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(Re)Introducing Milwaukee's Backline artists

Bad Bunny and Pusha T are finally coming to Milwaukee after cancelling their shows this Summer. But they aren't the only one's returning to Milwaukee this weekend—our Milwaukee Backline artists are finally home after traveling around the country (and out of it) to amplify their careers.

Each Thursday morning on Radio Milwaukee, 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.

Listen to the podcast and read more below for more on the Backline artists who have a showcase at 88Nine this Friday.

Reintroducing Milwaukee's Backline artists

Abby JeanneLex AllenCrystal Knives (Spencer Mutsch) and ZED KENZO (Zechariah Ruffin) have just finished going through the first Backline program.

They all got something different from the program and they'll each be revealing their progress and what the future holds them at the Backline Showcase happening Friday, November 16.

Piet also talked to each of them about their experiences in a recent article in the Journal Sentinel. They all had different needs and used the grant differently. Zed Kenzo got access to more professional production equipment and producer mentors, Lex Allen got to record at his dream studio in London, Abby Jeanne got to make lots of industry connections and create promotional material for her upcoming album and Crystal Knives took the opportunity to go out to L.A. and record with a Grammy award-winning cellist.

Piet also talked to the Program Director, Mag (Enrique Rodriguez) who was already talking about how he plans to improve the program for the next cohort because the next round of applications are almost open.

Together, they all learned a lot that will launch each of them into the next level in their career—and help the future Backline artists to do the same. Each of them are sticking around to pass everything they learned onto the Milwaukee music community as a whole.

We're excited about what this means for our scene. Read Piet's whole article and/or attend the Backline Showcase on Friday to get the whole story straight from the artists to see what we're taking about.

88Nine Senior Director of Programming | Radio Milwaukee