Hard to believe it's been 15 years, but that's the case. Milwaukee's premier DJ team - The Get Down DJs - is celebrating a decade and a half of booty-shaking beats this autumn. And, you'll be entirely unsurprised to hear that these guys plan to celebrate in style.
Strange Town will open its doors to the public today. And when you take your first jaunt inside the eclectic digs, you'll find a remarkably amiable space sporting lovely details and a chill, comfortable vibe. Top that off with great drinks and a beautiful menu of plant-based fare.
In May, we reported a new bar and restaurant, Strange Town, would open in the former Allium space on Prospect Avenue potentially sometime this summer. A conversation this week with co-owner Andy Noble offers hope for an opening that coincides with the Milwaukee Film Festival.
This summer, Andy and Tom Noble - along with their cousin Mia LeTendre - plan to contribute a creative vibe to the East Side when he and his partners open Strange Town in the former Allium, 2101 N. Prospect Ave.
If I posted nothing more than a silhouette of Dave Monroe, chances are a good chunk of Milwaukeeans would be able to recognize it immediately: the parka, the stack of books jammed under the arm.
Devoted listeners of WMSE, frequent visitors to East Side record shops and fans of vintage R&B vinyl know exactly who Cosmo Cruz is. Cruz, nee Patrick Cummings, has been a fixture on the local scene for decades and is known for his ready smile, his encyclopedic knowledge and his quick wit. Now, in his hour of need, Cruz's friends are stepping up to help.
Milwaukee's soul regents, Kings Go Forth have announced another European and American tour, the latter of which includes two Milwaukee dates.
One of the many cool things about working at OnMilwaukee.com is that you often get asked to do things you most certainly are not qualified for just because your picture is on the Internet.
Ron Faiola operates a Web site called Milwaukee Rock Posters (milwaukeerockposters.com) featuring posters, photos and video footage from vintage Milwaukee rock bands. Faiola has run the site since 2006 and updates it every month.
Now, Andy Noble, Brent Goodsell and Opiated Black celebrate the seventh anniversary of The Get Down funk and soul dance party on Saturday, Sept. 11 at 10 p.m. at The Mad Planet.
Kings Go Forth played Austin's "South by Southwest" festival earlier this spring just before releasing "The Outsiders Are Back," the band's first LP on David Byrne's Luaka Bop label. In the wake of these two showings plus a night at New York's Mercury Lounge, the 10 piece soul contingent is finally getting a taste of national hype well beyond the Midwestern region.
Kings Go Forth are proud to be from Milwaukee and we should be proud of them, too.
Kings Go Forth is a band that seems to have come out of nowhere, getting noticed before even playing its first gig in Milwaukee and nabbing a pile of 88Nine Milwaukee music awards. But don't be fooled, most of these guys have been involved in the Milwaukee music scene for years.
Local artist Mark Escribano's documentary, "The Super Noble Brothers," made its debut at the Milwaukee International Film Festival in 2007. It screens again Thursday, Jan. 15 at the Oriental.
Eric Blowtorch has been rocking the Milwaukee crowd as a musician and DJ for nearly 30 years, playing punk, post-punk, ska, soul, reggae and more. As he hones the tracks for his latest full-length record on Milwaukee's South Side, he issues his best work to date. "Salt Water" is a hard-hitting reggae track with a deep, heavy bass sound and just about the best reggae mix Brew City has ever unleashed.