Laurence Juber never intended to a rock and roll star. The London-born guitarist, composer, arranger, and session musician had his sights set on a studio career. And he had a very nice one going in London until he got a fateful call from Sir Paul McCartney and ended up joining Sir Paul’s band Wings in 1979. But that wasn’t the first change in musical direction for Juber. He had studied classical guitar as well as music theory at college, but quickly decided the commercial possibilities were limited.

Folk Fusion

Aug 13, 2012
Bruce Molsky

Milwaukee’s Irish Fest returns for its annual run at the Festival Grounds on Thursday. And as is our habit, we’ll feature a few of the bands playing there over the course of the week. While there will be music with an obvious Irish feel, the focus of this year’s festival will also have a distinctly American sound. That’s because many of the acts will spotlight how traditional Irish music evolved into the bluegrass sound we think of as native to Appalachia.

Piano Arts

For the past week, young pianists have gathered in Milwaukee to vie for the title in the 2012 Piano Arts Competition. Since 1999, the biennial competition has launched the careers of numerous national and international performers. And it is one of the few competitions of its kind in the country.

Lake Effect

Peter Roller is an assistant professor of music at Alverno College; Matthew Schroeder is finger-style and rock guitar department chair at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. They’ll play a concert tomorrow night at the Conservatory, called A Tribute to Steel-String Guitar Icons.

Melanie Vyvyan, via Wiki Commons

  Musician Liz Phair talks with Mitch Teich about her newest album, unpredictability, motherhood and Keith Richards's memoir.

Latino Arts Strings

Oct 29, 2010

Lake Effect contributor Amy Kiley produced our report on the Latino Arts Strings Program. The musicians of the program will be performing for the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Day of the Dead Family this Sunday at 1:30 PM.

CJ Foeckler / Pabst Theater

Sam Beam, better known as Iron & Wine, performed at The Pabst Theater on October 13, 2010.

WUWM at Nite broadcast the show live that night. Enjoy this recording featuring this singer-songwriters songs from Around the Well and more.

Raving About Ravinia

Jul 22, 2010

Contributor Amy Kiley takes a look at the three-month Ravinia concert series… held an hour south of Milwaukee, in Highland Park, Illinois. Kiley is a freelance journalist and musician who lives in the Chicago suburbs.

Remembering Les Paul

Aug 14, 2009
Lake Effect

In this archived interview, guitar virtuoso, master innovator and Waukesha native Les Paul spoke to us in June of 2008. He was in town last summer to celebrate the opening of Les Paul's house of Sound at Discovery World at Pier Wisconsin. Les Paul died yesterday from complications of pneumonia - he was 94 years old.

Les Paul, The Wizard of Waukesha

Jun 23, 2008
Lake Effect

Many of the technologies that are used today in the music and broadcast industries can be traced back to Waukesha native Les Paul, musician and inventor. Lake Effect's Bonnie North and Tom May got the chance to meet with Paul at Discovery World's newly opened exhibit "Les Paul's House of Sound."