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Roller digs into the spirit of "Milwaukee Garage Bands"

Published Feb. 18, 2013

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."

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Rock and roll never forgets

Published May 25, 2012

Whether you were a part of the MIlwaukee music scene or not during the late '70s and 1980s, this weekend's "Lest We Forget" mega-gig at Turner Hall Ballroom is a must-see. With performances by a baker's dozen Milwaukee veterans, the show will either be a walk down memory lane or a lesson in Brew City beat 101.

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We'll miss Mark Shurilla

Published May 18, 2012

It's been a sad week for music of all varieties. But here in Milwaukee, it's safe to say we'll miss our own Mark Shurilla the most.

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Musician Mark Shurilla dies

Published May 14, 2012

Mark Shurilla, an intimate part of the music scene in Milwaukee, died today. Heart problems is all I know. This world is a sadder place with Shurilla gone. He helped a lot of musicians in this town and was always full of optimism and spirit, two qualities in notable short supply in the world of music.

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100 more folks who juiced the local music scene

Published March 4, 2010

Maybe you saw the first two lists of great Milwaukee music makers and talked back with your suggestions. In this final list, for now, we assemble more landmark music makers in Milwaukee across the decades, but we also add in some of the folks who have had an important influence on the local scene regardless of whether or not they've ever played an instrument in public.

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100 Great Milwaukee music makers, part 1

Published Jan. 28, 2010

As we enter not only a new year, but also a new decade, it seemed like a good time to reflect on Milwaukee's musical past. Here is a list of 100 great bands and musicians who have created Milwaukee's musical landscape and -- in many cases -- helped the world at large appreciate the cream of the Cream City crop.

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Taylor makes first impression with "Firecracker" CD

Published Dec. 22, 2009

Like many of her high school classmates, Jayne Taylor spent last week studying for exams and Christmas shopping. The 17-year-old singer from Elm Grove also spent time preparing for Saturday's tribute concert to '50s legends Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper at the Sunset Playhouse.

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Gig roundup: Polkafinger plays the apolkalypse

Published July 27, 2009

You don't have to remember Milwaukee's legendary punk band The Haskels to head over to Shank Hall to see Polkafinger and The Blackholes Power Polka Machine, at 9 p.m. Friday. Although Polkafinger's Richard LaValliere was the singer and bassist for The Haskells and later the equally fine Oil Tasters, you don't need any of that background to enjoy the Brooklyn trio's punk rock polka.

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Ford's focus is Johnny Cash tribute show at Shank

Published March 25, 2009

Liam Ford fronts "The 20 Greatest Hits of Johnny Cash," a tribute show slated for Friday night at Shank Hall, 1434 N. Farwell Ave. Ford will receive help from Mark Shurilla and the Greatest Hits, Jayne "The Firecracker" Taylor and country fiddle standout Tommy Greywolf.

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Gig roundup: Grillo salutes musicians on new disc

Published March 23, 2009

Singer Jerry Grillo has been at it a long time in Milwaukee, playing clubs, bars, festivals and other events with a variety of incarnations of his always crack band. He has also performed with the Nick Contorno Orchestra. The name of his new disc, "Some of the Best," is a reference, he has said, to the musicians with which he has surrounded himself over the past 15 years.