A Magic Sam gig at the Avant Garde is coming on CD
The Avant Garde was a hotbed of folk and blues music locally in the 1960s and thanks to a reel to reel tape machine - and some foresight - many of the performances at the Avant Garde survive today. One of those performances - a June 22, 1968 gig by bluesman Magic Sam - is now set for release on Chicago jazz and blues label, Delmark Records, on Nov. 19.
2014 Pablove benefit concert features a trio of reunions
Three influential Milwaukee punk band reunions and two ever-growing new local bands are the headliners for the fifth annual Pablove Benefit Concert, held Jan. 18 at the Turner Hall Ballroom.
OMG, Miley is coming back to MKE
Get ready, Twerk-waukee, Miley Cyrus is coming back to town for a March 9, 2014 concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
"Life's a Riot" is 30 but it feels fresh as ever
Everybody who loves music has one of those records. Many of us have one for every year of life. One of mine is Billy Bragg's "Life's a Riot With Spy Vs. Spy," which turns 30 this year and is now reissued in a slim sleeve that looks like the original 12" vinyl release.
1964 the Tribute brings "the Beatles" to The Pabst
While The Pabst crowd was definitely appreciative of the band, there was never a transformative moment where it felt like this could actually be a legitimate Beatles show. However, since that is impossible, 1964 the Tribute was about the next best thing and made for a highly entertaining Saturday night in Milwaukee
Guitar Man: Getting in tune
We are now two and a half months away from my debut as a solo musician. So far, not much in the way of nerves. But it is time for a progress report.
Dierks Bentley sets on the ice show after Admirals game
Milwaukee Admirals announced today that country music star Dierks Bentley will perform live in a post-game concert after the Admirals game against the Rockford IceHogs on Friday, Jan. 24 .
Milwaukee-based archive launches Irish sheet music website
Today, Ward Irish Music Archives, the Milwaukee-based home of the largest public collection of Irish and Irish-American music, launched a new website entirely dedicated to Irish sheet music.
The Waterboys make a splash on the Turner Ballroom stage
The Waterboys opened for U2 in the '80s in Chicago, and frontman Mike Scott made a solo appearance almost a decade ago in Milwaukee, but tonight's performance at Turner Hall offered a rare Midwest-based opportunity to see a beloved band from across the pond.
New Jurado CD features one of our Domes
While I know that news of the new Damien Jurado CD will be of interest to many Milwaukee music fans, an even wider Brew City audience will be interested in the record's cover, which features one of the three Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory domes!
Europe, consider yourself traipsed across
I'm back from Europe and jet-lagged, but only a little. 23 hours with my eyelids open for business, and when they closed, they stayed that way for another 12. I think I've recovered, but I might be in a swoon later today. I didn't realize the miles we covered and still don't have the official numbers, but it will be in the 7,000 mile range.
The universal gymnasium
Last night, I time traveled to the high school gymnasiums I occasionally played with my first band. This is because of the ambiguous school/nightclub environment we found ourselves in. This is good and bad - mostly good.
Place is loaded with rustic charm
"Place is loaded with rustic charm" is one of my favorite lines from Mose Allison's "Parchman Farm." I myself need some non-rustic charm, and I think we've found it in Mülheim An Der Ruhr, a great urban area with handsome two and three story brownstones. We just landed at the Garten Hotel, a place that has amenities like working wi-fi and non-lumpy beds.
Live and let die
I don't think I could live here. My mood disorder would be lit up all the time. Everywhere you look, it's die die die, the German word for "the." It's a constant morbid preposition.
I hate road songs but I expect you to love road blogs
On the autobahn, another long drive. We've had one day off in two weeks. This is intense! It requires a little discipline; for instance, in a country that can't pour a bad beer, I had two last night over the course of five and a half hours. Anything more, and the drive would be painful.
Van for sale, needs brakes but the turn signals are mint
Night is supposed to be dark. It's funny how a grey day works on your mood, and as soon as it gets darker, the fog lifts. Yes, there are grey days here in Italia and that, combined with a condition I have dubbed Mussolini's Revenge, finds us a dispirited bunch.
OK, all is restored. Last night's gig was rough, the crowd too distant in more ways than one. There's nothing like a gig with people sitting under your nose and loving you, and tonight in Bologna, we had it.
The corn fields of Cherasco
We pulled up to our hotel yesterday to find ourselves somehow transported to the middle of Kansas. A Holiday Inn Express, set a little way off the freeway, comes with the most American looking cornfield you could ask for.
Meet secondi: It worked for Orson, and it will work for you
At the gig, they feed us lasagna that is a revelation and makes me think that a life spent into persuit of pasta and wine might be rewarding, even if I wind up bigger than Orson Welles. But then, when I'm so full, cheese is threatening to run out of my nose, I am introduced to a new and disturbing concept: secondi.
Hunter still rocks
Apparently Ian Hunter never got the memo to retire. Playing a sold-out show Thursday evening at Potawatomi Casino's Northern Lights Theater, the one-time Mott the Hoople frontman ignored the oldies route.
La dolce vita
Sitting in a shaded, sunken patio just off the lobby and enjoying the fact that summer has lingered long beyond the Wisconsin cut-off date, I am called to look at the pool by Greg. It's the one you dream about on a hot July day, and I have packed no trunks. I'm sure the last thing they want to see here is an ugly American skinny dipper, but the temptation is strong.
Hannibal in reverse, hold the elephants
John Sieger continues his adventures on the European roads, battling traffic and playing Woodstock. The Woodstock in Italy, that is.
Roll over Mozart
At the club tonight, I felt like apologizing all night to Wolfgang for the loud and undignified sounds rolling of the stage a few blocks from his old haunts.
Europe: It's so European!
John Sieger's latest adventure in Europe with the Greg Koch Band takes him to yet another scenic locale, where he plays some tunes, discovers a German flea market, eats a Matterhorn of delicious meat and strains his thesaurus to find new words for "cute" or "charming."
Saint behind the glass
The title of this piece is from one of my favorite Los Lobos songs. Today, in a gorgeous and strange church in Kufstein, Austria, I saw a real saint behind what I assume to be real glass.