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Trapper Schoepp

Singer-songwriter Christopher the Conquered (a.k.a. Christopher Ford) was setting up for a Lake Effect interview and performance in WUWM's Studio C1 on Thursday afternoon when the news came out that Prince had passed away at age 57 at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota.

The news first stunned him, and then inspired him to dust off a cover of the Prince-penned "Nothing Compares 2U." The song written and recorded in 1985, but was made famous in 1990 by Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor.

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Musician Jack Spann is not a musical newcomer. The St. Louis native has lived in New York for years and put his keyboard – and other musical talents to work with any number of other musicians. But the last couple of years have been big ones for Spann.

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The Jewish Community Center is hosting a "Concert for Peace" tonight featuring Israeli Jewish oud and violin virtuoso Yair Dalal and accomplished Israeli Arab guitarist and singer Mira Awad. Both Dalal and Awad are no strangers to musical partnerships, having worked with a myriad of musicians from around the world. This concert in Milwaukee will feature the two musicians in both combined and solo sets.

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Trapper Schoepp has come a long way since the release of his last album - both figuratively and literally. Schoepp was finishing off a stint as a production assistant at Lake Effect when his last CD hit the stands.

Four years later, his new album, "Rangers and Valentines," is out today. And in the intervening time, Schoepp has been living the life of a full-time musician, racking up the miles as he's headlined shows and played in support of acts like The Jayhawks and the Old 97s. 

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For the past half century, Star Trek has grown from one short lived TV series created by Gene Roddenberry into a franchise that now includes 5 additional television series and 12 movies with plenty more likely to come.

Part of the appeal of the original series was its distinctive theme that swelled underneath William Shatner’s now classic voiceover:

Neal Easterling

While a 14th Century book by a sickly English mystic might not seem a likely source of inspiration, composer Carson Cooman might beg to differ. His piece, The Revelations of Divine Love (Metaphors from Sea and Sky), was inspired by St. Julian of Norwich’s book of the same name, and will make its Midwest premiere this Sunday with the Bel Canto Chorus at St. Dominic Catholic Parish.

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The strings program at the near-south side's Latino Arts has been hailed for providing top-notch education, free of charge, to low-income Latino students across Milwaukee. 

One highlight of the programs is their annual Guitar Festival for area youth. In fact, it was such a success that it grew to include not just a student competition, but also master classes for the whole community.

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One of the hallmarks of jazz is that its players know how to improvise. So it would seem that the idea of teaching improvisation is a contradiction in terms.

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On Monday night, a new music consortium called Milwaukee Musaik will hold its debut concert at Wisconsin Lutheran College’s Schwan Hall. 

The group is led by violinists Alexander Mandl and Jeanyi Kim and clarinetist Bill Helmers. "The Milwaukee Musaik was born out of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, which was the prior organization - which was originally started in 1973 by Steve Colburn and a few other members as the Milwaukee Chamber Music Society," Mandl says.

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The history of the Minnesota band, The Replacements, is full of chaos. In fact, that was sort of their appeal.

They emerged in the early 80’s, at a time when punk was giving way to alternative rock. The group won a worldwide following, but internal conflict and the use of many substances – both on and off-stage – meant that the band’s greatest legacy may be in the other bands they influenced.

Bonnie North

Today marks the debut of a new monthly music series: The Monthly Beatdown featuring Milwaukee singer-songwriter John Sieger.

Once a month on Lake Effect, Sieger will bring friends and fellow musicians into WUWM's performance studio to play and chat.

This month we hear "Frozen River", a song by Sieger and Milwaukee guitarist Greg Koch. Greg wrote the melody while he was on tour in Europe and sent it to John, who crafted the lyrics. He's joined in the studio by Greg on electric guitar and Greg's son Dylan on percussion.

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Milwaukee singer-songwriter Jay Matthes has been playing professionally for almost five years. For someone who's still pretty new to the scene, he’s earned a lot of respect. For Matthes, earning the credibility and respect is great for his career, but he keeps his expectations on a music career realistic.

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The quintet that makes up the Wisconsin band Horseshoes and Hand Grenades met in college at UW-Stevens Point. Some of the members still live in that central Wisconsin city, others are based here in Milwaukee.

The band has toured in support of national acts such as Railroad Earth and the Yonder Mountain String Band, while building their own reputation as great live performers.

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Over the years, Lake Effect has had a lot of virtuoso finger-style guitar players in the studio - from Laurence Juber to Gareth Paerson.  They come here because of UW-Milwaukee’s world-renowned guitar program to teach and to perform. 

A growing effort, known as Sing Me a Story, is connecting kids in need with musicians.

Milwaukeean Austin Atteberry is the organization's executive director and co-founder and chats with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.

 

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