In honor of the seven new original tunes on "First Name Lucky," the new CD by Milwaukee blues outfit Tweed Funk, we hit guitarist J.D. Optekar with seven questions about the WAMI Award-winning band, which has released three records in three years.
Bobby Tanzilo blinked and found an ever-growing stack of local CDs on his desk. Here, then, are some of the latest efforts by your hometown talent, Milwaukee.
There seems to be consensus that blues clubs in Milwaukee are few and far between. Accordingly, the lack of local venues begs the question, is Milwaukee still singing the blues? In short, the answer is a bit fuzzy, a resounding, "maybe."
This Saturday, May 10 is the first ever Grafton Blues Challenge. The battle of the blues bands brings together eight area groups to compete, ultimately, for the chance to play at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis in February 2009.
Contrary to what its name suggests, the Lil' Downtown Lounge is not located in Downtown Milwaukee. Rather, it sits unassumingly on the western cusp of downtown West Allis at 8812 W. Greenfield Ave.
The Milwaukee-area scene is really growing. And right in the center of it all is Hounds Tooth, a five-piece whose take on the genre stands as a testament to community and to music history.
The OnMilwaukee.com / WMSE Local Music Podcast has the blues this week, but it's not sad about it.