In many ways, the story of Kim and Scott Collins of The Smoking Flowers reads like a great fictional love story: love at first sight, musical partnership, Kim's battle with breast cancer, and her recovery using completely natural methods. Their June performance at the Circle-A Café was their second in Milwaukee, a market which they say has always been kind to them. The Collins called in to WUWM@Nite’s Rachel Owens to talk about their musical aspirations and their new album 2 Guns.
After 15 years on the move, Minneapolis's Frankie Lee has released his first collection of songs. The EP is titled Middle West, and Lee will be performing selections from it this Friday at Anodyne Coffee in Walker's Point.
"I would rather have one or two good records than fifteen of whatever just came through my mind," says Lee. His high lonesome voice and cosmic country sound have won over many in the region, recently gaining him the "2014's Best Songwriter in Minneapolis" distinction by City Pages.
Lake Effect's Bonnie North chats with Jane Chu, chairwoman of the National Endowment for the Arts, and Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin. Also listen to a performance by the Lationo Arts Strings Program.
Jane Chu, chairwoman of the National Endowment of the Arts wrapped up a two-day visit to Wisconsin Thursday.
Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra’s musical director Rene Izquierdo, assistant musical director Katy Vandenberg, librarian and archivist Paul Ruppa and manager Ruth Williams speak with Lake Effect's Bonnie North.