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The Pabst Theater Group and Alverno College have teamed up to bring back the Uncovered concert series. (PHOTO: A Tribe Called Quest Facebook/Stevie Wonder Facebook)

Pabst Theater Group, Alverno resurrect Uncovered concert events

This morning, the Pabst Theater Group and Alverno College announced the return of Uncovered, the beloved Milwaukee music series born as a part of the now-retired Alverno Presents program, with two shows coming next year, dedicated to A Tribe Called Quest and Stevie Wonder.

"Tribe Uncovered" – curated by Klassik – will take place at Turner Hall Ballroom at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) on Friday, Jan. 20, while "Wonder Uncovered" – curated by Tarik Moody and David Wake – will be hosted at Turner Hall Ballroom at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.) on Friday, April 14.

In an Uncovered performance, several of Milwaukee's best artists – under the vision of a key curator – team up to explore, dissect, interpret and celebrate some of pop culture's most influential musicians' work. Past Uncovered shows have showcased the likes of Patti Smith, Quincy Jones and Prince.

"The premise behind the Uncovered series is a consideration of the American Songbook; who merits inclusion and why," said producer David Ravel, in a press release. "Our goal has always been to look beyond the usual suspects. What separates these shows from tribute concerts is the idea that we can discover the intrinsic value of a song through the strength of its reinterpretation."

"Alverno College sponsored Alverno Presents for over 56 years, and we passionately believe a vibrant performing arts culture is vital to our community and are excited to continue the series through smart community partnerships with like-minded groups like the Pabst Theater Group," said Julie Quinlan Brame, Vice President for Advancement at Alverno College, in a press release.

Artist details are still in the works for "Wonder Uncovered," which will mainly focus on Stevie Wonder's 1976 groundbreaking album "Songs In The Key Of Life," but the full artist lineup for "Tribe Uncovered" – the program's first time looking at the hip-hop genre as a part of the American songbook – is available, with a house band featuring Foreign Goods X Stomata with Chris Rosenau on guitar; Lorde Fredd33, AR Wesley, Deb.On.Air, Mike Regal and Strehlow serving as MCs and produers; Jordan Madhatter Lee and Old Man Malcolm as DJs; and choreography from Christopher Gilbert.

Tickets for the shows go on sale beginning on Friday, Dec. 9 at noon. Individual general admission tickets will cost $22.50, while season passes – featuring both Tribe and Wonder shows – will cost $36.50. For more information, visit the Pabst Theater's website.

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