Conversations With Peter Mulvey: The Empathetic Artist

When I began playing shows at Marquette University, few Milwaukee artists were making things happen on a national level. Peter Mulvey, who is ten years older, had the label, the records, the tour dates and artist collaborations to inspire any budding musician. Over the last ten years, Peter and my paths have crossed multiple times, [Read More…]

Conversations With Tom Shillue: The Comedian With A Slow Punch

Growing up in Norwood, Massachusetts, Tom Shillue was a funny kid with a passion for the story. It wasn’t until his high school superintendent made him sign a contract to attend college, that Tom’s colorful course began to unfold.  After taking a year off, Tom attended Emerson College to purse a career in entertainment.  It [Read More…]

Conversations With Bishop Donald Hying: How To Have Faith, How To Be A Bishop And, Of Course … Music

Anyone who has moved to a new city alone knows you need to think positive and have an open disposition. But what does it take to be alone in a new city and in charge … as bishop?! Feet firm on the ground, a head floating in the heavens, a heart in search of others, a sense [Read More…]

Conversations With Matisyahu: The Hasidic Jewish Reggae Star Who Wants To Build You A Home

When Matisyahu came onto the scene people took notice. A Hasidic Jew, dressed in a black suit, broad brim hat, beard and glasses, and singing reggae music will turn a few heads. But it was the quality of his music, reverence for his craft and sincerity for his faith that has sustained this international pop/reggae [Read More…]

Conversations With Bo Ramsey: Music, Performance, Transcendence, Communion, The Blues and Taking Them To Church

We all have that person in our lives who exemplifies the work we do. For me, one of them is Bo Ramsey. Bo is a guitarist and producer. Bo is a bluesman. Bo is sincere, honest, and musically pure. He is tone, he is style, he is taste, he is skill, he’s a man of [Read More…]

Conversations With Jeannie & Jim Gaffigan: J & J Gaffigan-A Family Company

What could possibly demand the attention of Jim and Jeannie Gaffigan more than their intensely busy career?…Their marriage and family of course.  Before a show in Milwaukee, WI, Mike sat with the couple to discuss marriage, faith and the work that has made them one of the most beloved and successful couples in comedy.  The take away… Its ok to be a bit of [Read More…]

Conversations With A.J Ellis: The Humble Man In The Big Leagues

  As a college baseball player, A.J Ellis never thought he would make it to the major leagues. When invited to play with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Ellis was both grateful and surprised. He knew he would have to work hard to make the most out of his opportunity while remaining completely open to what [Read More…]

Conversations With Victor DeLorenzo: A Violent Femme At Peace

When Victor DeLorenzo began his artistic journey in Milwaukee, WI, it was to literally fill the shoes of budding actor Willem Dafoe. But when forming his band, The Violent Femmes, innovation, practicality and mobility inspired Victor to forge new ground and develop the bare bones “bastardized” style of drumming that put he and the Femmes [Read More…]

Conversations with Sean Moeller: Building A Rock Island In The Sea Of The Touring Highway

In the early 2000s the music industry was changing rapidly. While most desperately clung to an old school model that was evaporating in their hands, Sean Moeller embraced the power of the web and created Daytrotter: a website platform showcasing recording sessions from his humble analog studio in Rock Island, IL. Being positioned between major [Read More…]

Conversations With Slug of Atmosphere: Curator of the Purple Lining

What do you do when you want to be a hip-hop star and you live in Minneapolis?  You build your own sandbox and make the players come to you.  This is what Sean Daley, better known as Slug of the hip-hop group Atmosphere, did … and what a sandbox he has built!  Twenty-one years later his [Read More…]