music

National Arts and Humanities Youth Program, Facebook

Though the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra has been playing since 1956, its Community Partnership Programs didn't begin until 2003. The Progressions program, an intensive string training for middle school students, has helped put the orchestra on the map.

Pay the Devil, Facebook

Even the members of the Milwaukee band Pay the Devil have trouble precisely describing the type of music they play. They group liberally mixes bluegrass, old-time country, sea shanties, Irish traditional, and folk, with a big dose of attitude.

The group has been playing together since 2011, and will perform Saturday night at G-Daddy’s BBC Bar and Grill on the East Side in support of their new album, called Wrong Side of the River.

Mitch Teich

At a time when the world has been dealing with some rough news, the music of Joan Shelley is a welcome respite.

Mitch Teich

Way back when, the R&B Cadets were poised to hit it big coming out of the Milwaukee music scene.  The group played infectious music, had a loyal following, and drew thousands to their live shows.

But the Cadets came to a halt when John Sieger’s other musical effort, Semi-Twang, was signed to a major label.  The sudden end initially led to some friction among the members, but thirty years later, that friction is essentially ancient history.

The Vitrolum Republic

After four years, Milwaukee’s The Vitrolum Republic is releasing a new album tonight.  For the Lovespun Ramblings and Ghosts in our Shoes is the group’s third release. 

This latest effort features more of the chamber-folk sounds of brothers Jordan and Nick Waraska, along with Chuck Lawton and Benjamin Schaefer, though it builds from earlier efforts with the addition of percussionist Schaefer.

Milwaukee Children's Choir

Next week is Veterans Day, and there are a number of commemorations scheduled, from the annual Veterans Day parade to memorials and observances. 

The Milwaukee Children’s Choir will present a special concert in honor of veterans.  “American Homeland: A Veterans Day Concert” is scheduled for Sunday afternoon in Milwaukee.

What was originally a one-time concert last year has expanded into a tour visiting soldiers stationed at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin, Rockford, Illinois and Arlington Heights, Illinois.

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It’s been a busy couple of years for Milwaukee singer/songwriter Chris Porterfield and his band, Field Report. They released a second album, Marigolden, last year and have been touring in support of it pretty much non-stop.

Those tours were also in support of acts like Counting Crows and Aimee Mann, and their music has been praised by the likes of Richard Thompson and Blind Boys of Alabama.

Jess Klein and Mike June joined Bruce Winter for an in studio interview while on tour and on their way to Chicago. Their tour was done in support for Jess Klein's album Learning Faith.

Jenny Lewis Talks About The Voyager Tour

Oct 28, 2015

Jenny Lewis talks to Bruce Winter during her voyager tour before her concert at Turner Hall in Milwaukee, after years of not being in the area.

Charlie Faye Back Talks about New Album

Oct 28, 2015

Charlie Faye talks to Bruce Winter about the concept for her new album, which would consist of her taking sounds and styles from girl groups from the 50's and 60's and bringing them to 2015.

Billy Prine and John Sieger Pop Into WUWM Studios

Oct 28, 2015

In studio interview and performance by Billy Prine and John Sieger.

Mitch Teich

There’s a certain sense of comfort that shows through in the music of Nora Jane Struthers and her band, The Party Line.  It might be thanks to the critical success of her latest album, Wake, which Struthers produced herself.

But it might also be the result of a whole series of fortunate life events that have carried her to places in which she feels at home and at ease.

In studio interview and performance with founding members of the band Cracker. They were in the Milwaukee area during their tour for the double album Berkeley to Bakersfield.

In Studio Interview and Performance of Rose Cousins

Oct 26, 2015

In studio interview and performance by Rose Cousins, popping into the studio during her first tour in the Milwaukee area.

corysmythe.com

The Grammy award-winning pianist Cory Smythe returns to Milwaukee to headline Present Music’s Carnival program.

The program features actors from Milwaukee’s Quasimondo Physical Theatre, assuming roles from the comedia dell’Arte tradition.

Smythe was practicing at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music earlier this week and took the time to speak with Lake Effect's Bonnie North about classical training, improvisation and constant learning:

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