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The Scene: Milwaukee’s Home of Live Music, 1965-71

This should be a sensational event about Milwaukee music!

MKE Memoirs


Sure, today Milwaukee can boast about hosting Summerfest, the largest music festival in the world, which attracts audiophiles from all over the country. But back in the ’60s and early ’70s, The Scene ballroom was the place to be if you wanted to catch a show from some of the era’s hottest acts. Join MCHS on a trip back to those exciting, turbulent times on Wednesday, May 15th at 7 p.m. for “The Scene: Milwaukee’s Home of Live Music, 1965-71.”

From 1965 to 1971, The Scene, once located along North 2nd Street in the old Hotel Antlers, played host some of the era’s best musicians, from Chuck Berry and Jimi Hendrix, to the Allman Brothers Band and Miles Davis. Join Rob Lewis and Ed Muellenbach, founders of, as they use concert photos, advertisements, and first-hand accounts for this journey into Milwaukee’s vibrant counterculture. This small, acoustically perfect…

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Welcome to the Milwaukee County Zoo

Two weekends ago, we went to the Milwaukee County Zoo (it was a free day!). I love the zoo because it’s always an educational experience. Definitely in the “real” education sense, but also in the “OMG WTF is wrong with people” sense.

Hey zoo, hey!

Hey zoo, hey!

We learned quite a lot on this trip. Here are some of the completely true facts we learned while at the zoo:

-That polar bear we watched laze around on some rocks was, in fact, not actually there. Because, according to the group of teenagers behind us, polar bears are extinct. Did you know that? Me neither.

-Our extinct polar bear friends swing their heads back and forth to get a better lock on the scent of food. This one didn’t though. As the woman next to us told her husband, “he’s dancing!” I wonder what kind of music the bears enjoy.

-We waited for a solid half hour to watch the river otters have lunch, mainly because I freaking love otters. Little did we know, I had actually been directing my affection to the wrong animal, because like the mother next to us told her children – those otters are actually seals! I had no idea.

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