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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Sat, 20 Jan 2018 00:16:03 CDT


Summerfest sets Journey and Def Leppard as Fourth of July headliners

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 08:06:00 CDT

You'll get an '80s flashback with your Independence Day fireworks this summer, as Def Leppard and Journey today confirmed a joint tour - complete with a stop at Summerfest as the festival's Fourth of July American Family Insurance Amphitheater headliners.

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Cream City covers Cream City: Local Coverage mashes up Milwaukee music

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:36:00 CDT

On Friday night at Turner Hall Ballroom, eight Milwaukee bands will pay tribute to a subject near and dear to their hearts - fellow Milwaukee bands - at the fourth annual Local Coverage concert concoction.

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Jack White will return to The Rave on April 20

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 13:56:00 CDT

Jack White, one of the most famous names in modern rock, announced today that he will return to The Rave for a concert on Friday, April 20. White's last Milwaukee visit took place in the same venue almost four years ago.

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Dave Matthews Band booked to headline Summerfest on July 1

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 09:05:00 CDT

Though it hasn't yet been announced by Summerfest, Dave Matthews Band - which is set to release its first studio album since 2012's "Away From the World" this summer - is slated to play the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on Sunday, July 1.

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You have to see this replica of the Beatles' Cavern Club

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 08:15:00 CDT

In an unassuming low-slung office building adjacent to a strip mall in suburban Hartland, Wisconsin, local technology entrepreneur and veterans' rights activist Dave Meister has built his own replica of Liverpool's Cavern Club, the Beatles' early hometown incubator.

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Bon Jovi tapped to help close out the Bradley Center's run as a concert venue

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:15:00 CDT

While concert announcements for the new Bucks arena have been trickling out already, don't turn out the lights at the BMO Harris Bradley Center quite yet. The soon-to-be-no-more arena announced today that pop hard rockers Bon Jovi will perform there on Sunday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m.

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Chasin the Trane to Milwaukee: When John Coltrane did and didn't play here

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 09:02:00 CDT

The late tenor saxophonist John Coltrane is one of the enduring figures in jazz. His groundbreaking work continues to resonate, enrapture and inspire musicians and fans. Did the Trane ever stop in Milwaukee? Yes, but maybe not on the occasion that many people think.

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Summerfest adds Florida Georgia Line as third headliner act

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 05:30:00 CDT

The hit-making country duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard will take the American Family Insurance Amphitheater stage on June 30.

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WebsterX primed to take over music world with help of NPR-supported Slingshot

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 20:36:00 CDT

Any Milwaukee music fan has known WebsterX for a while now. But the alternative hip-hop artist looks primed to fully break out with the news today that the rapper was selected with 19 other nationwide artists to receive support from Slingshot.

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Summerfest adds James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt as its second headliner act

Tue, 9 Jan 2018 05:31:00 CDT

Things are staying hot when it comes to Summerfest updates, as this morning, James Taylor and his band with special guest Bonnie Raitt and her band were announced as the Big GIg's second headlining act.

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What song is written in those musical notes on the I-794 ramp?

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 09:02:00 CDT

Recently, my friend Meaghan Heinrich - of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music - asked if I knew what the song was engraved into a concrete wall at the I-794 freeway ramp just outside the Summerfest grounds. I said, I didn't know it, but maybe if she hummed it for me...

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Summerfest announces Halsey and Logic as its first 2018 headliners

Mon, 8 Jan 2018 05:31:00 CDT

The temperatures are finally (somewhat) starting to go up, but you know what would really warm things up? Some Summerfest news - and thankfully, the Big Gig obliged this morning, announcing its first headliners for 2018: Halsey and Logic on June 29.

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Milwaukee musicians salute Petty to support Pablove

Fri, 5 Jan 2018 15:02:00 CDT

On Jan. 20, a bevy of Milwaukee musicians with get together to salute the late Tom Petty, who died unexpectedly of a heart attack last Oct. 2. The show, at Turner Hall Ballroom, will benefit the Pablove Foundation and its battle against childhood cancer.

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Hip-Hop Week MKE receives key support at Common Council committee

Thu, 4 Jan 2018 18:26:00 CDT

The Common Council's Community and Economic Development Committee voted unanimously today to recommend approval of Hip-Hop Week MKE, an official week of hip-hop related events, displays and activities across the city that would have its inaugural run Aug. 20-26.

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A chat with Milwaukee's own Buffalo Gospel

Tue, 26 Dec 2017 17:06:00 CDT

OnMilwaukee had the chance to sit down with Buffalo Gospel members Ryan Necci, Nick Lang and Kevin Rowe backstage at Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company before their show on Dec. 22, to talk about the band's name, the definition of good and what's next.

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Buffalo Gospel continues its way to the big time with thrilling Anodyne show

Sat, 23 Dec 2017 09:01:00 CDT

Unlike the last show, where I really wasn't sure what to expect, this time I was expecting a lay-it-all-out kind of show from Buffalo Gospel. They didn't disappoint Friday night at Anodyne Coffee Roasting Company.

