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1. State Fair adds Derulo and two more to main stage lineup
This morning, the Wisconsin State Fair announced three new main stage performers: Top 40 pop star Jason Derulo, classic rockers John Kay & Steppenwolf and the '90s alt rock combo platter that is the Under The Sun Tour.
2. Milwaukee is a top 5 town for vinyl lovers
As Record Store Day approaches (it's this Saturday), Foursquare and real estate brokerage Redfin combined forces to create some interesting data on the top 10 U.S. cities for fans of record stores. Milwaukee, whose vinyl shops I wrote about in February, clocks in at No. 5, below Portland and Chapel Hill, but above New York and Philly. Not bad.
3. Summerfest announces 15 more headliners including OK Go, Matt Nathanson
This morning, the Big Gig announced an additional 15 more headliners to its list of performers, including the likes of OK Go, Matt Nathanson, Robert DeLong and Vinyl Theatre.
4. Milwaukee Soundbites: Milwaukee Art Museum chief curator Brady Roberts
It's Milwaukee Day, and what better day to introduce OnMilwaukee.com's new Milwaukee-themed video series "Milwaukee Soundbites."
5. Indie rockers Alt-J announce July 29 Riverside gig
This morning, indie rockers Alt-J announced their 2015 North American tour, which includes a stop at the Riverside Theater on Wednesday, July 29.
6. 5 things my friend Frost learned at last night's Neil Diamond show
Frost Williams from VISIT Milwaukee went to last night's Neil Diamond concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Here's five observations and a full list set.
7. 10 songs I want to hear the Stones play at Summerfest
Here are the 10 songs (in no particular order) I'd love to hear the Stones play on June 23 at the Marcus Amphitheater, regardless of whether or not any of them is likely...
8. Not your father's band: Millenials love The Stones
Millennials love and care about The Rolling Stones. Seriously. We do. Most older adults would think young adults don't care about or even know who The Stones are, but that couldn't be further from the truth. I would even venture to say the ageless wonders are experiencing a mini-revival in our generation
9. Ain't nothin' like seeing the Stones
On stage there is hardly an act that brings as much energy, sexual power and showmanship as the Rolling Stones.
10. Talking jazz with Andy Milne
Lindsay Garric chats with jazz pianist Andy Milne about his band Dapp Theory, the details of his Shatner collaboration, Milwaukee's vegetarian culinary fare and more. Dapp Theory gigs at the Jazz Estate on Friday, March 27.
11. That's not hot: petition created to remove Paris Hilton from Summerfest
A fella from New Jersey must have some extra time and some pent-up Hilton-fueled anger this week because he formed a petition on change.org to remove DJ Paris Hilton from the Summerfest lineup.
12. Here's your chance to meet country star Sam Hunt
Courtesy of our friends at the Hunger Task Force, we have a meet and greet opportunity for you. Just read on to bid on a chance to win two great seats for Hunt's show on April 4 at The Rave and you'll also score a meet and greet with this rising country star.
13. WAMI Awards announce performers, induct Judas Priest to Hall of Fame
This morning, the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) announced its performers for the upcoming 35th annual awards show on April 19 at the Turner Hall Ballroom. In addition, the WAMI Awards announced that, for the first time ever, it would feature a global "honorary" WAMI Hall of Fame induction.
14. Northern Lights Theater set shows Allman's a survivor
Gregg Allman may still be playing cards with old man Fate, and he opened Wednesday night's concert by inviting those whom may have lost money in the casino to come in and drown their sorrows in some blues. But God knows Allman has drawn many poor cards in his life, and it's nearly a miracle he survived this long, with an almost savior-like gift for rebirth and renewal.
15. Summerfest names more than 90 grounds stage headliners
Summerfest has announced a long list of grounds stage headliners for the 2015 festival, which is scheduled for June 24-28 and June 30-July 5.
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16. State Fair adds Chris Young, Happy Together Tour to main stage lineup
This morning, the Wisconsin State Fair announced two more headline acts for its main stage lineup: country artist Chris Young and '60s/'70s revival compilation Happy Together Tour.
17. Summerfest announces rapper Kendrick Lamar as Day 7 headliner
Summerfest this morning announced rap star Kendrick Lamar as its latest Marcus Amphitheater headliner, taking the main stage - along with special guest ScHoolboy Q - on Wednesday, July 1.
18. Bid on 4th row seats for Vince Gill and help the Hunger Task Force
Vince Gill shares the Milwaukee Theatre stage with Ashley Monroe, Charlie Worsham and daughter Jenny Gill at 8 p.m. this Sunday, March 22. Here's an opportunity to score amazing seats!
19. Present Music introduces new engagement program ComposeMilwaukee
This morning, Present Music introduced ComposeMilwaukee, a new corporate and community engagement program with the goal of promoting innovation, imagination and collaboration.
20. Ringo Starr returns to Milwaukee for Riverside show in October
Days before the Rolling Stones are expected to announce some concert related news, a Beatle beat them to the punch. The Riverside announced this morning that famed Beatles drummer, Mr. Conductor himself Ringo Starr is coming to Milwaukee in October to play the Riverside Theater.
21. WAMI announces 2015 awards nominees
This afternoon, the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) announced the nominees for its 35th annual WAMI Awards. The show itself will be held at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) on Sunday, April 19 at Turner Hall Ballroom, with a nominee celebration several weeks before on Sunday, March 29 at Papa's Social Club.
22. Spacehog drummer's top 5 concerts ... ever
As a jobbing musician, talent buyer, venue manager, etc., seeing live music is a frequent occupational pastime. It's easy to get jaded, but every now and again someone or something blows your mind.
23. Jazz in the Park announces its lineup for the 2015 season
It may be called Jazz in the Park, but as usual, the schedule for the beloved summer concert series - entering its 24th season - has much more than jazz to offer. The influences scattered across the upcoming 2015 lineup - announced just this afternoon - run the gambit from flamenco, reggae, Latin, blues, big band, vintage rock, soul, Celtic and, of course, jazz. Here's the rundown.
24. Bob Dylan returns to Milwaukee for a Riverside show on May 13
The Riverside Theater had some big news late this morning, announcing the return of Bob Dylan to Milwaukee for a show on Wednesday, May 13.
25. Zac Brown Band headlines Summerfest for second straight year
If you missed Zac Brown Band's Marcus Amphitheater show last year - or just desperately needed another fix of the country jam band - you're in luck. Summerfest announced today that the southern rockers will be headlining the main stage yet again this summer, performing on June 28.