Walking in Memphis, appreciating Summerfest
Over the weekend, I spent four great days in Memphis, Tenn., in part to take in the 2014 Beale Street Music Festival. I had a great time in the city, but it reinforced just how special Summerfest is as a music event.
WAMI announces 2014 award winners
Last night at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center in Appleton, the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) handed out its awards for 2014.
Wait?! Is that an Italian pop star in Milwaukee?
It's true, the appearance in Milwaukee of an Italian pop star is so rare that a blog post about the event warrants a headline like the one above.
Remembering "The Dark Side" and Ron Cuzner
It was 11 years ago today when my mother called me from Milwaukee and told me Ron Cuzner had died that day at 64. I was stunned into a Cuzner-like pregnant-pause silence. I had moved to Madison in 1989, so I lost my close connection to Ron in those pre-radio streaming years. He had spun his last Ellington "Solitude" intro and uttered his last golden catch-phrase. He and his jazz program "The Dark Side" had finally moved on to the light.
Musical performers announced for 2014 WAMI Awards show
The 34th annual Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) has announced the local musicians that are scheduled to perform at the upcoming awards show on April 27 in Appleton.
"The Sing Off" champs Home Free bring a cappella to country
Before the country a cappella group Home Free takes The Pabst Theater stage for two shows Thursday night, I talked to tenor Rob Lundquist about the group's origins, its time on "The Sing Off," and why country music and a cappella just haven't gotten along until now.
Cyrus' Bradley Center bash brings the noise
With her Disney days behind her, Miley Cyrus is embracing her crazy side and is all about putting on a good show for her fans - just like she did at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Sunday.
Miley Cyrus is Milwaukee-bound
You know her from the hit TV show "Hannah Montana," and more recently from her dramatic makeover and insane award show performances. Miley Cyrus is going to go "bangerz" at the BMO Harris Bradley Center this weekend.
Outside Lions, Kane Place Record Club and the Eastside Music Tour
Despite the weather, OnMilwaukee.com intern Rolando Kahn braved the Eastside Music tour.
Fall Out Boy and Paramore added to Summerfest lineup
This morning, Summerfest added yet another show to the Marcus Amphitheater set list. Alt rockers Fall Out Boy and Paramore will perform at the festival's biggest stage Saturday, July 5, alongside special guest New Politics.
Coolio's here Saturday but who else is on your old school rap list?
Last season it was Vanilla Ice. This season, the Bucks welcome Coolio. Y2K Night toasts old school ticket prices, a half time show gig from Coolio and Bucks legend Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson. But, what other rappers would you also like to see?
Seeger's paean to the S/V Denis Sullivan
By now everyone knows that Discovery World has strong ties to groundbreaking musician Les Paul, but few remember Pete Seeger's link to that lakefront institution. In 2001, Seeger - who passed away Jan. 27 at the age of 94 - wrote an ode to the S/V Denis Sullivan.
Paisley to headline Summerfest
Brad Paisley will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Friday, June 27. Darius Rucker and Joel Crouse will open the show.
Dear Yesterday and Today, here are my requests
This weekend, Beatles tribute Yesterday and Today comes to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and I got a chance to talk to the group's Billy McGuigan for a story that runs later this week. The band builds its set list on audience requests. I'm working on mine.
Galactic brings a little New Orleans to Milwaukee
Galactic, a jazz / funk / hip hip band from New Orleans, opened their tour in Milwaukee tonight with an enthusiastic crowd at Turner Hall.
Cyndi Lauper added to Cher concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center
Cyndi Lauper will join Cher as a special guest at the Oscar-winning diva's June 6 concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The concert is a part of Cher's "Dressed To Kill" tour.
Motley Crue's final tour will stop at Summerfest
While news of the band's retirement is certainly sad news for any Mötley Crüe fans out there, there is a silver lining to it all. As a part of their global final go-around, the Crüe is making a stop in Milwaukee to kickstart the heart of Summerfest.
Eastside Music Tour 2014
Eastside Music Tour is back again for 2014, and better than ever!
"Milwaukee" by Aimee Mann & Ted Leo finally emerges ... Fonzie makes the cut
Back in December 2012, we reported that Aimee Mann and Ted Leo were collaborating on a song about Milwaukee. Well, the song has now emerged and despite Mann's suggestion that the Fonz reference in the earliest version of the song might not survive, Bronzie is - as Leo assured his Twitter followers - mentioned in the first line.
Bruno Mars kicks off Summerfest 2014
After the big Dave Matthews Band news this morning, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials this afternoon announced the fourth major show slated for Summerfest 2014.
It's true: Dave Matthews headed to Summerfest
After news leaked out last week, Summerfest officially announced today that Dave Matthews Band headlines the Big Gig on Wednesday, July 2.
The tender side of Dave Begel
Dave Begel is a big guy. He's of imposing stature and imposing reputation in this town. He's got opinions, a strong voice and he doesn't back down easily. But when he made his solo debut on stage at Linnemann's on Saturday night at his 70th birthday party, we saw that in addition to his hulking frame, Dave's got a hulking big heart, too.
Summerfest '14 adds Zac Brown Band
Summerfest announced today that Zac Brown Band, which headlined the festival in 2012, returns to the Marcus Amphitheater on Thursday, July 3.Tickets go on sale Jan. 17.
It's time for guitar man to put up or shut up
This is it. No more delays. No more updated stories about learning new chords or trying to figure out a sound system. Bucket list day is nearly here.
Maybe some "Blue Suede Shoes" will warm your toes
If you need a little "Blue Hawaii" or "Viva Las Vegas" heat in your polar Milwaukee icecap of a week, Potawatomi Bingo Casino hosts its annual Tribute to the King Elvis Presley impersonator contest beginning today at noon.