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Spying on people at the State Fair Image

Spying on people at the State Fair

Published Tuesday, Aug. 5

What is a blog?  For us it is a short blurb that we write when the mood strikes us.  It can be first person, funny or informative. In short, a blog is whatever we want it to be. Tonight, I found my new favorite spot at the State Fair - the rooftop patio at Slim McGinn's East. Both the Guinness and the birds-eye-view people watching are easily accessed.

Older, wiser Spacehog blasts into State Fair Image

Older, wiser Spacehog blasts into State Fair

Published Tuesday, Aug. 5

What is a blog?  For us it is a short blurb that we write when the mood strikes us.  It can be first person, funny or informative. In short, a blog is whatever we want it to be. This time around, Spacehog returns to Milwaukee in a larger venue, joining Everclear, Soul Asylum and Eve 6 in the Summerland Tour at State Fair Thursday night night. It's easy to call it a `90s band reunion - and it may be - but listen to Spacehog play, and then ask yourself if this is a band just cashing a paycheck. Pretty sure you'll come to the same conclusion I did. We caught up with Spacehog drummer Jonny Cragg from Denver, as his tour moves to the Midwest. He talked about life on the road and what's next for a band that did so much more in its four albums that just what you heard on the radio and saw on MTV.

5 State Fair photos of animal faces and butts Image

5 State Fair photos of animal faces and butts

Published Thursday, July 31

What is a blog?  For us it is a short blurb that we write when the mood strikes us.  It can be first person, funny or informative. In short, a blog is whatever we want it to be. Maybe it's because I spend a lot of time around 11-year-olds or maybe I'm an 11-year-old at heart, but I found myself snapping photos today of animal butts. And faces.

The iconic Milk House lives on at State Fair Image

The iconic Milk House lives on at State Fair

Published Thursday, July 31

What is a blog?  For us it is a short blurb that we write when the mood strikes us.  It can be first person, funny or informative. In short, a blog is whatever we want it to be. The first time people wondered if the now-famous "milk house" would disappear was in 2011 when Herb Kohl announced that he was retiring from the Senate. It was only natural to think what would happen with the popular attraction in 2014, what with Kohl nearly completely out of the public spotlight after selling the Milwaukee Bucks. But, not to worry -- the house is back!

Fromme is uber-committed to German Fest Image

Fromme is uber-committed to German Fest

Published Sunday, July 20

Festa Italiana ends today, and German Fest is up next. In preparation for next weekend's festival of all things German, OnMilwaukee.com chats with Klaus Fromme, who has been the executive director and president of German Fest since 1981.

Ren Faire artist spends hours creating very-temporary chalk drawings Image

Ren Faire artist spends hours creating very-temporary chalk drawings

Published Saturday, July 19

Imagine putting 16 to 18 hours into a painting or drawing, only to have it washed away by rain a few days or even hours later? Such is the reality for Stacey Williams-Ng, a Milwaukee artist who spends numerous weekends at the Bristol Renaissance Faire chalking masterpieces on the cement.

Help Global Union raise $15,000 Image

Help Global Union raise $15,000

Published Tuesday, July 15

Alverno College's Global Union, a free world music festival, is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 13 in Humboldt Park. Today, the organizers launched a campaign to raise $15,000 in 15 days to offset costs.

Summerfest 2014 by the numbers Image

Summerfest 2014 by the numbers

Published Thursday, July 10

This afternoon, Summerfest announced growth in revenue, attendance, sponsorships and international media coverage for the 2014 edition of the music festival.

Vintage Cheap Trick never grows old Image

Vintage Cheap Trick never grows old

Published Sunday, July 6

Milwaukee wrapped 2014's Big Gig with one of its biggest loves: Cheap Trick. The perennial favorite hit the BMO Harris Pavilion stage Sunday at 9:50 p.m. and proceeded to knock out its hits with a wall of guitar-heavy sound.

Fall Out Boy and Paramore put on a pop punk powerhouse show Image

Fall Out Boy and Paramore put on a pop punk powerhouse show

Published Sunday, July 6

If you happen to be a Fall Out Boy hater, an early six-word proclamation from Pete Wentz was likely more chilling than a tornado siren. Then again, if you happen to be a Fall Out Boy hater, you were also likely nowhere near the Marcus Amphitheater Saturday night, where the pop/punk rockers teamed up with Paramore. It's too bad because the duo put on quite the show, a nearly four-hour burst of music that left the crowd happily exhausted.

Summerfest serves as homecoming for Latin music guitarist Steininger Image

Summerfest serves as homecoming for Latin music guitarist Steininger

Published Saturday, July 5

When Domenic Marte and the rest of his Latin music band takes the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse stage Sunday night at 7:30, the crowd will be expecting strong, musically complex, catchy pop-infused bachata music (a particular brand of romantic Latin music that originated in the Dominican Republic and spread from there). There's one thing they might not be expecting however: Clay Steininger, the group's guitar-slinging "gringo."

Fitz and the Tantrums provide their own funky Fourth of July fireworks Image

Fitz and the Tantrums provide their own funky Fourth of July fireworks

Published Saturday, July 5

Two years and several more hit singles since their last visit, Fitz and the Tantrums finally wound up on a stage - the Briggs and Stratton Big Backyard - worthy of their endless live electricity. There, lead singer Michael Fitzpatrick and company accepted their promotion and the demands of a bigger stage head on, delivering yet another contagious, explosively energetic set.

Mötley Crüe makes good in Milwaukee Image

Mötley Crüe makes good in Milwaukee

Published Saturday, July 5

After a rough start to Mötley Crüe's "All Bad Things Must Come To An End" tour on Wednesday at the kickoff in Grand Rapids, the party-hardy metal rockers delivered a redeeming second show at Summerfest tonight.