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“Having booked the band for 10 years, I consider them to be the best tribute to The Who I have ever seen. Substitute: Tales From The Who is the next best thing to The Who itself, a group of professionals that always delivers live!”

Scott Ziel

Director of Entertainment, Summerfest


For 15 years, Substitute: Tales From The Who has delivered the hits and more to a variety of festivals and venues across the United States. A tribute to one of the most prolific and influential rock bands in history, the band’s reputation has been built on high-energy performances and an unrivaled commitment to artistic integrity. From Baba O’Reilly and Love, Reign O’er Me to Pinball Wizard and Won’t Get Fooled Again,

                                Substitute brings legends to life.

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Ricco Caliendo


Tom Branigan


Dan Johnston


Barry Salem





Upcoming Events
  • Jun 09, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    Milwaukee, 1133 N Old World 3rd St, Milwaukee, WI 53203, USA
    Help us kick off the summer season at an outdoor show right next to the Fiserv Forum and support the Deer District Beer Garden Concert Series!
  • Jul 08, 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM CDT
    Milwaukee, Uline Warehouse, 200 N Harbor Dr, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA
    We're thrilled to be back at Summerfest this year, and honored to be playing the same stage that Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Smokey Robinson will headline that evening.
  • Aug 12, 4:00 PM – 6:45 PM CDT
    West Allis, West Allis, WI 53214, USA
    Please join us for our longest show of the year (so far), as we play lots of hits and a few deep cuts during two Whoalicious sets.
  • Sep 08, 8:30 PM – 10:30 PM CDT
    Wauwatosa, W State St & N Wauwatosa Ave, Wauwatosa, WI 53213, USA
    The band is psyched for its first appearance at TosaFest! We'll bring the classic Who hits, and hope to see you there.
  • Oct 14, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM
    West Bend, 125 N Main St, West Bend, WI 53095, USA
    What a thrill to be playing a show with Kofi Baker and his incredible band. Lots of hits by The Who, Cream, and Blind Faith, with maybe a deep cut thrown in here/there. Tickets here:
  • Dec 01, 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM CST
    Milwaukee, 1434 N Farwell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53202, USA
    When Substitute plays Shank Hall, it's always a bit of a homecoming, as Shank was one of the first to give us a shot, and we always have a blast. Bonus: Milwaukee's breakout band of 2023, the mighty Elephonic is sharing the bill with us. If you haven't seen them yet, you are in for a real treat.
Audience at a Concert


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That’s a very tough set to

pull off…

you guys

are excellent!

Stephan Jenkins - Third Eye Blind



Joe Salvo
Stage and production management expert (20+ years)

Substitute rocked an entire set of The Who and played as if they were the original rock & roll hall of fame act ... a high energy show, very informative two-page rider, and classy guys to work with from all production perspectives. 

The audience loved it; I wish all acts had it together like these guys do.

Tom Schultz
Chairman, Watertown Riverfest
Watertown, WI

Substitute: Tales from the Who delivered a concert with all the energy and excitement of the original band. The huge crowd sang along with hit after hit. Those at the concert have been asking to have the band back again next year!


Substitute gave the audience everything they expected and much more.

Substitute: Tales From The Who performed an absolutely spectacular show and was a highlight of our concert series this year.

They were professional and have clearly studied The Who closely. They are the next best thing to The Who themselves!

Beth Heidorn
Executive Director, Racine Zoo
Racine, WI






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