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Gaelic rockers Mānran make U.S. debut at Irish Fest Image

Gaelic rockers Mānran make U.S. debut at Irish Fest

Published Thursday, Aug. 15

Because Milwaukee's Irish Fest is such a mover in the international Celtic festival scene, you can typically see the latest and greatest in Celtic music of all stripes here when the festival sets up shop along the lakefront each August. This year, young Scottish sensation Mānran makes its United States debut, on the heels of the release of its second disc, "The Test," which was, like its predecessor, produced by no less than Phil Cunningham.

State Fair attendance reaches a record 1 million Image

State Fair attendance reaches a record 1 million

Published Monday, Aug. 12

This was a record-breaking year for the Wisconsin State Fair. Beautiful weather prompted a whopping 1,012,552 people to attend the fair over its 11-day run from Aug. 1-11.

Beer, film and underwear for a good cause Image

Beer, film and underwear for a good cause

Published Sunday, Aug. 11

New Belgium is back with the Clips Beer and Film Tour, a "beer-toting, film-traveling, nonprofit-benefiting show." Since its inception Clips has raised more than $200,000 for nonprofit organizations. This year it is supporting the Wisconsin Bike Fed with 100 percent of the profits from beer sales.

State Fair's

State Fair's "freak" shows evolved from spectacles of human oddity to illusion

Published Saturday, Aug. 10

Walk to the fringe of the State Fair's midway, past the Ferris wheel and the water gun games and the lemonade stand, and you'll find a large, colorful tent featuring a dozen painted signs reading "weird women" and "lizard man" and "circus oddities." We paid $5 and pulled back the flap to take a peek at a modern sideshow.

It slices, it dices: A stroll through the State Fair's Expo Center Image

It slices, it dices: A stroll through the State Fair's Expo Center

Published Monday, Aug. 5

Fast-talking, headset-wearing vendors inside the State Fair Exposition Center are as iconic to the fair-going experience as eating a cream puff or snickering at the backside of a horse. Here are some classic, local and truly unique items for sale at the fair.

25 Items to Eat at the Wisconsin State Fair: 2013 edition Image

25 Items to Eat at the Wisconsin State Fair: 2013 edition

Published Saturday, Aug. 3

Everyone knows that one of the highlights of the fair is in the eating. So, I've compiled a list of interesting bites you can sample while you're there - from classic Wisconsin treats to brand new items and bizarre creations.

More than just cheese up the nose Image

More than just cheese up the nose

Published Friday, Aug. 2

For the second year in a row, I lost the no-hands, baked potato-eating contest at the Wisconsin State Fair. However, I did a lot better this year and got more than just cheese in my nostrils from the experience.

Super State Fair food preview Image

Super State Fair food preview

Published Tuesday, July 30

Of course, we all love the animals, the people watching, the giant slide and the music. But can we be honest? What we all love most about the Wisconsin State Fair is the food. Well, I do, anyway, and I got a sneak preview this afternoon as a "celebrity" judge for the first annual Sporkies awards. Seven hours later, I'm still really, really full.

Ikarus Down is ready to soar at this weekend's Brady Street Festival Image

Ikarus Down is ready to soar at this weekend's Brady Street Festival

Published Friday, July 26

In today's Kramp Cast Ryan Gardiner and Daniel Langkammer of Ikarus Down join Brian Kramp to talk about playing festivals in Milwaukee, their day jobs, their favorite "Star Wars" movie, plus we get to hear a special acoustic version of "Confidence" from the band's "Friction" CD.

Summerfest by the numbers Image

Summerfest by the numbers

Published Thursday, July 11

How many people attended Summerfest 2013? More importantly, how many ice cream cones were consumed?

The von Trapp kids carry on great-grandparents' musical legacy Image

The von Trapp kids carry on great-grandparents' musical legacy

Published Wednesday, July 10

What if one of the most beloved classic movies of all time was based on your great-grandparents' love story? That's the case for the von Trapp kids. Sofia, 24, Melanie, 23, Amanda, 21, and August, 18, are the grandchildren of Werner von Trapp - the youngest of the musically talented children from "The Sound of Music." This Saturday, the von Trapps will appear at Gathering on the Green at Mequon Rotary Park Pavilion.

No ticket required: The Big Gig by boat Image

No ticket required: The Big Gig by boat

Published Sunday, July 7

Senior writer Molly Snyder has had a lot of Summerfest experiences, but recently she enjoyed Summerfest for the first time from Lake Michigan.

How the

How the "Million Dollar Midway" saved Summerfest

Published Sunday, July 7

Summerfest had a slow start in the early years. Riding to the rescue was Milt Kaufman and his "Million Dollar Midway." The Midway was a cash cow and although it wasn't part of Summerfest, it operated adjacent to and at the same time as the music festival.

Neon Trees bring bright, brassy fun to Summerfest stage Image

Neon Trees bring bright, brassy fun to Summerfest stage

Published Sunday, July 7

Forget starting with a whisper. Alternative rockers Neon Trees started with a bang late Saturday night at the U.S. Cellular Stage and showed very little sign of stopping throughout a massively fun 75-minute set.