Believe it: Journey returns to Milwaukee in September
With two performances - Vampire Weekend in June and Lorde coming up in September - already in the books, the BMO Harris Pavilion, in collaboration with The Pabst Theater, announced yet another big performance for 2014 this morning: Journey.
Chisel, Hugh Bob co-headline inaugural Concert 4 MACC
The inaugural Concert 4 MACC, a benefit event for Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (The MACC Fund), has secured Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons and Hugh Bob and the Hustle to co-headline an evening of music, charity and community.
Shank Hall announces concert lineup for 25th anniversary
Milwaukee concert venue Shank Hall recently announced the lineup of special shows to celebrate its 25th anniversary this November.
The Gobbler is coming back!
I can't believe it's true, but the iconic Gobbler in Johnson Creek is coming back. On May 22, Daniel A. Manesis, of Manesis & Associates of West Allis purchased the long vacant restaurant, that last was, as I recall, a barbecue place and served one of the worst meals I ever had in a restaurant.
Gretchen and the Pickpockets on tap at Jazz Estate
Gretchen and the Pickpockets will play the Jazz Estate tonight at 9:30 p.m.
The Rave gets "Fancy" with Iggy Azalea concert announcement
This morning, The Rave announced rising Australian rap star Iggy Azalea will drop by Milwaukee for a show on Sunday, Oct. 19.
Remembering R&B/soul legend Bobby Womack
A true R&B and soul legend, Bobby Womack died last week at the age of 70. Womack played African World Festival here in Milwaukee maybe 18 years ago. It was a hot muggy night, not unlike tonight.
Spoon coming back to Milwaukee this fall
The critically beloved band will make its grand return on Wednesday, Sept. 17 for an 8 p.m. show at The Riverside Theater.
Cave returns for headline debut in Milwaukee
When Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds took the stage Friday night at the Milwaukee Theatre, it was only Cave's second appearance in Milwaukee -- the first came during a Lollapalooza performance at the Marcus Amphitheater in 1994 -- and the band's headlining debut here. But it was a show to remember.
Present Music announces new managing director
It's a busy time for Present Music, Milwaukee's internationally acclaimed new music ensemble. It is currently prepping for its season finale, "Home Place," coming up this weekend at the Broadway Theatre Center. If that wasn't enough, this afternoon, Present Music named Chad Piechocki the group's new managing director.
Bastille coming back to town for October show at Milwaukee Theatre
Milwaukee's WLUM 102.1 helped break out U.K. band Bastille by playing its now certified Triple Platinum hit "Pompeii." Now, the band is coming back to town as a headliner in October.
Wooldridge Brothers aim at two birds with one stone
Milwaukee's Wooldridge Brothers have a Kickstarter campaign running for a new record. No, wait. For two new records. Brian and Scott Wooldridge are hoping to raise $6,000 to fund a new record by their eponymous band, but also to make a new solo album by Scott -- who now lives in Minneapolis -- a reality.
Down by the Riverside: Elvis Costello goes it alone
Though he's performed here in recent years in a couple different settings, Elvis Costello stripped things down for a solo performance at the Riverside Tuesday night.
Milwaukee loses veteran drummer and all around good guy
Yesterday, news emerged that veteran Milwaukee rock and roll and blues drummer Vodie Rhinehart has passed away.
Indigo Girls brought the love
It was a long, harsh winter in Wisconsin, but sitting in the audience of the Indigo Girls' show last night at The Pabst Theater - basking in their genuine Georgia warmth - was good medicine for those of us still thawing out emotionally.
Vampire Weekend turns a chilly night into a chill beach party
Things were looking dire early Wednesday morning for the Vampire Weekend concert at the BMO Harris Pavilion. Luckily, mother nature heard the Milwaukee music community's prayers. Even if the weather remained soggy, it's hard to imagine many complaining after indie darlings hit the stage Wednesday night with a buoyant 90-minute set, packed with the band's signature smartly turbocharged beach-infused beats.
Lorde coming to Milwaukee in September
She may have never seen a diamond in the flesh, but she'll soon at least get her first glimpse of Milwaukee. Shockingly soulful - as well as often refreshingly honest - 17-year-old songstress Lorde announced this morning that her U.S. tour will make a stop in Milwaukee at the BMO Harris Pavilion on Friday, Sept. 26.
Here is your new anthem, Milwaukee
Ben Koller, the MECCA work group, Pharaoh Mac and DMT and Phillyflyboy have released "Work2 Do," a tune that should become the new anthem for greater Milwaukee.
Pearl Jam coming to the BMO Harris Bradley Center
Today, Pearl Jam announced the concert dates for its fall tour. In addition to the band's previously announced headlining gigs at Austin City Limits Music Festival, Pearl Jam added 10 new show dates, including a stop at Milwaukee's BMO Harris Bradley Center on Oct. 20.
Hugh Bob prepares to hit the road
Hugh Bob & the Hustle heads out on the road this week.
The Black Keys run right back to the BMO Harris Bradley Center
This morning, the bluesy Akron rockers announced their North American tour dates, including a stop at the BMO Harris Bradley Center with special guests Cage the Elephant on Tuesday, Sept. 9. Tickets for the show go out on sale Friday, May 16, at 10 a.m.
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.