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251. Paisley to headline Summerfest
Brad Paisley will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Friday, June 27. Darius Rucker and Joel Crouse will open the show.
252. Dear Yesterday and Today, here are my requests
This weekend, Beatles tribute Yesterday and Today comes to the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts and I got a chance to talk to the group's Billy McGuigan for a story that runs later this week. The band builds its set list on audience requests. I'm working on mine.
253. Galactic brings a little New Orleans to Milwaukee
Galactic, a jazz / funk / hip hip band from New Orleans, opened their tour in Milwaukee tonight with an enthusiastic crowd at Turner Hall.
254. Cyndi Lauper added to Cher concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center
Cyndi Lauper will join Cher as a special guest at the Oscar-winning diva's June 6 concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. The concert is a part of Cher's "Dressed To Kill" tour.
255. Motley Crue's final tour will stop at Summerfest
While news of the band's retirement is certainly sad news for any Mötley Crüe fans out there, there is a silver lining to it all. As a part of their global final go-around, the Crüe is making a stop in Milwaukee to kickstart the heart of Summerfest.
256. Eastside Music Tour 2014
Eastside Music Tour is back again for 2014, and better than ever!
257. "Milwaukee" by Aimee Mann & Ted Leo finally emerges ... Fonzie makes the cut
Back in December 2012, we reported that Aimee Mann and Ted Leo were collaborating on a song about Milwaukee. Well, the song has now emerged and despite Mann's suggestion that the Fonz reference in the earliest version of the song might not survive, Bronzie is - as Leo assured his Twitter followers - mentioned in the first line.
258. Bruno Mars kicks off Summerfest 2014
After the big Dave Matthews Band news this morning, Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. officials this afternoon announced the fourth major show slated for Summerfest 2014.
259. It's true: Dave Matthews headed to Summerfest
After news leaked out last week, Summerfest officially announced today that Dave Matthews Band headlines the Big Gig on Wednesday, July 2.
260. The tender side of Dave Begel
Dave Begel is a big guy. He's of imposing stature and imposing reputation in this town. He's got opinions, a strong voice and he doesn't back down easily. But when he made his solo debut on stage at Linnemann's on Saturday night at his 70th birthday party, we saw that in addition to his hulking frame, Dave's got a hulking big heart, too.
261. Summerfest '14 adds Zac Brown Band
Summerfest announced today that Zac Brown Band, which headlined the festival in 2012, returns to the Marcus Amphitheater on Thursday, July 3.Tickets go on sale Jan. 17.
262. It's time for guitar man to put up or shut up
This is it. No more delays. No more updated stories about learning new chords or trying to figure out a sound system. Bucket list day is nearly here.
263. Maybe some "Blue Suede Shoes" will warm your toes
If you need a little "Blue Hawaii" or "Viva Las Vegas" heat in your polar Milwaukee icecap of a week, Potawatomi Bingo Casino hosts its annual Tribute to the King Elvis Presley impersonator contest beginning today at noon.
264. Classic rock shows coming to casino
The Northern Lights Theater (NLT) at Potawatomi Bingo Casino would like to warm the dark days of winter this year with a heavy dose for classic rock fans, as the NLT will host four great shows in the first four months of 2014, including Styx, Foghat with Blue Oyster Cult, Winger and Dickey Betts & Great Southern.
265. Katy Perry's "Prizm" offers a dazzling blend of colors
Ever since the release of her first major single, "I Kissed A Girl," Katy Perry has been a hot topic in pop culture. From there, the hits just kept coming. Her new album, "Prizm," is full of classic Perry sounds, from dance, to energetic pop, to inspirational ballads.
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266. Thieves steal Milwaukee band Direct Hit's van and gear; how you can help
The holiday season may be a time when a charitable spirit swirls around, but not for everyone. Witness this Facebook post by Nick Woods, frontman of Milwaukee punk band Direct Hit, on Saturday night: "Direct Hit's van was stolen in Detroit a block from Slow's BBQ about 2 hours ago w/ all our equipment, tour money, and personal sh*t inside (laptop, Kindle, passports, clothes, luggage)."
267. Beyoncé's surprise album hits a high note
Beyoncé's surprise, self-titled album is already a huge success. The album covers love, sex and family, something everyone can relate to. Its dirty lyrics, great beats and star collaborators make it an album that will be hard to miss. Beyoncé has done it again, producing something unique and completely her. The album is yet another piece of art that will please all of her fans.
268. "Britney Jean" dances its way through the mainstream
Since we first heard "Baby One More Time," most of us have been unable to get Britney Spears off our minds. We have seen her in her greatest and worst moments, from pop princess to buzz-cut nutcase. With her most recent album, "Britney Jean," now in stores, it's no doubt that Spears is all revved up for another album of hot dance beats.
269. Guitars, guitars, guitars
It seems like there are more guitars in Milwaukee this week than ever before, what with the opening of Distinctive Guitar is Bay View, the new Beyond Eleven location in the Third Ward and the addition of a slew of cool axes at Discovery World.
270. Phoenix kicks off night one of Big Snow Show 8 with a bang
Question: What do you get when you cross a band of native Frenchmen with American pop music? Answer: Alt-rock group Phoenix. The group proved its worth Thursday night at the sold-out opening of the two-night The Big Snow Show 8.
271. Due date close for my probably foolish promise
It was 188 days ago that I made "The Promise" that may well turn out to destroy my self-image, mourn a milestone, make me afraid to ever show my face in public again. Or it may well be "The Promise" that fulfills my dream, celebrates a milestone, gives a little bit of pleasure to a lot of people, provides a few laughs and a chance for cocktails, and turns out a lot better than I thought.
272. Ya gotta see the Gaga - artRave Tour is coming to Summerfest
Much like Madonna in her heyday 30 years ago, even folks who might not adore Lady Gaga's music might find her performances riveting.
273. 88Nine announces award winners
Last month, 88Nine announced the finalists of its annual Radio Milwaukee Music Awards and last night the winners were named at an awards event held at the station's new Walker's Point digs.
274. 88Nine announces awards finalists
Here is the list of finalists for Radio Milwaukee's Music Awards, chosen by Milwaukee music fans via the 88Nine website. The winners in each category will be selected by station staff and announced at the Dec. 5 ceremony.
275. Gaga's "Artpop" does not disappoint
"Artpop" has great dance songs and sexually-charged lyrics, as well as a couple slower, emotional songs to accompany the fierce beats. Lady Gaga has done it again, producing an album that will please her fans, as well as create plenty of new ones along the way.