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Five things to do this weekend in Milwaukee

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Here are some ideas for this weekend in Milwaukee…


B~Free, Michael Jackson, Uncovered

MJ-UNCOVERED: A reinterpretation of the music of Michael Jackson curated by B~Free

The UNCOVERED series has been such a fascinating project; featuring Milwaukee artists re-interpreting the music of legendary artists like JDilla and Stevie Wonder with a local lens. Fittingly, UNCOVERED is closing out its 2018 season with a doozie;  reinterpretations of the music of Michael Jackson and it’s curated by Milwaukee singer-producer-musician B~Free.

Each UNCOVERED performance brings together a diverse lineup of Milwaukee artists who pay their respects to some of the most important musicians of our time. In partnership with Alverno College and produced by David Ravel, UNCOVERED is good bet to be the best thing happening for music in town this weekend.

Friday at 8pm @ Turner Hall Ballroom ($22.50)


Fruit Bats & Vetiver

Although 414 Day is the heart of the weekend events, there’s an excellent show at The Back Room at Colectivo on Thursday night as Fruit Bats and Vetiver swing into town for an intimate show. Not only that, Fruit Bats and Vetiver will perform together on one stage — an indie-folk match made in heaven. Their entanglement is even deeper however as each artist will be performing one another’s songs for a unique collaboration.

Thursday at 8pm @ The Back Room

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5 things to do this weekend | February 22nd-25th

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Mama Tried Motorcycle Show + Afterparties

Mama Tried Motorcycle Show makes so much sense for the city. Sponsored by Harley Davidson, it’s an indoor invitational that connects motorcycles and builders to fans and riders and features over 100 motorcycles from builders of all calibers—flat-tracker, hill climber, chopper, and bar hopper. But motorcycles are the door to an entire weekend of events and that includes some cool music.

The Cactus Club in Bay View has a pre party tonight with Then Lizzy, Ratt Trap and Tuff Pups priming the engine for Saturday’s official event. Also tonight, Fuel Cafe in Walker’s Point also has the official pre-party at 6:30pm during their Two Wheel Thursday featuring motorcycle builders and 88nine’s own DJ Amelinda on the decks spinning gritty garage rock. You might opt to stay at the Rave for the official afterparty on Saturday featuring Weedeater, ONE (a Metallica cover band), Bleed, Happyneverclear, Sex Scenes and Mom’s New Boyfriend. And if you ain’t ready to go to bed you can also check in at the Cactus Club for the after-after party with Banditos, Dusk and Easy Habits later Saturday night.

Saturday at 10am-10pm @ The RAVE 

Sunday 9am-noon @ The RAVE

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5 things to do this weekend | Jan. 25th-28th

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Platinum Boys Euro Tour send off

Milwaukee’s Platinum Boys have been on fire of late, especially on the heels of 2017’s excellent album BUZZ. They’ve kept their momentum in 2018 having just dropped a three song EP  and are getting set to jet across the Atlantic for a European tour. They’ll be leading a party in support of that this Friday at the Cactus Club. With a weekend full of good local talent, this one is the standout for Friday. Dusk, Zed KenzoDetenzione and The Get Drunk DJs fill the bill so get there early.  

Friday at 9pm @ The Cactus Club ($6)


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5 things to do this weekend | Jan. 18th-21st

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MAM After Dark

With the vibrant world of Spanish artist-designer Jaime Hayon on tap in the main galleries at the Milwaukee Art Museum, the MAM decided to make a Latin connection for this month’s MAM After Dark. Tomorrow night will have a lot to offer if you want to get your Latin fix. With salsa dancing, Spanish design, and spicy surprises you can explore global Latin culture through art, music, food, drink, and dance. With the afro-latin funk of ¡ESSO! (El Sonido Sonic Octopus) straight of Chicago and Future Rootz, a collective of local and international DJs playing and remixing global roots, tropical bass, world electronic, and Latin house music, the forecast looks very tropical for Friday.

