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Four famous artists from major bands to play solo shows in Milwaukee

Each Thursday morning on Radio Milwaukee we — the Journal Sentinel’s Piet Levy and 88Nine’s Jordan Lee — talk about the music coming into Milwaukee and the music coming out of Milwaukee on Tap’d In.

It's an exciting time for hardcore music fans in Milwaukee. Over the next week, major artists from major bands will be playing solo shows at many venues around town.

We talk through the all star lineup in this week's episode.


David Crosby | May 11 at Pabst Theater

Following an ugly split from Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby is still going strong. Despite various health scares, the two time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is coming back to Milwaukee with his "Skytrails Band" this Saturday. In addition to new material, his set is sure to include favorites from CSN and the Byrds, plus "a few surprises," according to his tour notes.

Grab your tickets here.

The Nils Lofgren Band | May 11 at Northern Lights Theater

Not one, but two(!) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artists will be in Milwaukee Saturday, meaning you've got a tough decision to make if you're a fan of both Crosby and Nils Lofgren.

Lofgren is best known for his work with Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band and is a virtuoso guitarist. His new album "Blue With Lou" is out now and features six tracks Lofgren wrote with another legendary artist -- Lou Reed.

Lofgren doesn't go on tour often, so this just may be your last chance to see him play Milwaukee. Get your tickets for his show at the 500-seat Northern Lights Theater here.

Nile Rodgers | May 12 at Fiserv Forum (opening for Cher)

If you're taking mom to see Cher for Mother's Day, make sure you get there early to catch Nile Rodgers. The three-time Grammy winner has played with greats like Aretha Franklin and Ben E King, and founded Chic, one of most influential disco groups of all time.

Most recently, he has collaborated with artists like Daft Punk, Sam Smith and Pharrell Williams, and is sure to put on a lively performance full of "Good Times" before Cher takes the stage.

Get your "Le Freak" on, and grab your tickets here.

(The puns were too easy.)

Johnny Marr | May 14 at Pabst Theater

You've heard Johnny Marr's new song "Armatopia" on 88Nine, and you've definitely heard his work in the bevy of the other bands he's played in, including The Smiths, The Pretenders, Talking Heads and Modest Mouse.

With three solo albums under his belt and a standalone apocalyptic-slash-utopian single, he'll have a lot of material of his own to work through in this upcoming show. But we also wouldn't be surprised if he busted out a few favorites from his wide-ranging career.

88Nine Co-presents Johnny Marr with WMSE on May 14. Find tickets here.

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88Nine Senior Director of Programming | Radio Milwaukee