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‘DAYBREAK’ release party takes magazine from page to stage

A collage of three photos includes a concert poster, a slightly blurry image of a rock band performing on stage, and a black-and-white image of seven people sitting at the top of a skate ramp.
DAYBREAK / Motel Breakfast / Fellow Kinsman

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DAYBREAK Magazine founder Tommy Moore is proudly based in Milwaukee. From that home base, he’s always on the lookout for new stories to tell that have a strong visual element as well as a Milwaukee thread, at times joined to the Midwest at large or stretched to the peripheral coasts.

That drive will be on display this Thursday, May 25, when the magazine celebrates its newest installment at Anodyne on Bruce, complete with sets from Milwaukee surf-psych rockers Fellow Kinsman and MKE x CHI indie rockers Motel Breakfast

DAYBREAK — which shares stories and developments in music, art, sports, outdoor adventures and beyond — is offered digitally, but the physical rendition is truly the most striking. Its catalog-style format’s beautiful photography and down-to-earth words are worth spending quality time with. It’s something to get lost in when one needs an adventure from the comfort of home.

“Perhaps the strongest and most persuasive tool any of us possess is the ability to tell stories,” Moore said of DAYBREAK’s mission and engine. “Whether for pleasure, to pass along knowledge or in pursuit of great change, storytelling is at the root of all creative practices. Our goal is to give a platform to underrepresented creatives who are chomping at the bit to break the standard mold.

“Whether a photographer or painter, surfboard shaper or athlete, writer or musician, we dive deeper into this relationship to uncover the individuality and personality behind everyone’s creative process.”

The magazine’s fourth installment, DAYBREAK DAYDREAM, will feature fresh stories on froSkate founder Karlie Thornton of Chicago, Hawaiian surfer Pua DeSoto, Ohio-raised artist and skateboarder Terry Urban, and photographer Lauren Trific, who’s based both in Milwaukee and Salt Lake City. The magazine is also currently polishing some forthcoming music-centric stories featuring Indigo De Souza, Fruit Bats and Milwaukee’s Diet Lite (stay tuned for those).

The Thursday release party at Anodyne is one in a string of Midwest-based shows, and Fellow Kinsman’s inclusion on the bill is no coincidence. They were featured in the pages of the magazine’s previous installment, making this week’s show a full-circle moment for them. It’s also your chance to get your hands on copies of the magazine and check in with Moore to share any of your own Midwest-tied stories and adventures.

The show starts at 8 p.m., and you can pick up tickets online for $12 and at the door for $15.

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