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Milwaukee's Daily Magazine

Published: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 02:16:02 CDT


Dave Matthews' label releases Jerry Garcia live CD recorded in Milwaukee

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:02:00 CDT

Thanks in part to an energetic Milwaukee crowd, the Jerry Garcia Band played a double-CD-worthy gig at the Bradley Center in 1991. That concert is now available in a nice set from Dave Matthews' ATO Records.

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Alpine Valley won't host any concerts this year

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 09:59:00 CDT

Turns out the prominent "That's All Folks! See you in 2017" graphic on the Alpine Valley website is only half right. According to, Live Nation says that Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy will not host concerts this season, due to a paucity of available artists.

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Summerfest teams with Historical Society for 50th anniversary exhibit

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:00:00 CDT

Summerfest and Milwaukee County Historical Society have teamed up to create an exhibition in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the World's Largest Music Festival that celebrates five decades of bringing Milwaukeeans together and making musical memories.

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UPAF 50th fund drive: A look at the Milwaukee Children's Choir

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 14:03:00 CDT

UPAF has launched its 50th year of raising funds for performing arts groups in Milwaukee. OnMilwaukee will feature each of the 15 member groups during the 15-week campaign drive. This week, it's the Milwaukee Children's Choir.

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State Fair adds Pentatonix, Kip Moore to Main Stage lineup

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:56:00 CDT

Today, the Wisconsin State Fair announced two more Main Stage headliners for its upcoming 2017 edition this summer: a cappella craze Pentatonix and country star Kip Moore.

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Jazz in the Park announces its 2017 lineup

Thu, 9 Mar 2017 14:56:00 CDT

The warm nights of summer are just around the corner - and as a helpful reminder, Jazz in the Park today announced its lineup for its upcoming 26th annual festival, returning to Cathedral Square Park from June 1 through Aug. 31.

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Kaye, Daugherty reflect on Patti Smith's "Horses"

Wed, 8 Mar 2017 21:56:00 CDT

The legendary Patti Smith takes the Milwaukee Theatre stage on Thursday, March 9 to perform her 1975 album "Horses." Recently, her guitarist and drummer chatted with Blaine Schultz about making the record and visiting Milwaukee.

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Satisfy your fast food and metal cravings with Mac Sabbath, Mockstrosity Tour

Tue, 7 Mar 2017 16:06:00 CDT

"What is this that stands before me?" is the ominous opening lyric to "Black Sabbath." Milwaukee metal heads will be thinking the same thing should they venture out to Thursday's Mockstrosity Tour at Turner Hall Ballroom. But venture they should.

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Hall and Oates, Tears for Fears team up for Bradley Center show on May 13

Thu, 2 Mar 2017 17:36:00 CDT

The BMO Harris Bradley Center announced today that the impressive throwback double act of Hall and Oates and Tears for Fears will bring their 29-city North America tour to Milwaukee on Saturday, May 13.

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WAMI announces 2017 awards nominees

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 18:06:00 CDT

Today, the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) announced the nominees for the organization's 37th annual awards show, hosted this year at the Turner Hall Ballroom at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 23.

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State Fair's Main Stage turns back the clock to 1985 for Retro Futura Tour show

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 13:06:00 CDT

The Wisconsin State Fair is headed back to the '80s for the Retro Futura Tour on Thursday, Aug. 3, featuring Howard Jones, Men Without Hats, Modern English, The English Beat, Paul Young and Katrina of Katrina and the Waves.

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The Classic Rock Show delivers a blast from the past at The Pabst

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 16:01:00 CDT

The genre of classic rock sparks love in people's lives from either growing up in its prime or having the musical influences bestowed upon them by others. Both types were in the crowd that gathered at The Pabst Theater last night for The Classic Rock Show.

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Elvis sets up his "Imperial Bedroom" at the Riverside in July

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 10:10:00 CDT

While each Elvis Costello record felt like a new and immediate masterpiece when it arrived, everyone could tell there was something extra-special about the baroque Beatles-esque pop of 1982's "Imperial Bedroom." Elvis comes to Milwaukee in July to focus on the record.

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The Classic Rock Show brings beloved rock legends to life

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 18:56:00 CDT

People dream of seeing legendary rock bands like Led Zeppelin, Queen, AC/DC and more. Thanks to groups like The Classic Rock Show - coming to The Pabst Sunday night - you can still see these legends and hear their awesome rock anthems come to life.

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Tweed Funk frontman's road to cancer recovery leads back to the stage

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 14:06:00 CDT

Battling some stage fright is nothing compared to what Tweed Funk frontman Joseph "Smokey" Holman's fought against over the past year: multiple myeloma, an ailment that kept the soulful singer and his band sidelined for over half a year.

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Roger Waters to bring tour to BMO Harris Bradley Center on July 29

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 19:56:00 CDT

Roger Waters, one of the key original members of Pink Floyd, will bring his solo "Us + Them" tour to Milwaukee's BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday, July 29.

