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Jim Liban and Short Stuff to the WAMI Hall

Jim Liban

By Michael Casper Jim Liban has had the blues for a very long time.  Raised in Milwaukee, he first took an interest in the drums before discovering the sweet, sometimes sad, but always mellifluous sounds created when a harmonica is breathed into, and massaged ‘just so.’  Liban and his blues band Short Stuff are being inducted into the Wisconsin Area ... Read More »

KWT Featuring Tom Washatka Plays Jazz at the Trout


  By George Halas One of Wisconsin’s best bands, KWT Featuring Tom Washatka, will perform at The Trout Museum of Art on Thursday, March 16th at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Jazz at The Trout series. The group includes Scott Dercks, guitars, Kevin Wells, bass and Tony Taylor, drums as well as Washatka, arguably Wisconsin’s best saxophone player who ... Read More »

The Wildwood Film Festival – The Next Generation


By Joshua Grover and David Patterson   Part 1: The Art of Sharing Art Although it’s possible to create art in a vacuum, most artistic creations, whether it’s a painting, a song, or a movie, are designed to be shared. “Shared” is the key word in that sentence.  We teach little kids to share their toys.  We share a meal. And ... Read More »

Journey Has Never “Stopped Believin’”

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By Jane Spietz Iconic San Francisco-based rock band Journey is going strong with no sign of letting up after making energetic music for over 43 years. The band’s achievements include 25 Gold and Platinum albums and 19 Top 40 singles. Their Greatest Hits album gained Diamond status by going platinum 15 times. Some of Journey’s major hits include “Don’t Stop ... Read More »

Vic Ferrari: Symphony on the Rocks and Together Again with SMT


By George Halas The Inquisition has been ruminating on the term “cover band,” which for certain musicians and fans is a pejorative. For others, “tribute” bands who “cover” hit songs by other artists note-for-note are in high demand and often achieve financial success and longevity. While they don’t play their own stuff and perform compositions by Beethoven, Mahler, Mozart, et ... Read More »

Steve March-Torme Uncovered


March-Torme at the Meyer Theater By George Halas In conjunction with 91.1 The Avenue, Steve March-Torme will debut a new show, “Uncovered,” on Friday, March 3rd, at The Meyer Theater in Green Bay. The program will showcase songs by singer-songwriters of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and more. The Meyer is an ideal place for this show. “I like performing at ... Read More »

Art Garfunkel

By Jane Spietz WHERE: Pabst Theater, Milwaukee WHEN: 8 PM Friday, January 20, 2017 COST: $59.50, $49.50 INFO: Singer poet Art Garfunkel rose to fame as one half of the Grammy-winning folk rock duo Simon and Garfunkel with childhood friend Paul Simon. The two were responsible for putting out classics such as “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Sound of ... Read More »

Billy Gardell is Back Where He Started…


By Michael Casper After a wildly successful sitcom run with Mike & Molly, and a short Monopoly Millionaires’ Club game show hosting stint, comedian Billy Gardell is back to doing what he was born to do...stand up. In part due of his TV notoriety, he’s not having to slug it out in clubs in front of drunk hecklers who think ... Read More »

Interactive Beatles at the Grand


  By Ben Rodgers  There are certain songs that stick with a person throughout life. These songs bring back memories, either good or bad, but the one constant is that the music stays the same. When Billy McGuigan and his brothers Ryan and Matthew wanted to put together a show, they decided to focus on the one band that brings ... Read More »

Big Band Reunion 25th Anniversary Concert


BY George Halas As the Beatles sang, “It was 25 years ago today Bob and Nate got the band to play.” On Tuesday, October 25th from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. at Frank’s Pizza Palace on College Avenue in Appleton, under the direction of current co-leaders Ken Skitch and Marty Robinson, The Big Band Reunion will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the group with ... Read More »

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