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The Fainting Room, Layers&Layers and Mickelson

Bremen Cafe, 901 E. Clarke St., Milwaukee, WI

Layers&Layers a versatile and atmospheric indie rock band from Milwaukee, WI blending introspective lyrics with several textures of instrumental sound.

Scott Mickelson was born and raised in Massachusetts, Mickelson has lived in the Bay Area since the 80’s. In San Francisco, Mickelson can be seen performing at the top venues including The Fillmore and Great American Music Hall. When not on tour, Mickelson produces from his Marin studio. Mickelson’s second full-length record A Wondrous Life will be released in May of 2018.

The Fainting Room is a mashup of Americana, folk and rock. Check out our latest full-length album, "Dusk," on Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify and CD Baby.

The Wooldridge Brothers w/The Fainting Room

Anodyne Coffee Roasting - Walker's Point, 224 W. Bruce St., Milwaukee

Join us for the Wooldridge Brothers' release of their sixth album, "Starts at Dusk." The Fainting Room will kick off the night as a three-piece configuration (sans drummer Ricky).

Coincidentally, music starts at 8 p.m. sharp, quite close to dusk - and The Fainting Room's set will feature a song called "Dusk!"

Chill on the Hill: Abby Jeanne, The Fainting Room, and Bryn Lorraine

Humboldt Park Bandshell, Bay View, WI

Bay View Neighborhood Association puts on Chill on the Hill in partnership with the Milwaukee County Parks. The popular event was named People’s Choice – Best Venue by the 2013 WAMI Awards, and “Best Outdoor Concert Series” in 2010 by Milwaukee Magazine.


The Fainting Room @ Music at the Market

Horicon Farmers Market at Kiwanis Park, Horicon, WI

We're stoked to return to this seasonal music series at Horicon's beautiful Kiwanis Park! Pick up some fresh produce and wares from the farmers market vendors, and bring your chairs and picnic blankets so you can settle in for a fun evening! Check out the summer lineup here:


Lisa Ridgely (duo), opening for Heather Maloney

Anodyne Coffee, 224 W. Bruce St. , Milwaukee

Milwaukee's Lisa Ridgely and Ryan Elliott, of Lisa Ridgely & The Fainting Room, will start off the evening with a set of originals -- we'll also debut a few new duets.

Next up is Massachusetts singer-songwriter Heather Maloney, who's got a pretty yet ballsy and unique sound I know you'll really dig! She'll be playing with her guitarist. Read more and check out her music:

Tickets are $15. We'll start darn near 8 - don't be late!

Lisa Ridgely & The Fainting Room

Summer Soulstice Music Festival , 2300 N. Murray Ave., Milwaukee

Join us for a rare afternoon, outdoor, free appearance at the 2015 Summer Soulstice Music Festival! We're thrilled to be a part of a solid list of local bands playing at the festival's three stages throughout the day. Get there early to check out Ian and The Dream, and stick around after our set for Twin Brother, Traveling Suitcase and Tigernite (among others)! For details and lineup, check out the festival page:

Age limit: All ages

About Us

Est. 2011 in Milwaukee, The Fainting Room’s sound is acoustic singer-songwriter meets Americana twang and harmonies meets screaming rock guitar solos. It’s a potent and dynamic mashup of the genres that influence the band as individuals and as a group.

Frontwoman Lisa Ridgely's singer-songwriter heroes include the brave, the sassy and the honest — particularly Kristin Hersh, Kathleen Edwards, Neko Case, Sharon Van Etten, Nathaniel Rateliff and Mason Jennings. The band’s influences are wide ranging, from Loretta Lynn and Nirvana to Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

A full-length album, Dusk, was released in May 2018. The group released its second EP, Heart Hot, in May 2014. Their debut EP, Wine in Bed, was released in 2012.

The Fainting Room enjoyed nods from WAMI (Best New Artist, 2012) and Radio Milwaukee, with five nominations for the 2012 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards (Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Solo Artist of the Year, Catchiest Song of the Year, Best Live Show).

"After the initial disclaimer, the band bounces from a reimagining of Paula Abdul’s “Straight Up” to the yearning, titular track “Dusk,” all the while exploring the anxieties and self-awareness that come with transitioning from young adulthood. The final track, “Kill A Man,” comes as a bit of a surprise lyrically when juxtaposed with some of the heartstring-pullers, but beneath the surface it is a statement about confidence and strength against toxic-masculinity." - Mike Holloway, The Wisconsin Gazette

“[Heart Hot is] a terrific five-song collection that represents a confident leap forward in songwriting, production, and identity. …  ‘Stopgap Girl’ gets to the heart of what makes Heart Hot so winning: effortless melody, refined songwriting, a wry sense of humor, and Ridgely’s newfound sense of self.” - Matt Wild, The Milwaukee Record

Performance highlights have included playing at Milwaukee's Chill on the Hill and Summer Soulstice; opening for Katrina of Katrina and The Waves at Shank Hall, Madison's Count This Penny at Club Garibaldi, Kristin Hersh at Shank Hall, and Caroline Smith at the Riverwest Public House; and playing at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival in Michigan’s upper peninsula. The band has split bills with some of their favorite local groups, including Testa Rosa, Field Report, the Crooked Keys, Hello Death, Caley Conway, Derek Pritzl and the Lyric Advisory Board.

Lisa Ridgely started performing as a singer-songwriter in 2009, and had collaborated with local musicians including Sigmund Snopek and Chris DeMay before starting The Fainting Room. 
Ryan Elliott, 2012 WAMI Award-winning Guitarist of the Year, has played with local bands for more than two decades, including The Form and Great Lake Drifters.
Sara Moilanen, 2011 WAMI Female Vocalist of the Year, plays bass and does heavy lifting on vocal harmonies. She is also a member of the vintage Americana trio The WhiskeyBelles.
Ricky Ganiere, Great Lake Drifters' longtime frontman, joined the band in early 2015. A great singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Ricky manages the group's rhythm and lends his creative juices from behind the drum set. 

Dusk (May 2018)
Heart Hot EP (May 2014)
Wine in Bed EP (May 2012)

Available digitally at CDBaby, iTunes, and bandcamp. Available in CD format at the Exclusive Company on Farwell in Milwaukee.

Stopgap Girl

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