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Gathering on the Green: July 10-11

Published July 5, 2015

Looking to be a little more cultured? Or do you just enjoy watching Milwaukee's vibrant performing arts scene come alive on a cool summer night? Either way, Mequon's Rotary Park is the place to be July 10 and 11 for the Gathering on the Green.

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A conversation with Sammy Hagar

Published July 5, 2015

At age 68, Sammy Hagar effortlessly exudes a casual, southern California kind of beach bum charm during an interview before his headliner show at Summerfest's Miller Lite Oasis. "Hi, I'm Sammy," he says, jumping off a ratty sofa and shaking my hand. "So, what are gonna talk about," he says with a huge grin.

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The Avett Brothers fill the Amp with superb strumming, if not spectators

Published July 5, 2015

It shouldn't have come as a surprise to see the Marcus Amphitheater a maybe generous 50 percent full - albeit an extremely enthusiastic and appreciative 50 percent - on Saturday night for The Avett Brothers. But while the bluegrass folk rock band had apparent problems filling the venue with fans, the band had no problem whatsoever completely filling the venue with strong, soulful music on the Fourth of July.

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Gusto Studios is a fitting hit at Summerfest

Published July 4, 2015

It's not often that you see portraits of Dave Grohl and Vince Lombardi displayed side by side. However, the art and career of William K. Stidham are pretty well summed up by those contrasting characters on canvas.

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Who needs treadmills? OK Go proves it's more than just viral music videos

Published July 3, 2015

In fact, other than some busy confetti cannons - and I mean very busy - OK Go's 90-minute set pushed aside any sign of the viral video prop-heavy gimmickry the band is most famous for and instead relied on its power pop rock music and some charming banter to click with the Summerfest crowd. And, as it turns out, that was more than enough to deliver an awesome and entertaining evening.

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Milwaukee rapper WebsterX keeps ensnaring fans locally and nationally

Published July 2, 2015

Barely two years after his first show in 2013, WebsterX is now living his dream world he created of being a rap star. The 22-year-old rapper has risen to become one of the Milwaukee music scene's biggest stars, grabbing local and national headlines and, most recently, opening for global superstar Lupe Fiasco at the Miller Lite Oasis on Friday, July 3 at 8 p.m.

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Brand New brings emotional energy to Summerfest

Published July 2, 2015

Even with Brand New's depressing lyrical subject matter and introverted performance style, the emotion lead singer Jesse Lacey put into the vocals and the well-paced instruments made for a great show at the Miller Lite Oasis Wednesday night.

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The vibes were alive and well at Lamar's swift Summerfest set

Published July 2, 2015

During his Amphitheater performance Wednesday night, Kendrick Lamar noted the last time he was here, "the energy was so motherf*ckin' loud," and if that was a 10, he wanted this show to hit a 12. Well, it certainly felt like a 12, with the packed crowd bobbing their heads, swaying their arms and just generally going crazy for every verse. And even though it barely lasted 60 minutes, Lamar's vigorous fireball of a set gave them plenty to go crazy about.

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Vassar gets wild under a Summerfest full moon

Published July 2, 2015

As soon as Phil Vassar opened his mouth to sing at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard Wednesday night at Summerfest, he had me. But then, in truth, he lost me.

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Chilly temps can't dampen Figureheads' energy

Published July 2, 2015

Jeremy Bryan is a rapper. Greg Marshall is an emcee and lyricist. Dave Olson is a beatmaker and producer. Together, they form Milwaukee's the Figureheads, a hip-hop tour de force. I sat down with Bryan, Marshall and Olson before their show on Wednesday, July 1 and talked to them about music, life and philosophy. Then I took in their live show. Here's what transpired.

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The music festival experience - from the other side of the stage

Published July 1, 2015

As the drummer of Spacehog, I've played in front of big crowds at Summerfest, at least three times (or so I recall). I have some fond memories, rolling into Milwaukee, taking the opportunity to skim new music in the open air of your beautiful lakefront.

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Gogol Bordello packs punky passion into its safe Summerfest setting

Published July 1, 2015

The BMO Harris Pavilion just doesn't really seem like a solidly punk venue, and the question that kept gnawing at the back of my mind was this: Could Gogol Bordello really overcome this high-budget stage with blue plastic chairs and bleachers to sit in? Could it still deliver that same angry music that I love? To answer my own question: Yes.

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Bristol Renaissance Faire: July 11-Sept. 7

Published July 1, 2015

Bust out the corset for The Bristol Renaissance Faire, running every weekend from July 11 to Sept. 7. The Bristol Renaissance Faire takes visitors for a rollicking romp through the 16th century.

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Linkin Park roars a parade of past hits through the Amp

Published July 1, 2015

I'll admit it; before Tuesday night's Marcus Amphitheater show started up, one of those people was me. I wondered why a band, whose last seemingly notable moments came at the service of three-fourths of Michael Bay's "Transformers" franchise, was a Big Gig Amp headliner. Well, one large serving of crow, please, cooked medium rare.