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414 Music Live: Ian & The Dream

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Here at 88Nine, we are excited to announce that Milwaukee band, Ian and the Dream, will be preforming at the Radio Milwaukee studio on Thursday for this weeks edition of 414 Music Live.

Starting as High school friends, Ian Ash and Chivo, came together to form Ian and the Dream in 2008. The band’s name was an early acknowledgment of the uphill battle they understood they would be fighting in order to make a name for themselves in the Music Industry.

This Milwaukee band has made amazing strides. Their story is not one of holing up in a cabin in Medford, Wi, only to emerge with a critically acclaimed debut album. Their story may not be as romanticized as Justin Vernon's, but it is certainly admirable. The duo has garnered attention by working slowly; winning contests such as Bodog’s Battle of the Bands and a “Top Singer” award at the Waukesha County Fair. Persistence such as this won the band an opening-slot with the Beach Boys.

The success story of Ian and the Dream is not the only relatable thing about these hometown heroes. Their Pop/Rock blend of music is earnest and refreshing. Ben Fold’s producer, Stephen Short hand can be heard in the striped down instrumentals and schmaltzy piano. Ash’s voice cuts through the melody wonderfully, allowing sincere lyrics to take prominence. 

Ian and the Dream will be releasing their third album, California Cauliflower in September. This is the band’s first self produced album The CD release party will take place on Friday, September 5th, at Evolution MKE as part of the Yellowphone Music Conference.

Make sure you check out their music before the new release by making it down to Studio Milwaukee this Thursday. The show is free and open to the public.

Doors at 5:00, performance and on-air interview at 5:30.

The studio is located at 220 E. Pittsburgh Avenue in Walker’s Point.

See you there!