Thursday, August 30, 2007

Rock and Roll in pictures from Pat Graham

Check this entry out from the Line Out blog. Silent Pictures is going to be released soon. Great pictures of indie bands are what you will find.

According to Line Out - " [PatGraham] is responsible for many of the iconic early nineties shots of Dischord bands Fugazi and the Nation of Ulysses / Make Up, as well as documenting Modest Mouse tours from the nineties through today." Yes, the west coast is far, far away from Wisconsin, but Rock and Roll is universal. I like Ron Schneider's work from Wisconsin. He captured some great shots of the local Wisconsin scene. (picture above)

Monday, August 27, 2007

Sarah Evans at The Resch Center

On October 20th, at the fabulous Resch Center, Sarah Evans will be performing her hits. Sarah started out singing traditional country music, but then tweaked her product to sound more like the pop/country drivel you hear on FM106. It sounds like a case of product testing, and then hitting the big time. Evans released her CD, Feels Like Home through Cracker Barrel stores. According to Wikipedia "In 1991, Cracker Barrel instituted a policy requiring employees to display "normal heterosexual values which have been the foundation of families in our society." During the 1990s Cracker Barrel reportedly fired at least 11 gay workers. The company refused to change their policy in the face of protest demonstrations by gay rights groups." It would seem that Sarah really doesn't care how she gets her hits into the country crap-stream. It's a smart move for her to play in the very conservative Green Bay Wisconsin. This is the top half of Sarah's head.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Blue Man Group coming to Milwaukee's Bradley Center

These guys are great musicians. Don't think for a minute that this is just art. I saw them in Boston about 10 years ago, and I was very impressed. I still have the shirt with the paint splatter on it. It's funny, it's percussion, it's music, and it's coming to the Bradley Center on October 14th, 2007.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Hey Van Halen, you are making me nervous!

WTF! Will Van Halen please come to Milwaukee! I see open dates when they get close to Wisconsin, so my fingers are crossed. I guess that they would play the Bradley Center if they wised up and actually booked a Milwaukee show. I will even look past the fact that Wolfgang will be on bass, just book the Milwaukee Van Halen show please. Are you listening Van Halen? Even an old punk rock drummer like me has to give the props to Van Halen

Monday, August 13, 2007

Switching Venues at the last minute

I think that venue switching can really screw up people's seating arrangements. According to the twin cities tickets blog, Lyle Lovitt switched venues at the last minute, and 30 of the first row fans would have to be moved to another row. How is that fair? Sometimes, you see that happen at The Rave, where a band is moved from The Eagle's Club room to The Rave. That is easy since there are no seats in The Rave. But when you lose an assigned seat, what are you going to do?

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

Favorite Venue in Milwaukee for shows

For those of you who have been to most of the larger venues in Milwaukee and S.E. Wisconsin, I present to you my list of venues and opinions.

Riverside Theater: I have sat all over that place and my favorite spots are center section, past the first six rows, and the first four rows in the balcony. Side sections ruin the show for me because you can see into the wings.

Milwaukee Theater: The first three sections in the center are great. The whole place is great!

Marcus Amphitheater: Trust me, move back beyond row N in the center and you will hear a better show. Side sections can be awful. Beyond the lawn, at the top can be cool too. Beer stands are up there.

Bradley Center: Skip that place unless you MUST see your all-time favorite band when they come to town. Can you say echo chamber?

Alpine Valley: Huge, it's huge, it's huge! But, if the weather is nice, the lawn can be just that. Sleep off the beers while everyone escapes the parking lot, and the show is much more fun.

The Rave: I haven't been there since 1998. I hope I never have to go there again. I used to play in that venue quite a bit, but as a paying customer, forget it. It's a trash bin.

Pabst Theater: Classy, old, but nice. I'd go there anytime for any show.

Wisconsin Music Man out.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Weird Al Yankovic at The Riverside

09/27/07 Weird Al Yankovic plays all the "hits" at The Riverside Theater. Weird Al is all good in my mind. I have never seen his band, but I have heard that they are tight. I do have a cassette from the 80's with a few funny songs. Some of the stuff he's covered is not all that great, but he seems to come back around and crush it once in a while. White and Nerdy is a song I love. He hit it out of the park on that one.

Thursday, August 2, 2007

Dolly Parton knows the score

According to Dolly Parton is blowing off the big labels.

Their post reads: "Sorry, guys: Dolly Parton's walked now. She's setting up her own label as she doesn't need major support any more. Well, not record label wise:
Her manager Danny Nozell told Billboard: "She's a free agent right now so we decided to go around to the majors to at least see what kind of distribution deals they were bringing in, and didn't see anything I was interested in."He added: "To be honest, we have the finances the major labels have, and I put together a marketing plan that was way more extensive than any major has brought me."They don't support their new acts; they don't support their established acts. What the hell are the labels doing with all their money?"

She owns Dollywood, she listenes to nobody. Good for you Dolly!