teams in Iowa and Minnesota to win the Big Ten West.Following another loss to OSU over the weekend in the Big Ten Championship, the Badgers will be heading to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl, where they’ll be matched up with the Oregon Ducks, the 2019 Pac-12 Champion.Football: Wisconsin’s Rose Bowl projections in ruthless Big Ten landscapeThe Wisconsin Badgers pulled off the feat of capturing the Big Ten West title despite the fact that both Iowa Read…Volleyball:The UW volleyball team turned their season around in a major way following a 4-4 start. While Wisconsin struggled early in the season to win against high-quality opponents, they flipped the trend during Big Ten play.Volleyball: Badgers continue reign atop Big Ten with pair of sweepsThe Wisconsin volleyball team (21-5, 17-1 Big Ten) concluded their regular season home matches with sweeps of the Iowa Hawkeyes Read…Finishing with an 18-2 record in Big Ten play, the Badgers earned the No. 4 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, hosting several games in their corner of the bracket.Led by two-time All American Dana Rettke and a supporting cast that improved with age, Wisconsin had one of their most impressive regular seasons to date, and they’ll look to continue that performance through the NCAA Tournament.