If you’re somehow still oblivious to this weekend’s ridiculously great Arte Para Todos festival, it’s time to get with the program. This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 70 of the best musical acts Milwaukee has to offer will perform at more than a dozen venues spread throughout Bay View, Riverwest, and the East Side. Bands like Whips, NO/NO, Jaill, GGOOLLDD, and Soul Low will play; rappers like Klassik, WebsterX, Bliss & Alice, Yo-Dot, and Kia Rap Princess will be on hand; singer-songwriters like Christopher Porterfield and Wolfgang Schaefer will be there, too. Venues like Cactus Club, Frank’s Power Plant, Club Timbuktu, Linneman’s, The Hotel Foster, and Yield will play host. Basically, if you can think of a top-shelf Milwaukee band or venue, it’ll probably be involved. Oh, and there’ll be a film fest and a bunch of artists, too. Oh, and 100 percent of the money raised will benefit three Milwaukee schools’ arts programs. Sheesh.
So what does it take to pull off such a wonderful/complex event like Arte Para Todos? (That means “Art For Everyone,” in case you were wondering.) In this week’s episode of our On The Record podcast, we sit down with two of the fest’s organizers to find out: Amelinda Burich (Group Of The Altos) and Josh Evert (The Fatty Acids, Jaill). We talk to them about the festival’s origins, why it’s important to support endangered arts programs, and, of course, Latrell Sprewell. Check out Arte Para Todos’ website (and its song sampler) for a complete schedule and more information on this can’t-miss event.
As always, On The Record is brought to you by the gracious support of Ale Asylum, a Madison brewery whose fine products certainly contributed to this episode’s, shall we say, casual vibe. Music used is from Group Of The Altos (“On Wreck”) and The Fatty Acids (“Airsick”). Subscribe to On The Record via iTunes (for free!) here.