Scenes from the 6th Annual Burnhearts/Pabst Street Party
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- David Sedaris goes off book, shines at Pabst Theater
- Brian Wilson and Jeff Beck offer glimpses of greatness at Riverside Theater
- John Hodgman, Kristen Schaal, Eugene Mirman give Pabst Theater three shows for price of one
- Top 5 musical moments from Kenosha’s 2013 Ride of the Living Dead
One of the best things about living in Milwaukee is the variety and consistency of the summer festival season. Following Riverwest’s hugely successful Locust Street Festival and the East Side’s Summer Soulstice Music Festival, the Bay View neighborhood’s 6th annual Burnhearts/Pabst Street Party on Saturday featured a smaller (yet great) lineup of local and regional acts that allowed for a much-needed break from the sounds and smells of Henry Meier Festival Park. The A.V. Club was there to take in the sights, sounds, and brandy slushes.
1:55 p.m.: Unfortunately, we missed the opening set by relatively new Milwaukee band Space Raft, but word around the stage was that it was awesome. Hopefully they’ll be playing around town again soon.
2:15 p.m.: Playing their first show in roughly three years, Fable & The World Flat are plowing through a set of synth laden funk. Fresh off the release of their second LP, The Great Attractor, (which is the first of two albums planned for release in 2013), Fable’s core duo of Matthew Gorksi and Steve Look get the crowd unusually excited for an early afternoon set as they rip into an excellent cover of the Rick James produced, Mary Jane Girls song “Candyman”. In order to fill out the live band, they’re joined on stage by members of Fresh Cut Collective, Midwest Death Rattle, and Kane Place Record Club. They’ll be playing Cactus Club Friday, July 12. Don’t miss it.
2:50 p.m.: As we head inside Burnhearts to grab some beer and get out of the sun for a few minutes, we stop and chat with Braid singer/guitarist Bob Nanna about what his band has been up to. After reuniting a few years ago, the emo pioneers have released a few new songs on an EP and a split 7-inch. They’ll be heading back into the studio and hope to release something in 2014. Based on the quality of their most recent work, it’s definitely something to get excited about.
3:20 p.m.: We head outside and order the Korbel Brandy Slush, which is the featured drink of the festival. It’s basically a boozy, melted snow cone and should really be a standard summer drink.
4:17 p.m.: Veteran Milwaukee group The Championship is deep into a twangy set of alt-rock that fits the mood perfectly for this point of the fest.
5:23 p.m.: Madison’s Mama Digdown’s Brass Band is delivering the perfect musical backdrop as we order some heaping pulled pork sandwiches smothered in BBQ sauce. This tops what Summerfest has to offer any day of the week.
6:40 p.m.: Braid is pummeling the audience with classic cuts off their seminal 1998 album Frame And Canvas, and you can feel the nostalgia in the air. The Milwaukee/Chicago natives seem right at home headlining the Burnhearts fest, and looking around, you can see how huge of an impact these guys have had. People are grinning and nodding their heads along as the band appropriately finishes their set with the driving anthem “Milwaukee Sky Rocket.” Though short, this festival served as a great representation of the Bay View neighborhood, and we can’t wait to come back next year.