The Rockabilly Round-Up

We like to believe that without WMSE, Milwaukee would not be as good a place to live and exist. We also recognize, though, that without the loving and supportive Milwaukee community, WMSE would not be have been able to grow into the music and community institution we have become. A huge amount of that community support comes from you, the listener/reader/follower. Another large portion comes from amazing local businesses that help support our many endeavors.

Quite literally, the Rockabilly Chili Contest would not have grown to where it’s at today (we’re expecting 2500 people on March 7th) without the support of all 47 restaurants participating in the event. We absolutely cherish this kind of city-wide support. But on top of this, in addition to spending days preparing chili, devoting staff and financial resourced to help raise funds for us here at WMSE, a handful of the participating restaurants are participating in the Rockabilly Round-Up.

Make sure to visit one or all of these great restaurants from March 1-8 because they’ll not only be featuring chili on their menu, they’ll be generously donating a portion of the proceeds from each bowl sold back to WMSE. And when you order chili at one of these fine establishments, make sure to tell them thanks for supporting true community-powered independent radio!

Brewed Café (veggie chili)

Durango BBQ & Grill (meat chili)

G-Daddy’s BBC (meat chili)

Hector’s On Delaware (meat chili)

McBob’s Pub and Grill [2009 Champion] (meat chili)

The National (veggie chili)

Palomino (veggie chili)

Riverfront Pizzeria Bar & Grill (veggie & meat chili)

Riverwest Co-Op [2009 Champions] (veggie chili)

Roots Restaurant and Cellar (veggie & meat chili)


Interview: Buckwheat Zydeco

The final of our three interviews with Louisiana legends, just an amazing interview Tom did with Buckwheat Zydeco.

Buckwheat Zydeco Interview

Previous Louisiana Legends interviews:

Dr. John
Allen Toussaint

Interview: Allen Toussaint

The 2nd of our three interviews with Louisiana legends, here is Paul Cebar interviewing Allen Toussaint.

Allen Toussaint Interview

AV Radio: February 11th

If you missed our weekly segment where we sit down with AV Club Milwaukee editor Steve Hyden, here it is. We talk about tomorrow’s .357 String Band show and afterparty, White Wrench Conservatory’s Valentine’s Day Break-up show and bands that broke up we wish hadn’t.

AV Radio: February 11th, 2010

Interview: Dr. John

After a few weeks of tracking down this New Orleans legend, Blues Crew DJ Jeff Joy finally managed to get Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack, Jr. – aka Dr. John – on the phone for a lengthy half-hour interview. The interview covers a lot of ground, from what New Orleans has lost post-Katrina to the “family culture” of the city that continues to generate great, pure musicians.

So sit back,  find an Abita Amber, mix up a Sazerac or even make some Brandy Milk Punch and enjoy an interview with one of America’s true musical gems.

The Dr. John Interview

Official Rockabilly Chili Songs

It not enough to simply stage the Rockabilly Chili Contest and all that goes into the planning and promotion. We had to give the event an official rockabilly song AND a bonus chili track.

Just amazing stuff. Take a listen or twelve for yourself. And if you dig, pass it on to your chili-loving friends.

Rockabilly Chili – The Official Song:

Lyrics by Station Manager, Tom Crawford
Music by Chicken Shack DJ Jonny Z with help from Bobby Rivera
Guitar: Bobby Rivera
Bass:  JP Cyr
Drums: Brian Kreutziger

You Bring the Heat and I’ll Bring the Meat

Lyrics by Jonny Z
Music by Jonny Z & Bobby Rivera
Bass: JP Cyr
Drums: Brian Kreutziger

In 60 Seconds

We hope you enjoy hearing promos as much as we enjoy making them. In 60 Seconds is our way of sharing some of these promos with you outside of our broadcast. It’s also a way to celebrate the work of our brilliant production people. Jeremy, Don, Matt, Joe and TC do amazing work. When writing a promo, it’s wonderful knowing these guys will be the ones producing.

This is also one more way to audibly show support for what the artistic community is producing. We support organizations and events because we firmly believe they are crucial to Milwaukee’s creative identity. If you attend even one event because you heard the promo here, mission accomplished. Some of the promos might be past the performance date, but it’s good to keep momentum going even after events.

So today, here is the first installment of your weekly In 60 Seconds.

Dr. Dog Promo – For 2/4 Turner Hall Ballroom Show

Rockabilly Chili Promo – Where we get all Batman on it

Ex Fabula Promo – For 2/16 event at Bay View Brew Haus