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Bonnie North

Milwaukee band Various Small Fires performed in, and outside of, our studio recently. This is their original tune Shine:

The band plays a full set at The Up and Under Pub Saturday night during the Battle of the Bands competition. The award is a place on the 2018 Summerfest lineup.

Bonnie North

A pipe organ in full throttle can literally rumble the floor beneath your feet. The sounds they make - sometimes grand, sometime soft and intimate - all depend on the combination of stops, keyboards, and foot pedals the performer uses.

Max Eicke / Facebook/Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

At first blush, the overlap between European Jewish musical forms and African-American spirituals may seem unclear. But singer Anthony Russell says the connection is not only deeply rooted in the histories of these two peoples, but in the history of American pop music.

Russell, who trained as an opera singer, is African-American and Jewish - a conversion prompted by both his love of Jewish culture and his husband, who happens to be a rabbi. 

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From Wichita Lineman to All I Know to If These Walls Could Speak, Jimmy Webb’s songs have been covered by many in the pop and rock pantheon. In many ways, his catalogue of songs has defined American pop music for the past 5 decades. And since the early 90s, Webb has been on the road himself, performing his own songs in his own way. 

But it was the late Glen Campbell who truly shaped Webb's career:

Bonnie North

Wael Farouk is a formidable pianist. He's deeply expressive and his technique is virtuosic.

And Friday evening, April 6, at Carthage College in Kenosha, Dr. Farouk will perform an especially Herculean feat: All five Beethoven piano concertos.

Bonnie North

Canadian fingerstyle guitarist and singer-songwriter Calum Graham is only 26-years-old, but has already had a fairly illustrious career. He performed at the Olympic games in both Vancouver and London, has released five acclaimed albums, and was recently named one of the top 30 guitarists under 30 by Acoustic Guitar Magazine. 

Mayaan Silver

They’re called Birds of Chicago, but there’s a lot of geography in the group led by Allison Russell and JT Nero. Russell is a Montreal native, the couple lives in Nashville, and they are honorary Milwaukeeans - JT’s family lives here and they spend plenty of time in the area. 

courtesy of Ensemble Caprice

On Saturday afternoon at the Zelazo Center on the UWM campus, Early Music Now welcomes Ensemble Caprice, one of Canada’s preeminent early music groups.  The group is based in Montreal, but are on a North American tour, and will bring Milwaukee audiences a program of familiar and unusual baroque works in a program they call iLove Baroque.

Essay: Finding the Power of Memory in Music

Feb 22, 2018
Rob Donnelly, Milwaukee Magazine

It was the last warm day of the year. My parents and I had just spent the afternoon with relatives, walking around an arboretum near Naperville, enjoying the weather. Now we were in the car, returning to my folks’ house in Racine.

Joy Powers

Local folk musicians Caley Conway and Marielle Allschwang join Lake Effect's Joy Powers to talk about Milwaukee's supportive community of musicians, the changing nature of how fans listen to music, and their upcoming projects. The two performers will share a double-bill Friday, February 23, at Anodyne Coffee in Walker's Point.

Maayan Silver

Gospel: it’s music to wake up to. Music that gets you off your seat. Music that makes you want to raise your arms and cheer with elation.

Cherice Love, Jaquan “Quan” Clark and Shawn Winston are no strangers to the joy that gospel brings. They are part of a quartet called Spiritual Tones, representing Milwaukee's next generation of gospel singers and will be performing at the 5th Annual Milwaukee Gospel Jubilee on Friday night.

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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'

Milwaukee Record

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.

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