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Jun
1
Fri
Chill on The Hill @ Humboldt Park
Jun 1 @ 9:04 pm – Aug 28 @ 10:04 pm

Check out all the music every Tuesday (with a few bonus performances during the week) at Humboldt Park.  Chill on the Hill – fun for the whole family!

Jul
20
Fri
MKE Boatline Concerts – Friday Burgundy Ties, Saturday – Category X
Jul 20 @ 8:30 pm – Jul 21 @ 11:45 pm

It’s a great day for a Boat Ride! On Friday Burgundy Ties play and Saturday it’s Category X!
Always a great time on the MKE Boat Line!

Jul
21
Sat
Sylvan Esso @ Pabst Theater
Jul 21 – Jul 22 all-day

Grammy nominated Sylvan Esso make their anticipated Milwaukee return with two shows at The Pabst Theater! Their sophomore album, What Now, is the sound of a band truly fulfilling the potential and promise of their debut. Everything on the album evolved – the production is bolder, the vocals are more intense, the melodies are more irresistible, and the songs shine that much brighter. It’s an album that is both political and personal, and blurs the line between the two; What Now describes the inevitable low that comes after every high, fulfillment tempered by the knowledge that there is no clearly defined conclusion. At its core, What Now is an album of the finest songs this band has ever written- produced masterfully, sang fearlessly- to articulate our collective undercurrents of anxiety and joy.

Port Washington Fish Day @ Port Washington
Jul 21 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

It’s become a tradition like no other. Don’t miss the 54th Annual Port Washington Fish Day in beautiful downtown Port Washington, Saturday, July 21st. General admission is free and the main stage admission is only five dollars with headliner Keith Anderson! Free shuttle buses will also be available for all attendees. Enjoy the annual 8K run and 2 mile Fun Run/Walk beginning at 8am that benefits Portal, Inc. Plus a huge parade traveling through downtown at 10am. Enjoy Carnival rides, a Classic Car Show, Helicopter Rides, great tasting food, beverages and the best fish and chips this side of the Atlantic. And don’t miss the fireworks at 9:30. Fun for the entire family at Port Washington Fish Day, July 21st! Be sure to stop by the WMSE Stage and check out some killer music.

Jul
22
Sun
Mindwebs – Robert Bloch, “The Strange Flight of Richard Clayton” @ WMSE 91.7FM
Jul 22 @ 12:00 am – 12:30 am
Tune in for another episode of Mondwebs.  The new story is by Robert Bloch, “The Strange Flight of Richard Clayton.”  Richard Clayton a wealthy individual hires a team of specialists – mathematicians, physicists etc to build a rocket to take him to the moon – a planned round trip in excess of 20 years.
The ‘Future’ – his spaceship is powered by atomic energy. On blast off the ship experiences drastic vibrations which continue. The control panel is damaged and Clayton has no idea where he is or how much time has passed. He ages and believes he must be close to the destination or to have overflown it. He has many nightmares due to his total isolation.

This will repeat broadcast on Sunday at 8AM.

Jul
24
Tue
interview: Varsity
Jul 24 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Tune in as WMSE talks to Chicago’s Varsity, who just released their latest on Babe City Records. The band is adept at creating the kind of pop that made Camera Obscura and the Essex Green “pop”-ular back in their heyday and inspired like-minded bands like Alvvays. The band plays Cactus Club on Wednesday night with Tallies (from Toronto) and Northern Haunts.

“Must Be Nice,” the first single from Chicago band Varsity’s forthcoming album Parallel Person, has a title that comprises a double meaning. The title phrase is habitually “bandied around sarcastically,” says singer and keyboardist Stephanie Smith. But she says it can also be an ultimatum, as in: “I must be nice in order to be liked/noticed/not be considered a b****.”

