Musicians

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First Look: Lucky Chance bar and grill

Published May 9, 2016

Lucky Chance quietly opened at the end of April at 6139 W. Beloit Rd., in West Allis, but there's nothing quiet about this bar now that it's open. The space was completely remodeled and is now a "musicians' bar" with live music and a musicians' club.

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Confessions of a stand-up drummer

Published Nov. 27, 2015

When I started to play the drum set some 40-odd years ago, I never thought that someday I'd be standing up to earn my living as a professional. Drummers didn't stand up to perform. Standing to play wasn't allowed, or so I thought at the time.

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5 questions for Alice Cooper

Published Aug. 5, 2015

Lindsay Garric gets personal with Alice Cooper - her husband, Chuck, is Cooper's bassist - and asks him five great questions. Cooper gigs in Milwaukee on Friday, Aug. 7.

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Local bagpipers might blow you away

Published May 27, 2013

Meet three talented Milwaukee bagpipers who play for fun, comraderie and patriotism. "People either love 'em or hate 'em," says one player, referring to the instrument.

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No dough, no show: Why you shouldn't take a gig just for exposure

Published March 16, 2013

When trained musicians play solely for exposure - except in the case of charitable and/or non-profit events - it devalues the work. Moreover, it means fewer paying gigs for musicians. Ultimately, it helps create a "talent drain" - sending top tier artists to other communities where the pay and prospects are better.

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Are musicians entitled to act like this?

Published Sept. 24, 2012

I don't know what to make of Billie Joe Armstrong's latest meltdown. Is it just another rock n' roll moment, par for the course at a concert like this? The tantrum of a spoiled artist? Is a talented musician entitled or even expected to act like this? And if he didn't, what would we all talk about?

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100 more great Milwaukee music makers, part 2

Published Feb. 12, 2010

A couple weeks ago, we unveiled the first part of this list of some Milwaukee-related musical greats. Like the first list, this one -- which also features some well-known names -- crossed genres and decades.

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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.