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Music Feature
Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2009
Before heading to Milwaukee for this weekend's WMSE Backyard BBQ concert, Justin Townes Earle enjoyed a rare moment off the road, relaxing in an apartment on Manhattan's Lower East Side that he and his fiancée moved into earlier this year. For Earle, a 27-year-old folk singer/songwriter who had been living and working in West Nashville, Tenn., New York City's sights and sounds...
Today in Milwaukee
Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2009

Tonight @ Wisconsin State Fair Main Stage, 8 p.m.

How to describe one of country music’s most creative—and controversial—duos? Let’s start with singers-songwriters “Big” Kenny Alphin and John Rich (formerly of Lonestar). They write zany tongue in cheek tunes like “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” and “Comin’ to Your City” while mixing country with rock and hip-hop—Yep; hip-hop. They’ve collaborated with the likes of Wyclef Jean (The Fugees), John Legend, Lil Jon and even Jon Bon Jovi. Must be something about the “Jo(h)n” factor. And they’re at the heart of the MuzikMafia, actually...
Today in Milwaukee
Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009

Tonight @ Wisconsin State Fair Main Stage, 8 p.m.

It took a mix of Brits and Americans to come up with the band name Foreigner. With over 50 million albums sold worldwide, the band’s hits are embedded in the sounds of the ’80s with their catchy guitar hooks and infectious melodies of hits like “Hot Blooded,” “Double Vision,” “Cold As Ice” among many others. Formed in 1976 by veteran musicians, the band was already in good company with its core of Mick Jones (Spooky Tooth), Ian McDonald...
Today in Milwaukee
Friday, July 3, 2009

Tonight @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m.

Who is that mystery man under all those caps and hats? One look and it can only be Kenny Chesney. This 41-year-old Knoxville, Tenn. native continues to pack ’em in with songs like “Living in Fast Forward” “Beer in Mexico” and “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy.” Maybe it’s his concern for his fans in these recessionary times—he’s playing different sized spaces on his 2009 Sun City Carnival tour to keep ticket prices affordable...
Today in Milwaukee
Friday, June 26, 2009

Tonight @ Marcus Amphitheater, 7:30 p.m.

Keith Urban began his interest in music very early in life, winning singing competitions by the time he was eight. The stage was already set, so to speak, but the 42-year-old Australian (born in New Zealand) got his first boast of career momentum when he moved to Nashville and started working as a guitarist with country duo Brooks & Dunn. (Hardcore Urbanites already know that Urban can be spotted in the Alan Jackson video “Mercury Blues”). It was only a decade...
Classical Music/Dance
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Classical Review

Cycles were the theme of "Spice Wave," Present Music's season finale. East met West with the Present Music ensemble interpreting the works of contemporary composers Philip Glass, Terry Riley and Michael Nyman. Adding to the mesmerizing, at times hypnotic effect of the summer night's music were guest artists Kala Ramnath on violin and tabla (hand drum) player Prithwiraj Bhattacharjee. Their soaring improvisations...
Concert Reviews
Tuesday, June 16, 2009

June 14, 2009

It was a perfect summer night last Sunday as the enthusiastic crowd at PrideFest eagerly anticipated the Fest's final headlining act, legendary blues singer/songwriter Etta James. At 71, James has seen a recent resurgence with the movie Cadillac Records and the film's revival of her 1960 hit "At Last," which was sung at President Obama's inauguration...
A&E Feature
Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Kohler Festival of Beer

It's mid-morning on a Tuesday and Anello Mollica is busy brewing a porter beer. It's the Mud Puppy Porter today, a malty dark brew that's one of the select varieties found at Central Waters Brewing Co., situated between Stevens Point and Waupaca in Amherst, Wis. As Mollica and partner Paul Graham can attest, the craft beer industry is not only holding strong, it's growing. "People's palates are becoming more refined," Mollica points out during a break in the brewing cycle. "They're willing to spend more for a craft beer-and once they try it, there's no going back."