The song itself is a catchy slice of indie-pop, the punchiness of which is undercut by Smith’s self-conscious lyrics: “I know I can’t cry in front of them / But if I could,” she trails off anxiously. Smith says the song was conceived of more as “a mood and the idea of repetition rather than a narrative or a complicated structure.” Propulsive bass and drums give the song an urgent feel, while intertwined keyboard and guitar riffs lend a surfy, eerie charm.

The video for “Must Be Nice,” by animator Shane Beam, reflects the song’s mood and cyclical nature. Beam “totally honed in on the repetition, psychedelic imagery and playful tone of this tune,” Smith says. “The resulting video highlighted themes and images that we hadn’t noticed before,” she says, “plus it made us laugh, which is always good in this economy!”

~NPR

SMASH ALE 18 + Vanguard + DJs Von Munz & Ryan K @ Vanguard
Jul 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

DJs Von Munz and Ryan K take over the decks at Vanguard.  Listen to killer tunes while enjoying WMSE SMASH ALE 18 – a $1 from every beer goes to support your favorite station. WMSE!

LOCAL/LIVE: JULY 24 – THE RIVERWEST ACES
Jul 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

THE RIVERWEST ACES’  NAME IS A TRIBUTE TO D.L. MENARD’S BAND THE LOUISIANA ACES. THEY BEGAN AS A SIDE PROJECT FROM MILWAUKEE’S AIMLESS BLADES. BLAINE SCHULTZ AND PAUL SETSER HAD BEEN PLAYING TOGETHER IN VARIOUS PROJECTS SINCE 1995 AND THEIR APPRECIATION FOR VARIOUS ACOUSTIC MUSIC: OLD COUNTRY AND WESTERN, CAJUN, FOLK, BLUES – ROOTS MUSIC THAT CAME TO BE KNOWN AS AMERICANA – LED TO FORMING A LOOSE AGGREGATION OF LIKE-MINDED FRIENDS.

IT MAY HAVE BEEN 2004, IT MAY HAVE BEEN 2005, BUT THOSE EARLY GIGS WERE A SUNDAY NIGHT RESIDENCY AT THE CIRCLE A CAFÉ IN MILWAUKEE’S RIVERWEST NEIGHBORHOOD. WITH A ROTATING CAST OF MUSICIANS, THE RIVERWEST ACES HAVE PLAYED BENEFITS, A LAW SCHOOL CLASS REUNION, FARMER’S MARKETS, SUMMERFEST, A RETIRED JUDGE’S BIRTHDAY PARTY, WEDDING RECEPTIONS, CHURCH FESTIVALS, LOCAL VENUES, A BOAT LAUNCH AND MORE. A RECENT HIGH POINT WAS SERVING AS BACKING BAND FOR LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY’S PAUL K FOR A SHOW IN 2017.

TUNE INTO WMSE’S LOCAL/LIVE ON TUESDAY, JULY 24TH TO HEAR THE LATEST FROM MILWAUKEE’S OWN RIVERWEST ACES AS THEY GET GEARED UP TO PLAY THE RIVERWEST FARMER’S MARKET ON JULY 27TH. WMSE.ORG TO STREAM LIVE OR IN THE ARCHIVES, OR SIMPLY TUNE YOUR RADIO TO 91.7 FM AT THE 6 O’CLOCK HOUR.

LOCAL/LIVE ON WMSE IS SPONOSRED BY CLUB GARIBALDI’S.

Jul
26
Thu
Enderis Park – Rock The Green w/ Extra Crispy Brass Band, Derek Sallmann @ Enderis Park
Jul 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Rock the Green with Enderis Park located at 72nd & Locust. Enjoy the New Orleans sounds of the Extra Crispy Brass Band.  Derek Sallmann opens the evening.

Jul
27
Fri
WMSE RW24 – 24 Hour Live Broadcast from Colectivo @ Colectivo
Jul 27 – Jul 28 all-day

Join WMSE for a 24 hour live broadcast from Colectivo! We are celebrating the Riverwest 24 for our third year in a row. Kicking off with the Blues Drive on Friday and ending with the Boogie Bang on Sunday. Always a fun time to tune or come on down and say hello!