It was 50 years ago on Friday, May 1, 1970 that Jimi Hendrix played his final Milwaukee concert. A little over four months later, he was gone.
Among Milwaukee music fans there are some legendary concerts. The four sets performed by the Jimi Hendrix Experience over two nights at The Scene, 624 N. 2nd St., Feb. 28-29, 1968, are definitely in the top five of most any such list.
Milwaukee has always had a good rock and roll scene. Sure, there have been ups and downs, but the three-chords-and-the-truth spirit has been fueling Brew City garage bands from the days of The Bonnevilles and The Nomads in the 1950s through today. If you don't believe me, check out local musician Peter Roller's new book, "Milwaukee Garage Bands: Generations of Grassroots Rock."
Get ready for a reunion of veteran Milwaukee rock and rollers during the first weekend of July. A host of familiar names will perform in settings that you might never have expected to hear again.
Les Paul's biography claims he is 93, but during a the dedication of an exhibit and a benefit birthday concert this weekend he showed the energy of a much younger man.