Category: Entertainment Calendar

5th Annual Land the Big Gig® Offers Bands Their Shot at Fame, Determined by Fans’ Votes

MILWAUKEE (April 15, 2016) –The 5th annual Land the Big Gig® music competition is now accepting submissions, giving the nation’s top musical talents the opportunity to win cash prizes and a chance to perform live before thousands of music fans at Summerfest. Bands, musicians and singer-songwriters may enter the competition by uploading an audio file of an original song to LandtheBigGig.com through 11:00 am CDT on Thursday, May 12th, 2016. Presented by Summerfest and TapMilwaukee, Land the Big Gig® culminates in a live performance competition before thousands of Summerfest attendees.

Beginning Friday, May 13th at 11:00 am CDT, fans will vote for their favorite acts online. Fans may vote once per day for each of their favorite artists. The fans will decide the top 10 artists and the top three finalists will be decided on by a panel of local music industry leaders on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. Finalists will win the opportunity to play at Summerfest June 30th at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard and compete for over $25,000 in cash prizes.

“The local music scene in every city has exploded over the past 5 years. We’re excited to bring this contest to local talent across the country and give them the opportunity to Land the Big Gig,” said Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Senior Director of Marketing, David Ledlie. “A competition like this couldn’t find a better venue than Summerfest, where people all over the world come together to enjoy, discover and celebrate music.”

Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival” features over 800 acts and 1,000 performances on 11 stages over 11 days, providing an unforgettable live music experience for nearly 850,000 music fans from around the world. For the past 49 years, Summerfest has been Milwaukee’s cornerstone celebration, offering entertainment for everyone along the shores of Lake Michigan.

“We are excited to host Land the Big Gig® for the fifth year at Summerfest and help talented musicians from around the country realize their dreams of performing live in front of a huge crowd,” said Bob Babisch, Summerfest VP of Entertainment. “There is some amazing talent that comes through this competition and it’s great to see the winners get the attention they deserve.”

Last year’s competition spanned the country and almost 300 artists entered for their chance to Land the Big Gig® at Summerfest. Fans and contest entrants are encouraged to visit LandTheBigGig.com for updates and follow Land the Big Gig® on Facebook at Facebook.com/LandTheBigGig and Twitter at Twitter.com/landthebiggig.

About Tap Milwaukee
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s TapMilwaukee.com is Southeastern Wisconsin’s essential guide to entertainment, providing everything you need to know about going out, staying informed and sharing that information with friends. Tap was created in 2011 to engage a growing market of readers who want local entertainment news at their fingertips. Our readers are passionate about things to do – from music to movies to dining and galleries – TapMilwaukee.com has it.

About Summerfest
Summerfest 2016 will take place June 29th to July 3rd and July 5th to 10th, 2016 from Noon until Midnight and will be closed Monday, July 4th. Following its 1968 debut, Summerfest has evolved into what is now recognized as “The World’s Largest Music Festival” and Milwaukee’s cornerstone summer celebration, bringing the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites along with approximately 850,000 people from Milwaukee and around the world together each year for an unforgettable live music experience. During the festival, the spotlight shines on over 800 acts, over 1,000 performances, 11 stages, delectable food and beverages and interactive activities, all in a world-class festival setting. Patrons can also enjoy Miller Lite, the Official Beer of Summerfest. For more details, visit Summerfest.com, Facebook.com/summerfest or Twitter: @Summerfest.

Margo Price ‘Midwest Farmer’s Daughter’ out NOW!

Margo Price - Midwest Farmer's Daughter

Margo Price – Midwest Farmer’s Daughter

Hard work, grit, and pristine musicality drenched in real life experience from the school of hard knocks… THAT’S Nashville. That’s Country Music. That’s Margo Price. If you haven’t heard Margo’s gorgeous debut offering MIDWEST FARMER’S DAUGHTER (whether track by track as we’ve released them, or via NPR Music, or because you’ve already been streaming it on Apple Music, TIDAL, or Spotify this morning), then it’s time you get on board. This record is already being heralded by journalists-in-the-know as a contender for the “best country record of 2016,” and we don’t disagree. We guarantee you’ll be hooked by the opening track “Hands of Time,” which tells the story of Margo’s life, the ups, downs and everything in between. MIDWEST FARMER’S DAUGHTER, recorded at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, TN only exists because Price pawned her wedding ring, sold the family car, and did not take no for an answer. We were more than happy to answer “YES” when the record arrived at our label offices, and we hope you will take our word for it that the hype is warranted, the buzz is deserved, and Margo Price is the real deal. Interested? Purchase here and you will immediately understand why Margo Price is taking the music industry by storm.

