Have you ever wondered where your favorite local musicians go to unwind after a gig? OnMilwaukee.com asked some of our friends in the biz and got their take on their area bars of choice.
Up and under
Misha Siegfried and his band are known for running one of the most enduring jams in the city, every Monday night and the Up and Under Pub. They'll release their second CD this month, a collaborative effort that will showcase a whole new side of the blues.
According to Tim Brodersen, the owner of Up and Under Pub, 1216 E. Brady St., he will soon take over the Bay View Brew Haus, 2535 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
It's that time of year again. Time for local bands to prepare to duke it out for a Summerfest gig. Break Into the Big Gig is actually four battles of the bands that take place at The Up and Under Pub, 1216 E. Brady St.
While Milwaukee regretfully (or thankfully depending on how you look at it) doesn't have too many bars that offer nightly karaoke there are several that offer it one a weekly or monthly basis. From "Hotel California" to "New York, New York" and all musical geography in between OnMilwaukee.com's readers said the best place to get your "Billie Jean" on and sing some karaoke is Up & Under Pub at 1216 E. Brady St.
Milwaukee has never had enough live music places and many of those it does have need to stage cover bands with big followings. The places that have commitment to letting music do the talking are few and far between, led perhaps by Peter Jest and Shank Hall, where you get local and national acts. But another place with a decades long commitment to live music is Linneman's Riverwest Inn on Locust Street.
Tim Farley isn't a professional artist, but he repaints the bathroom of the Palomino twice a week. The frequency -- and the quality -- of the graffiti at the Bay View tavern has become so bad that Farley, the bar's general manager, can barely keep up with the usually sloppy, frequent racist and always idiotic scribblings in the WC.
Okay, Milwaukee rockers, put on your best sequined jumpsuit, prep the flashpots and smoke machines, and turn your amps to 11, because it's time to do battle.
We all like a good concert. Laid back or hyped up, nothing beats the intensity of a live show. But what if you don't want to make a whole night of it? What if you're looking for a less expensive show that you can hop to at the last minute? What are the Milwaukee small scale options? Let's take a look.
Madison quintet Steez has blazed trails of funk across the Midwest, picking up a devoted fan base along the way and also nabbing titles at the 2008 and 2009 Summer Camp Festivals, the Rothbury Festival, and the 10,000 Lakes Festival. Now it comes to Milwaukee to celebrate its studio debut, "Creepfunk Crusade."
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.
As OnMilwaukee.com gets ready to host the first Bartender Olympics, you can prepare to cheer on the competition by familiarizing yourself with future Milwaukee Bar Olympians such as the Up and Under's Steve Gilbertson.
Since it opened more than a decade ago, the Ale House has actively supported local music.
Molly Snyder Edler continues to "cover the cover bands." This time, she interviews Tim Schulz of Southbound about the band's new record that is surprisingly all original material.