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The passing of Peder Hedman hits Milwaukee's music world hard

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 10:03:00 CDT

Those of us lucky enough to have shared stages playing music around Milwaukee in the 1980s - or being there to enjoy it - are low today after receiving news of the passing of talented guitarist Peder Hedman, who suffered a heart attack.

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Summerfest announces a new Uline Warehouse stage

Thu, 7 Dec 2017 10:31:00 CDT

Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. and Uline announced today a new capital project that will build a new Uline Warehouse stage at the north end of Henry Maier Festival Park and continue Uline's sponsorship of Summerfest presented by American Family Insurance.

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Why do we love "Weird Al" so much?

Sat, 2 Dec 2017 17:45:00 CDT

Thirty years since "Eat It" and "Like A Surgeon" and "Weird Al" Yankovic continues to retain old fans, attract new ones and sell out venues everywhere, including Milwaukee. What?! How? Why?!

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We went Christmas shopping with local country singer-songwriter Nora Collins

Fri, 1 Dec 2017 19:01:00 CDT

It seemed really appropriate that it was Giving Tuesday when I met up with singer-songwriter Nora Collins and her mom, Jenny, to make a couple of kids' holiday dreams come true by doing some Angel Tree shopping at the Brookfield Target.

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The Pabst Theater adds a second night of "Weird Al" Yankovic on April 9

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 14:46:00 CDT

After already selling out his upcoming Milwaukee stop on "The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour" on Tuesday, April 10, The Pabst Theater announced that it's added a second show on Monday, April 9, at 8 p.m.

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Milwaukee: Did you know there's a rock star among us and he lives in Bay View?

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 09:03:00 CDT

When Bay View-based bass player Scott Schoenbeck takes The Rave's stage on Friday night for the FM 102/1 Big Snow Show 12 with his band, Dashboard Confessional, it will be the first time in a while that he's gigged in his hometown.

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11 places to feed your vinyl addiction

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:56:00 CDT

Just in time for Black Friday Record Store Day, here are some of the best places around town to wax musical and feed your PVC addiction.

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Baroques' classic Milwaukee psychedelia gets another spin on vinyl

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:01:00 CDT

The first non-blues or RandB act signed by Chicago's iconic Chess Records was Milwaukee's The Baroques, who released exactly one LP. It's reissued this week for Black Friday Record Store day on electric tapioca yellow vinyl.

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Milwaukee's own Buffalo Gospel warms up a Wisconsin night

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 07:56:00 CDT

It's reasonable to say my expectations were high as I dropped in to take in Milwaukee-based country act Buffalo Gospel's shortened set opening for The Deslondes Friday night at The Back Room at Colectivo. The group didn't disappoint.

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95.7 BIG FM switches to Christmas music

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 14:42:00 CDT

Tonight, Milwaukee will go into full holiday mode with the tree lighting and Holiday Lights Festival. And to help you get ready for tonight and the holiday season, 95.7 BIG FM will make its annual switch to holiday music 24/7.

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Rapper Supaman talks Standing Rock and mixing Native traditions with new beats

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:26:00 CDT

Before he takes the MAM After Dark stage Friday night, OnMilwaukee chatted with rapper Supaman about finding his voice between two cultures, his experience at Standing Rock and being a proud Native American in 2017.

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Chris Robinson talks leaving The Black Crowes and being truly happy

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 16:46:00 CDT

The singer-songwriter-guitarist walked away from megawatt arena spotlights and big paydays of The Black Crowes in 2010 to form The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, which will perform at Turner Hall Ballroom on Nov. 17.

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Keith Anderson successfully battles a cold and a crazy crowd at Fire Pit set

Fri, 3 Nov 2017 12:46:00 CDT

"Anybody drinking beer?" asked Keith Anderson six songs into his set Thursday night. And lemme tell ya, people were indeed drinking beer, making for one of the most unbelievable, distracting side shows of entertainment I've seen.

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Bon Iver to play "For Emma, Ten Year" anniversary show at Bradley Center

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:26:00 CDT

Bon Iver and The Pabst Theater Group today announced a special "For Emma, Ten Year" anniversary concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday, Feb. 17, celebrating a decade since Bon Iver's major label debut.

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It's Halloween season, so here's a reminder that The Rave is haunted as hell

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 19:56:00 CDT

There's no lack of supposedly haunted locales in Milwaukee. But ask any musician, and they'll tell you that the creepiest place in the Cream City is undoubtedly The Rave, which is rumored to be haunted by much more than just millennials.

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Miramar founder Bill Stace seeks support for new local music project

Tue, 24 Oct 2017 13:03:00 CDT

A few months after the landlord declined to renew his lease on the Miramar Theater and Walls Have Ears Studio above it, Bill Stace, who opened and operated both those businesses in that former movie theater for 19 years is seeking funding for another Milwaukee music project.

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Kenny Chesney and country friends play at Miller Park on April 28, 2018

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 12:29:00 CDT

Kenny Chesney certainly seems to like playing at Miller Park. The country music star will perform at the stadium for the fourth time, and the third headlining show in five years, the Brewers announced, as he brings his "Trip Around the Sun" 2018 tour to Milwaukee on April 28.

