Avant garde


14 dead and buried East Side rock clubs

Published March 1, 2018

Previously, I wrote about some of Downtown's dead and buried rock clubs. But because there were so many places you wanted me to mention that were outside the geographical constraints of that article, I present this East Side edition...


Meet me at the Garde

Published April 13, 2013

Dan Ball, who as a member of The Velvet Whip was there for the "rock" era of the Avant Garde Coffee House went to the opening reception of "The Avant Garde Coffee House Project" last week at UWM's Inova Gallery and reports back.


Allen Ginsberg, Julie and me

Published Sept. 20, 2010

After seeing Allen Ginsberg biopic "Howl" at UWM, life-long Milwaukee East Sider John Eklund remembers the time he saw the legendary poet himself at the UWM Ballroom.


Counterculture remembers Ballsieper

Published June 20, 2008

Local public relations ace -- and former documenter of Milwaukee's late '60s and early '70s counterculture -- Mark Goff sent a note recently to let me know that long-standing Kaleidoscope magazine photographer Gary Ballsieper passed away on May 14 at age 60.


Milwaukee Talks: Bob Reitman 2006

Published Dec. 6, 2006

An era ends next week when the local legend retires after more than 25 years as part of the morning team at WKTI (94.5 FM). Reitman, who turns 65 soon, isn't leaving radio forever; he'll start a new weekly show on WUWM early next year.


Milwaukee Talks: Denis Kitchen

Published July 12, 2006

Denis Kitchen is a major player in the world of comics; that’s the world of R. Crumb, Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman and others. And he’s a Milwaukee boy. He returns home to collaborate with MAM and we took the opportunity to catch up with him.


The Velvet Whip tore through musical conventions

Published Dec. 29, 2005

The Velvet Whip grew out of a desire to fuse classical instrumentation and contemporary music and quickly became one of the hottest acts on the counterculture scene, playing at the Avant Garde Coffee House and other venues in the second half of the 1960s.


Avant Garde inducted many into local counterculture

Published March 1, 2005

The Avant Garde Coffeehouse, upstairs in the French Moorish building at 2111 N. Prospect Ave. shone bright for six years, providing a home for musicians, poets and artists. After six years, it rocked a little too hard for some neighbors, who helped shutter it in '68.


Milwaukee talks: Bob Reitman

Published Jan. 3, 2002

In the turbulent world of radio, there are but a handful of people who've endured for decades to consistently fill our lives with music, information and conversation that gets us through our day. And ya-ya Milwaukee, one standout is Bob Reitman. We cornered him in a Riverwest eatery recently...