Advertise on
Juniper Tar began its residency at The Hotel Foster March 28.
Juniper Tar began its residency at The Hotel Foster March 28. (Photo: Ryan Findley)
The band plays weekly every Wednesday night through April 18.
The band plays weekly every Wednesday night through April 18. (Photo: Ryan Findley)
The night featured special guests Sat. Nite Duets and John Sieger.
The night featured special guests Sat. Nite Duets and John Sieger. (Photo: Ryan Findley)

Inside the residency with Juniper Tar: Week One recap

Why should you care about what you are about to dive into? Well really we don't expect you to, but we really love Milwaukee and have gotten an opportunity to see our city in a different light, one that has us really freaking excited. So every week, we will share some things with you about our music residency happening at the Hotel Foster on the East Side of our city. Buckle in, there are English majors in this band. (They didn't all graduate, but that's neither here nor there.)

So, where to begin? Well, we were a little hesitant to attempt a residency in Milwaukee. It's not something rock bands in Milwaukee really do. But we really wanted to do a residency in Milwaukee because it's not something rock bands in Milwaukee really do! Last night was the first night of a month-long weekly gig at Hotel Foster and we're going to tell you a little bit about how joyous the experience was for us.

March 28: Special Guests Sat. Nite Duets & John Sieger

Pulling the van in the back alley behind the Hotel Foster was a bit nostalgic for most of us who'd spent a lot of time loading in through back of The Globe in the old days. We expected to see Rocker Pat setting up mics or asleep on the sound board. We've never played the Hotel Foster before. Most of us haven't spent a lot of time at Foster, either, so we didn't know what to expect. Let us tell you, those guys have something pretty great over there! Sometimes it's hard to convince a fairly unconventional music venue in Milwaukee to allow you to play music in their establishment at all. Allowing a single group to set up shop every week for a month is practically unheard of.

Loading in the back door, you weave your way past the stacked vintage couches and tables that they'd moved themselves to allow us to play for the night. Past the stacked couches unveils beautiful, ornate chandeliers, under which we were very pleasantly greeted by owner John Revord the minute we entered. We knew then that it was going to be a pretty great plac…

To paraphrase The Proclaimers, just "throw the t away."
To paraphrase The Proclaimers, just "throw the t away."

Where did the "t" come from?

In the most recent past, maybe the last year or so, I have noticed that more and more people are pronouncing the "t" in the word "often."

I understand that English is a living language and constantly adjusts itself to the introduction of new words, like "internet" and "website," but when did it become acceptable to pronounce the "t" in "often"?

It's not that I'm a pronunciation geek or anything, it's just that I have become a stickler for language because I had to say it out loud for so long.

Below is the definition and pronunciation of the word from an online dictionary. ("Online," another new word!) The use of the "t" comes only in the third suggested pronunciation. The first and second are the ones that should be used. I think the third is just there to make all the "t"-sayers happy.

When you look this up in the dictionary, you will also find a little speaker symbol that lets you hear the word pronounced: off-en.

So please, just to make me stop cringing, take the "t" out of your speech and pronounce the word correctly, often.

[aw-fuhn, of-uhn; awf-tuhn, ]

Crash County brings down the Ale House

Considering how quickly "American Idol" turned singers such as Danny Gokey and Naima Adedapo into local celebrities, it is surprising how little attention has been paid to Scott Dangerfield.

While he was barely featured on the current season of the hit show, Dangerfield still made it into the Top 42 before being eliminated. Now back home in Milwaukee, Dangerfield is the lead singer of the five-member band Crash County, who performed Friday night at the Milwaukee Ale House.

Over the course of three sets, it became very clear why Dangerfield made it so far in the notoriously tough singing competition. Crash County played a wide variety of covers ranging from The Temptations to Credence Clearwater Revival as well as Bruno Mars and the Black Keys.

The show was primarily rock-based, but the band also dipped into blues, country and funk. Along the way, they sprinkled in original songs such as "Two Cent Shoes" and "Stop Me Now," which will presumably appear on their debut album due in either April or May.

The crowd at the Milwaukee Ale House was remarkably diverse, but regardless of background, all the focus in the room was set on Crash County (even with important college basketball games playing on the television screens). At one point during the course of the nearly three-hour show an older gentleman in the crowd said to his companion, "Why didn't you tell me these guys were any good?"

During the first set, there were occasional moments of feedback from the guitars but that was cleaned up rather quickly after a few songs. The highlight of the first set was their rollicking rendition of Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues." This had been the final song Dangerfield performed on "American Idol" before his elimination as part of the final cuts. Part of what makes Crash County special is their ability to stay faithful to the original songs, while at the same time incorporating a fun new twist or solo.

It was apparent that Crash County already had a number of follow…

Join Guinness drinkers around the globe for a record-setting St. Patrick's Day.
Join Guinness drinkers around the globe for a record-setting St. Patrick's Day.

Don't miss your chance to celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Guinness

A little more than a day remains before Milwaukee goes "green" and its citizens tap into their (real or imagined) Irish heritage for the annual party that is St. Patrick's Day.

Before you join the throngs of revelers, take a second to RSVP to the biggest party of them all: Guinness' global St. Patrick's Day party and world record attempt. and Guinness have teamed up to get you in, and all it costs is a few clicks and a glass of Guinness on the big day. (And, let's face it, you were going to drink one anyway. Why not make it count?)

Visit the Guinness website to pledge your pint to their world record attempt, and use code MILW to represent the Brew City. Then, raise your glass proudly ‚Äď and responsibly ‚Äď as you hit the town this St. Patrick's Day.