Watch Margo’s recent performances at the Opry, on the NPR and Pandora stages at SXSW, and last night on Conan O’Brien, or hear her interview that aired today on Morning Edition. If you’re already smitten and ready to see her sing live and in person, catch her on tour in a town near you:

APRIL 7 – Third Man Records, Nashville, TN
APRIL 14 – Louisville Palace, Louisville, KY
APRIL 15 – Capitol Theatre, Wheeling, WV
APRIL 16 – Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN
APRIL 17 – Tennessee Theatre, Knoxville, TN
APRIL 21 – VON BRAUN CENTER, Huntsville, AL
APRIL 22 – Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA
APRIL 23 – Georgia Theatre, Athens, GA
APRIL 28 – Mountain Arts Center, Prestonsburg, KY
MAY 5 – The Lyric Oxford, Oxford, MS
JUNE 17 – Stubbs Bar-B-Q, Austin, TX
JULY 10 – Green River Festival, Greenfield, MA
AUGUST 5 – Pickathon, Happy Valley, OR
AUGUST 6 – Pickathon, Happy Valley, OR

We hope you love this record and this artist as much as we do. Enjoy,
— Third Man Records

Pabst Theater Group and Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. Present STEELY DAN with STEVE WINWOOD

“The Dan Who Knew Too Much” Summer Tour Unique opportunity to catch 2 multi-Grammy Award-winning legends on one night on Milwaukee’s Lakefront

  

AT THE BMO HARRIS PAVILION

SATURDAY * JULY 16 *  6:30PM GATES | 8PM SHOW

Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Famers Donald Fagen and Walter Becker have announced Steely Dan will be back to satisfy Dan fans nationwide with “The Dan Who Knew Too Much” tour dates this spring and summer. Having co-headlined Australia and New Zealand together in 2011, Steely Dan will welcome their friend and special guest Steve Winwood for their summer tour which includes a Saturday night date right here in Milwaukee at the BMO Harris Pavilion! The chance to see these two multi- Grammy Award-winning legends on one night is not to be missed.

Throughout the spring and summer, Steely Dan will entertain audiences with a set of diverse selections from The Dan’s extraordinary four-decade catalog, rich with infectious tunes, bodacious harmonies, irresistible grooves, blazing solo work, rich ensembles and sleek, subversive lyrics.

Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood has one of the most remarkable voices in rock ’n’ roll and fans will be captivated by his set of favorites spanning his 50-year career featuring songs from the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, Blind Faith along with solo hits, including “Higher Love” and many more.

More on Steely Dan:

Led by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, Steely Dan has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide and helped define the soundtrack of the ‘70s with hits such as “Reelin’ in the Years”, “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”, “F.M.”, “Peg”, “Hey Nineteen”, “Deacon Blues”, and “Babylon Sisters”, from their seven platinum albums issued between 1972 and 1980 — including 1977’s groundbreaking Aja. Steely Dan reunited in the early 90’s, launching a string of sold-out tours. In 200 they released the multi-Grammy winning TwoAgainst Nature and released the acclaimed follow-up Everything Must Go in 2003. Steely Dan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

More on Steve Winwood:

For more than five decades, Steven Winwood has remained a primary figure in rock ’n’ roll, a respected innovator who has helped to create some of the genre’s most celebrated achievements. Winwood’s solo career has yielded an extraordinary portfolio of music including “Back In The High Life”, “While You See A Chance”, “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys”, “Gimme Some Lovin”, “I’m a Man”, “Can’t Find My Way Home”, “The High Life”, “Mr. Fantasy”, and “Higher Love”. He is a recipient of the Ivor Novello Outstanding Song Collection and the Musicians Union Classic Rock Award. He is the recipient of three honorary doctorate degrees from Berklee College of Music, Aston University and the University of Gloucestershire.

