This morning Summerfest officials announced that Manchester Orchestra, Madison's Locksley, Empires, The Loyal Divide and Violetness from Chicago, and L.A.'s Scarlet Grey have been added to the lineup for the Verge Music Festival, June 4-5, on the Summerfest grounds.
Also, starting Friday, April 30 at 6 a.m., 1,021 Verge tickets will go one sale for just $10.21. Visit vergemusicfestival.com and enter code fm1021 to purchase $10.21 tickets while supplies last and before ends Sunday, May 2 at 11:59 p.m. The advance general admission ticket price is regularly $25 for a single day pass and $40 for a two-day pass. Single day admission at the gate is $35.
Also, I was reminded by devoted readers that I neglected to mention that the Bodeans' new record, "Mr. Sad Clown," is out and getting some attention. The band returns home to play at the Marcus Center on Friday, May 28.
This weekend, 2MorroW EvR AfteR -- featuring two members of famed local band Woolton Parrish -- celebrates the release of its new CD at Shank Hall. That show is Saturday, May 1 at 9 p.m. and Slo-Fi, featuring former members of Pet Engine, opens.
In case you don't follow her on Twitter, Brew City rapper Melissa Czarnik is offering free downloads of her EP, "Melissa Czarnik with the Eric Mire Band -- Local Live," at her site.
Two local scenesters became dads on Sunday. Congrats to Dusty Medical Records' Kevin Meyer (aka Mistreater) and Jaill's Austin Dutmer and their respective families.
Erstwhile Milwaukeean Peter Buffett returns to town June 2 for "Life is What You Make It: A Concert and Conversation with Peter Buffett," at The Pabst. The 6 p.m. event is a benefit for 88Nine Radio Milwaukee. Tickets are $25.
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.