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Behind the Scenes – managing a music festival stage

Luke Summerfest The Decemberists

Luke Summerfest The Decemberists

Summerfest kicked off music festival season and it had us wondering what it takes to make these pop-up and large scale productions on a tight schedule.

Radio Milwaukee’s own Luke Repetti takes us on a looooong day of the life of a stage manager setting up a headline performance by The Decemberists.

the decemberists summerfest

Watch the video below to go backstage and watch the process of a headline show from 5:50am to midnight:

5 things to do this weekend | July 28th – 31st

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Milwaukee’s most interesting bike race is happening this Friday and Saturday as hundreds of bikers take to the streets of Riverwest for the Riverwest 24, a 24-hour bike race/spectacle. You’re probably already saying to yourself “but Marcus, I didn’t even get in this year” or “I don’t even bike.” That’s okay, you can still ride it even if it’s only you counting your laps and testing your bicycling fortitude. Besides the riding of it, RW24 is also a huge all-Riverwest party with practically every bar and business bubbling with activity; bands, house parties and race-watching are all easy to do and surprisingly fun too. The four checkpoints that make up the race circuit are all places of general merriment as well on a night and day that sees Riverwest come to life.

Friday-Saturday @ Riverwest

Listen to Studio Milwaukee with Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts

Miles Nielsen

Miles Nielsen

Miles Nielsen and the Rusted hearts hail from Rockford, IL and cite both power-pop and classic soul as influences. (And yes, there is a relation between the singer and another Nielsen hailing from Rockford.) They fit well alongside Dr. Dog or even Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

Discover Music

If you love discovering new music, here’s the place to dig in.

In the stories to the right, you can keep up on the latest music news, watch behind-the-scenes videos, get to know emerging artists, who’s coming to town, who’s hot in Milwaukee’s music scene, and get a free download (every week!).

You can listen on demand to exciting new jazz, hip-hop and R&B, world and electronic dance music, interesting covers and songs we just can’t stop listening to.You can hear live performances recorded in our studio, featuring local and touring bands. Yes, there’s more. But we’ll leave the rest of the discovery up to you!