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Before Riverside show, Ben Folds talks beating up pianos and his fave MKE place

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 17:56:00 CDT

Before he brings his witty lyrics and whacked-out piano prowess to the Riverside stage Thursday night, we got a chance to chat with Ben Folds about his upcoming show, one of his other passions - photography - and the Milwaukee hot spot he misses most.

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State Fair adds rock legend John Mellencamp to Main Stage lineup

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 14:05:00 CDT

Today, the Wisconsin State Fair announced it'll bring some R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. to this year's headliner lineup, with heartland rock legend John Mellencamp taking the Main State, presented by Potawatomi Hotel and Casino, on Friday, Aug. 4.

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The real winners and losers at the Grammys

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 13:16:00 CDT

Adele ended up the champion of Sunday night's diva duel at the Grammys, beating Beyonce in all of their battles and winning a total of five awards at the end of the night. But who were the real winners and losers from last night? Tune in.

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Legendary jazz singer and Milwaukee native Al Jarreau dies at 76

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 13:03:00 CDT

Milwaukee-raised jazz singer Al Jarreau died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 76. No official cause of death has been reported, but Jarreau had struggled with respiratory problems and last week cancelled all his tour dates due to exhaustion.

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Cloud Nothings prepares to perform its first Milwaukee show at Turner Hall

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:36:00 CDT

Wake up, travel, perform and go to bed. Cloud Nothings live this day by day as they make their trek on their latest tour. Lucky for us, one of the stops for them is at our own Turner Hall Ballroom this Sunday, Feb. 12 at 8 p.m.

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Milwaukee Soundbites: FOX6 news anchor Ted Perry

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 18:06:00 CDT

The latest episode of Milwaukee Soundbites features FOX6 news anchor and reporter Ted Perry, who chats about falling asleep at an Eric Clapton/Muddy Waters concert and the depressing image of a sweaty Don McLean rushing through a performance of "American Pie."

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Milwaukee's most influential punk bands, according to the experts

Thu, 9 Feb 2017 09:03:00 CDT

Four folks with roots in the local music scene banded together to create "Brick Through The Window: An Oral History of Punk Rock, New Wave and Noise in Milwaukee, 1964-1984," an exhaustive tracing of the scene in Milwaukee from its earliest gasps for air.

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Fan requests Femmes' show without audience singalongs

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 20:45:00 CDT

Recently, OnMilwaukee received one of its favorite Milwaukee request of all time, sent via Facebook Messenger.

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Luke Bryan headlines Summerfest for the second straight year

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 08:16:00 CDT

Summerfest announced this morning that, hot off his performance of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl, Luke Bryan will headline Summerfest, hitting the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on Thursday, June 29.

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John Legend returns to Milwaukee in June for Riverside Theater show

Mon, 6 Feb 2017 06:31:00 CDT

This morning, the Riverside Theater announced that smooth-crooning, Oscar-winning pop star John Legend will return to Milwaukee on Thursday, June 8 for his first show in the Cream City in four years.

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PHOX hits The Pabst for its last Milwaukee show - for now

Thu, 2 Feb 2017 14:06:00 CDT

PHOX came to The Pabst Theater to perform in Milwaukee one last time Wednesday night before going on a hiatus. But if they decide to come back, there would be a lot of happy Milwaukee fans to welcome them back, judging by the vibrant swan song.

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Take a fantastic voyage to see Coolio at Mad Planet on Feb. 24

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 17:56:00 CDT

Coming hot off the heels of Milwaukee visits by R. Kelly and Snoop Dogg last month, Coolio will pop by The Mad Planet to perform at a very special Friday Retro Dance Party on Feb. 24.

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Blowtorch's collaboration with reggae greats takes on plight of immigrants

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 12:16:00 CDT

Milwaukee's Eric Blowtorch has collaborated with numerous musicians over the years, but his latest, a cover of The Clash's "Straight to Hell" recorded with living legends of Jamaican music Horace Andy and Big Youth, is barely short of astonishing, if short of it at all.

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American Family Insurance partners to sponsor Summerfest, new amphitheater

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 12:36:00 CDT

This morning, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. announced a new 10-year partnership between Summerfest and American Family Insurance, making the latter the festival's first naming rights sponsor and the key partner on the new amphitheater.

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Sweet Sweet reissues a slew of Milwaukee music to advance reunion gig

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:02:00 CDT

On Saturday, March 18, Turner Hall Ballroom will host an extravaganza of Milwaukee band reunions, and by the time the six bands hit the stage, four of them will have recently reissued some of their recorded oeuvre thanks to a member of a fifth.

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State Fair announces first 2017 headliners

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 15:00:00 CDT

Today, Wisconsin State Fair officials announced the first two of its 11 headlining shows slated for the 2017 festival, which runs Thursday, Aug. 3-Sunday, Aug. 13 at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.

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Fourth annual Gospel Jubilee testifies for a great cause

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:26:00 CDT

For the fourth straight year, the Milwaukee Gospel Jubilee will bring together local gospel performers to benefit Progressive Community Health Centers, which provide medical, dental and integrated behavioral health services to underserved and uninsured.

