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Present Music

Milwaukee’s Present Music not only pushes boundaries musically, but also when it comes to the spaces they perform. Saturday’s concert finds the group performing amongst the dioramas and artifacts of the Milwaukee Public Museum.

Present Music's exploratory concert, Time, Nature, Culture, Soundwill take audience members through the museum to experience performances on every floor.

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Milwaukee singer-songwriter Peter Mulvey has worked with a lot of musicians during his two-plus decades in the music business.  But perhaps none is better-known than Ani DiFranco, with whom Mulvey has shared many concert bills. 

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Tuesday, April 25 would have been Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th birthday. The woman known as the first lady of song and the queen of jazz had a pure tone, impeccable diction, phrasing and intonation, and what’s been described as a "horn-like" ability to improvise. And while she wasn’t the first jazz singer to scat, she elevated it to a high art.

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April 22 marks the 10th anniversary of Record Store Day. This day celebrates the unique culture surrounding independently owned record stores.

The Record Store Day organization works with both independent and major labels throughout the year to create the official Record Store Day List. On that list are special vinyl and CD releases made exclusively for the day.

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Pastime Paradise, As, I Wish. Many are familiar with the original versions of these songs by music legend Stevie Wonder.

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You may be familiar with Yiddish as the language that brought us, among others, the words shlep (carry), kvetch (complain), and nosh (eat). It’s only spoken in limited communities today, but for nearly 1000 years Yiddish was the primary language of Ashkenazi Jews all over Europe -- until the Holocaust.

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Musician Glen Phillips is part of the vanguard of alternative-leaning pop music in the 1990s as a member of the band, Toad the Wet Sprocket.  The group’s songs, such as Walk On the Ocean, Good Intentions, and Something’s Always Wrong featured catchy melodies, often tinged with a bit of melancholy.

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Alan Lomax wore many hats in his life. He was a musician, folklorist, oral historian, archivist and ethnomusicologist, among other things. Lomax is perhaps most remembered for his work as a field collector of folk music, recording thousands of songs and interviews for the Archive of American Folk Song at the Library of Congress. 

The United States Concert Band

The United States Navy Concert Band, the premier wind ensemble of U.S. Navy, will be in Milwaukee Wednesday to perform at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Milwaukee is one of 23 cities hosting a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2017 tour.

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Since the Master Singers of Milwaukee was founded more than four decades ago, the group has been committed to highlighting vocal artistry through diverse choral arrangements.

There are a lot of people who spend decades trying to figure out what to do with their lives, reinventing themselves as they go.  And that may well be the case for Gabe Burdulis and Thea Grace, but that's not their plan at the moment.

We watched more than 6,000 videos. Ten judges weighed in. Now, the 2017 Tiny Desk Contest has a winner.

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Finger-style guitar players can run the gamut of genres - from rock to jazz , R&B to country and even classical.  Guitarist Adam Rafferty has a knack for being able to put his own distinctive stamp on many of those genres.

"I pick songs where I feel comfortable with the melody and I know they're winners," says Rafferty. "If something's got a great melody and a great grove, it's a winner."

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In the middle of 2017’s sonic playing field is singer-songwriter Valerie June, who has carved a sacred space for roots music. June’s deep appreciation for the great artists that preceded her, like Jimi Hendrix and Andy Warhol, fuel her openness to song, collaboration and connection.

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