Country Thunder set to roll
Country Thunder takes place on 240 acres of rural farmland in Twin Lakes (near the Illinois border and close to Lake Geneva). From its humble beginnings in 1993, the all country-all the time, four day, music festival that takes place this weekend has endured and grown into a top headliner, mainstream, sold-out event.
Milwaukee artists cover the Wooldridge Brothers on "Cover Up"
As of July 5, the Wooldridge Brothers' Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for not one, but two new records - the band's next studio album and Scott Wooldridge's solo album - was a success. However, fans won't have to wait long for new Wooldridge Brothers music. Well, new-ish music.
Field Report premieres first song off upcoming second album
Milwaukee music fans - and fans of good music just in general - have been waiting since 2012 for news of a new record from Field Report and frontman Chris Porterfield. Well, wait no longer. Last month, Porterfield and company announced the name ("Marigolden") and release date for a sophomore album, and the good news keeps coming, as yesterday the band unveiled "Wings," the first track off the anticipated record.
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.