"a controlled unison of energy"
-Jamie Robash, No More Division

"consistent conviction and passion."
-Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Equally rich in meaning and melody, Paladino delivers honest, heartfelt lyrics and soaring, stirring harmonies.  Their songs blend genres (Americana Rock, Indie Folk, Progressive Bluegrass) with poetic imagery and novelistic detail, shot through with real emotion and dynamic musicality.

Founded in late 2014, long-term friends Mark Harrig (mandolin/vocals/guitar) and former band member Phil Wamser (concertina/keyboard) set out to start a bluegrass band.  Having picked up a mandolin and concertina, they both joked about their miniature instruments and thought to start a bluegrass band.  Yet, the addition of new friends Matt Webber (guitar/bass), Weston Grit (bass/guitar) and Chad Burgess (drums) brought new influences and instrumentation.  Burgess frequently blames himself for derailing the band from its bluegrass trajectory and morphing into the Americana Rock/Folk band they are today.  Their collection of songs display a wide array of stylistic diversity due to each member of the band contributing their personally written songs, lyrics and vocals.
In 2016, Paladino released their debut EP “Bellows” which was nominated for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s Album and Independent Release of the Year.  The release covers a broad spectrum of subject; from nostalgia, volatile relationships, an Iowa axe murderer, and a day in the life of a turtle. 

Following Paladino’s debut release, they began immediately writing and recording their first full-length album of all new material released Dec 1st, 2017.  Titled “Friend a Dinosaur”, a play on Paladino’s name, the upcoming album embraces their alt-country and rock roots, while maintaining the multiple lead singer format.  Gone are the classical-inspired layered arrangements juxtaposed with arty folk.  In their place: over driven and melodic electric guitars, riff-based anthems and harmony saturated hooks.  They set out to make the loud louder, the quiet quieter, and most importantly keep the two dynamics existing in harmony.  Those who had appreciated their quirky lyrics will not be disappointed; “Friend a Dinosaur” runs a whole new gamut of unconventional subject. 

 Mark Harrig (Vocals/Mandolin/Guitar/Flute)
Weston Gritt (Vocals/Guitar)

Chris Haise (Keyboard)
​Jon Taglienti (Bass)
Chad Burgess (Drums). 

"Diverse? Definitely. But when you listen to their music, rich in melody and meaning, it makes sense."
-Sarah McClanahan, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

"imagines what Queen might have sounded like if they were an acoustic act with a mandolin."
-Evan Rytlewski, Shepherd Express 


​​Jan 2018 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Must-Hear Milwaukee Album​​
2016 Radio Milwaukee Music Award Nominee for Band of the Year
2016 Radio Milwaukee Music Award Nominee for Album of the Year
2016 Radio Milwaukee Music Award Nominee for Independent Release of the year.
2016 WAMI CD Roulette Winner​

"The group’s lush new album, Friend a Dinosaur, puts that reinvention on full display.....it’s a brisk roots rock record that lands somewhere between the uplifting strumming of The Avett Brothers and the Heartland-leaning modern rock of ’90s acts like Toad the Wet Sprocket and Gin Blossoms.."
-Evan Rytlewski, Shepherd Express 

  1. Thursday June 14th, 2018
    Amplified Artist Sessions @ Saloon on Calhoun - Brookfield, WI
    17000 W Capitol Dr. Brookfield, WI 53005
  2. Saturday, May 26th, 2018 @ 7pm
    Company Brewing - Milwaukee, WI
    w/ The Cow Ponies & Tangled Lines 735 E Center St. Milwaukee, WI 53212
  3. Friday, February 23rd, 2018
    Best Place at the Historic Pabst Brewery - Milwaukee, WI
    901 W Juneau Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53233 w/ Chris Haise Band, Tangled Lines, & Pay The Devil
  4. Saturday, April 7th, 2018
    Red Dot - Wauwatosa, WI
    6715 W North Ave. Wauwatosa, WI 53213 w/ Listening Party & Jay Matthes
  5. Saturday, Feb 24th, 2018 @ 7pm
    Shank Hall - Milwaukee, WI
    1434 N Farwell Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53202 w/ Well Known Strangers & Listening Party
  6. Saturday, May 12th, 2017
    Gibson Music Hall - Appleton, WI
    211 W College Ave. Appleton, WI 54911 More details to come
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Contact: Chad Burgess | contact@paladinoband.com | 414.469.8910