Announcing: Radio Summer Camp 2011

…and a whole lot more.

Four-day passes are now available and get you into every Radio Summer Camp show from July 27 – July 30 (update: this now includes the Kick-Off show with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists on July 27th at Turner Hall Ballroom). This means that over the course of three days you get to see over 60 bands at 10 different venues for only $20. Pretty cool, huh?

You can browse the tabs at the top of this page for the full Radio Summer Camp schedule, Backyard BBQ details and all the great sponsors that make this festival possible.


Backyard BBQ Schedule

We’ve already told you about the amazing Backyard BBQ line-up, but here’s the schedule of bands playing our free event at Cathedral Square Park on Sunday, July 18th.

The Ragadors – We’re just going to kick right into gear with the high energy blues rock of one of Milwaukee’s most exciting young bands.

The Jonathan Burks Band – Speaking of exciting, Gin-soaked and rowdy, Jon Burks will transport you into a smoke-filled, 1970’s honky tonk. Something to behold, really.

Eric Lindell – Swampy, New Orleans infused blues and R & B with a little bit of country twang, Linell will keep you dancing through the afternoon.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops – We probably can’t say in any better than the Drops say themselves:  “Tradition is a guide, not a jailer. We play in an older tradition but we are modern musicians.” We are really fortunate to have CCD at the BBQ. REALLY fortunate.

.357 String Band – “Streetgrass” is their self-described style of music. When you hear it, and maybe more poignant when you see it, you will know exactly why.

Southern Culture on the Skids – The headliners of the 2nd Annual Backyard BBQ, it’s almost as if this event was made for them. Country fried country rock and roll with the grit of a city, or as they say – “Countrypolitan”, SCOTS close out this quintessentially American event.

So that’s the music, but stay tuned for the food and another awesome surprise! Hint: Vroom!

Announcing: The Backyard BBQ

One of three facets of our Radio Summer Camp music festival (club shows and symposium being the other two), The Backyard BBQ – presented with help from the Pabst Theater – will be held on Sunday, July 18th. The Backyard BBQ is an all-day, outdoor, FREE concert featuring country, bluegrass, blues and roots-leaning music. Think straw hats, lemonade, great BBQ and some of the finest bands around. The music starts at 11:00am and goes to sundown.

There will be two more acts announced soon for the BBQ, but today we announce:

As you can see, we’re mixing the “countrypolitan” of national act Southern Culture on the Skids with the “streetgrass” of local favorites .357 String Band. Add the Carolina Chocolate Drops nod to historical African-American sounds, the swampy New Orleans blues of Eric Lindell, the bar-room country of Jonathan Burks and the energetic blues-rock of The Ragadors, and what we have here is a distinctly American event.

Announcing: Radio Summer Camp 2010

A lot has been happening on the back-end around here, but we’re finally ready to start announcing Radio Summer Camp (RSC) 2010 – our four-day music festival and educational musician’s symposium happening this year from July 15th – July 18th.

We’ll have a lot more information, including all of the over 10 participating venues and what bands/musicians will fill out the line-up, in the coming weeks. Next week we’re unveiling the line-up for our Backyard BBQ – our all-day, free outdoor concert held at Cathedral Square Park on Sunday, July 18th. We think you will like the line-up as it combines (as does the entire festival) a great collection of some of Milwaukee’s best with prominent national acts.

As you should expect from us given our free form, eclectic program schedule, you’ll notice a lot more genre’s represented at this year’s RSC. But for now, let’s just get to the two big shows announcing today and tell you how to get a four-day pass!

Thursday, July 15th: Turner Hall Ballroom – The Official RSC Kick-Off Show w/ Liars, 8pm

“Retaining a consistent interest in rhythm and sound texture”, Liars jumps from sound to sound with a “fevered mash of disparate genres, perfect source material for ruthless remixing.”

In putting together this festival, we wanted to make sure there were some good, all-ages options, and this one hits the nail on the kick-off show head.

Saturday: Turner Hall Ballroom – Neon Indian, 8pm

Under the moniker Neon Indian, bedroom electro-pop/chillwave artist Alan Palomo gained considerable acclaim within the independent music community in just a short period of time. However, as Internet-hyped bands also run the risk of overexposure and being shoved aside for the latest craze, Neon Indian’s ethereal, psychedelic sound has solidified the act as no flash-in-the-pan, but rather the real deal.

Four-day passes are available now are normally $25, but from now until May 1st, they are available at an early-bird rate of only $20 (cheaper than combined cost of Liars + Neon Indian alone). Just enter the code RSCEarly when asked for the code during the ticket buying process.

A four-day pass gains you entry into every single show at ever one of the over 10 venues participating in Radio Summer Camp from Thursday through Sunday.

The four-day pass is obviously the best band for your buck, but individual tickets are also available to both shows.
Buy: Individual Liars Ticket info coming soon.
Buy: Individual Neon Indian Tickets (On-Sale Friday, April 23 at Noon)

Looking Forward to Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes Earle Promo Shot

Just to give you something to look forward to at the WMSE Backyard BBQ, I want to point you to our friends at, who have a download of the audio from Justin Townes Earle’s April 16th, 2009 show at the High Noon Saloon in Madison.

Justin will take the stage at 5:30PM.

Announcing Radio Summer Camp

artwork by Dwellaphant

We here at WMSE 91.7FM are super excited to announce Radio Summer Camp – a four-day music festival and symposium taking place at venues throughout Milwaukee from Thursday, August 20th through Monday, August 24th.

We will be slowly unveiling the full club line-up in the coming weeks, but today we are proud to unveil the artists playing the featured event of Radio Summer Camp, The Backyard BBQ. The BBQ will be held at Cathedral Square park from 11AM – 9PM on Saturday, August 22nd, mixing some of Milwaukee’s best with great national touring acts.

11 – 11:45am          Cedarwell
12: – 12:45pm        Alex Wilson Band
1:15 – 2:05pm        The Championship
2:30 – 3:30pm       Joe Pug
4:00 – 5:00pm      Bill Kirchen
5:30 – 6:30pm      Justin Townes Earle
7:00 – 8:30pm      Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound

As you all can probably tell, the BBQ has a kind of straw hats and lemonade, country, blues and bluegrass kind of feel. And we’re really excited to have Milwaukee legend (and WMSE DJ) Paul Cebar as the headliner for the event.

Stay tuned for more updates.