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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

PrideFest celebrates LGBT diversity

Since it settled into its permanent home at the Summerfest grounds at Henry W. Maier Festival Park in 1996, Milwaukee's PrideFest has grown into one of the country's biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and...
Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Budget cuts leave county buildings lacking inspections

In the aftermath of the tragedy at O’Donnell Park in June, questions are being raised about the county’s stewardship of its properties. Funds were cut out of two recent budgets for routine building inspections. And despite lawsuits over the construction of the O’Donnell structure, its last “full assessment” was in 2005, when $600,000 in repairs...
Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Hold Steady, Roots, PBR Street Festival and Modest Mouse

We’re assuming that anybody reading this blurb doesn’t need to read yet another Bruce Springsteen comparison, so instead here’s a bit of trivia about the Milwaukee ties of Brooklyn’s The Hold Steady. The band’s bassist Galen Polivka is a Whitefish Bay High School alum who for years played in the...
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
In preparing its comeback album, Something for Everybody, Devo took the unusual step of inviting fans to pick the 12 songs from a pool of 16 that would make the album. “We did it on purpose as an experiment,” Gerald Casale explains in a recent phone interview. “It’s something we had never done. We were always hermetically sealed, like little aliens...
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Local bands have sometimes been lost in the shuffle at Summerfest, but for the last three years a stage dedicated exclusively to local and regional performers has showcased the kind of independent Milwaukee bands that the music festival had historically overlooked. Since quietly debuting in 2007, the Cascio Interstate Music Groove Stage has...
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Summerfest launches an alternative music festival, but is it here to stay?

By the end, RiverSplash was on life support. For two decades, the event had marked the unofficial start of Milwaukee’s festival season the first weekend of each June, but following years of bad weather and even worse press after a 2008 shooting, organizers announced in December that RiverSplash wouldn’t return this year. That cancellation freed up a prime weekend for Summerfest officials...
Monday, Nov. 16, 2009

Summerfest

They don’t call Milwaukee the “City of Festivals” for nothing. Throughout the year, Milwaukeeans and visitors alike come together to celebrate the city’s diverse cultural herit
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
So often the ground on which we tread holds a story of significance. The unrelenting passage of time and the steady drive of development can cover the evidence of an era gone by, and knowledge of that history fades into oblivion. When the masses descend on Henry Maier...
07.06.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The challenge for Elvis Costello: Whether to spend his hour show playing his old hits or his ample recent material. The solution: Spend two hours playing both. Anybody hoping to hear a particular song at Costello�s super-sized set Sunday night at Summerfest�s M&I Classic Rock Stage probably walked away happy. Among the highlights: �Everyday I Write the Book,� �Clubland� �I Hope You�re Happy No...

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