Every Tuesday since February of 2005, WMSE has welcomed a Milwaukee-area artist into the Bob and Genie Friedman Live Performance Studio to perform a full set live on the airwaves, made possible by our amazing sound engineer Billy Cicerelli. But as of Tuesday, November 12, 2013, we are giving Local/Live more visibility and time to expand upon the mission of supporting Milwaukee-made music. At it’s new 6 – 7 p.m. time slot, the show is now one-hour long and hosted by WMSE music director, Erin Wolf, along with Milwaukee music writer extraordinaire, Cal Roach.
Wolf and Roach will collaborate to book, curate, feature and converse with bands primarily from the Milwaukee area (all from Wisconsin) with the intent to feature new, up-and-coming musicians alongside seasoned veterans. WMSE engineer Billy Cicerelli will be at the helm of each weekly band performance. Cicerelli will give each performing band the option of taking and using the recording of their live performance for WMSE’s Local/Live, should they choose.
The show will begin with an introduction of the week’s musician(s) by Wolf and Roach and new, recorded music (if available) will be featured. Following, the musician(s) will perform fifteen minutes of original music, live, engineered by WMSE’s Billy Cicerelli. Following the live performance will be a fifteen-minute interview, lead by Wolf and Roach, leading in turn, to another ten-minute live performance. The show will wind down in the final minutes of the hour with each week’s Local/Live guest(s) talking about and playing a song from another artist that has served as an inspiration to them over the years or at the moment.
Who is Erin?
It started with piano lessons and listening to excellent 50s–70s-era records and classical and polka radio with the family; some time later, during the mid-90s, alternative radio burrowed a permanent hole into Erin Wolf’s eardrums. Paired with the influence of an older sibling’s ever-growing, grunge-tinged music collection, music writing for the college paper at UWM, going to shows and experimenting with playing non-classical-style piano, a new musical direction was invested in. 2004’s first weekly Rockleidoscope program plugged away at and into both the local and national side of new rock, pop and more on the WMSE airwaves and still continues to do so. Since and in-between, Wolf has written about music for Vital Source Magazine, VenusZine, Fan-belt.com, the Shepherd Express and the Onion’s AV Club Milwaukee, spent time behind the piano and mic in Milwaukee-based bands and taken on the role as Music Director at WMSE as of 2011.
Who is Cal?
Cal Roach’s first concert review was of Aerosmith’s 1993 Alpine Valley stop on the Get A Grip tour. Despite never again being allowed to review a concert for his high school paper, he managed to pick the habit back up after scraping together an English degree at Marquette University. In the ensuing years, he has immersed himself in the Brew City music scene, contributing show and record reviews to various publications, most notably the local AV Club division and You-Phoria.com, thereby keeping his unchecked music obsession from rendering him penniless. Guaranteed to be played on his eventual solo WMSE show: Captain Beefheart, Secret Chiefs 3, Catherine Wheel, Swans, Phish.