Friday at 7pm @ The MAM ($14)


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5 things to do this weekend | January 11th-14th

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Plausible scenario… You listen to 88Nine on Friday, happen to tune in at around 1pm and catch a phenomenal band playing live on our airwaves. Eventually, you discover you’ve been enjoying the live set from Tennis who are in for a session on Friday. You also discover that they’ve a show on Friday night at Turner Hall so you make some calls, get a homie or even better, a date to go to the show with you and bam! you’ve got weekend plans. It can be that easy. And why not, Tennis has an exceptional new album called Yours Conditionally that the husband-and-wife team of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore self-produced and composed both on land and at sea during a five-month sailing trip through the Sea of Cortez. How romantic… (Show up early and you can also catch electronic duo Overcoats opening up for Tennis).

Friday at 9pm @ Turner Hall ($18)


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5 things to do this weekend | November 30th-December 2nd

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Eagle Trace 

Little known fact: the brothers of Eagle Trace come from a beer-making family and have their own beer. That, plus the fact that Eagle Trace the band makes some of the best local music might pique your interest enough to check out the whole shebang they’re having this Friday at their EP release show at the Cactus Club in Bay View. Eagle Trace will be dropping their Rival EP and Cactus Club’ll serve their Eagle Park Beer with special guest openers The Missing Letters also on this sudsy bill.

Friday at 8pm @ Cactus Club

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5 things to do this weekend | November 16th-19th

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St. Vincent

Annie Clark – aka St. Vincent – is one of the most distinctive artistic voices and arrestingly original guitarists of her generation. Her recent album, the self-titled St. Vincent , won her Album of the Year NME, The Guardian, and Entertainment Weekly. In 2014, St. Vincent performed on the season finale of Saturday Night Live and, in 2015, she won the Grammy for Best Alternative Album. She has been the recipient of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award and the Q Maverick award, both given for outstanding innovation in the arts. She’ll be taking all that talent live this Friday for one of the more anticipated shows of the season at the Riverside Theater.

And if you needed any more reasons to see her, St. Vincent has partnered with PLUS1 to ensure $1 from every ticket goes to support leading organizations providing prevention, treatment, and resources for opioid addiction, a public health epidemic ravaging communities across the country. I can support that…

Friday at 7pm @ The Riverside Theater 

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5 things to this weekend | October 5th-8th

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TV Girl

Electronic lo-fi indie pop outfit and 88Nine favorite, TV Girl is in town on Friday with chillwave Brooklyn band Brother Tiger at the Cactus Club in Bay View. If you’re a fan of early Beck you might wanna peep this show. TV Girl has what the Guardian calls an “old-style AM radio magic put through a chillwave memory haze” and I’m a fan of their lo-fi pop. Not sure what Brother Tiger sounds like but I like the unknown, discovery is fun.

Friday at 9pm @ Cactus Club   

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5 things to do this weekend | Sept. 28th-Oct. 1st

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Band Together

“Can the power of music connect people from different Milwaukee neighborhoods?” That’s the idea behind the second annual Band Together, a live music event with a diverse lineup featuring some of Milwaukee’s top bands performing music from a variety of genres – from R&B with Adi Armour to Salsa with Cache, glam rock with Tigernite to jazz with Kymaera. Great local food, rooftop party, dancing, and pizza party as well. Can’t go wrong with that! Plus, your ticket benefits Radio Milwaukee. No brainer. Grab tickets here: http://radiomilwaukee.org/bandtogether

Saturday, September 30 right here at 88Nine 220 E. Pittsburgh ($10)

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5 things to do this weekend | September 21st-24th

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Twin Brother + Abbey Jean + Dramatic Lovers

Milwaukee’s Twin Brother is a band re-imagined. Fronted by Milwaukee native (and my buddy,) Sean Raasch, Twin Brother has been playing indie-inspired folk rock in town since 2012. The band released two records, 2013’s self-titled release, and 2014’s Swallow the Anchor, which drew a lot of praise and earned Twin Brother headlining club gigs across town as well as opening slots at Turner Hall for several national acts. However, not content to be a band pigeonholed in the ever growing alternative country folk scene, Raasch and longtime bandmate (and 88Nine’s session engineer!)Lodi Broekhuizen retooled Twin Brother, adding new members and expanding the band’s sonic repertoire. 

With up and comers Abbey Jeanne and Dramatic Lovers opening the show there’s three great reasons to get there early and stay till the end!

Friday 8pm @ Walker’s Point Anodyne Coffee ($10)

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