Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Recap on Tallest Man On Earth At The Pabst Theater Milwaukee

Pabst Theater ticket
Swedish singer songwriter Kristian Matsson, more popularly known as The Tallest Man on Earth, graced Milwaukee with his presence at the Pabst Theater last night. This was another show that was part of the “another ten buck show” series from the Pabst venues and let me tell you, ten bucks was a steal. This was different than most other shows I have been to – all that was on stage were a few guitars, a mic, a throne-like antique chair that received many comments from the audience, and Mr. Matsson himself. The setup reflected to the austere nature of Matsson’s music but still the audience was kept on the edge of their seats, waiting for what would come next. His craggy croon and vivid lyrics were perfectly attuned to the intimate Pabst Theater ticket holders here in Milwaukee, where he filled the venue with a wild energy. He wove in and out of the spotlights on stage and filled the entire room with quiet guitars coupled with his powerful voice. There was an interesting banter the entire evening throughout the evening between Matsson and the crowd which is part of what has made the venue one of my favorites. Though the content of most of the songs are quite visceral to say the least, but there was so much enthusiasm from both Matsson and the crowd that not a single spirit in the house could be truly disheartened. After a standing ovation, Matsson came back to perform a cover of Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Keep It With Mine” with a female counterpart and closed with “The Wind” and “Like The Wheel”. All in all, it was an excellent start to what is sure to be a summer full of music for me. What shows are you going to be heading out to this summer?

Friday, May 21, 2010

Jonas Brothers – Marcus Amphitheater – September 7


The Jonas Brothers will be making an appearance at the Marcus Amphitheater on September 7 to wrap up their summer tour of the US. Special guest Demi Lovato will be joining the trio for this tour. It appears that The Jonas Brothers have been losing the steam they had around this time last year and I know this because I definitely haven’t seen them on Perez Hilton lately. Sounds to me like there was also some bad planning here, as this concert is going to be on a school night for all the tween girls that dig their music. I hate to say it but it looks like the "Jo" bros' fifteen minutes of fame are almost up. Will you be getting Jonas Brothers tickets?

Friday, May 14, 2010

Summerfest 2010 - Best Lineup In Years?


Summerfest - the staple of every Milwaukee summer. Around this time of year, the Summerfest lineup announcements begin to leak and there is an uproar from fans, either one of disappointment or delight. Fortunately for the 2010 lineup, the latter is the overall consensus. At first I was a little wary but as more groups have been put onto the roster, The Big Gig is looking, dare I say, kind of amazing. This year there will be a little something for everyone with acts including The Hold Steady, Public Enemy, Passion Pit, N.E.R.D., STS9 and Modest Mouse to name a few (the entire lineup can be found here).

Though I am definitely digging some of the acts that have been announced, it would be a lie to say that I am completely impressed with the entirety of the Summerfest lineup. The Marcus Amphitheater will consist of mostly country acts or baby boomer targeted artists like Eric Clapton and RUSH. Though I may not appreciate the "Southern Voice" of Tim McGraw or the adult contemporary style of Tom Petty, it is important to notice the effort that there really is something for almost everybody at Summerfest this year. What concerts do you want to see at Summerfest this year?

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Idol Love - Adam Lambert Performs at The Riverside Theater June 15th


Guilty pleasures – we all have them. Mine include Ben and Jerry’s Chubby Hubby, men’s college lacrosse, and last but not least, Adam Lambert. I wasn’t so sure about him at the start; he was a contestant on American Idol, a show that I despise with all my heart, but there is something aluring about him. I don’t know if it’s the massive amounts of guy liner, his bright baby blue eyes and his serious sass when it comes to his on stage performance, or a culmination of the three. This boy just makes my heart swoon. Despite the fact that he pumps up the shock factor frequently and controversy seems to be his forte, Lambert really does have some pipes.

This openly gay, American Idol runner-up will be making an appearance in Milwaukee at the Riverside Theater on June 15th. He will be performing music from his debut album “For Your Entertainment” which was released in late 2009. The disk includes hit singles “For Your Entertainment” and “Whataya What From Me” along with much more. This will be his first solo tour and he will be bringing along opening acts Orianthi & Alison Iraheta. Do you have your Adam Lambert Riverside Theater Tickets yet?