December 5, 2023 12:30 am The Music Room

Friday, October 20, 2023 . 8PM

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“I believe Greg Koch is, pound for pound, the best guitar player in the world today; his tone, feel and style are unrivaled in today’s guitar playing community.  He is scary good.” ~Joe Bonamassa

Milwaukee native Greg Koch has forged a successful career as “a guitar player’s guitarist.”  He is not only a fiercely creative player with a whole trick bag of impressive techniques, ranging from Albert Lee chicken-pickin’ to Albert King string-bending to all-out Hendrixian abandon, he is also is a clinician for Fishman Transducers and his wildly popular “guitar test drive” videos (4,000 to date) for Wildwood Guitars of Louisville, Colorado have generated 50 million views.  Koch also has a signature axe which was released in 2019 by Reverend Guitars, named the Greg Koch Signature Gristlemaster.  The guitar colors were given somewhat humorous names like: Kochwork Orange, and Blucifer.  He is also a best-selling method book author and video instructor for music publisher Hal Leonard and a contributing columnist for a variety of guitar magazines including Guitar Player.  Guitar great Steve Vai, who released Koch’s 2001 album The Grip on his own Favored Nations label, heaped praise on his fellow guitarist, “Greg Koch is one of those rare guitarists that can blend various styles with a light-hearted approach and a tremendous amount of technique.  Hearing him play is inspiring to a guitar player to try to achieve greatness on the instrument.”

Koch is among a cadre of like-minded, genre-jumping electric guitarists born near the middle to beyond the Baby Boomer generation of 1946-1964.  As a result, he’s been influenced by a wide swath of additional elder and departed pioneers from all over the rock, roots, and fusion maps.  Born in 1966, Koch’s current peers include Jimmy Page, Scott Henderson, Eric Johnson, Pat Metheny, Steve Morse, Dean Brown, Joe Satriani,  Jennifer Batten, Vernon Reid, Stanley Jordan, Steve Vai, Mike Keneally, Jimmy Herring, Trey Anastasio, David Fiuczynski, Adam Rogers, Mark Whitfield, Charlie Hunter, Susan Tedeschi, Oz Noy, Jonathan Kreisberg, Derek Trucks and Joe Bonamassa.

“I believe Greg Koch is, pound for pound, the best guitar player in the world today,” Bonamassa says.  “His tone, feel and style are unrivaled in today’s guitar playing community.  He is scary good.”

In that company, why has the jazz-trained Fender aficionado Koch (who also plays Gibsons, and has Reverend Guitars Greg Koch Signature Gristlemaster models) been named one of the venerable guitar manufacturer’s Top 10 “unsung guitarists?” And why does he advertise that facet on his conversational, guitaristic, and dripped-in-humor podcast, Chewing the Gristle! (on which the talented Mr. Herring was a recent guest), by referring to himself as “one of the most famous unknown guitar players in the world?”

Drummer Dylan Koch gravitated to the drums early on in his life using kitchen utensils to play along with music as soon as he could walk.  After digesting an early diet of Ginger Baker, Keith Moon, Mitch Mitchell and John Bonham, Dylan was mentored by the legendary Tom Brechtlein (Chick Corea/Robben Ford).  In high school, Dylan participated in the Jazz Institute at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and furthered his studies at the McNally Smith School of Music in the Twin Cities.  While still in his teens he performed with young guitar guns Tallan Noble Latz and Jared James Nichols and has performed alongside his father with such artists as Robben Ford, Little Feat’s Paul Barrere, Jon Cleary, David Grissom, Roscoe Beck and Malford Milligan.  Dylan was recently nominated for drummer of the year by the Wisconsin Area Music Awards (WAMI).  Says proud papa Koch, “This is the third official recording with the kid.  And what’s great about it is, you can’t teach the grease.  And he gets it.  He gets the filth.  I guess he’s just got my filthy DNA.”

Hailing from the Twin Cities area, Toby Lee Marshall came from a musical family, playing piano for years until falling under the spell of the sound of the organ while at a baseball game at age seven.  His fascination for the Hammond B3 took hold after his Dad took him to see Steve Cherewan playing with Dr. Mambo’s Combo during their legendary residency at Bunker’s in Minneapolis.  Steve mentored Toby in the ways of the B3 and he hit the ground running, landing a gig with bluesman
Lonnie Brooks while still a teen.  He would go on to travel the world as a member of Bernard Allison’s band.  Following a long hiatus from music, Toby has returned to the music scene with a vengeance in the smoking Koch Marshall Trio.  “Toby had actually retired from music,” Koch explained.  “He decided to stop touring for several years to help raise his two young kids.  But now he’s so excited to be playing in this trio because it’s just such a perfect format for him to let his freak flag fly.  It’s the perfect combination of this kind of churchy, bluesy, funky, jazzy, rock, chicken-pickin’ thing, and he fits right in.”

Why is there a difference in price for available seats at The Music Room?

All seating at The Music Room is acquired with a first come, first served basis approach.  The Music Room provides all patrons with a live musical experience above and beyond your average concert hall, and supporting this vision are the 4 tiers of available seats at The Music Room.  With a nod to classic record sales certification, the 4 tiers are:  Diamond, Double Platinum, Platinum, and Gold.  Seats range in price based on several factors including artist availability and distance to the stage.

Do you have the same number of seats for each tier?

No.  The Diamond tier of seats only has 12 seats available.  These seats are 4 top rounds located right at the foot of the stage.  You cannot get any closer to the artist than these 12 seats.  These are considered premium seats and are usually purchased by the most ardent fans.

The Double Platinum sections features 4 top square tables and one special 2 top rectangle, and there are 14 seats available.  Still very close to the stage, these seats provide an exceptional view and personal experience.  Table no. 7 is a 2 top rectangle that sits just to the right of the stage and back approximately 6 feet.  It is an extremely popular table.

The Platinum section of seats has a mixture of 4 top squares, two 3 high top rounds, and 9 drink rail seats that are bar height.  The total number of seats in the Platinum section is 37.  These are all excellent seats and reside in the main room.  Depending on a viewer’s personal taste, a table, a high top, or a drink rail might be the right choice, but they are all fabulous and unobstructed.

Gold seating is available in the bar area and can be considered first come, first serve general admission.  Most of the seats are unobstructed but depending how patrons sit at the bar or high tops, there might be a slight obstruction.   Standing room is permitted in the Gold section. The sound is excellent and most Gold level tickets are purchased by patrons that want to be near the bar specifically or by patrons wanting to be further away from the stage by design.  Please refer to our pictures to determine if this area is what you are looking for.  There are only several seats available and mostly Standing Room.


*TICKET DISCLAIMER:  The Music Room has a NO REFUND POLICY.  In the event of a cancellation/reschedule, The Music Room will always honor the purchased ticket for the same seat and same artist at the original price.  If a show is cancelled and not rebooked, ticket holder will be issued a credit towards any future show/event at The Music Room.  Ticket holder assumes all risks, hazards, and dangers.  Event subject to change.  No ticket required for entry.  Please bring I.D*