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Bachman launches "Heavy Blues" tour in Milwaukee

Published March 28, 2015

After charting 120 gold/platinum albums and singles and selling 40 million records as a founding member of two legendary rock bands (The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive), you might think Randy Bachman would be content to stick with the tried and true formula fans have come to know over his 40-plus year career. In fact, for latest album and upcoming tour - starting in Milwaukee on Wednesday, April 1 - he's doing the exact opposite.

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WAMI Awards announce performers, induct Judas Priest to Hall of Fame

Published March 26, 2015

This morning, the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) announced its performers for the upcoming 35th annual awards show on April 19 at the Turner Hall Ballroom. In addition, the WAMI Awards announced that, for the first time ever, it would feature a global "honorary" WAMI Hall of Fame induction.

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Northern Lights Theater set shows Allman's a survivor

Published March 26, 2015

Gregg Allman may still be playing cards with old man Fate, and he opened Wednesday night's concert by inviting those whom may have lost money in the casino to come in and drown their sorrows in some blues. But God knows Allman has drawn many poor cards in his life, and it's nearly a miracle he survived this long, with an almost savior-like gift for rebirth and renewal.

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50 years of Pink Floyd: Revisiting "The Dark Side" and more with Brit Floyd

Published March 25, 2015

2015 is shaping up to be a world tour of beloved classic rock stars. The Rolling Stones are expected to announce a Milwaukee stop ... at some point. Ringo Starr is heading to the Riverside in October, the same month The Who will celebrate its 50th anniversary at the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Also celebrating 50 years of existence: Pink Floyd, hitting the Riverside stage Thursday and Friday night. Well, kind of - in the form of tribute band Brit Floyd.

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Getting the dirt on the Rep's "Low Down Dirty Blues" with Felicia Fields

Published March 21, 2015

Early on in the 2014-15 season, the Milwaukee Rep staged "The Color Purple." It's a show actress Felicia P. Fields knows very well; after all, her turn as Sofia in the Broadway musical scored her a Tony nomination for Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical back in 2006. It's another familiar show, however, that brings Fields back to Milwaukee: "Low Down Dirty Blues," a celebration of classic blues at its deepest and dirtiest.

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George's sister Louise Harrison celebrates Beatlemania in Kohler this weekend

Published March 17, 2015

The news of the Rolling Stones and Ringo Starr coming to Milwaukee brings up memories of the `60s debate in which people were relegated to being a Stones fan or a Beatles fan. I got the connotations then about the inherent differences, but I loved them both ... and still do. That's why a great way to celebrate the Stones announcement with a little bit of Beatles pleasure would be a trip to Kohler this weekend.

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Ringo Starr returns to Milwaukee for Riverside show in October

Published March 17, 2015

Days before the Rolling Stones are expected to announce some concert related news, a Beatle beat them to the punch. The Riverside announced this morning that famed Beatles drummer, Mr. Conductor himself Ringo Starr is coming to Milwaukee in October to play the Riverside Theater.

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A chat with Mike Rutherford of Mike + the Mechanics and Genesis

Published March 17, 2015

Ever since touring in support of the group's biggest album "The Living Years" in 1989, Mike + the Mechanics - a rock group founded by Genesis founding member Mike Rutherford - has stayed over in Europe. That changes this week, as Rutherford and company come to Milwaukee, along with Milwaukee-born Genesis/Phil Collins guitarist Daryl Stuermer as their special guest, for a show Thursday, March 19 at The Pabst Theater.

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WAMI announces 2015 awards nominees

Published March 12, 2015

This afternoon, the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) announced the nominees for its 35th annual WAMI Awards. The show itself will be held at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.) on Sunday, April 19 at Turner Hall Ballroom, with a nominee celebration several weeks before on Sunday, March 29 at Papa's Social Club.

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Jazz in the Park announces its lineup for the 2015 season

Published March 9, 2015

It may be called Jazz in the Park, but as usual, the schedule for the beloved summer concert series - entering its 24th season - has much more than jazz to offer. The influences scattered across the upcoming 2015 lineup - announced just this afternoon - run the gambit from flamenco, reggae, Latin, blues, big band, vintage rock, soul, Celtic and, of course, jazz. Here's the rundown.