Alice Cooper is back at Summerfest on Sunday, June 30.
Alice Cooper is back at Summerfest on Sunday, June 30.
Cooper's bass player Chuck Garric calls Milwaukee his second home.
Cooper's bass player Chuck Garric calls Milwaukee his second home.

Garric plays bass guitar and golf with Alice Cooper

It’s inspiring when musicians call Milwaukee their second home just because they love playing here. For Alice Cooper’s bass player Chuck Garric, rocking his wife’s hometown isn't enough, he also enjoys helping out in other ways. Although Chuck and his wife Lindsay (an OnMilwaukee.com blogger) don’t live here, the two organized a benefit concert for MPS' Lloyd Barbee Montessori School at The Hotel Foster in March.

Previous to playing the benefit, Chuck opened for Iron Maiden at last year’s Summerfest and plans to rock Milwaukee’s lakefront again this weekend as Alice Cooper plays the BMO Harris Pavilion on Sunday, June 30.

Garric isn’t the kind of person to do just one thing at a time. He tours  and records with Alice Cooper's band, but he also has his hands in several other projects. This Sunday, Chuck will be jamming with Milwaukee band Motherdog at 3 p.m. on the Casio Interstate stage before his headlining gig with Alice Cooper.

Last year Chuck also started the band Beasto Blanco and toured Europe. He’s played bass with L.A. Guns, Cheap Trick, Dio, Billy Bob Thornton, Ted Nugent, Robbie Krieger of The Doors and has enough stories to easily fill a book.

Cooper’s current band consists of Garric on bass guitar, 24-year-old female guitar player Orianthi, Ryan Roxie, Glen Sobel and Tommy Henricksen. The group is a collaboration of veteran musicians that know how to rock and party, but have learned that as you get older the partying doesn’t happen as frequently as it used to.

In today’s Kramp Cast I talk with musician Chuck Garric about the current Alice Cooper tour, his connection to Milwaukee, past collaborations with big named musicians and playing golf with Alice Cooper while wearing black eyeliner. Enjoy!

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Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant perform as Capital Cities Thursday at Summerfest.
Sebu Simonian and Ryan Merchant perform as Capital Cities Thursday at Summerfest.
Simonian loves Pink Floyd and satin jackets.
Simonian loves Pink Floyd and satin jackets.
Simonian and Ryan Merchant are both lead vocalists and sing in unison.
Simonian and Ryan Merchant are both lead vocalists and sing in unison.

Capital Cities is safe with its sound

The band that I’m most interested in seeing this Thursday day at Summerfest is L.A.’s Capital Cities.

Its debut CD "In A Tidal Wave Of Mystery" was released earlier this month with huge support from the smash single "Safe And Sound." The song has been on the Billboard Alternative Music Charts for 31 weeks, peaked at No. 1 and doesn’t seem to want to fall far from that spot anytime soon.

The one thing that many fans don’t know is that the song has been around for over three years and had to go through eight to nine different variations before it got to where it is today. In fact, a handful of the band's debut CD was in fact released several years ago on an EP.

The band first got together in 2008 after Sebu Simonian put an ad up on Craigslist offering his music production services for commercial writing and the only response he got was from Ryan Merchant. The two would go on to write a few things for commercial use but found that their musical collaborations had more potential so they decided to write original music, start recording and then performing those songs.

Over the past five years Merchant and Simonian have gone from a two-piece to a five-piece band that now brings their crafted melodies, lead vocals sung in unison and amazing production to the stage.

apital Cities is no one-hit wonder band and that’s very apparent after hearing other songs on the CD, including "Kangaroo Court," "Patience Gets Us Nowhere Fast," "I Sold My Bed, But Not My Stereo," and "Farrah Fawcett Hair," featuring Andre 3000 of Outkast. Capital Cities' well-crafted radio-friendly songs will allow the band to stick around once "Safe And Sound" runs its course.

In today’s Kramp Cast I talk to Sebu Simonian of the breakout alt-dance group Capital Cities about how the band got to where it is today, the way the hit single "Safe And Sound" has taken off commercially and the influence that the Pink Floyd has had on him.

Capital Cities performs Thursday at 8 p.m. on the U.S. Cell…

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Robert Delong performs tonight at 8 on the Miller Lite Oasis stage at Summerfest.
Robert Delong performs tonight at 8 on the Miller Lite Oasis stage at Summerfest.
Robert Delong shines as a on man show.
Robert Delong shines as a on man show.
Robert Delong plays drums, keyboards and uses a joystick to create his sound.
Robert Delong plays drums, keyboards and uses a joystick to create his sound.

Delong's one man show is a concept that makes you move

This is the first of several Kramp Casts which focus on bands that are playing this year’s Summerfest. I truly believe that the line up this year is pretty solid. The festival has a wide variety of old and new artists in diverse musical genres to choose from.

Performing tonight at the Miller Lite Oasis at 8 p.m. is musician Robert Delong. Robert grew up playing and teaching drums but also has a deep knowledge of computer programming which has allowed this one man show to shine as he seamlessly uses drums, synthesizers and video game controllers while singing. One of his song titles is "Survival Of The Fittest" and you can tell through his live act that he knows how to survive on his own. It is a show you have to see to believe.

Delong’s electro-pop debut CD "Just Movement" is something that could easily be heard at a club, but also has lyrical breakdowns that are as sweet at his voice. From the radio friendly song "Global Concepts" to "Basically I" or "Religious Views," he shows his ability to make people dance while still posing questions of his faith and future.

In today’s Kramp Cast I talk to Delong about his music and musical tastes, the deeper meanings to his lyrics, being a solo performer and if life were just a game which video game he would prefer to be stuck in. You can tell he’s in a good place right now and happy about the success he’s received from the debut CD and his intriguing sound. Enjoy!

Actor Scott Wolf is back on TV Tuesday nights on TNT's "Perception."
Actor Scott Wolf is back on TV Tuesday nights on TNT's "Perception."

Scott Wolf joins TNT's "Perception" and the Kramp Cast

Actor Scott Wolf has been able to blend in nicely with different shows since his "Party Of Five" days. It’s difficult to believe that he was already 26 years old when he started to play teen orphan Bailey Salinger, but since then he looks as if he has hardly aged.

He’s played a doctor on "Everwood," a hardnosed TV reporter on "V," and returns to TV tonight as U.S. Attorney Donnie Ryan on TNT’s "Perception."

Scott Wolf joins an already interesting cast of Eric McCormick ("Will & Grace") and Rachel Leigh Cook ("She’s All That") to play Cook’s not quite ex-husband who wants her back after cheating on her. He may be back in town for business, but he makes it clear that he’s primarily back for her.

This character is a contrast to past roles, but Wolf is excited about taking the challenge head on knowing that he has the opportunity to be a part of a show on a cable network that he loves. He says "as an actor you want feel you’re in an environment where the story is king," well it appears he’s happy he has found one.

In today’s Kramp Cast, Wolf and I talk about his new role on TV and about life’s unexpected turns that have made things better for him as an actor, husband and father. We also have a fun conversation about his past and what kind of reality TV he would actually commit to. He won’t be dancing or diving anytime soon, but what about a game of croquet with the stars? Enjoy!