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26. 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!
27. 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.
28. 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.
29. 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.
30. 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.
31. 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.
32. 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.
33. 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.
34. A personal look at Downtown's disappeared rock clubs
This morning we posted a look back at some of Milwaukee's dead and gone Downtown rock and roll clubs. Here, Bobby Tanzilo recalls a few of them.
35. Violent Femmes announce first new songs in 15 years for Record Store Day EP
Today, Milwaukee-bred rock band Violent Femmes announced it will release its first set of new songs in 15 years, just in time for Record Store Day.
36. WAMI names 2015 hall of fame honorees
WAMI announces its 2015 hall of fame honorees: The Robbs, originally from Oconomowoc, Sigmund Snopek and Milwaukee-based psychedelic rock band Plasticland.
37. Naughty by Nature headlines Bucks' '90s night
The Milwaukee Bucks are continuing a fan favorite tradition in 2015 with the return of '90s Night, which will feature a performance by hip-hop group Naughty by Nature on March 28.
38. Kings of Leon headlines second day of Summerfest
Summerfest announced that Kings of Leon will headline day two of Summerfest on June 25.
39. State Fair adds Casting Crowns and Justin Moore to main stage lineup
This afternoon, the Wisconsin State Fair announced two more main stage shows: contemporary Christian rockers Casting Crowns and country singer-songwriter Justin Moore.
40. Manilow's BMO Harris Bradley Center gig rescheduled for March 2
Bad news for Barry Manilow fans. This afternoon, the classic crooner announced that he was rescheduling three shows on his current "One Last Time!" tour, including his upcoming gig at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The show - once scheduled for tomorrow evening - will now be Monday, March 2, at the same time, 7:30 p.m.
41. Dietrich jazzes up an old genre
Jazz and youth are not mutually exclusive. Twenty-six-year-old jazz trumpeter and Wisconsin native, Paul Dietrich, is proof of that.
42. Boston will open 2015 Wisconsin State Fair
It was only a matter of time before the Wisconsin State Fair joined Summerfest in naming its big musical acts for 2015, and today, the wait ended. This morning, State Fair announced that classic rockers Boston will hit the main stage on the fair's opening night on Thursday, Aug. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
43. Does deWaart's departure create a "Mozart in the Jungle" moment?
Amazon Prime's "Mozart in the Jungle" is the exact reason why today's news from the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra announcing that music director Edo de Waart will step down is so very interesting.
44. Bon Iver and 40 other bands announced for Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Festival
Grammy-winning, Eau Claire-based Bon Iver, led by Justin Vernon, will play its first show in three years at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, which is co-curated by Vernon and Aaron Dessner of The National.
45. Barenaked Ladies, Violent Femmes top BMO Harris Pavilion's first 2015 show
The pavilion announced this morning that it will kick off its non-Big Gig summer slate of concerts with a visit from the Last Summer on Earth 2015 tour, featuring the Barenaked Ladies, Milwaukee's own Violent Femmes and Colin Hay.
46. The Replacements announce Milwaukee tour stop in May
The original alternative rock band The Replacements is returning to Milwaukee this spring, bringing the group's "Back By Unpopular Demand" tour to The Rave on Saturday, May 2.
47. Ed Sheeran announced as the fourth Summerfest Marcus headliner
This afternoon, Summerfest announced its latest Marcus Amphitheater headliner, pulled straight off the Grammys stage last night: English pop singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who will hit the Big Gig on Friday, July 3.
48. Milwaukee's Pawelski, Smythe and Cooley nab Grammys
When the 57th Grammy Awards were presented Sunday night in sunny California, at least three Milwaukee-area folks claimed the coveted prizes.
49. Bradley Center adds Imagine Dragons gig in June
It appears the love story between Milwaukee and Imagine Dragons will unsurprisingly get another chapter. The Top 40 rockers announced today that they are returning to Milwaukee, bringing their "Smoke + Mirrors Tour" to town this summer for a show at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday, June 13.
50. Rockers rejoice! Europe, Black Star Riders and Randy Bachman set for NLT
Heads up headbangers. Milwaukee will be one of only three cities (two tiny little places called Chicago and New York are the others) to see the fantastic double bill of '80s hair-metal heroes Europe ("The Final Countdown") and the amazing new band Black Star Riders (with former members of Thin Lizzy).