Wednesday at WMSE wouldn’t be itself if it weren’t packed to the gills with stuff to listen to, consider and participate in. Consider this Wednesday one of the best as WMSE takes care of all three of these actions with programming highlights that focus on two artists who should not be missed tonight in Milwaukee: Antibalas and Popa Chubby.
Earlier on Paul Cebar’s Way Back Home program (turn back to the WMSE archives for the 10 a.m. hour, here), Cebar spoke to Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra founder and baritone saxophone player, Martin Perna. Building Antibalas from the ground up since 1998, Perna has seen the band grow and become arguably one of the best of its kind, modeled after Fela Kuti‘s Africa 70 band and Eddie Palmieri‘s Harlem River Drive Orchestra. Antibalas visits Milwaukee tonight for a performance at the Turner Hall Ballroom in honor of their most recent album for Daptone Records. With Chalice in the Palace Soundsystem. 8 p.m. and 21+
Keep it dialed into WMSE, for later today, we’ll be welcoming blues legend Popa Chubby into the studios for an acoustic solo set before his full-band show at Shank Hall this evening (8 p.m., 21 +). Tune in at 4 p.m. and hear the guitarist lay it down on a Yahama acoustic acquired from our friends over at Cascio Interstate Music. Will Chubby cover one of his favorites, “Purple Haze”, acoustic-style? Only tuning in will tell. 91.7 FM on your radio dial in the Milwaukee area or WMSE.org to stream live, or listen back in the archives.