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Unitarian Church - North
Mequon, WI
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Sons of the Never Wrong

   SONS OF THE NEVER WRONG is a turbo-charged Altfolk trio from Chicago that delivers witty, whimsical songs with their signature soaring vocal harmonies and gorgeous arrangements. In case youre wondering, theyre 2 gals and a fella: Bruce Roper, Sue Demel, and Deborah Lader. Their odd ball humor and spontaneous stories ignite their live shows and have earned them a cult-like international following for nearly 30 years. Combining influences of folk, jazz, pop and rock, their sound is wildly original, their energy is contagious and their banter is hilarious. However, no bio can outdo what OTHERS have to say about the Sons.

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Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In this case, its apples and oranges! Sue, Bruce, and Deb each have such depth and range to their personal backgrounds and stories that its fun to learn more

SUE DEMEL has one of the most expressive female voices in folk music today.
              Isthmus Daily
    Whether its scatting, collaborating, or writing, Sue explodes the pre-conceived notions of singing. Her body of work as a songwriter achieves a rare peace between the boundaries of love and redemption. The Huffington Post said, And then theres Sue Demel, a singular voice: a rich, athletic, octave-hurtling instrument that purrs and growls, rocks the foundation and raises the roof. She delivers with such a resplendent shimmer, you almost expect her to blink into a column of light.
  A beloved nationally known songwriting teacher based out of the historic Old Town School of Folk Music, the veteran writing and singing coach has been dedicated to the creative growth of performers for 25+ years. A genre-bending composer, Demel has written and performed everywhere from folk operas, puppet theater, fringe fests, rock bands, dance gigs, music therapy events, live experimental radio projects, Vatican masses, blues concerts, South American gospel festivals, poetry slams, humanity series, and much more.

BRUCE ROPER has written the near perfect song.
                  A.P. Newswire
   A former tooth extractionist and part time gun-runner in a previous life, Bruce was forced to come back and atone by writing love songs, of all things, on the guitar, no less, in the last and first bits of the 20 and 21st centuries. Born in St. Louis to a country-minister father and story-telling mother, Bruce managed to wiggle his way out of selling tractor parts in downstate Illinois and has surprised himself by becoming a prolific and cherished voice on the Chicago songwriting scene.
   While raising two beautiful daughters good and proper, Bruce fine-honed his skills as a luthier. He started the Chicago Luthiers Workshop where he builds and repairs stringed instruments, makes how-to videos, and provides one-on-one guitar making workshops. In 1992 he founded the Sons of the Never Wrong, where his witty, heartbreaking songs have created a cult-like national following.
  Roper writes songs that twist a phrase enough to make it resonate with pathos and a dose of wry humor. His voice is plaintive and searching. He might be the missing Beatle. Paul Barile, music critic

   DEBORAH LADER has a wealth of diverse influences that inform her multifaceted music. She has a national reputation as a visual artist, and is a skilled instrumentalist of guitar, mandolin and banjo. Her songwriting and vocal harmonies have added a beautfiul dimension to the Sons. WGLT
  Music critic Paul Barile says Lader writes songs that inspire. A multi-instrumentalist with a sought-after affinity for rich alto harmony singing, she also composes beautifully visual songs that speak of community, motherhood, and the human condition, like Laders delicately invincible anthems Pass It On and Painting The Boat. Folk & Music Exchange. Shes won all sorts of awards for being a professor, administrator, featured speaker, singer and artist, but by far her most cherished accolade was when Sons of the Never Wrong made her the Employee of the Month.
  Deborah Maris Lader (guitar, banjo, mandolin, mandocello, and vocals) seems to be the matrix that brings all the elements together. Her voice is the apex of the arc between Ropers and Demels. Leona is an example of the beauty  and the versatility of her voice. All of the pieces fit. Vocal Local


Unitarian Church - North (View)
13800 N. Port Washington Rd.
Mequon, WI 53097
United States


Music > Americana
Music > Folk
Music > Indie
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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