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Milwaukee High School Students Invited to Grace Weber Music Lab’s Free Open Mics and Talks With Top National Musicians This Fall

88Nine Announces Guest Mentors, Schedule for Fall Lab Sessions

By - Sep 5th, 2019 08:54 am
Grace Weber. Photo courtesy of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.

Grace Weber. Photo courtesy of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.

Milwaukee (Sept. 5, 2019) – The names of top national musicians who will serve as mentors this fall for Milwaukee-area high school students in Grace Weber’s Music Lab, a project of 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, were announced Thursday.

The guest artists who will serve as mentors this fall are:

  • Sept. 27: Everett and Julian Reid of The JuJu Exchange, a musical partnership of genre-bending style of music drawing from hip-hop, jazz, classical and pop.
  • Oct. 25: Jean Deaux, a Chicago rapper and singer.
  • Nov.22: Spanish-American singer-songwriter Victoria Canal and Andrew Leib, of Red Light Management and a former Nicolet High School student.

Sessions will be held in 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s performance space, 220 E. Pittsburgh Ave., Milwaukee, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The programs include an on-air component featuring performances by the artist and Q&A from students, and an off-air Lab session featuring open mics with feedback and a student mini-concert.

Students can register for the Labs and learn more at: https://www.gwmusiclab.com/.

Grace Weber’s Music Lab is a free after-school program offered to all Milwaukee-area high school students. The Lab brings high school-aged youths from Milwaukee together through music, allowing them to create community and bridge divides, while also preparing them and giving them a platform for potential careers in music and entertainment.

A Grammy Award-winning singer, the Los Angeles-based Weber has recorded and toured with Chance the Rapper. Weber, a Wauwatosa High School graduate who grew up singing in the Central City Youth Gospel Choir of Milwaukee, started the program in 2017. Radio Milwaukee operates and funds the Lab, with Weber managing the booking of guest artists, programming and overall concept of the Music Lab.

“The Lab works directly with Milwaukee’s youth, putting a spotlight on otherwise unnoticed talent and inspiring young people to pursue their dreams,” Weber said. “At the Music Lab, we create a space where young people can be themselves and get celebrated for it.”

About Radio Milwaukee

88Nine Radio Milwaukee (WYMS-FM 88.9) has been a positive force for Milwaukee on air, online and in the community since its 2007 launch. The station broadcasts and streams a unique blend of musical styles, including at least one song by a Milwaukee artist each hour and short Community Stories that foster engagement and positive change. The award-winning station receives the great majority of its financial support from its 6,000 contributing members, more than 200 underwriters and 25 foundations. The station runs a separate 24/7 all-Milwaukee music HD2 broadcast channel and web stream available on HD2 radios and at 414Music.fm online. Learn more about 88Nine and stream the station at http://www.RadioMilwaukee.org or via the 88Nine mobile app.

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