Meet the Strip Club

Ian Moore

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Originally from Virginia, Ian Moore has been playing in jazz, punk rock and alt country bands for many years in Austin, Minneapolis and Chicago before landing in Appleton in 2014.  He has released 3 independent CDs and is currently engineering the first Strip Club record.  Ian plays guitar, mandolin and percussion and writes some of the band’s songs.  He is a board member of the 602 Club, the Milwaukee Zen Center and a volunteer at NAMI Fox Valley and Pillars.

Thacia Northey

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The entity currently known as Thacia has been bringing sound to the universe since it’s inception. A few of her Earthly musical accolades this time around are as follows: opening for the band that opened for the band that opened for Humble Pie and Head East. Also played once with a hodgepodge group of wild cats that included Victor De Lorenzo and Kim Manning. Her first live recording of her singing was at age 6, to which she would hold the last note of the song at least 30-60 seconds longer than anyone else on the recording: precautionary measures so everyone knew that was that last note. She has loved playing with numerous musicians over the years in numerous states and countries; on stage, in bars, by campfires, or open jams anywhere and is always striving to break the barriers of song and genre to which she has finally found her home with The Strip Club Band.

Robert Phelan

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Bob began playing guitar at age 8 after an argument with his godfather over a Hee-Haw episode. Bob has played guitar in a variety of punk jazz, experimental noise, and alternate county northern rock ensembles from OkeeChobee to Sheboygan. In his spare time, he designs and builds house-size sculptures out of reinforced concrete and firewood and lives in them.

Kevin Mason

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Bio coming soon!

Kurt Meiers

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Bio coming soon!

Loren Dempster

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Loren Kiyoshi Dempster uses a combination of cello, computer, electronics, composition, improvisation, notated scores, and world music influences to create and perform music. He is deeply interested in the relationships between movement, space, and sound, and has created and performed music with many collaborators, including Merce Cunningham Dance Co., Lower Left, Trio Tritticali, Harrison Atelier, Chris Ferris, projectLIMB, Dahlia Nayar, and Margaret Paek. Recently moved to Appleton, WI from Queens, NY, Dempster has taught as a guest artist at Renaissance High School for the Arts, and has performed at Wriston Art Gallery, Science Atrium, and Esch Studio at Lawrence University. 

Jessica Haessly

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Born of cloud and sky, Jessica has been writing songs, singing, and tinkering with keyboards since receiving her very first Casio mini keyboard at age 7. Previous to The Strip Club, she sang with Fox Valley Chorus of Sweet Adelines International where she had the opportunity to perform at an international competition. She draws inspiration from an ever growing list of musicians. Her favorite movie is “The Life Aquatic.” Her favorite color is olive green. Hobbies include eavesdropping, people watching, and pretending she’s in a movie.