CONCERTS TO SEE
Kid Cudi has come a long way since his first album “Man on the Moon: The End of Day” in 2009, breaking away from Kanye West to start his own record label and racking up hit after hit. Expect to hear songs from his third and latest album “Indicud” and crowd favorites like “Pursuit of Happiness,” “Erase Me” and “Just What I Am.” Tyler, the Creator, alternative rapper of the group “Odd Future,” and up-and-comer Logic will join the show in The Rave’s Eagle’s Ballroom. (Brian Keogh)
If you like Bon Iver, you’ll like Volcano Choir. Justin Vernon, frontman of Bon Iver, teamed up once again with the Milwaukee band Collection of Colonies of Bees, for a new album,”Repave.” The album is a strong contender for the best in Vernon’s recent work at once sounding like a new chapter in Vernon’s career while retaining the best of the past. These Wisconsin boys are coming home this September for what is sure to be a memorable (and likely sold-out) show. (Erin Heffernan)
THINGS TO DO
You only turn 110 once, so why not throw a four-day long party? Harley-Davidson has been celebrating its 110th anniversary since last August with special events all around the world. Now, the motorcycle manufacturer is throwing its biggest party yet in Milwaukee over Labor Day weekend.
Between August 29 and August 31, patrons with a ticket will be able to see more than 60 bands at the Summerfest grounds – featuring Bret Michaels, Chiddy Bang, Dropkick Murphys, Lynyrd Sknyrd, and ZZ Top – with headliners Toby Keith, Aerosmith, and Kid Rock. Bikers will travel from all over the world to attend and are sure to fill the city with the sight of leather and the sound of roaring engines. Unfortunately for them, all of the Milwaukee hotels have been booked for months. Some have resorted to renting houses for the weekend, offering as high as six figures for just three nights. (Claire Nowak)
Milwaukee’s Tomato Romp! is ripe for a triumphant return. The celebration on the east side revels in all things tomato, culminating in a giant slinging match, with last year’s festivities using 6,000 rotten tomatoes in an all-out food brawl. “A countdown starts and then a blazing bugle horn goes off and then you pummel each other with liquefied tomato guts” Elizabeth Owen, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences and 3 year Tomato Romp! veteran, said. In addition to the tomato fight, the festival also includes a “Best Bloody Mary Contest,” so come thristy and ready for a mess. (Brian Keogh)
Set in the French Riviera, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is a musical comedy exploring fame, money and love with a stunning twist.
The musical follows con men, Lawrence and Freddie, who make their living scamming rich women and one day decide the town isn’t big enough for the two of them. They agree that the first man to cheat a woman out of $50,000 will stay, driving the loser out of town forever. Both set their sights on the same woman, but find she may not be as easy a mark as they think. Marquette’s production will use big dance numbers, a slew of European accents, a cast of 17 Marquette undergrads and ten-piece-band to make this Tony-winning musical come alive. (Brian Keogh)
PLACES TO GO
Last month, Milwaukee underwent a change that left residents shocked and confused: Alterra Coffee became Colectivo Coffee
On July 28, during the popular Milwaukee coffee companys’ 20th anniversary celebration, co-founders and owners Ward and Lincoln Fowler and Paul Miller announced the name change, after the funky buses that run throughout Latin America. The change comes after Mars, Inc. bought the rights to the name “Alterra” with plans to market the coffee globally. But never fear, Alterra lovers – all of the products you’ve come to know and love are here to stay. Whether you’re in the mood for coffee, tea, a Wisconsin grilled cheese or a delicious cupcake, Colectivo has you covered. See? Change doesn’t always have to be scary. (Claire Nowak)
The Milwaukee Art Museum is featuring the work of Milwaukee tattoo artist Amund Dietzel this fall in the museum’s first exhibition of tattoo art. An emigrant from Norway, Dietzel lived in Milwaukee and worked as a tattoo artist for most of his life. This year marks a hundred years since he came to the United States and became one of the earliest masters of tattoo art, influencing the way tattoos are done to this day. The exhibit puts his ink work in the spotlight and celebrates the art many people wear on their sleeves daily. (Brian Keogh)