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In Music Commentary

Drummer Carl Allen is artistic director of the jazz studies at Juilliard School of Music.

In Music Commentary

Jordan Lee is better known as DJ Mad Hatter, who organizes the Miltown Beatdown.

In Music Commentary

Musician David Silbaugh is a key to keeping Summerfest running smoothly.

100 more folks who juiced the local music scene


Maybe you saw the first list of great Milwaukee music makers and talked back with your suggestions. Maybe you did the same with the second list.

All along, I've taken the advice of readers and this installment is no different.

In this final list -- at least for now -- we assemble more landmark music makers in Milwaukee across the decades, but we also add in some of the folks who have had an important influence on the local scene regardless of whether or not they've ever played an instrument in public.

You'll notice that many of those people did, in fact, also make music here in Milwaukee. As in any vibrant scene, the lines are blurred because dedicated musicians are eager to help kickstart new ventures that help advance local music.

  1. Carl Allen, drummer and artistic director of the jazz studies at Juilliard School of Music
  2. Alligator Gun, '90s punk band
  3. Lee Arnold, WQFM DJ and independent record promoter
  4. Martha Artis, vocal coach to the (local) stars
  5. Bob Babisch, Summerfest
  6. Kenny Baldwin, musician and owner of The Starship
  7. The Baldoni family, vendors and repairers of accordions
  8. Joe Balistreri, owner of The Rave and The Scene, promoter at the Riverside, Alpine Valley and others
  9. Jim Barker, late owner of the Avant Garde Coffee House
  10. Bob Barry, WOKY DJ and the "fifth Beatle"
  11. Jeff Benske, veteran guitarist and owner of Top Shelf Guitars
  12. Bill Berry, former REM drummer and erstwhile Wauwatosan
  13. Bo Black, Summerfest
  14. The Blow Pops, '90s power pop outfit
  15. John Boler, Bon Ton Society guitarist and marketing director at Summerfest
  16. George Braith, progressive jazz saxophonist
  17. La La Brown, late R&B singer who collaborated with Lyfe Jennings
  18. Clancy Carroll, musician and producer of landmark "History in 3 Chords" Milwaukee punk retrospective
  19. Jeff Castelaz, manager of Citizen King and others, music journalist
  20. Steve Cohen, blues promoter and musician
  21. Bruce Cole, musician and curator of Jean Cuje Milwaukee Music Collection at Marquette University
  22. Dave Cooley, member of Citizen King and now a producer and remixer in L.A.
  23. Tom Crawford, WMSE big man
  24. Ron Cuzner, legendary jazz radio DJ and record store owner
  25. The Del Reys, '60s crowd pleasers
  26. Downstairs Dan, veteran DJ, WQFM
  27. Drop Forge, defunct rock and roll band
  28. Jim Eanelli, veteran guitarist
  29. John Ertl, books many local festivals
  30. F/i, noise music outfit from Waukesha
  31. Ron Faiola, musician, filmmaker and creator of Milwaukeerockposters.com
  32. Freddie and the Freeloaders, '60s band that launched Fred Bliffert's career
  33. Chris and Greg Gerard, local brother and sister music team
  34. Mark Goff, chronicled the '60s and '70s music scene with photos and articles in The Bugle-American
  35. Peter Gray, Cedarburg native who helps makes hits with BMG/Sony
  36. Steve Grimm, singer, songwriter and guitarist, member of Bad Boy
  37. Jeff Hamilton, musician, producer, promoter
  38. Chuck Hedges, Milwaukee jazz clarinetist, who played with Louis Armstrong and many others
  39. Paul Host, veteran DJ, WMSE
  40. Deone Jahnke, photographer to the musicians
  41. Peter Jest, promoter, owner of Shank Hall
  42. Doug Johnson, books bands at Summerfest
  43. Keedy, had a top 20 hit with "Save Some Love" in 1991
  44. Dave Kennedy, legendary recording studio owner/producer/engineer
  45. Brian Kirk, owner of Bus Stop Label
  46. Paul Kneevers, musician, recording engineer and producer
  47. Jack Koshick, owner of Odd Rock Cafe
  48. Jordan Lee aka DJ Madhatter, rapper who organizes the annual Miltown Beatdown
  49. Larry the Legend, veteran DJ who made his name at WZUU
  50. Caleb Lentzner, musician (Oil Tasters, Violent Femmes) and longtime soundman
