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First name Tweed: Area blues band Tweed Funk launches third disc

Published April 5, 2014

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.

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Milwaukee mix tape: a look at new local CDs

Published June 2, 2010

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.

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Are Milwaukeeans still singing the blues?

Published Feb. 13, 2010

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."

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Local blues bands duke it out for Memphis gig

Published May 9, 2008

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.

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Lil' Downtown Lounge captures big city feel

Published March 30, 2008

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.

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Hounds Tooth help shape lesson in local blues history

Published Dec. 12, 2007

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.