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Michael Jackson fans celebrate his legacy at the Riverside with MJ Live

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 08:56:00 CDT

In 2009, the world lost a legend, leaving fans in mourning. However, last night at the Riverside Theater, that legend was alive and well thanks to Las Vegas MJ Live, bringing the spirit of Michael Jackson back to the stage.

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DownBeat names two Milwaukee jazz venues among the world's best in 2016

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 17:16:00 CDT

Here's some music for Milwaukee jazz fans' ears: DownBeat released its Jazz Venue Guide - a compilation of the year's top clubs from around the globe - with two Cream City locales making the grade: The Jazz Estate and the Jazz Gallery Center for the Arts.

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Zac Brown Band returns to headline Summerfest on July 1

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:26:00 CDT

Today, Summerfest announced a familiar face would be taking the Marcus Amphitheater stage for this summer's Big Gig 50: Zac Brown Band, who will headline the festival on Saturday, July 1.

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Local Coverage ties Milwaukee music community together with covers

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:56:00 CDT

What's the point of a cover? Tyler Maas may have created an answer with Local Coverage, a night of Milwaukee bands covering their fellow Milwaukee bands, which hits the Turner Hall Ballroom on Friday night.

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New EP releases Gatewood's grief and ceases music hiatus

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:06:00 CDT

Milwaukee singer-songwriter Lisa Gatewood started out strongly in her music career, but took a few years off to accept changes in her life - some chosen, some not. She is now back with a new EP and a new perspective on her music.

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Exhibit traces 200 years of Milwaukee music

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 17:04:00 CDT

Milwaukee County Historical Society opens "Melodies and Memories: 200 Years of Milwaukee Music" this week at the museum, 910 N. Old World 3rd St. The show, which fills both levels of the building, spotlights two centuries of music and runs through April.

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Latest MSO pop-up creates arts happening at Central Library

Mon, 9 Jan 2017 11:02:00 CDT

Classical music performances aren't what they used to be. Gone are the staid, starched affairs many still (incorrectly) associate with symphony and ensemble concerts, replaced these days with events like the Symphony's pop-up concerts, the latest of which takes place this week.

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New media traces the Beatles in transition

Wed, 4 Jan 2017 10:02:00 CDT

A pile of new media - music, movies, books - continues to emerge, digging into every aspect of the unprecedented career of the Beatles. We take a look at a few of them here.

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The night Reitman introduced me to a music legend

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 12:01:00 CDT

The years erode my ability to recall what concert four of us from WSUW, the college radio station, drove to Milwaukee to see. I don't know who or where or how I even paid for a ticket. But what I do remember about that night was amazing.

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Milwaukee Theatre announces Patti Smith gig

Tue, 3 Jan 2017 08:10:00 CDT

This morning Peter Jest of Alternative Concert Group announced that Patti Smith will bring her band to Milwaukee for an 8 p.m. show on Thursday, March 9 at the Milwaukee Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave. The show is Smith's fourth, but her first since 1979.

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Sip on some gin and juice tonight with Snoop

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 15:46:00 CDT

Wanna get laid back with Snoop Dogg at The Riverside tonight? You should sip on some gin and juice!

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Urban spelunking: The Warner Grand Theatre, potential new MSO home

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 16:46:00 CDT

The public announcement that the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is working to acquire the former Warner Grand Theatre, 212 W. Wisconsin Ave. - an idea that's been swirling around, on and off since it was first floated in 2001 - is big news. Here's why.

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R. Kelly pops into Plum Lounge after his Riverside Christmas show

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 14:26:00 CDT

According to a Facebook post from Plum Lounge owner Mazen Muna, star RandB crooner R. Kelly wanted to hang out at the Cathedral Square hot spot after his Sunday night Christmas show at the Riverside. There was just one problem.

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Summerfest announces Tom Petty to headline two days at the Marcus Amp

Fri, 9 Dec 2016 10:26:00 CDT

Summerfest has announced that Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will headline two nights at the Marcus Amp for next year's Summerfest 50. The band will take the stage - along with special guest Chris Stapleton - on Wednesday, July 5 and Thursday, July 6.

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Catching up with Chief

Thu, 8 Dec 2016 16:56:00 CDT

Every few years, we remind you about Chief, the hard-rocking Milwaukee band that you should check out. Why? Not because frontman Chris Tischler compares Chief to Van Halen and Judas Priest, although that's a pretty good reason to give them a listen, since they're excellent musicians.

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Pabst Theater Group, Alverno resurrect Uncovered concert events

Mon, 5 Dec 2016 05:00:00 CDT

This morning, the Pabst Theater Group and Alverno College announced the return of Uncovered, the music series born as a part of the now-retired Alverno Presents program, with two shows coming next year, dedicated to A Tribe Called Quest and Stevie Wonder.

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Diverse genres dominate honors at 2016 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards

Fri, 2 Dec 2016 07:05:00 CDT

Top honors at the 2016 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards on Thursday went to artists representing a variety of styles, including instrumental hip-hop producers Scallops Hotel, rock band Soul Low, Randamp;B singer Lex Allen, synth pop band GGOOLLDD and EDM producers Chris Siegel X Strehlow.

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