Cactus Club's reign as king of the Cream City live music locales was short-lived. In a tight race - with the top four vote-getters separated by less than 50 votes - The Jazz Estate on the East Side claimed victory.
Rockabilly band Crazy Rocket Fuel is comprised of four women who are also good friends. The retro rockers are choosy about their gigs, but always pack the house when they perform. Recently, OnMilwaukee.com sat down with lead singer and guitarist Kari Bloom to find out more about the band and its plans for the New Year.
Legendary alt country / punk / rockabilly musician Rosie Flores makes a rare appearance in Milwaukee tonight at Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall, 1920 S. 37th St.
You never know where you might meet your future bandmates. Maybe you'll meet them through a mutual friend. Maybe it'll be a chance meeting in a railway station. Maybe you'll meet them half a world away. That certainly wasn't the case with Milwaukee rock outfit Commander Tang. In fact, George Phillips didn't even have to leave his front lawn or his Washington Heights block.
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.
There's a new band on the rockabilly/swing circuit in town and it's The Get Hot. The band, which has just issued its first CD, includes four veteran musicians that have worked in a variety of local groups and is now firmly focused on blending the best of American roots music - from blues to rockabilly to western swing to jazz - into a toe-tapping sound designed to get you out of your seat.
New Milwaukee band Doghouse Flowers - set to release its debut CD this week with a gig at Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall - is the fruit of the meeting of a Brew City music scene veteran and a new man in town.
Last year, OnMilwaukee.com introduced you to local surf combo The Revomatics, which has maintained a Brew City profile via gigs at places like Kochanski's. A year later, there is recorded output to report.
Andy Kochanski's near-South Side bar is a local landmark, and a throwback to a time when polka was commonplace. Squeezeboxes still get their due here, but Kochanski's Concertina Beer Hall is a hidden gem when it comes to live music.
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."