Arts & Culture
4:53 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

First Listen: Canadian Rockers The Trews Play In Our Studio Ahead of Summerfest Gig

(l-r) John-Angus MacDonald, Jack Syperek, Sean Dalton, and Colin MacDonald are The Trews
Credit Bonnie North

Canadian rock band The Trews play their first Summerfest gig tonight at 8pm on the Uline Stage. They came in to talk with us beforehand and gave us a first listen to three of their new songs, including this one, Age of Miracles. We'll air the full interview at a later date.

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Arts & Culture
10:57 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Paul McCartney's "Decade Without a Map"

Paul McCartney, playing to a full house in Miller Park last July.
Credit Mitch Teich

June 18th is Paul McCartney’s 72nd birthday.  It was almost a year ago when the former Beatle and his band played a triumphant concert in front of Miller Park’s biggest crowd ever.

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Arts & Culture
10:26 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Legendary Drummer and Bad Boy Ginger Baker is Still Making Music

Ginger Baker album cover for "Why?"

When most people think of drummer Ginger Baker, they think of his work in Cream.

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Arts & Culture
2:14 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Wisconsin's Nomads: Blessed Feathers Are Chasing Down Their Dreams

Donivan and Jacquelyn Berube of Blessed Feathers at the WUWM Studios.
Credit Rachel Owens, WUWM

Donivan Berube recently took a swim in Lake Michigan. The water was 32 degrees. Of that experience he wrote, “like most things in life: it hurt real bad, but it was pretty much worth it.” 

Having chosen to “disassociate” himself from the Jehovah Witnesses that he grew up with to date his musical partner and now wife, Jacquelyn Berube, Donivan knows about sacrifice, and the joy it can lead to in one’s life.

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12:16 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

If You Had Dementia, What Songs Would Be on Your Playlist?

Wisconsin's Music and Memory program is providing personalized music playlists for dementia patients in 100 nursing homes across the state to aid with memory retrieval and behavioral issues.
Credit ThinkStock

A UW-Milwaukee gerontologist looking at the impact of music on patients with dementia finds an unexpected connection:

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Arts & Culture
11:26 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Young Pianists Vie for Top Prizes at Milwaukee Competition

Pianist Lydia Artymiw is a judge for this year's PianoArts competition for young musicians.
Credit Erik Petersons, PCMS Concerts

Piano Arts is bringing together the cream of the crop of young pianists this week for its biennial North American Piano Competition, one of the most prominent competitions for these musicians.

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Arts & Culture
10:18 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Self-Discovery in High School Created the Dangerous Muse

Dangerous Muse's Mike Furey has a strong presence on New York's electronic rock scene.
Credit Dalton Flint

Portland, Maine is considered to be a rather conservative part of the country. Mike Furey, who grew up near Portland, was rebellious because he did one thing: learned how to play piano.

He recorded himself singing television show theme songs as a five-year old.  Once he played it back, he stopped because he did not like what he heard. It was too high-pitched and out of tune.  He became his hardest critic at a very young age.

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Arts & Culture
12:02 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Two UWM Guitar Students Study and Perform Puerto Rican Music in Milwaukee

Hector Torres Gonzalez and John Ruiz are two students in the Fingerstyle Guitar Program at Peck School of the Arts.
Credit Eleanor Peterson, WUWM

Guitars have been around in one form or another for millennia, and there are as many styles as there are countries way they are played makes them unique. Spanish guitar music crossed the Atlantic ocean with the Conquistadors, and that influence can be heard in the guitar music throughout Latin America, including Puerto Rico.

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Arts & Culture
3:05 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Mastersingers of Milwaukee Are 'Just Jazz'-ed to Turn 40

The Mastersingers of Milwaukee
Credit Mastersingers' Facebook

From Mahler to Monk, the Mastersingers of Milwaukee has been entertaining area audiences for 40 years.

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Arts & Culture
2:39 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Two Guitar Giants Performed Together for the First Time in Milwaukee

Guitarists Lucas Michailidis and Peter Lang performed at the Zelazo Center on May 1st.
Credit MKE Unplugged

The fingerstyle guitar program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee not only trains the next generation of guitarists but also brings in world class musicians to teach and perform.

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