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Martha Wainwright returns to Milwaukee for a Shank Hall show

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:03:00 CDT

Here's a fun chat with Martha Wainwright who performs at Shank Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee's soulful talent Mark Waldoch opens the show.

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VIDEO: Femmes' Sparrow rockets back to high school in a big way

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 09:01:00 CDT

Who says you can't go home again? Violent Femmes drummer John Sparrow is finding his way back to his alma mater, South Milwaukee High School, as part of the band's five-city Viva Wisconsin tour this month. We went back to the school recently to find his old locker.

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Herbie Hancock's big break: Curro's, Milwaukee, 1960

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:03:00 CDT

Living musical legend Herbie Hancock - who plays at The Pabst Theater on Oct. 20 - credits his second professional gig, which took place in Brew City with really launching his career. We delve into the history of that December 1960 gig.

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Remembering Tom Petty: Honest, humble and anything but average

Tue, 3 Oct 2017 11:46:00 CDT

I've heard more than a few people refer to Tom Petty, who died Monday evening of cardiac arrest, as a "regular guy." I believe Tom Petty was humble and honest. But the rock and roll legend certainly wasn't regular.

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Phoenix, Paramore and more headed to FM 102/1's Big Snow Show 12

Mon, 2 Oct 2017 12:56:00 CDT

FM 102/1 announced the lineup for Big Snow Show 12, the radio station's twelfth annual holiday concert. This year's three day event is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 30; Friday, Dec. 1; and Saturday, Dec. 2.

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Graham Nash talks about his path to music and where it leads now

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:06:00 CDT

Graham Nash's latest album, "This Path Tonight," was released in 2016. His current path will lead him to The Pabst Theater on Oct. 15, but before then, Nash talked with OnMilwaukee about his journey to music.

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MSO's "Gershwin!" promises an unforgettable night of lively entertainment

Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:56:00 CDT

Friday night, at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts, I had rhythm, I had music and I had my man - in this case, "my man" is George Gershwin, as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra impeccably presented "Gershwin!" for an enthusiastic audience.

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Surf's up: The Exotics wave goodbye to the Milwaukee summer at Red Dot

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 17:02:00 CDT

Though it will already be autumn by the time Milwaukee's premier surf guitar rockers The Exotics take the stage at Red Dot Tosa, 6715 W. North Ave., at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, it'll still be warm enough to go surfing out on Lake Michigan, should the spirit move you.

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Blues Brothers tribute band hits all the right notes

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 23:08:00 CDT

Kieron (Elwood Blues) Lafferty and Wayne (Jake Blues) Catania don't just look and sound like the Blues Brothers - they melt into the characters. At first, I felt like was looking for reasons to remind myself they weren't the real deal, but by "Rubber Biscuit," I embraced it.

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Hanke brings his acclaimed vinyl podcast home to Milwaukee

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 09:03:00 CDT

Once and again Milwaukeean Jim Hanke started his Vinyl Emergency podcast a year and a half ago while living in Chicago. But now that's he's back in Brew City, he's brought the respected music podcast with him.

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Robin's picks: 7 days of Milwaukee live music musts

Sat, 9 Sep 2017 11:16:00 CDT

I often get asked - by out of towners and locals alike - what is there to do here? So I've decided to share my weekly picks of cool happenings in and around our lovely city. Here are my places to be for the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

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WCM drive aims to get musical instruments into the hands of Milwaukee kids

Fri, 8 Sep 2017 18:02:00 CDT

The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, 1584 N. Prospect Ave., is holding a musical instrument drive from Sept. 22 through 24 to help get playable instruments into the hands of Milwaukee children who need them most.

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Rock The Green act Barns Courtney talks breaking out, breaking his foot

Thu, 7 Sep 2017 15:06:00 CDT

It's been an exciting time of big breaks for English rocker and Rock the Green performer Barns Courtney - quite literally, as the singer-songwriter broke his foot last time he was in town, leaping off the Miller Lite Oasis stage at Summerfest.

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50th anniversary set offers chance to reconsider maligned Rolling Stones disc

Wed, 6 Sep 2017 09:02:00 CDT

When the Rolling Stones released "Their Satanic Majesties Request" in 1967, says music writer Rob Bowman, "it was maligned as a poor man's 'Sgt. Pepper,' and as a colossal failure in the group's catalogue." A deluxe reissue helps us decide if that still seems true today.

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Two Gufs set "reunion" show at Colectivo Back Room

Tue, 5 Sep 2017 16:17:00 CDT

Two members of The Gufs have announced a reunion show of sorts for Oct. 27 at The Back Room at Colectivo on Prospect.

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Violent Femmes announce five-city Viva Wisconsin tour

Tue, 5 Sep 2017 10:01:00 CDT

On the heels of the band's recent live album release, "2 Mics and The Truth: Unplugged and Unhinged in America," the Violent Femmes have announced a five-city tour of Wisconsin in October.

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Twenty Seventeen brings two new Nineteen Thirteen songs

Fri, 1 Sep 2017 09:02:00 CDT

Milwaukee duo Nineteen Thirteen has launched a pair of new tracks, which made their world premieres on Aug. 31 at

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