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.
Musician Glen Phillips is part of the vanguard of alternative-leaning pop music in the 1990s as a member of the band, Toad the Wet Sprocket. The group’s songs, such as Walk On the Ocean, Good Intentions, and Something’s Always Wrong featured catchy melodies, often tinged with a bit of melancholy.
Alan Lomax wore many hats in his life. He was a musician, folklorist, oral historian, archivist and ethnomusicologist, among other things. Lomax is perhaps most remembered for his work as a field collector of folk music, recording thousands of songs and interviews for the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress.
There are a lot of people who spend decades trying to figure out what to do with their lives, reinventing themselves as they go. And that may well be the case for Gabe Burdulis and Thea Grace, but that's not their plan at the moment.
Finger-style guitar players can run the gamut of genres - from rock to jazz , R&B to country and even classical. Guitarist Adam Rafferty has a knack for being able to put his own distinctive stamp on many of those genres.
"I pick songs where I feel comfortable with the melody and I know they're winners," says Rafferty. "If something's got a great melody and a great grove, it's a winner."
In the middle of 2017’s sonic playing field is singer-songwriter Valerie June, who has carved a sacred space for roots music. June’s deep appreciation for the great artists that preceded her, like Jimi Hendrix and Andy Warhol, fuel her openness to song, collaboration and connection.
A few years ago, we introduced you to the authors of a project to chronicle the oral history of Milwaukee’s punk and alternative music scene. The interviews from that project, called “The Cease is Increase” have now yielded a new book that builds on Steve Nodine's earlier publication.
A few months ago, we introduced you to the music of sisters Lily and Madeleine Jurkewicz, the indie duo called Lily & Madeleine. The Indiana-based musicians came by the Lake Effect performance studio ahead of a past show in Milwaukee.
Among all the programs in Milwaukee connecting children with the arts, there is perhaps no more remarkable a group than the Latino Arts Strings Program. Based at Latino Arts on Milwaukee’s near south side, the program produces remarkable string players who might not otherwise have access to instruments or high-level music instruction.
It’s being called a music and arts education program accelerator, and it’s the brainchild of Milwaukee native and singer-songwriter Grace Weber. Weber, who is now based in Brooklyn, is back in town Friday to unveil “Grace Weber’s Music Lab.” It’s a place for high school students to gather to learn how to advance their skills in the arts.
"I like 'em brown, yellow, Puerto Rican or Haitian/Name is Phife Dawg from the Zulu Nation," rhymes the late MC Malik Izaak Taylor, aka 'Phife Dawg,' of the hip hop groupA Tribe Called Quest on the track Electric Relaxation.