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Dead Horses

Rock the Stream at The Barn 

#RockTheStream: Get to Know Dead Horses, MWC & TNC 

Dead Horses isn’t a band in the conventional sense. Rather, it’s an intimate, folk-inspired conversation between two close friends. At its core, the participants are guitarist/singer Sarah Vos and bassist Daniel Wolff. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based pair’s dialogue continues with an eclectic five-song EP, Birds (released February 7), which includes the band's previously released singles "Family Tapes," "Mighty Storm," and "Birds Can Write The Chorus."

Dead Horses weave together a vibrant patchwork of classic and contemporary influences that span trad roots, indie- folk, and other experimental musical idioms. Through it all, the union of Sarah’s emotive songwriting with Dan’s intrepid bass playing transcends the singer-songwriter-with-backup-musicians paradigm.

To date, Dead Horses has released three studio albums, an Audiotree Live Session, three singles, and a two-song EP. Along the way, the duo has charted on the Americana Top 50 radio charts, accrued over 20 million spins on Spotify, and earned placements on several Spotify, Amazon and Apple Music “Americana” playlists. A Rolling Stone “Artist You Should Know,” Dead Horses has received profiles from Billboard to Noisey.

Touring has been essential to the group’s vitality, and these days Dan and Sarah average 120 dates per year. Choice live performance highlights include national tours with Mandolin Orange, Tramped by Turtles, opening for The Who, and appearances at Red Rocks Amphitheater, and at festivals such as Northwest String Summit, Red Wing Roots, Red Ants Pants, and Bristol Rhythm and Roots.


July 23, 2020 @ 7pm CDT

Milwaukee Water Commons 

Mission: Milwaukee Water Commons is a cross-city network that fosters connection, collaboration, and broad community leadership on behalf of our common waters. We promote stewardship of, equitable access to, and shared decision-making for our common waters.


Our Vision: Milwaukee is a model water city where we all have a stake and say in the health of our waters and all share in their stewardship as well as their benefits.

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Thank you to The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin who is a strategic partner for the Dead Horses show.

The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends.

Our vision is a world where the diversity of life thrives, and people act to conserve nature for its own sake and its ability to fulfill our needs and enrich our lives.

Sixty years ago, a small group of people who loved Wisconsin’s lands and waters and were concerned that they were disappearing came together to take action to protect them. They formed the Wisconsin chapter of The Nature Conservancy.


I’m guessing they had no idea that, 60 years later, they and those who followed in their footsteps would have protected more than 262,000 acres of Wisconsin’s most beautiful and diverse native habitats.


I want to give a shout out to these early TNC founders and supporters and to our members, donors, volunteers and the organizations and agencies with whom we collaborate today for that remarkable achievement. I hope you are as proud as I am of everything we’ve accomplished together.


During our 60th anniversary year, we’ll celebrate those successes and share inspiration for the work that lies ahead. From climate change to degraded water, our natural world faces many challenges, and the time to address them is now. We will focus on four vital priorities in the coming years, and you can help.


We are grateful for you and your efforts, and we invite you to continue to work with us and engage even more people to help solve these big challenges.


Elizabeth Koehler

Wisconsin State Director, The Nature Conservancy

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