The Hotel Foster carries on a great tradition of live music in the club at 2028 E. North Ave. Even before the Boardwalk and after The Globe, this space has been a hospitable venue for local musicians.
To celebrate its two-year anniversary, The Hotel Foster is joining forces with Seizure Chicken to present the four-day Foster Fest, from Thursday, May 2 through Sunday, May 5.
The event – the full schedule of which is listed below – features a mix of local and national headliners like Milwaukee’s Kid Millions and Jaill, as well as Har Mar Superstar, Colleen Green and Generationals.
Additionally, Milwaukee’s The Saltshakers celebrate the release of the second of a series of CD EPs – this one’s called "Change the Channel" – during the festival.
"The lineup came together quite nicely and we all are incredibly excited," says Seizure Chicken’s Mark Goldstein.
"Getting locals on touring bills is one of my favorite things about promoting. I go out and see all these bands play and am totally blown away. I've been waiting a while to do a show with both Rio Turbo and Sat Nite Duets."
Goldstein says he’s been tossing around the idea of doing a festival with The Hotel Foster and the club’s birthday seemed like the perfect time.
"John Revord (of The Hotel Foster) and I had been talking about doing a festival for a bit. We had four nights in mind that lined up nicely with the venue's second anniversary," he recalls.
"We wanted every night to be a party night and I wanted to get some bands into the Hotel Foster that you might not expect to play there. With the Generationals headlining the fest and Colleen Green and Jaill on the Saturday, we added Kid Millions and Klassik to the Thursday."
Once the idea was hatched, says Goldstein, some pleasant happenstances helped move it forward.
"I had met Har Mar Superstar on a cruise a couple months prior and reached out to see if he would be into playing Friday May 3. It turned out that he was going to be touring around the Midwest that time, so everything worked out amazingly easy."
Here is the complete schedule:
Thursday, May 2
Friday, May 3
Har Mar Superstar
Sat Nite Duets
Kiings (DJ set)
Saturday, May 4
DJ Precious Metals (Mark Goldstein / Andy Silverman)
Stage/Venue visuals by the Video Villians
Sunday, May 5
Generationals (Polyvinyl Records)
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.