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The classic rock radio format has been around since the 1980s and is still a popular one with radio stations today.  But for many rock fans, classic rock is a contested term. It could mean any of the famous artists who changed the rock scene, from The Beatles to Bob Dylan, to Joan Baez, David Bowie, the Eagles, Leonard Cohen, or Led Zeppelin, and countless others who influenced the genre.

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This Friday evening the streets of Bay View will be filled with jazz. Now in its 4th year, the Bay View Jazz Fest promotes both jazz itself and the musicians who make it. The Fest takes place at venues along the intersection of Lincoln and Kinnikinnick avenues tomorrow starting at 5pm.

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As diverse as music is, music-makers come from equally wide-ranging backgrounds - spanning gender, ethnicity and age. Leaders of the Wisconsin Intergenerational Orchestra (WIO) say their mission is to connect players in that last category, in order to bring listeners fresh takes on classical masterpieces.

Artistic director of WIO, Anne Marie Peterson, speaks about working with such a diverse group including Julliard-bound viola player Tabby Rhee and her 16-year-old brother Julian.

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"It's the new album until tomorrow." On the last day of their tour, husband and wife musical team Molly and Johnny Solomon of Communist Daughter share exhausted breaths of post-tour pants-less desires and insight into their next project. 

Mitch Teich

The old maxim goes that looks can be deceiving.  In the case of singer-songwriter Carmel Mikol's new album, sounds can be deceiving as well.

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The musical duo of Sara and Kenny may seem like an unlikely pairing of a classical guitarist from Italy with a classical pianist from Brookfield.

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The Jazz Estate has been hosting jazz groups in Milwaukeesince at least the 1970s, but the building itself was first built in the late 1890s. 

"The family that owned it, they sort of owned it off and on through the entire time. They were really huge fans of music," says John Dye, the current owner of The Jazz Estate. "The story is that one of the old owners went to World War II and came back with a love of jazz music. So it was just sort of this change in his life that brought him to appreciate jazz." 

Courtesy of The Revomatics

Milwaukee’s surf band –The Revomatics – made their first Lake Effect appearance two years ago when they released their first album, We Come In Peace.

Dinislam Galeev

For Aleksandra “Sasha” Kasman, playing classical piano is in her blood. It's been passed down through her mother and her father - Yakov Kasman, who is an accomplished performer and professor of piano. The legend in her family is that when she was two or three she could sing through a Shostakovich concerto from beginning to end because she had heard her father practice it so often.

Present Music

Milwaukee’s Present Music not only pushes boundaries musically, but also when it comes to the spaces they perform. Saturday’s concert finds the group performing amongst the dioramas and artifacts of the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Present Music's exploratory concert, Time, Nature, Culture, Soundwill take audience members through the museum to experience performances on every floor.

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Milwaukee singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey has worked with a lot of musicians during his two-plus decades in the music business.  But perhaps none is better-known than Ani DiFranco, with whom Mulvey has shared many concert bills. 

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Tuesday, April 25 would have been Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday. The woman known as the first lady of song and the queen of jazz had a pure tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and what’s been described as a "horn-like" ability to improvise. And while she wasn’t the first jazz singer to scat, she elevated it to a high art.

Sarah Matthews

April 22 marks the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day. This day celebrates the unique culture surrounding independently owned record stores.

The Record Store Day organization works with both independent and major labels throughout the year to create the official Record Store Day List. On that list are special vinyl and CD releases made exclusively for the day.

Kat Schleicher

Pastime Paradise, As, I Wish. Many are familiar with the original versions of these songs by music legend Stevie Wonder.

Anna Shternshis

You may be familiar with Yiddish as the language that brought us, among others, the words shlep (carry), kvetch (complain), and nosh (eat). It’s only spoken in limited communities today, but for nearly 1000 years Yiddish was the primary language of Ashkenazi Jews all over Europe -- until the Holocaust.

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