Music, Performers

August 19th – Krause Family Band

March 26, 2017

Special Tax Day Show!!!

The Paoli Schoolhouse is proud to bring the Krause Family Band to our stage for another featured performance. The band plays a mixture of heartfelt original music, as well as some classic bluegrass/folk favorites, and some exciting renditions from contemporary artists.

Rick Krause, the band leader also throws in some stories and it has been said “that the stories he tells are as entertaining as the music.” They are a dynamic group with great musical voices.

The band was formed in the Madison area with its members dispersed around Southeastern Wisconsin. Members include: Rick Krause, guitar and harmonica, who heads up the group along with daughters, Katie Krause Flores, lead vocalist and Ruthie Emily Krause on the fiddle. The “extended” family band members include: Craig Radi on bass, Jim Spransy on percussion, Rick Evans on electric guitar and Scott Wright on keyboards. They are best known after appearing on NPR’s Prairie Home Companion and WPR’s Simply Folk.

Rick Krause founder, leader and dad to girls, Ruth and Katie, has been at music, in some manner or another, most all his life. His first band was at age 7. He then worked his way up through the garage/basement band route and continued his quest to entertain and now his primary focus is performing and touring with the “Krause Family Band.” Rick is constantly writing new music and that is what spurs the creative juices of the group and keeps things fresh.

Katie Krause Flores has been singing since she could basically make a sound. She’s schooled in classical performance on piano and voice, but has always loved singing the “songs of her father.” She first sang with her dad, in weddings and church functions around the age of 10. She has a passionate, soulful voice that loves to be in front of an audience.

Ruth Krause followed in big sister’s footsteps, learning the “songs,” and began violin in grade school orchestra, but soon began picking up the old time tunes and styles she heard around the house. Ruth’s ear for harmonies and grooves, along with her song writing skills, have added a spin to this group. She and sister Kate, love singing in the old “brother-duet” style, but also can tear it up on Frank and Nancy Sinatra’s version of “Something Stupid!”

Craig Radi, plays bass and has been with the band for a couple of years now. He was instrumental in helping record their new CD “Just A Few.”

Jim Spransy, who you will see battling it out with the drums and other percussion instruments got started early on with beating on things from conga drums to garbage cans, to a toy drum set. Latin rhythms infected his playing as his percussion collection increased, and found their way into a variety of bands and church, through the years.

Rick Evans plays the electric guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele and also does vocals. He has been in the music world since the age of 4. His Scottish roots influence his music with a Celtic sound. Scott Wright on keyboards is a new addition, which rounds out the group and adds to the fun and excitement for the audience.

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