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Bonnie North

The distinctive sound of The Jason Seed Stringtet is two parts classical, one part jazz, and more than a little bit rock and roll. Seed, who is both the ensemble's guitarist as well as its composer, has married the timbres of electric guitar, piano, violin, viola, cello, and double bass in both original tunes and covers since 2008.

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Britney Freeman-Farr and Quinten Farr first met as teenagers at Milwaukee High School of the Arts, playing together in the jazz lab. A marriage, vocal cord surgery and a few albums later, the two are still together.

Britney, known by her stage name B~Free, boasts a soulful sound and a creative vision. The musical couple continues to push each other to achieve their goals while maintaining balance between support and criticism.

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Is there any teenage rocker who doesn't dream of taking the stage and performing in front of an adoring audience? Even though our youthful dreams of rock 'n' roll stardom may become harder to achieve as we age, they rarely fade from our conscience completely.

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A recent article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel alleges that Sam Llanas, former BoDeans' band member, sexually abused Tessa Neumann, the stepdaughter of his former bandmate Kurt Neumann. 

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David Fitzpatrick has been on the Milwaukee music scene for quite some time, as the front man for his David Fitzpatrick Band.  But a few years ago, thing started slowing down for Fitzpatrick.  Several of the members of the band moved - or drifted - away from the band, and life circumstances brought things to almost a stand still.

Milwaukee musician Joe Richter’s early work includes time with some area cover bands and his own acoustic songs.  But his latest release, Revival is his first produced album with a full band behind him - a goal he's had since he first started composing and performing. 

"It's hard to image actually all of these songs as an acoustic piece," notes Richter. "I really wanted to go away from that on this record... I wanted to branch out, I'm really proud we decided to do it this way."

Gabrielle Powell

From her hometown in the Upper Peninsula to Nashville, Lindsay Lou has garnered attention for her unique musical style. Between shows in Rockford, Illinois and the Blue Ox Music Festival in Eau Claire, she stopped in Milwaukee to chat with Lake Effect’s Mitch Teich and give us a taste of her newest music.

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As many coffee aficionados know, love for coffee can be a powerful force. But widespread adoration for coffee is nothing new. In fact, Johann Sebastian Bach dedicated a song to the beloved beverage many years ago. On Friday, Great Lakes Baroque performs Bach's "Coffee Cantata" at the Skylight's Cabot Theatre as part of an all-Bach musical program.

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This weekend, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra accompanies the Academy Award®-winning motion picture West Side Story live on stage at the Marcus Center.

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Every two years, Milwaukee hosts Piano Arts, an internationally renowned competition for young, early career pianists. For the past week, students have been performing in a series of recitals, and soon the finalists will take the stage to compete for the top prizes.

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It’s been a full six years since the Milwaukee band, Paper Holland, released its last full-length album.  But the group never went away in that time - they played for a growing fan base, released an EP, and built anticipation for whenever the next album would come out.

Bonnie North

Milwaukee singer-songwriter, Claudia Johnson and her band, recently released their new EP, Nothing But Time.

The five-member Milwaukee band hasn’t been around all that long, but almost all of the musicians in the group are well-known on the local scene.

Singer and songwriter Claudia Johnson is joined by Joe Hite on keyboard, Kelp Chofs on bass, and Jack Forbes on drums. Don Moore will play guitar for the performance at Club Garibaldi.

Bonnie North

The members of the Milwaukee band Various Small Fires are of different generations and different backgrounds. But they’re united in a remarkable ability to channel a sound that would have been right at home 40 years go. Even their original material has a soulful flavor of 1970s, brass-infused pop.

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You might think that the number of biology majors who have gone into songwriting as a profession would be pretty small. And that may be, yet we’ve managed to have two people who fit that description in our performance studio in the past couple of weeks.

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The viola, like the accordion and the banjo, is often the butt of musical jokes. Not as dramatic as its string cousins the violin or the cello, the viola nevertheless has a beautiful sound and is a crucial part of orchestras and chamber music ensembles.

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