BlackBelt YelloBelli

Appleton, WI

Based in Appleton, BlackBelt YelloBelli features a unique blend of rock, funk, blues and alternative genres in its music with a distinctive original sound. The upfront sound of BBYB melds together appealing grooves, wily hooks and memorable melodies. With a seasoned lineup of performers, the band wields an infectious yet dynamic style of straight-up rock ‘n roll and a sprinkle of hard blues while featuring extraordinary arrangements.

BBYB formed in 2015 as a trio of Mike Busse (guitar/vocals), Todd Schimmers (bass) and Tom Sauter (drums) playing covers from their favorite groups and starting to sketch out the early beginnings of writing original music. Luke Hartjes (bass) and Greg Ashauer (drums) later joined the group in 2016. After that, Schimmers assumed the lead guitar role which solidified the current lineup.

The group released its debut “self-titled” LP in July 2018, featuring 10 original songs with the first single, “She's Divine.” The full-length album was recorded at Rock Garden Studio in late 2017 with engineer Marc Golde and was later mastered by Justin Perkins (Mystery Room Mastering).

BlackBelt YelloBelli is currently working on a follow-up EP effort and the band released its latest single, “Easy,” in May.

Music Sampler

Artist Performances

Thursday August 1st from 7:35 PM - 8:25 PM at Riverside Bar & Grill