Every Wednesday at noon, Ryan Schleicher, Evan Rytlewski, and Matt Wild take to the WMSE airwaves to discuss all things Milwaukee. This half-hour fun-fest is called The Disclaimer, so named because none of the oft-ridiculous views expressed on the show necessarily reflect the views of the hosts’ employers. Milwaukee music, Milwaukee art, Milwaukee events, and D.I.Y. lawn care tips are frequently discussed—and rarely agreed upon. The Disclaimer: Talk radio for the sane.
Late last week it was revealed that for the first time in 40 years, Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin would not be hosting any concerts for the season. The news came as a shock to many people who harbored fond memories of the out-of-the-way amphitheater, which, in its ’80s heyday, featured shows from The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, The Who, and countless other top-tier acts. So what went wrong? Milwaukee Journal Sentinel music writer Piet Levy joins Ryan, Evan, and Matt to share his thoughts on the sudden (or perhaps not-so-sudden?) fall of Alpine Valley, who or what’s to blame, and what the future may hold for the embattled venue. Next, the group sings the praises of Milwaukee rapper WebsterX, whose excellent new album, Daymares, comes out this week. What is WebsterX doing right, and what can other Milwaukee musicians learn from his success? (Note: Due to technical difficulties, the first two minutes of the conversation were lost to the whims of radio silence. Sorry!)