  51. LoDuca family, musical instrument vendors
  52. Dave Luhrssen, co-founder of Express with Kevn Kinney, music journalist
  53. Ryan Matteson, Muzzle of Bees blogger, concert promoter and publicist
  54. Randy McElrath, president of Stardate Productions concert promoters back in the day and now with Live Nation
  55. Marilyn Mee, veteran DJ and supporter of local music
  56. Rich Menning, Atomic Records owner
  57. Brian Miller, musician, soundman and promoter s
  58. Buddy Montgomery, jazz vibist and pianist, brother to Wes and Monk, lived and worked in Milwaukee for a decade
  59. The Mosleys, rootsy pop trio
  60. Jon Mueller, musician and owner of Crouton Records
  61. Peter Mulvey, pedal-pushin' singer and songwriter
  62. The Noble Bros., DJs, musicians and co-owners of Lotus Land Records
  63. Rusty Olson, Rockhaus Guitars
  64. Ox, '60s band with guitarists Jon Paris (on bass) and Bob Metzger
  65. Steve Palec, veteran DJ
  66. Pele, art rock trio
  67. Willie Pickens, jazz pianist who studied at the Conservatory and UWM
  68. Nick Pipitone, power pop song stylist
  69. Joe Puerta, member of Ambrosia and Bruce Hornsby & The Range, recording studio owner, producer/engineer
  70. Denny Rauen, master luthier/guitar expert
  71. Bob Reitman, veteran DJ and rock and roll scene poet
  72. Rock Dee, late DJ
  73. Jack Rodee, singer/guitarist for Spill and engineer
  74. Bill Rouleau, WMSE DJ and co-owner of Rush-Mor Records
  75. Trevor Sadler, mastering engineer
  76. Tony Selig, manager, owner of The Underground and Omnibus
  77. Blaine Schultz, musician and music journalist
  78. Mark Shurilla, musician, producer, music journalist
  79. David Silbaugh, musician, drum company rep, Summerfest drum and amp guru
  80. Greg Smith, Bon Ton Society bassist and now recording engineer and producer
  81. Heidi Spencer, folk musician (and daughter of ...)
  82. Jim Spencer, folk musician
  83. Wade Starck, owner Wade's Guitar shop
  84. Bill Stace, musician, producer/engineer, promoter at the Miramar
  85. Damian Strigens, musician in many, many bands and designer of even more CD sleeves for local bands
  86. Vic Thomas, books bands at Summerfest
  87. Michael Torke, new music composer
  88. Rachel Trapp, violin player
  89. Joe Turano, producer, saxophonist and Al Jarreau's music director
  90. Eric Uecker, owner of the Cactus Club
  91. Dave Vartianian, recording engineer and producer (Jerry Harrison, Violent Femmes, Crash Test Dummies, etc.)
  92. Barbara Wagner, manager, publicist and WAMI officer
  93. Leslie West, owner of The Rave, promoter at Riverside, Alpine Valley and other venues
  94. Warren Wiegratz, saxman
  95. Hayward Williams, singer/songwriter
  96. Joel Whitburn, music journalist
  97. Gary Witt, promoter Pabst/Riverside/Turner Hall
  98. Xeno, former Bad Boy and Cheap Trick singer
  99. Damian Zak, owner of Zak's punk club
  100. Scott Ziel, band manager and books bands at Summerfest

Talkbacks

madmikal | March 13, 2010 at 8:56 a.m. (report)

Whoops. Forgot the legendary and still breathing Greg Koch. Still tours the word teaching a little gristle and chickin pickin. Sponsored by Fender Guitars. Plus he's my neighbor in Tosa.

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drummer42 | March 10, 2010 at 11:10 a.m. (report)

I'm happy and fortunate to have been part of two groups--the ROBBS and the DEL REYS-- who made these local music scene lists: the ROBBS, with whom I played bass guitar in their "extended" groups, and the DEL REYS, in which I was also the leader. Thanks!!

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MKEgrrl | March 5, 2010 at 3:32 p.m. (report)

Next thing you know the Rhythm Chicken will show up on this list...

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CoolerKing | March 5, 2010 at 7:30 a.m. (report)

It's nice to give these people mention, but you really opened up a Pandora's Box. This list could go on forever.

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jtl | March 5, 2010 at 6:31 a.m. (report)

Dave Luhrssen doesn't belong on this list.

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