Articles by: Tom Wilmeth

Dave Mason, April 15, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Dave Mason, April 15, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

In spite of various career frustrations, Dave Mason’s name recognition was sufficient to pack the Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee.

Marty Stuart, April 7, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Marty Stuart, April 7, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Marty Stuart calls his backing band the Fabulous Superlatives – and, the thing is, they live up to his claim on every tune.

Captured! By Robots, March 28, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Captured! By Robots, March 28, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

I’ve never seen anything like Captured! By Robots, and I’m still not sure what to make of it.

Florentine Opera Company, March 17, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Florentine Opera Company, March 17, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

This wasn’t just any opera; this was the Florentine Opera Company presentation of Mozart’s ‘Don Giovanni.’ But that meant little to me, I confess.

Chuck Berry, June 1972: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Chuck Berry, June 1972: Shows I’ll Never Forget

I did not know Chuck Berry was a black man until he stepped on that Des Moines stage.

Jamey Johnson, Feb. 24, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Jamey Johnson, Feb. 24, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Jamey Johnson is confident and solid, offering straight-ahead country music that’s performed with conviction.

La Original Banda el Limon + Banda Maguey, Feb. 11, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

La Original Banda el Limon + Banda Maguey, Feb. 11, 2017: Shows I’ll Never Forget

La Original Banda el Limon, Banda Maguey and others performed at the gorgeous Eagles Club Ballroom – a space built for the likes of Glenn Miller.

Wicked Realm, Aug. 26, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Wicked Realm, Aug. 26, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Wicked Realm should be proud that they can make these songs come alive. Prouder still should be Milwaukee for being able to call them our own.

Yes, Aug. 21, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Yes, Aug. 21, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

The night was a success. The concert had been enthusiastically received. But was it Yes?

Billy Joe Shaver, Aug. 17, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

Billy Joe Shaver, Aug. 17, 2016: Shows I’ll Never Forget

The show was an hour and a half late. Audience members were understandably nervous. Then, in strode Billy Joe Shaver — all 77 years of him.