Bastille Days, Milwaukee’s popular French festival and one of the nation’s largest French-themed celebrations, returns to downtown Milwaukee’s Cathedral Square Park, July 12 – 15. The free, four-day bash attracts over 250,000 visitors annually who enjoy live music, an international marketplace, chef and wine demos, French and Cajun cuisine, roaming busker entertainment and a signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica offering hourly light shows.
Historic Downer Avenue is home to one of the most famous urban criterium courses in the country. Global in reach and extremely local in flavor, The Downer Classic Pro Criterium promises to be one of the highlights of cycling in Wisconsin this summer. The full day of racing also features a popular kids' race, a Belgian Beer Festival, the famous Ben's Cyclery "Ultra Prime," as well as a full slate of racing all afternoon and evening. Food, beer, and family fun complement the twilight pro race that promises to bring pro teams and riders from around the world.
2012 will be the 12th Annual staging of the Summer Soulstice Music Festival. As in past years, this festival will feature a great line-up of bands and musicians performing original music. Music starts at 1:00pm and goes through 11:00pm. All kinds of delicious food will be served by local restaurants and vendors.
It's incredible that GALACTIC has never made a carnival album yet, but now it’s here. To make CARNIVALE ELECTRICOS, the members of GALACTIC (Ben Ellman, harps and horns; Robert Mercurio, bass; Stanton Moore, drums and percussion; Jeff Raines, guitar; Rich Vogel, keyboards) draw on the skills, stamina, and funk they deploy in the all-night party of their annual Lundi Gras show that goes till sunrise and leads sleeplessly into Mardi Gras day.
Fresh Cut Collective is a group of uniquely talented musicians from Milwaukee who have been building a diverse canon of music for over a decade. Specializing in high-energy live performances and the spreading of good vibes, FCC’s musical pedigree allows the group to slink in and out of genres, feels, and textures, fusing together a variety of musical forms from hip hop to classical to jazz to rock. Since their first show in December 2008 the band has played many shows in Milwaukee as well as Madison, Green Bay, Chicago, Atlanta, Travese City, Seattle, Portland, and San Francisco.
Fountains of Wayne's long-awaited new album, Sky Full of Holes, will be released in the US on August 2 via Yep Roc Records, their first release on the NC-based indie label. This is the acclaimed band's first new release since 2007's Traffic And Weather. Recorded in New York City, Sky Full of Holes features 13 new songs by Chris Collingwood and Adam Schlesinger, ranging from high-energy power pop to intimate, acoustic-driven ballads.
In just a year or so, soulsters Fitz & the Tantrums went from the living room to the main stage. The recipe for meteoric success? Six killer musicians, five dapper suits, irresistible songs, some serendipity and one vintage organ. Since their first show at Hollywood’s Hotel Café in December 2008, Fitz and co.
With a cryptic, mysterious band name like “Elusive Parallelograms,” you’d better have the music and the lyrical content to back it up, and this band of five Midwestern friends has both in abundance roaring out of their amps every time they play – they’ve conjured a potent blend of modern, colorful psychedelic ‘shoe-gazer’ style rock full of great choruses, fast-paced electric guitars, and smartly introspective lyrics that are as fun to interpret as they are to sing along to.
David Gray is not one to rest on his laurels; 12 million album sales, the bestselling album in Ireland ever with White Ladder, a BAFTA nomination for his soundtrack work on Amma Assante's 2004 film A Way Of Life. Two Ivor Novellos, a Q award, two Brit nominations and a Grammy nomination. Those laurels, in fact, might not be an actual pain in the arse, but they certainly make him fidget. "I didn't have a master plan but I knew that I was gonna make some wholesale changes at the end of making Life In Slow Motion," the singer-songwriter says of his 2005, #1 (seventh) studio album.