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Pale Waves moves crowd with powerful performance

by Victoria Alexander, Times Staff Reporter

March 19, 2019


Filed under Area, Arts & Entertainment, Music, Scene

On Nov. 23 I was delighted to attend the Pale Waves concert at the Rave/Eagles Club. Finishing up the tour for their new album, “My Mind Makes Noises,” this was their second time in Milwaukee, and the first time I’ve had the pleasure of seeing them live. The four members of the indie-pop band -...

‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Musical’

by Valerie Evans, Times Staff Photographer

March 19, 2019


Filed under Area, Arts & Entertainment, Holidays, Reviews, Scene

Captivating for all ages, “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, The Musical” is continuing to play throughout the month of December at the Todd Wehr Theater. A misguided group of children feel left out of a Christmas play. While others consider them to be the “worst kids in the history of the world,”...

First Stage’s ‘Matilda’ brings it!

First Stage’s ‘Matilda’ brings it!

by Peace Speaks, Times Staff Reporter

February 14, 2019


Filed under Area, Arts & Entertainment, Events, Reviews, Scene, showcase

First Stage’s first full-length Broadway musical was a delight for all ages to indulge in. Todd Wehr Theater has opened its doors from January 11 - Febuary 24 for the approximately two hours and 40 minutes long Tony Award-winning musical. With the awe-inspiring robust talent of a quite large cast,...

Courtney Marie Andrews tells about people

Courtney Marie Andrews tells about people

by Kirsten Schmitt, Times Senior Editor

January 24, 2019


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Music, Reviews, Scene

Courtney Marie Andrews is no stranger to change. Moving from Arizona, where she grew up, to Seattle, she has been touring on the road since she left home at 16 to pursue her singing career. Despite a small crowd at Turner Hall on Nov. 12, Andrews impressed with her big voice. Her singing was soulful,...

Emotions flow through Nicki Bluhm’s concert

Emotions flow through Nicki Bluhm’s concert

by Kirsten Schmitt, Times Senior Editor

January 24, 2019


Filed under Area, Arts & Entertainment, Music, Reviews, Scene

With a glass of red wine in her hand, and swaying to the music, Nicki Bluhm impressed the crowd at Shank Hall with her great vocal range on Nov. 9. Bluhm, who left the group the Gramblers, is debuting her new solo album, "To Rise You Gotta Fall." Commenting on her leaving the Gramblers, Bluhm said,...

Indie Pop Band Bad Bad Hats, brings good, good vibrations.

by Peace Speaks, Times Staff Reporter

December 19, 2018


Filed under Area, Events, Music, Scene

On the 9th of Dec. Bad Bad Hats made their third appearance at Colectivo’s Back Room. The venue was rustic, dimly lit and intimate. A beautiful silver electric guitar propped against a speaker reads: “Nancy Drew ’90.”  This Band brings the nostalgia of the 1990s and quickens us to the timeless...

Raye Zaragoza as the opening is opening eyes

Raye Zaragoza as the opening is opening eyes

by Peace Speaks, Times Staff Reporter

December 19, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Events, Music, Reviews, Scene

On Dec. 1 the National Historic landmark, Turner Hall Ballroom, made way for the award-winning singer-songwriter and performer Raye Zaragoza. On the tail end of a summer-long tour opening for the band Dispatch, the 25-year-old, multinational (Native American, Mexican, Taiwanese and Japanese) Manhattan, New Y...

‘In the Heights’ draws audience into performance

by Victoria Alexander, Times Staff Reporter

December 13, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews, Scene

The musical “In the Heights” is based on the book by Quiara Alegría Hudes, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also wrote the popular musical, “Hamilton.” This production of the show was performed at the Quadracci Powerhouse in the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and was directed...

Thunderpussy puts on incredible show

Thunderpussy puts on incredible show

by Gregory Zeller, Times Staff Reporter

December 13, 2018


Filed under Area, Arts & Entertainment, Music, Reviews, Scene

Seattle-based band Thunderpussy rocked Milwaukee at the Rave on Oct. 19. The crowd was young, energetic and enthusiastic. I’ve never witnessed a crowd that was so alive and in tune with a band’s music like this one. With every song opening with a drum solo, the crowd seemed in tune every second....

Carlie Hanson lights up the stage

Carlie Hanson lights up the stage

by Maribel Guarin, Times Staff Reporter

December 13, 2018


Filed under Area, Arts & Entertainment, Music, Reviews, Scene

Pop singer Carlie Hanson graced the Eagles Ballroom with her catchy music and a memorable stage presence to match on Oct. 20. The La Crosse native, who with Kim Petras served as an opener for Troye Sivan, began the show with “Why Did You Lie?”– a song with tropical elements that was met with approval...

There’s nothing rotten about ‘Something Rotten’

by Kirsten Schmitt, Times Senior Editor

December 12, 2018


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Reviews, Scene

A very original musical, “Something Rotten!” follows two brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, playwrights in Elizabethan London who are trying to be better than William Shakespeare. The play opens with a man singing on stage, setting the scene. It’s a little hard to understand everything he’s saying becau...

Hobo Johnson swings into song

Hobo Johnson swings into song

by Greg Zeller, Times Staff Reporter

December 12, 2018


Filed under Area, Events, Music, Reviews, Scene

Hobo Johnson, a revolutionizing artist out of Nashville, Tennessee, brings an interesting perspective to hip-hop music. While Hobo Johnson performs with live instruments and an entire band, his style of music portrays more of a poetry vibe. Fans were waiting anxiously for Hobo Johnson to come onto the ...

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