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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, United States | SELF

Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, United States | SELF
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"Toivo Releases Debut Album"

March 30, 2012
April 14, sometime around 10 pm, local band Toivo will plug in their guitars, microphones, amps, and rock the Bayside Tavern in Fish Creek, one of the band’s favorite venues, in celebration of the release of their debut album. The self-titled album features 10 original tracks performed by band members Ryan Urquhart, who performs lead vocals and guitar, guitarist Scott Zimmerman, bassist Dan Luedcke, drummer Rob Gay, and guitarist and keyboardist Nick Hoover.

Struggling to come up with an appropriate genre to describe their sound – ideas such as New Beijing Avant-garde Pow-Wow and Northeast Midwest Rock have been tossed around by band members – Hoover says, “In reality, we are a rock n’ roll band. We play sweet stuff. We play loud stuff. We play stuff you can dance do. Stuff you can rock out to.”

Influences “range wildly” from band member to band member, “but I can safely say we’re all influenced by the likes of The Rolling Stones, Velvet Underground, The Kinks, Buddy Holly, The Clash, Bob Dylan,” says Hoover. They also credit modern bands including Wilco, My Morning Jacket, and Fleet Foxes for influencing their music.

Though Urquhart writes or co-writes a majority of the band’s original material, “We all contribute to the compositions and arrangement,” says Hoover. As for song’s subjects and inspirations: “It’s unavoidable – love and relationships are the most frequent topics in our songs. Others include hard times, greed, politics, nature, unusual characters.”

Formed in 2007, with the addition of Hoover in 2010, the band recently recorded their first album near Sturgeon Bay, “at an undisclosed wooded locale,” explained Hoover. “Some nights during the recording sessions, some of us would work through the night.” The album also features Kalen Keir on saxophone and Chris Aaron on lap steel guitar.

Their next project: setting up a Midwest tour, potentially featuring stops in Chicago, the Twin Cities, locations throughout Wisconsin, and of course, Door County. Also, the band will be making a repeat appearance at this year’s Steel Bridge Songfest in Sturgeon Bay.

The album, Toivo, will be available for $10 at the band’s Bayside performance or online via iTunes and other major digital music retailers.

To learn more about Toivo, check upcoming tour dates, join their mailing list, or preview/purchase their new album, visit - Peninsula Pulse


TOIVO is a not-for-profit, four-piece, original rock and roll band. The group does their profiteering at the Whistling Swan, serving up sweet dishes not dissimilar to the rock and roll they play. TOIVO began almost two years ago as a reason for Rivers Reversely, electric guitar and bass, Ace Waster, rhythm guitar and vocals, Robert "Sturgeon" Gay, drums, and Floof Lion-lo, bass and electric guitar, to live in Door County year ‘round, so we are still here.

Upcoming Shows

June 11 – 14: Steel Bridge Songfest

June 27: Casey’s BBQ & Smokehouse

August 1 - Bayside Tavern

September 12 - Husby's Bar and Grill

October 31 - Bayside Tavern - Peninsula Pulse


Toivo (self titled LP) (2012)



Toivo is an American rock n' roll band founded in 2007. They set about sculpting their signature New-Beijing-Avant-Garde-Pow-Wow sound in the dreamy little hamlet of Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Founding members Ace Waster, Rivers Reversely, Elkhorn Gerard and Robert "Sturgeon" Gay rocked the shit out of that little town and in 2010 with the addition of gifted multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Hoover, the lineup was complete.

In the fall of 2011, the band teamed up with legendary producer and engineer Billy Triplett and recorded their self-titled, self-released full-length debut album. The album was recorded in a cedar swamp on an island in the Great Lakes.