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 displays a wide array of stylistic diversity due to each member of the band contributing their personally written songs, lyrics and vocals.  In 2017, Wamser and Webber left the group, but Chris Haise (piano) and Jon Taglienti (bass) were more than happy to take their places.
In 2016, Paladino released their debut EP “Bellows” which was nominated for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee Music Awards Album of the Year, Independent Release of the Year, and Band of the Year.  The release covers a broad spectrum of subject; from nostalgia, volatile relationships, an Iowa ax murderer, and a day in the life of a turtle. 
Following Paladino’s debut release “Bellows”, 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.  Those who had appreciated their quirky lyrics will not be disappointed; “Friend a Dinosaur” runs a whole new gamut of unconventional subject matter with tracks exploring the personification of a home-invading brown insect, a self-aware factory churning out tourist stand trinkets, and even a bittersweet love song for their hometown of Milwaukee.

Meet The Band
  1. Chad Burgess
    Chad Burgess
  2. Chris Haise
    Chris Haise
  3. Mark Harig
    Mark Harig
    Vocals/Mandolin/ Guitar
  4. Jon Taglienti
    Jon Taglienti
  5. Weston Gritt
    Weston Gritt


"Friend A Dinosaur". New album due out Dec 1st.

Join us as we release our first full lenght album at Linnemans Riverwest Inn on Friday Dec 1st, 2017.

9th Annual Radio Milwaukee Music Awards Nominee!!

It’s that time again! Time for the Annual Radio Milwaukee Music Awards.

Each year 88.9 honors Milwaukee’s music-makers and Paladino needs your vote, now through November 25! Vote for Paladino in the following categories:

  • Band of the Year
  • Album of the Year
  • Independent Release of the Year

Winners will be announced with a celebration at 88.9's Walker’s Point studio on Thursday, December 1.

The 9th annual Radio Milwaukee
Music Awards are brought to you
with support from 
Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin 
and RCB Awards.

Nov 13th, 2016

No More Division Review of "Bellows"

June 23rd, 2016

May 19th, Paladino to play 414 Music Live @ 88Nine Radio Milwaukee

April 15th, 2016

Every Thursday at 5:30 p.m., 88Nine Radio Milwaukee welcomes a Milwaukee band to our studios for a live performance and interview.  We call it 414 Music Live. Stop by at 5:00 p.m. for a front row seat!

A selection of beer, wine, coffee and gourmet sodas are be available for purchase from Stone Creek Coffee.

Stop down early for Happy Hour, featuring $1 off Milwaukee Brewing Company beers! 

Walker’s Point, at 220 E. Pittsburgh

Shepherd Express review of "Bellows"

April 15th, 2016

Paladino debut EP release announced

February 22nd, 2016
Join us as Paladino debut's their first EP "Bellows" at Club Garibaldi on April 16th, 2016. w/ special guest Shelly Schauer

Congrats Matt!!

February 17th, 2016
We would like to give a very special congradulations to Matt and his wife on the birth of their first child, Eleanor Rose.  

WAMI CD Roulette winner

January 31st, 2015

Winner of this years WAMI CD Roulette at Linnemann's Riverwest Inn.  This years judges were Marc Holde, Michael Mann, and DJ O.  Also congrats to Stephanie Erin Brill and Nora Collins.