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Get To Know Milwaukee's Yellow Phone Music Conference

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What is up 88Niners? I'm Jackie Hoffmann, a summer intern for RadioMilwaukee and I'm here to tell you why I'm bummed about not being three years older. If I was born in 1991, my name might be Jessica because it was the #1 girl name that year, but more importantly I'd be 21. No, not because Milwaukee is known for our beer consumption. I'm wishing I was 21 to experience another Milwaukee asset: the music scene. This September 6-8 marks the 2nd Annual Yellow Phone Music Conference held on the East Side. Launching last year, The YPMC brings together both local and non-local musicians, panelists, and fans alike. The Yellow Phone Music Conference can best be compared to as a SXSW in the Midwest.

While The Conference may be about showcasing upcoming bands and new talent, that certainly does not describe their panel. These guys know what they're talking about. You can purchase a badge today for an unlimited buffet of music knowledge. For all you poor college students out there wanting to get in on the fun, there is a special student rate available. Open to all ages, the panels available during the day Friday and Saturday range for the widespread audience. For professionals in the music industry, a panel regarding building a team around the artist; for newcomer bands, a panel about what exactly talent buyers are looking for at the club level; for fans, perhaps a chance to meet panelist Patrick Stump lead singer/guitarist of Fall Out Boy? Now that's a memory to be thankful for.

Here's where I get a little bitter. A $20 wristband gives you the opportunity to hear any of the 30 artists playing those two nights in bars on the East Side. These are my top 3 I would see if I could.

Archie Powell & The Exports
I first heard them on World Cafe with David Dye last month and now I've got this admiration for the Chicago based band with witty lyrics written by Archie himself.

Blessed Feathers
A folk duo hailing from West Bend with simple yet powerful ballads, how can you not root for them?


This Scottish band just seems like fun. (I didn't mean that in the We-Are-Young-fun. by the way.)


Don't take the measly intern's advice, check out The Yellow Phone Music Conference for yourself.