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Sunday Sound-off: What do you love about Milwaukee?


Valentine's Day is Tuesday, so if you aren't sick of all the fuzzy bears and "I Heart You's," you will be very soon. But before it gets to that point, we want to know what it is you love about Milwaukee. The festive summers? The easy livin'? Family nearby?

E-mail us at soundoff@staff.onmilwaukee.com and if picked, we'll post your response next Sunday. Only submissions that include your full name and where you live will be considered.

Last week's question: Is Milwaukeee a good place for artists?

Speaking from the standpoint of someone who has been a musician in several bands performing several different types of music, I must say no. The largest problem with being a musician in Milwaukee is that the majority of the places a new band can play are 21 or older. For those in a younger band, it is very hard to get a younger crowd to show up, as a lot of your potential audience is 16-20.Beyond that, the city seems to be very hesitant of supporting original music. There are certainly original artists who have their music heard, but the majority of the acts you see regularly succeeding in the local market are cover bands. Most bands who perform original music in Milwaukee play the majority of their shows in other cities around the state or in Chicago. If we could get more club owners to go at least 18+ and take a chance on new music ... there could be a potential for growth.
Jay Ratkowski
New Berlin

I have enjoyed being an artist here and feel apart of an artists' community, but I also have a day job in real estate.
Kate B.
Milwaukee

This is a good place for artists, but just like everywhere, the art business is really much more about business than art. No matter where you live, it's a decision of if you want to enter this ugly world or not.
Mike Sheridan
Milwaukee

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OMCreader | Feb. 18, 2006 at 9:05 a.m. (report)

Kel said: Thank you Kendall. I don't want everyone agree with me, nor do I expect everyone to. Everyone is entitled to an opinion!

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OMCreader | Feb. 14, 2006 at 10:05 p.m. (report)

Tiffany said: The question was what do you love about Milwaukee? Not what would you change about Milwaukee.

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OMCreader | Feb. 14, 2006 at 5:08 p.m. (report)

Kendall said: How was Kel being negative? She said: "Can we build a subway?" It sounds like she was trying to start another conversation or debate, that's not being negative. Perhaps if she would have said, Milwaukee will never have a subway because it's a wanna be Chicago, yes, then that might be considered negative. More importantly though, remember that these talkbacks are meant for people to express their OPINIONS and thoughts. That's all Kel was doing. It may be your opinion that she was being negative but I think you misinterpreted what she said.

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OMCreader | Feb. 14, 2006 at 1:28 p.m. (report)

Tiffany said: I stand by my post.

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OMCreader | Feb. 14, 2006 at 11:55 a.m. (report)

Kel said: Tiffany, Before you post rude comments to people it may help to check your facts a little more clearly, if that's possible. Tell me again that I'm the first person to speak negatively about this article after reading the first post. I really think a Subway system would be a great thing for our city, we are entitled to an opinion here, aren't we Tiffany???????

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