Christine Lalla

The summer festival season is a special time for musicians of all kinds, especially classical musicians. Summer festivals allow them to reach an audience that often does not come to formal concert halls to listen to classical music.

Cellist and Lake Effect contributor Robert Cohen often meets individuals from all walks of life that are genuinely interested in his music during festival trips.

Exciting Times for Milwaukee Band Soul Low

Jun 20, 2015
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The past few months have been exciting for Milwaukee band Soul Low. Just a few weeks ago, the group released it's newest EP, titled Sweet Pea, and were featured on Spin magazine's "Five Artists to Watch in May" list.

Born and raised in Manitoba, Canada (once known as New Iceland because it has the largest population of Icelanders outside of Iceland), Lindy Vopnfjord began singing traditional Icelandic folk music at a young age.  His parents were working regular jobs but found time to write and play music with their two children at festivals around Canada, even traveling to Iceland to perform.

Present Music

This Friday evening, Milwaukee's Present Music presents its season finale concert, called "Present Music Nation," at The Warehouse. One of the pieces that can be heard is from a new community collaboration called ComposeMilwaukee.

The Alan Parsons Project /

It’s not uncommon for a successful rock musician to launch a second act as a record producer, putting to use the things he or she learned in the business. But by the time Alan Parsons found popularity with songs such as “I Wouldn’t Want to Be Like You” and “Eye in the Sky,” he had already built a reputation.

It's been a hard-working time for singer-songwriter Jenny Lewis.  The former lead vocalist for the band Rilo Kiley, has been on a long tour in support of her latest solo album, called "The Voyager."

The Canadian band Whitehorse is known for its innovative use of looping technology when it plays live – but their performance for us was stripped down and acoustic:

Keep an eye out for the full interview with Whitehorse to air in the coming weeks.

If you are asked to name a kind of music that uses fiddles and accordions, you’d be forgiven for saying Irish or Scottish first. But both the fiddle and the accordion are common instruments in many folk traditions, including Danish.

The Danish tradition shares a lot with its Norwegian and Swedish neighbors, as well as with the Celtic traditions of Ireland and Scotland. And with the advent of the internet and multi-national folk festivals, the music of all of those countries can fuse in interesting ways.

Grammy-nominated Broadway performer Cheyenne Jackson is a celebrated entertainer widely known for his roles on the television shows Glee and 30 Rock. He first garnered acclaim on Broadway where his soaring voice, charisma, and matinee idol looks won over both audiences and critics. Jackson has performed at The Kennedy Center, sold out Carnegie Hall, and was a principal soloist on West Side Story, which was nominated for Best Musical Theater Album at the 2015 Grammys.

Lindy Vopnfjord grew up in Manitoba. But as his name would suggest, he is of Icelandic heritage.  Vopnfjord came through Milwaukee a few days ago, touring in support of the band Whitehorse.

We'll air a full interview with him in the days to come, but he recorded a new song in the Lake Effect studio while he was here.