Steely Dan Social Media:

Website: http://www.steelydan.com/ Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/SteelyDan/

Steve Winwood Social Media:

Website:  http://www.stevewinwood.com/ Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/stevewinwood/

Youtube:  https://www.youtube.com/user/stevewinwoodvideos

200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53202

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, APRIL 8th @ NOON

http://pabsttheater.org/show/sdsw2016

 

$35| $75 | $95 | $125

RESERVED COVERED SEATING GENERAL ADMISSION STANDING AVAILABLE AT

Tickets can be purchased at the Summerfest Box Office in person and by phone at 1.414.273.2600, Ticketmaster Ticket Centers, Walmart stores, online at Ticketmaster.com and by phone at 1.800.745.3000 (live Ticketmaster Agent) or 1.866.448.7849 (“Ticketmaster Express” automated phone line). Patrons may also utilize “ticketfast” at Ticketmaster.com to print barcoded concert tickets from home. Convenience fees may be added to all purchases.

 

Fun in the Frozen North: Winter Carnival is Coming to Michigan Tech

It’s almost Winter Carnival time.  Student organizations at Michigan Technological University are perched on scaffolding under lights, working deep into the night on their gigantic snow statues, a month-long effort.

The theme this year is “As snow accumulates at alarming rates, we show our love for the 50 states.”   Statues are expected to reflect that theme.

Winter Carnival, sponsored by the Blue Key Honor Society, officially starts on Wednesday, February 3 and runs through Saturday, February 6, although some activities have already begun, including ice bowling at the Dee Stadium and curling at the Calumet Drill House.

In ice bowling, students curl up in giant plastic shells, while other students hurl them across the ice at oversized duckpins. Curling, of course, has nothing to do with hair. It is the Scottish sport of heaving a round stone down a lane of ice while teammates sweep furiously ahead of the stone with brooms, to help direct its movement and increase its speed.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, February 3, All-Nighter overnight statue building begins. The Alumni Association will serve hot chocolate from 5 to 8 p.m. at Alumni House. Campus will be lit and lively all night, with karaoke from 9 to 11 p.m. and classic Winter Carnival snacks like chili and deep-fried Twinkies.

Thursday morning, February 4, all statue building ends and judges make the rounds.

Saturday evening, the Winter Carnival hockey game against Lake Superior State University starts at 5:07 p.m. at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena, and at 8:15 p.m. a torchlight ski parade down Mont Ripley will be followed by fireworks.

For the full story, see:
http://www.mtu.edu/news/stories/2016/january/fun-frozen-north-winter-carnival-coming.html.

Classic Country Music Concert August 23rd

Crystal Falls, Michigan – The Crystal Theatre, 304 Superior Ave., Crystal Falls presents Sweet Dreams & Honky Tonks: The Music and Lives of Hank Williams, Loretta Lynn, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash, starring Tom Waselchuk and Jami Lampkins, on Sunday August 23, 2:00 pm.

Tom Waselchuk and Jami Lampkins

Tom Waselchuk and Jami Lampkins

Civil War Replica Cannons Returning To Capitol Today

WHAT: CANNONS ON THE CAPITOL LAWN

WHEN: TODAY — Saturday, August 8, 2015 at NOON

WHERE: The Front/East Lawn of the State Capitol

LANSING—On Saturday, August 8, at noon, the Capitol lawn will see the return of famed replicas of the historic Civil War cannons that Michiganders took into battle over 150 years ago to fight against slavery and protect our Union.

Two Civil War, 10-pound Parrott guns once flanked the walkway that leads to the front entrance of the Michigan Capitol. The Michigan Capitol was dedicated to the memory of Michigan’s Civil War soldiers, and the cannons symbolically protected the building’s main entrance.

With the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War, Senators Michael Kowall (R-White Lake) and Steven Bieda (D-Warren) spent the past two years raising money to bring exact replicas of the guns back to the State Capitol. Every dollar raised was from private funds—no taxpayer money was spent.

On Saturday, August 8, at noon on the front lawn of the State Capitol, everyone is invited to participate in a free event as the Loomis cannons are restored to the front of the Capitol. This historic and fun event will be great for the entire family. For more information go to www.capitolcannons.com. The event will include:

· Civil War re-enactors,

· firing of Civil War cannons,

· an original Loomis cannon on display,

· a President Abraham Lincoln re-enactor,

· and much more.