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Concert Reviews
Monday, March 8, 2010

March 6, 2010

Judging by the response from the crowded Pabst Theater this weekend, it had been too long since The Chieftains have visited Milwaukee. But the quintessential Irish band, which has been touring for some 48 years according to founding member Paddy Maloney, made up for its absence Saturday with a joyous reel of a program...
Album Reviews
Monday, March 1, 2010

Valleys of Neptune (Experience Hendrix/Legacy)

The surprising thing about Valleys of Neptune is that it took more than 40 years for this collection of 1969 Jimi Hendrix recordings to surface. Some songs—“Stone Free,” “Fire” and “Red House”—aren’t new, but new versions appear on this 12-cut CD. Other numbers like “Lullaby for the Summer” and “Crying Blue...
Album Reviews
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009

High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project (2nd Story Sound Records)

Weeks before drinking himself to death at age 39 in 1931, North Carolina millworker-turned-banjo-picker Charlie Poole recorded “Milwaukee Blues,” a song that has nearly nothing to do with Milwaukee. It was modestly successful, an achievement given that the Great Depression was two years under way...
Concert Reviews
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009

Sept. 23, 2009

Clad in two-thirds of a natty gray suit, Boz Scaggs strode casually onto the Pabst Theater stage Wednesday to enthusiastic applause. By the time he finished his 100-minute set, the applause sounded as if it had increased fo...
Music Feature
Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009

Ensemble welcomes indie composer Gabriel Kahane

At first, pop-intellectual composer Gabriel Kahane may not seem a likely match for Present Music, Milwaukee’s contemporary chamber ensemble. But the son of classical pianist Jeffrey Kahane, who will be joining the neo-classical outfit for its Sept. 12 season opener at Turner Hall Ballroom, weaves a pastiche of styles into a collective musical esthetic that is its own genre, according to Kevin Stalheim, Present Music’s...
Cover Story
Friday, Sept. 4, 2009

September Marks a New Era for Milwaukee's Symphony Orchestra

If there’s one thing that leads to the creation of a good orchestra, it’s bad weather. For Edo de Waart, new maestro for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin’s blustery, frigid winters have helped nurture a body of musicians with the potential to one day become a world-class...
Cover Story
Friday, Sept. 4, 2009

September marks a new era for Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra

If there's one thing that leads to the creation of a good orchestra, it's bad weather. For Edo de Waart, new maestro for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin's blustery...
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009

Theater Review

Often, the present is little more than the accumulation of the past's painful residue. Few pasts appear to have been as painful as that of playwright Eugene O'Neill, whose autobiographical masterpiece, Long Day's Journey into Night, caps American Players Theatre's 2009 summer season. Chronicling the family of James Tyrone Sr. (Kenneth Albers), a former stage actor who now dabbles unsuccessfully in real estate, Long Day's Journey finds its five-member cast...
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009

Theater Review

War isn't always what it seems, at least to William Shakespeare. Even in legend, heroism's conquests are offset by the conflict's horrors, making even the greatest victory at best bittersweet. Such is the suffering of poor Prince Hal (Matt Schwader), who has ascended the throne to become the title character in Henry V, American Players Theatre's latest production. In pursuit of the French throne and prompted by a jibe from...
Today in Milwaukee
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009

Tonight @ Wisconsin State Fair Main Stage, 7:30 p.m.

Judging from his Web site and vocal online followers, Davy Jones’ fandom is alive and well. The former Monkee has kept a solo career moving forward and will ride “The Last Train to Clarksville” to the Wisconsin State Fair for a bill he’ll she with Gary Puckett (without The Union Gap) and the Spencer Davis Group (without Steve Winwood...

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