Summer gigs keep Wisconsin band busy
GLENDALE, Wis. – For the past 27 years, the 5 card studs traveled across the state of Wisconsin playing everything from 60s pop and 70s rock to funk and disco.
The idea of the group was to be washed away from the musicians of Las Vegas.
“Those who don’t play in the big venues but on the outskirts of the casinos,” said guitarist Jeff Benske.
Benske has been with the band since its inception in 1995. He said all the musicians have their own Las Vegas-themed stage names.
“I’m Blake Tahoe,” Benkse said. “Originally we had Caesar Palace, Vegas, Reno Nevada, Asti Spumante. Now our two new band members are Rex Caliber and Sir Kris Cirucus.
Not only has the band performed statewide, but across the country as well. From small dive bars to weddings and even music festivals. One in particular: Summerfest.
The Studs look forward to this gig every year.
“It’s deafening,” Benske said. “You’ll see the audience roar and everyone get into it. It really does you good.
The 5 Card Studs have been performing at Summerfest since the 90s. Lead singer Tommy Hahn, aka Rex Caliber, said he was excited for another year.
“People in general embrace the Studs because they know them,” Hahn said. “They know the group. It’s a safe, funny and goofy group.