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Around Milwaukee
Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
Whether wittily, if vacuously pontificating on “The Daily Show,” playing the beleaguered personal computer foil to Matt Long's victorious Mac in Apple commercials, or in any of the other forums that have granted John Hodgman “minor celebrity” (his words), he brings a steely self-assurance to comedy. His fictional non-fiction books, such as The Areas of My Expertise and ...
Around Milwaukee
Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014
Stand-up comedy may usually be associated with evening hours. But this Saturday's Blues Brunch at 3041 North, Milwaukee's "urban country club for the soul"(3041 W. North Ave.) will have local comic D-Rock among the guest talent. Along with his gigging behind the mic for over a decade, the Little Rock native has hosted cable access show “Mixed G,” had parts in R&B singer Brandy Norwood...
Album Reviews
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
 Though he claims Brian Wilson and Paul McCartney as inspirations, Waukesha native Ian Ash doesn’t quite as much encompass the simultaneous universality and specificity of The Beatles and The Beach Boys at their best (the latter band’s “Vegetables” inspired the album title). Instead, he
Around Milwaukee
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014
The Mighty Clouds Of Joy, the Los Angeles-based pioneering traditional soul gospel male vocal group who achieved unprecedented levels of general-audience success for any such group outside the church and gospel radio circuit, return to Milwaukee on Saturday, Oct. 11 for a program at Abundant Faith Church, 7830 W. Good Hope Road. The Clouds, who courted disco and R&B listeners for a while in ...
Around Milwaukee
Monday, Sept. 22, 2014

Veteran R&B singer at soul music fish fry

The versatile Jon Pierre Gee & Ahvant Soul return Oct. 3 to the wittily-named Coffee Makes You Black, 2803 N. Teutonia Ave., for an evening of jazz at the restaurant/reading room/coffee house's weekly fish fry. The fried filets provide enough of an enticement, but Gee, a former singer with funky Motown greats Junior Walker & The All-Stars, puts on a dynamic performance and r...
Around Milwaukee
Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014
WNOV 860AM's Saturday “Blues Café” DJ, Mr. Deboe, has plans to warm the autumnal air with the aromas of grilled meat with a celebrity grill-off challenge, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 4. Among the men manning the barbecues alongside Deboe, who prides himself on making a fantastic beef brisket, should be Washington Park Festival regular "Baby Back" Willie Coleman among other black males...
Album Reviews
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014
In the early ’80s a Milwaukee band with a humble-brag of a name, The Pop, issued a lone single with a heavy debt to Merseybeat-era Beatles, and then...nothing, until now. Partially composed of members of that long-ago band, D’Pop compiled both sides of that collectible 45 onto an album of otherwise new material