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1. Remembering the Moon Fun Shop and Downtown '68
When I was a kid growing up on the Northwest Side of Milwaukee, whenever I had a little extra spending money beyond my consistent forays to buy candy or baseball cards, I couldn't wait to get Downtown.
2. A legendary show that wasn't: Bob Dylan at the Oriental
This Saturday marks the 51st anniversary of the ill-fated Bob Dylan performance at the Oriental Theater. The concert has become legendary in the city's history - paraphrasing Dylan himself - not for what it was, but for what it wasn't.
3. Dandy's live is worth the drive
I'll go pretty far to see one of my favorite bands live, so a Thursday night jaunt to Chicago to see the Dandy Warhols is a no-brainer for me.
4. Memorable melody: How one song and one show meant so much
Given all that is black and blue in our lives and the world, certain songs and unique memories can make us smile at, sing to, dance with and hug those that we love and need so much. A writer details one such experience.
5. Browne plays the role of low-key legend at Saturday's Riverside show
In a 45-year career, Jackson Browne has never been in danger of topping anyone's Most Charismatic Performer list, and his show at the Riverside on Saturday evening certainly confirmed that status, but not in a bad way.
6. Minecraft music: the perfect distraction from "Minecraft"
A record lent by a friend led me to type "Minecraft" into Spotify and like cover versions on YouTube, Minecraft music is definitely a thing. And while it appears to skew heavily ambient, Minecraft music appears as wide-ranging as the game itself.
7. Riverside announces "Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage" concert event
In case 2016 wasn't exciting enough for Trekkies - what with the franchise's 50th anniversary, a new movie and the impending arrival of a new TV show - here's something else: The Riverside Theater will play host to "Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage."
8. Thank you, Mr. Lightfoot
There was a time that I needed Gordon Lightfoot's music. Something about the words and melodies resonated with me emotionally. So, it was a privilege to hear the great Canadian songwriter and folk rock singer take the stage at The Pabst Theater on Wednesday in Milwaukee.
9. Maroon 5 announces BMO Harris Bradley Center show for Oct. 1
This morning, Maroon 5 announced that it will make a stop on its upcoming world tour in Milwaukee to play a show at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday, Oct. 1.
10. Summerfest announces Blake Shelton as second Marcus headliner
The Big Gig already announced pop star Selena Gomez as its opening night headliner, and now this morning, it announced its second headliner: country star Blake Shelton, who will kick off its first weekend on Friday, July 1.
11. Summerfest names new vice president of sales and marketing
Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. announced today that Sarah Smith Pancheri will serve as the company's new vice president of sales and marketing, effective Dec. 1 this year.
12. Twenty One Pilots returns to Milwaukee on July 30
Heartbroken that you missed Twenty One Pilots' sold out gig at The Rave this past weekend? Perhaps you were there, and now you're just sad that it's over? Well worry not, fans, because the alt-rock duo announced this morning that it will return to Milwaukee next year.
13. Nathaniel Rateliff and company deliver a soulful song sermon at Club Garibaldi
The seven-piece Denver-based ensemble looked right at home on the cramped Club Garibaldi stage Thursday night, ready to all but sermonize to the expectant audience congregated in the neighborhood bar. It seemed that everyone was getting ready for a revival.
14. Kenny Chesney returns to Miller Park on June 18
This morning, country music star Kenny Chesney announced that he will return to Miller Park for a show on Saturday, June 18. The star previously headlined the venue in 2013 as a part of his "No Shoes Nation" tour, as well as in 2010 for the Farm Aid 25th Anniversary Tour performance.
15. Pabst Theater Group adds They Might Be Giants, Victor DeLorenzo to schedule
This morning, the Pabst Theater Group announced two new additions to its upcoming schedule: a Turner Hall Ballroom gig from alt rockers They Might Be Giants in March, as well as adding Violent Femmes founding drummer Victor DeLorenzo to Rainn Wilson's upcoming Nov. 12 Pabst Theater performance as both moderator and the opening act along with his band Nineteen Thirteen.
16. Gallery night offers two more chances to get loose with Springsteen
If you missed the event marking the 40th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's legendary "bomb scare show" at Milwaukee's old Uptown Theater, you'll get another chance to acquaint yourself with that landmark 1975 performance on Gallery Night this week.
17. Milwaukee Soundbites: 88Nine Radio Milwaukee DJ Marcus Doucette
Who better to ask about music than a guy whose job it is to know music? That's the case with episode four of Milwaukee Soundbites, which heads over to 88Nine Radio Milwaukee to chat with DJ Marcus Doucette, who takes a swing a Lollapalooza and gives an unconventional answer to what he'd pick as his deserted island album.
18. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis head "Downtown" to The Rave in February
This afternoon, Grammy-winning hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis announced their "An Evening With" national tour - which includes a stop at The Rave's Eagles Ballroom on Friday, Feb. 5.
19. Rockabilly lives on in Northern Lights concert event
The nine lives of Rockabilly continue with "Rockabilly Circus 2," a multi-generational concert event Friday night at the Northern Lights Theater. Legends Jack Scott, Narvel Felts and Huelyn Duvall will be joined by their successors Marti Brom, Chris Casello Trio and Slim Jim Phantom.
20. 102/1 announces Big Snow Show X lineup
Weezer, Of Monsters and Men and Panic! At the Disco all serve as the headliners of 102/1's Big Snow Show X lineup.
21. Summerfest names Selena Gomez as its 2016 opening night headliner
It may feel nothing like summer outside, but Milwaukee got a surprising blast of summer news this morning as Summerfest announced its opening night headliner for next summer's Big Gig: Selena Gomez, who will bring her worldwide "Revival Tour" to town on Wednesday, June 29.
22. Pancake Day
Pancake Day was a big event for me when I was a small boy with big eyes and no world view.
23. The Who reschedules BMO Harris Bradley Center show for March 21
The Who announced late this afternoon that the band's postponed Oct. 13 show at the BMO Harris Bradley Center has been rescheduled for Monday, March 21.
24. Yearwood's Milwaukee trip includes Café Hollander, Boswell Books
After an insane Friday night concert, Trisha Yearwood didn't sit around resting up for Saturday night's double-header concert to roll around. She and a group from FM 106.1 - including two lucky listeners - headed to Café Hollander for a chef's table-like lunch and Boswell Book Company for a book signing.
25. Run the Jewels' awesome rap album "RTJ2" becomes "Meow the Jewels"
Forget Ryan Adams' cover of T-Swift's "1989." No, the remix event of the year dropped last night when Run the Jewels - the brilliant rap duo of El-P and Killer Mike - released "Meow the Jewels" and introduced the world to cat rap, because the world is a beautiful, wonderful place where anything is possible and dreams do come true.