Searching for the Beatles, but finding Bowie
It was the beginnings of a long, hot and life-changing summer of 1972 when I got the news. I had just graduated from high school the previous fall, and as a graduating present my parents and my cousins parents agreed to send my cousin Cree and me to France and England to see a bit of the world and then escort Cree's sister Barbara home from her studies at the university of Lyon in France.
First Look: The Gobbler Theater
After two years of anticipation, OnMilwaukee checked out The Gobbler Theater in Johnson Creek last night for a private party. The retro-looking building, which was a supper club from 1969 to 1992, was remodeled into a 405 seat music venue.
State Fair adds Rascal Flatts and Halestorm to main stage lineup
Yesterday, the Wisconsin State Fair announced its first main stage performer: pop star Shawn Mendes, playing at the festival's opening night. Today, the fair added two more bands to its lineup: country stars Rascal Flatts and hard rockers Halestorm.
Wisconsin State Fair announces pop star Shawn Mendes as opening night act
This afternoon, the Wisconsin State Fair announced that teen pop sensation Shawn Mendes will serve as the festival's opening night Main Stage act at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4.
Dave Matthews Band returns to Alpine Valley for two shows in July
This afternoon, the beloved jam rock band - celebrating its 25th anniversary this year - announced its summer tour with, indeed, an extended stop at Alpine Valley for two nights of shows on July 1 and 2.
Country star Alan Jackson comes to the UWM Panther Arena on April 29
The longtime, Grammy-winning country star will bring his 25th anniversary "Keepin' It Country" tour to the UWM Panther Arena stage on Friday, April 29.
Field Report releases new single for charity
This morning, Milwaukee-based band Field Report released a brand new single called "Your Friend Tia." It's a good tune - one for an even better cause.
Sting and Peter Gabriel set to headline closing night of Summerfest 2016
This morning, Summerfest announced that Sting and Peter Gabriel will serve as Marcus Amphitheater co-headliners on Sunday, July 10, the final night of the 2016 Big Gig.
Lee Brice bringing "Life Off My Years" tour to Milwaukee Theatre
In 2016, Lee Brice will headline the "Life Off My Years" tour, and bring his show back to Wisconsin to the Milwaukee Theatre on April 7.
Summerfest adds Weezer, Panic! to Marcus lineup
Weezer and Panic! At The Disco announced their 40-plus city co-headlining tour in support of their respective new albums "Weezer" (self-titled) and "Death Of A Bachelor" - including a stop at the Marcus Amphitheater on Saturday, July 9 during Summerfest 2016.
Milwaukee bands tribute Milwaukee bands at Friday's Local Coverage
The second annual Local Coverage Concert, featuring a full slate of Milwaukee bands, takes place Friday night at Turner Hall Ballroom.
Crossing paths with the Thin White Duke
It's 1977, I am 10 years old and I buy my first single: "Sound and Vision" by David Bowie. It's an oddity of a track, all wandering instrumentation, sparse vocals and washy synth. But it was the beginning of my relationship with the Thin White Duke.
Keith Urban sets November stop at the BMO Harris Bradley Center
This afternoon, Keith Urban announced that he will bring his upcoming "RipCORD" world tour, as well as his numerous chart-topping songs, to Milwaukee, performing at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Friday, Nov. 4.
Luke Bryan returns to Summerfest as Marcus headliner
For the third time in four years, Luke Bryan will hit Summerfest as a Marcus Amphitheater headliner. This morning, the Big Gig announced that the country star, alongside opening act Frankie Ballard, will return to the music festival on Thursday, July 7.
Punk Rock for Socks!
Punk Rock For Socks, a benefit for Children's Hospital, takes place on Wednesday at Sabbatic. Kids need socks? Punk rock's on it.
Bradley Center lands the Boss again
The BMO Harris Bradley Center announced this morning that Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band (with Clarence's nephew Jake Clemons, aka "The Little Big Man," on sax) will return to the arena for a March 3 concert.
Webster X wins big at the 2015 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards
It was a big night at the 2015 Radio Milwaukee Music Awards for Webster X, as the Milwaukee rapper came away from last night's ceremony with the most awards of any artist with three.
Listen to 2015 in music with DJ Earworm's "United State of Pop"
Every year, mashup artist DJ Earworm niftily mixes together a ton of the biggest hits from the past 365 days into one star-studded mega-song. He's now posted his 2015 edition, "50 Shades of Pop."
The Avett Brothers return to Milwaukee on June 10
It would seem the answer to The Avett Brothers' song "Will You Return?" is, "Yes, and often," as the folk band announced this morning that it will come back to Milwaukee next summer for a show at the BMO Harris Pavilion on the Summerfest grounds.
Confessions of a stand-up drummer
When I started to play the drum set some 40-odd years ago, I never thought that someday I'd be standing up to earn my living as a professional. Drummers didn't stand up to perform. Standing to play wasn't allowed, or so I thought at the time.
Remembering the Moon Fun Shop and Downtown '68
When I was a kid growing up on the Northwest Side of Milwaukee, whenever I had a little extra spending money beyond my consistent forays to buy candy or baseball cards, I couldn't wait to get Downtown.
A legendary show that wasn't: Bob Dylan at the Oriental
This Saturday marks the 51st anniversary of the ill-fated Bob Dylan performance at the Oriental Theater. The concert has become legendary in the city's history - paraphrasing Dylan himself - not for what it was, but for what it wasn't.
Dandy's live is worth the drive
I'll go pretty far to see one of my favorite bands live, so a Thursday night jaunt to Chicago to see the Dandy Warhols is a no-brainer for me.
Memorable melody: How one song and one show meant so much
Given all that is black and blue in our lives and the world, certain songs and unique memories can make us smile at, sing to, dance with and hug those that we love and need so much. A writer details one such experience.
Browne plays the role of low-key legend at Saturday's Riverside show
In a 45-year career, Jackson Browne has never been in danger of topping anyone's Most Charismatic Performer list, and his show at the Riverside on Saturday evening certainly confirmed that status, but not in a bad way.