Harry Casey, better known as "K.C." all his life, started KC & the Sunshine Band in 1973, incorporating a love of horns and R&B rhythms. By the mid-1970s, the band was leading the way in dance clubs. KC talks with Eric about all the action then and since, from an accident that sidelined him for a year to how Arsenio Hall coaxed him out of retirement. They continue to tour in 2019, shaking booties and getting down at night - because... Read more
Loverboy formed in 1978, where their name caught attention (especially in Japan) and the legacy of numerous Canadian bands coalesced to form his rock and hits machine that made us all work for the weekend. Eric talks with co-founder and lead guitarist Paul Dean, where topics include how an 8-year-old's indifference to their original name caused them to change it, how to play the washboard properly, what Harley events can do to thei... Read more
Styx is a classic rock and roll band, touring and ready to play great venues like Summerfest in Milwaukee, Eric Paulsen had a chance to talk with their bass guitarist Ricky Phillips about the band, his previous bands like The Babys and Bad English, and the industry and touring as a whole - including the completion of excellent 10x10 album, which features a variety of rock legends in the wake of Ronnie Montrose's passing.
Make-A-Wish Wisconsin works to grant wishes for children battling serious - often terminal - illnesses, making dreams come true for them and their families. Eric Paulsen sits down with Make-A-Wish representatives to discuss how they accommodate these kids' wishes and how an upcoming Milwaukee area event on 6/29/19 will help. More details on the event are available at wisconsin.wish.org.
The Hoan Bridge is a major transportation artery and a city landmark. These distinctive arches welcome ships from Lake Michigan, speed drivers in and out of downtown, and even serve as cover for some Summerfest shows. Giving it dynamic LED lighting at night could launch night views of the bridge and city to the next level. But how can you navigate layers of government bureaucracy, mobilize support, secure funding, and get it done? ... Read more
Do you realize how many chemicals, metals, and other hazards lurk in women's bras and underwear? Wires cut off circulation; toxins from formaldehyde to heavy metals can absorb into your most sensitive body parts. We've seen increases in breast and other cancers over the years. The Vibrant Body Company formed to revolutionize the industry and design safe, supportive, stylish undergarments for comfortable and "clean" living where it ... Read more
Milwaukee's Summerfest is the World's Largest Music Festival, featuring over 700 artists across 11 major stages with food, drink, and fun along Lake Michigan. This year, it runs June 26-30 & July 2-7, 2019. Eric sits down with Milwaukee World Festival, Inc. VP/Sales & Marketing Sarah Pancheri to talk artists, new stages, and other changes and developments with one of the best places on Earth for music lovers.
He's a Righteous Brother, opened for The Beatles and sang one of their songs at the Grammys, wrote or sang songs in 33 movies and TV shows, helped Jennifer Grey have the time of her life in "Dirty Dancing," and pioneered the "Blue-Eyed Soul" genre, with a song that still holds the record for the most-ever played on American radio. Bill Medley talks with Eric Paulsen about his musical history and how they got the Righteous Brothers ... Read more
Nick Mason, founding member of Pink Floyd, drummed his way through all their albums and now fronts his new band, Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets. He talks with us about early Pink Floyd and their spontaneous creation of the name, navigating "personality dynamics," how his new band formed, playing stadiums vs. theaters, what to expect with his show, how racing and music are linked, and much more with Eric Paulsen in this edition o... Read more
Wisconsin winters mean a lot of outdoor fun involving snow and ice. But out of what we often skate, snowmobile, or slide on - or just shovel away - some artists create incredible art and sculptures. In this episode just ahead of Winterfest 2019 at The Corners of Brookfield, we talk with professional ice carver and snow sculptor Jeff Shawhan. He's one of the talented people who can craft amazing art that wows onlookers... until it m... Read more
Ah, New Year's Eve! We all know about the ball drop in Times Square in NYC. But did you know about the Cherry Drop? A new way to ring in the New Year is blossoming in Sister Bay, Wisconsin, where the Door County Cherry Drop debuted to ring in 2018. And they're ready to build on it and make it a tradition. Find out how this came about and how you can have some fun there!
Did you know Michael Bolton once opened for Ozzy? That he bought Rodney Dangerfield cookware? Michael Bolton has done it all: musician and songwriter from hard rock to soul to ballads; he makes documentaries and videos including Captain Jack Sparrow and a parody of himself Office Space-style; he wowed both Otis Redding's widow and Rodney Dangerfield in different ways. Ahead of a concert date in Milwaukee, Eric Paulsen got a chance ... Read more
Melissa Etheridge talks with Eric Paulsen as she prepares for a two-night show at the Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee December 11-12, 2018. We discuss birthdays (turns out there's a trifecta), her cannabis business, flash back to her first appearance on David Letterman, and the 25th anniversary of her defining album "Yes I Am."
In 1969, Mike Leckrone took over the reins of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band. As he prepares to step down after 50 years, he talks with Eric Paulsen to reflect on his legacy, one of innovation and precision, sometimes making the band cooler than the football team from the 5th quarter to the spring concerts. There may have been plenty of changes over the past half century, but as Eric pointed out, the Rolling Stones are s... Read more
Barry Williams, of course known as Greg Brady from The Brady Bunch, joins Eric Paulsen for a conversation about the show turning 50 in 2019, where that tiki statue from Hawaii might be, what that last show was like with orange hair and Robert Reed opting out of the episode, and how they're re-doing the original Brady house you saw on TV in an upcoming HGTV show. Find out also about a celebrity cruise coming up in Fall 2019, what c... Read more
REO Speedwagon lead singer Kevin Cronin talks with Eric Paulsen about being voted "Top Illinois musicians," their 1985 Live Aid experience (and the logistics behind it), a new book project he's working on, his sons now being in a band, and the coolest place to hang out when playing shows in Milwaukee.
Blues Traveler had just released their 2018 album "Hurry Up & Hang Around" and were about to play a show in Milwaukee when I got a chance to talk with them. We discuss concert rituals, what they've been up to, and what flatulence-related name they were given on a previous trip to Wisconsin.
In this brief EricCast episode, I got a chance to talk with Kansas bass guitarist, singer, frontman Billy Greer just ahead of their show at Milwaukee's Pabst Theater on October 12, 2018. It was a fun discussion and I even got to ask a philosophical question towards the end.
in this 15 minute conversation, Eric Paulsen talks one-on-one with Doobie Brothers co-founder and lead singer Tom Johnston, covering everything from an upcoming concert, their new EP coming out in 2019, and what 8-tracks were like. Also find out how "Black Water" was resurrected to become a hit, his trip back to China Grove, changes in the music and concert industry, even a Jesus question Eric has wanted to ask since he was a kid.
Eric Paulsen is joined by Kelly Fitzsimmons, serial entrepreneur and author of the new book "Lost In Startuplandia." She has had several successful exits with a variety of companies and investors - and some big failures. Her book eschews the usual "This is exactly how I succeeded and how you will too!" hype and notes how the infinite roads to success and surefire ways to fail. Lost In Startuplandia offers multiple perspectives and ... Read more