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Chicken Wire Empire featuring Chris Castino (The Big Wu) with very special guest Jay Roemer

October 15, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

The Bend will highlight a first look into the incredible collaboration between Chris Castino & Chicken Wire Empire. For the last 20+ years, Chris has written songs for his band The Big Wu. He has successfully written material that is conducive to loud guitars, blues hollerin’, and dancing. Now combine this with the finest example of traditional and modern bluegrass with Chicken Wire Empire, and you have magic. Don’t miss this special event! For more information on this collaboration, visit their kickstarter campaign.


NOTE: THIS IS A GENERAL ADMISSION STANDING SHOW. THIS IS NOT THE RESCHEDULED EVENT FROM 2020. For information on the rescheduled show, please click here.


Chicken Wire Empire began as a 4 piece traditional bluegrass band in Milwaukee, WI.  The band honed its traditional sound, encapsulating it in 2014 with their debut album Chicken Wire Empire.  With half of the group rooted in bluegrass, and the other half steeped in jamband music, a change occurred when CWE performed an Old & In The Way tribute show.  With the addition of Jon Peik (banjo), Ernest Brusubardis IV (fiddle), and Greg Brundage (guitar), a new sound was found in Milwaukee, and Chicken Wire Empire joined the roster of high energy jamgrass.


Chris Castino has spent the last 20+ years writing songs for his band The Big Wu. He has successfully written material that is condusive to loud guitars, blues hollerin’, and dancing, all of which will be found in abundance at this special show.


Since graduating from West Bend West High School in 2002, Jay Roemer has resided in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. He has since proven himself to be amongst the most gifted songwriters in the state’s thriving Bluegrass and Americana scene. Deeply focused on intriguing lyrics, along with some stylish guitar work, his songs continue to connect with audiences of all types.