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While the bands in the upcoming Local Coverage concert are covering each other’s songs, another group of bands comes together on Saturday night on behalf of a decade-old foundation - and they’ll all be covering another artist’s music as well.

READ: Milwaukee Bands Mix it Up for a Good Cause in 'Local Coverage'

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Milwaukee Record is a web-only publication covering a lot of local music and other events. And, it is also no stranger to puns.

Mitch Teich

With the temperatures so cold for the first week of the new year, it seemed like a perfect time to literally dust off this record from the WUWM archives.  It's Milwaukee's own Paul Cebar, along with Claudia Schmidt, from back in the days you might find a test-pressing on a 45 RPM record.  From 1983, pressed by Midwest Custom Record Pressing, here are Paul Cebar and Claudia Schmidt with a winter classic, "Baby, It's Cold Outside":

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The Pewaukee-based, Americana band Rebecca and the Grey Notes has been heard from stages around the Milwaukee-area for the last five years, but this is the first time the group has joined together in the Lake Effect Performance Studio. 

The band features Rebecca Famularo on vocals, backed up by the Grey Notes - songwriter and Rebecca’s dad, Tyler, on lead guitar; Michael Juley on bass; and Jeff Franks on drums.

Bonnie North

Five years ago, Ben Bedroske decided to create a chamber choir for people who don’t always sing in chamber choirs: recent college graduates. Thus the Chant Claire Chamber Choir was born. Now numbering 56, the choir gives its members a chance to keep their performing skills sharp and bond with a group of their peers. 

Bonnie North

Milwaukee's Irish Cultural and Heritage Center is hosting internationally acclaimed harpist Kim Robertson for its Holiday Harp concert. The Wisconsin native is joined on stage by a number of local musical friends, including mutli-instrumentalist Brett Lipshutz.

Lipshutz is a member of Myserk, a band which focuses on the Celtic tradition in Brittany, and he showcased his whistle playing in a performance with Robertson for Lake Effect

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In the music world, you could very easily nominate Patty Larkin as Milwaukee’s favorite daughter. Larkin grew up here before moving on to make a name for herself for her proficiency as a musician and a songwriter.

Larkin recorded her first album in 1985, and 12 more followed. She also has played as part of the Four Bitchin’ Babes, and has championed the cause of fellow women guitarists. Larkin has long lived in Massachusetts, but returns to her hometown every so often, including this fall, when she visited family and played a show to benefit the Urban Ecology Center.

Mark Squires

In 2004, when Matisyahu burst on the scene with his album Shake Off the Dust…Arise, he stood out in more ways than one. Bearded with traditional Hasidic garb and payos (religious sidelocks), he weaved together many genres: beatbox, rap, reggae, and spiritual song.

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Singer-songwriter Hayward Williams finished writing and recording his new album, Pretenders, last October. A lot has happened, both in the world and in the life of Hayward Williams in the 13 months since. But that doesn’t make the songs on Pretenders any less relevant.

Maayan Silver

Singer-songwriter Mike Mangione joins Lake Effect on a semi-regular basis to talk about some of the big questions he explores with people in his podcast, Time and the Mystery. But the Milwaukee-based musician continues to create music, and he recently teamed up with SistaStrings - a cello and violin duo made up of sisters Monique and Chauntee Ross. 

Marcus Goldhaber

Thinking about veterans does not have to be limited to Veteran's Day. That's the concept behind New York-based musician Marcus Goldhaber's new album Carry You On.  It’s an album with a unique hook, to get civilians and veterans to have meaningful conversations with each other.

Joy Powers

Skipper’s Alley has found a following in places far from their home in Dublin. The Irish band has played on cruise ships, on a St. Patrick’s Day tour in the African nation of Zambia, and now the group is bringing their music to Milwaukee with a performance at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center

Skipper's Alley describes itself as a "modern Irish folk band with an old-school approach," and their music falls within the traditional Irish music genre - more generally. 

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Nora Jane Struthers has made a pretty big splash with her latest album. Champion earned a glowing review from rock critic Ken Tucker on Fresh Air recently, and the record got its streaming debut through the NPR website.

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Milwaukee-raised songstress Lili K was first featured on Lake Effect in February 2016 after her first album Ruby was released. Since then, the singer has kept busy - she performed at major national music festivals, appeared as a background vocalist on FOX’s hit show Empire, and had a Jazz Night Residency at Soho House Chicago.

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There were many contemporary western musicians who performed with South African artists, especially as Apartheid was winding down in the late 1980s.

But musicians like Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel never went to jail for playing with those artists.  Johnny Clegg did.  Clegg moved to South Africa as a boy in the late 1960s and was attracted to the culture and tunes of Zulu street musicians in Johannesburg.  That was not legal in those days, but it didn’t deter him. 

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