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08.25.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
In the increasingly rare moments that my grandfather remembers what I do for a living long enough to make conversation about it-I write about music, among other things, I tell him when he asks-he'll pose a follow-up question: "What's your favorite band?" I never have an answer for this question, but my grandfather always does. "I know mine," he says, proudly. "The Glenn Miller Orchestra....
Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008

Tonight @ Cathedral Square Park - 6:30 p.m.

Jazz purists who blast the weekly Jazz in the Park concert series in Cathedral Square Park for not booking enough traditional jazz music will find plenty of fodder to complain about tonight, when the jazz series welcomes… a blues band. The area smooth, electric blues combo The Back Alley Band take the stage . . .
Thursday, July 24, 2008

Tonight @ Cathedral Square Park - 7:30 p.m.

Long praised for his complex, understated style, local jazz guitarist Paul Silbergleit is a regular as his Wednesday Night Jazz Jam at Treats, but this evening he plays a much bigger stage when he performs at Jazz in the Park in Cathedral Square Park at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, July 20, 2008

Tonight @ the Jazz Estate - 9:30 p.m.

Drawing frequent comparisons to Medeski, Martin and Wood, St. Louis’ Teddy Presberg comfortably infuses jazz guitar jams with routine funk refrains. Playing with his backing band, the Red Note Revivalists, the St. Louis musician should bring a large and vibrant sound to the cramped Jazz Estate stage when he does . . .
Thursday, July 17, 2008

American Music and a Milwaukee Tradition

Since 1998, the Garfield Avenue Festival has shined a spotlight on local music while dishing out some of the best soul food in the city. After modest beginnings as a blues festival, the free event has grown each year, offering more food vendors, more street performers, more visual artists, more activities and demonstrations for young children and more music. The festival, which runs from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 19 on Garfield Avenue between 4th and 7th streets, now attracts about 15,000 people a year . . .
Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tonight @ Cathedral Square - 6:30 p.m.

The Pamela Means Jazz Project headlines Jazz in the Park at Cathedral Square tonight at 6:30 p.m. As the name of her band suggests, jazz isn’t first nature to singer-guitarist Pamela Means, who is better known for saucy, politicized anti-folk in the spirit of Ani DiFranco, but with her Jazz Project, Means attempts . . .
Wednesday, July 16, 2008

This Week in Milwaukee

HEALTH @ The Borg Ward Collective, 7 p.m., Thursday. Partnered with the Canadian electronic duo Crystal Castles, HEALTH recorded one of last year’s sharpest singles, the disorient ing, Orwellian “Crimewave.” Left to their own devices, though, the Los Angeles group is more of a conventional noise-rock band than that dark dance track suggests, heavy on rusty guitars and cacopho nous drums.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Tonight @ the Milwaukee Ale House

Grace and Julian, a collaboration between two New York University students, vocalist Grace Weber and pianist Julian Pollack, divide their time between up-tempo jazz pop and sultry adult-contemporary jazz ballads on their self-titled 2007 album. After a slew of shows around the area this summer—including a...
Friday, July 4, 2008

Phil Lesh, The Roots, Slightly Stoopid

Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh revisits the Dead repertoire with a rotating cast of musicians that he bills as Phil Lesh and Friends tonight at 10 p.m. at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard; The Roots are the only major rap act to play Summerfest’s whitewashed line-up this year, but at least they’re an uncompromising one...

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