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Sisterly rock and roll at the Rebel Stage, Thursday, July 7.
Sisterly rock and roll at the Rebel Stage, Thursday, July 7. (Photo: Facebook/seventeensisters)

Rebel Stage spotlight: Seventeen Sisters

"Rebel Stage Spotlight" is an OnMilwaukee-exclusive series of interviews with bands that will perform on The Rebel Stage during Summerfest. The Rebel Stage – located along the lakefront, directly to the east of the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse stage – is a completely independent venue that hosts more than 90 bands during the Big Gig and is staffed entirely by volunteers. Rebel Stage manager, Eoin McCarthy, hand picked the line-up from more than 2,000 submissions.

This probably does not come as a surprise, but there aren’t actually 17 sisters in Seventeen Sisters. However, the real surprise is that the band is comprised solely of five (FIVE!) sisters.

And one brother.

Sarah Scarbrough-Evans and Angel Scarbrough-Prabhat primarily contribute vocals; Gracie Scarbrough is on the drums; Faith and (brother) Cecil Scarbrough play guitar and Hannah Scarbrough is the bassist. All of the sisters contribute vocals and fill in on instruments as needed.

Seventeen Sisters will play The Rebel Stage on Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m.

"This will be our first year and we are super excited and honored to be a part of the Rebel Stage," says Scarbrough-Evans.

OnMilwaukee: What do you like about playing on the Rebel Stage and why is it an asset for Summerfest?

Sarah Scarbrough-Evans: We love the Rebel Stage because it showcases and exemplifies the very root of music. The Rebel Stage is the heart of musicians, it encompasses all genres and all walks of life. It's a place for people to gather to share and hear new music that they might not otherwise discover. It's a place for all people. It’s raw, honest and passionate about its music. Eoin, Jim, and all the guys of Whiskey of the Damned are so great. We really appreciate what they are doing for the original music scene.

How long have you been together and how would you describe your music?

Because we are all siblings, we've been playing and performing together for just about forever. We are originally from the deep south of Mis…

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The Young Revelators play the "secret" Summerfest stage on Tuesday July 5.
The Young Revelators play the "secret" Summerfest stage on Tuesday July 5.

Rebel Stage spotlight: The Young Revelators

"Rebel Stage Spotlight" is an OnMilwaukee-exclusive series of interviews with bands that will perform on The Rebel Stage during Summerfest. The Rebel Stage – located along the lakefront, directly to the east of the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse stage – is a completely independent venue that hosts more than 90 bands during the Big Gig and is staffed entirely by volunteers. Rebel Stage manager, Eoin McCarthy, hand picked the line-up from more than 2,000 submissions. 

It will be the third time The Young Revelators storm The Rebel Stage when they play at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 5.

The bluesy rock trio is comprised of Alejandro Martinez on guitar and vocals, his brother Frank Martinez on drums and Ben Michalski on bass.

OnMilwaukee recently chatted with Martinez about music, best Summerfest foods and more.

OnMilwaukee: What do you like about playing on the Rebel Stage and why is it an asset for Summerfest?

Alejandro Martinez: The Rebel Stage is really the only venue at Summerfest that has just local bands playing, and it’s a great opportunity to get your music out to people who may not be exposed to local music very often.

I think the whole Rebel Stage crew is doing something really amazing, something not only important for Summerfest but for our local music community as a whole. For the most part at Summerfest, either you get in by connections with people who book the stages or you win some sort of ‘battle of the bands’ contest which usually has more to do with how many friends you can drag to a few shows rather than what kind of musician or band you are. At the Rebel Stage, it’s different. If you’re good at what you do and you want to play, you have the chance to do so.

What else notable has happened in 2016 for you guys?

We released a CD, "All I See," in mid-January. It's available on iTunes and Amazon.

How long have you been together and how would you describe your music?

We’ve been playing with this lineup since July of 2013, although my brot…

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This East Side building has been home to many bars and eateries, including Cans, Southport and School Yard.
This East Side building has been home to many bars and eateries, including Cans, Southport and School Yard.

School Yard Bar & Grill is closed

According to former employees, The School Yard Bar & Grill, 1815 E. Kenilworth Pl., is closed. The space was formerly Southport and, before that, it was Cans for eight years.

The School Yard is one of three bars to close in the neighborhood in the past couple of months. Yield Bar, which will soon become Yokohama 1910, shut down earlier this month, and Nick's House closed in early May.

Stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more information when it becomes available.

Buzz into Dragonfly before the year's end.
Buzz into Dragonfly before the year's end. (Photo: Facebook/Dragonfly)

Dragonfly on Brady closing in early 2017

After 16 years, Annette French plans to close the doors to Dragonfly, 1117 E. Brady St., in early 2017.

Dragonfly, a funky hive of new and vintage goodies, was one of the East Side’s go-to shops for gifts, clothing, jewelry and unique household items.

"I have decided that Dragonfly has completed its flight," French wrote on Facebook. "I am ready to explore some new horizons."

Personally, I have many fond memories of shopping at Dragonfly. I purchased one of my favorite pairs of earrings – made from Shrinky Dinks – more than a decade ago. Also, my son still reminds me of stopping in years ago to visit French and her late pup, Peewee, whom she rescued from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Prior to owning Dragonfly in Milwaukee, French operated a shop of the same name in Boston. Both shops were named in honor of her father, who had a love for the elongated, winged insects.

French says she is not retiring and will move on to new adventures. At this point, her plan is to remain open through the holidays during which time she will have "an amazing sale."

"Then maybe I’ll take a nice vacation," she wrote. "This has been great, but I'm ready for something new and equally great. I don't know what yet, but stay tuned!"