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Milwaukee Rap/Hip-Hop Artist Armstrong Ransome Joins Lineup at Chords & Curds Festival on the Plaza at Fiserv Forum on Saturday, Aug. 24

Ransome is an emcee, singer, songwriter and producer who has established himself as one of the rising talents of the Midwest.

By - Aug 20th, 2019 05:20 pm
Armstrong Ransome. Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Armstrong Ransome. Photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Bucks.

MILWAUKEE (Aug. 20, 2019) – Milwaukee’s Armstrong Ransome, who was named the best rap/hip-hop artist of 2018 by Wisconsin Area Music Industry, will join the lineup at Chords & Curds Festival taking place on the plaza at Fiserv Forum on Saturday, Aug. 24. Ransome will perform from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the all-day fest dedicated to local music, food and artisans.

“We are pleased to announce Armstrong Ransome as a late addition to the lineup,” said Fiserv Forum General Manager Raj Saha. “Armstrong has been involved with Fiserv Forum events in Year One, as he is also the emcee for Marquette Men’s Basketball games. We are really excited for his stage performance.”

Ransome will join headliners Angie Swan and New Age Narcissism, The Milwaukee Public Schools Community Gospel Choir, Misha Siegfried and His Band, Christopher’s Project, Grace Weber, and De La Buena.

The Midwest Mixer Dr. B, DJ NuStylez and DJ Bizzon will also perform as part of Hip-Hop Week MKE, running now through Sunday, Aug. 25.

Ransome, whose given name is Adebisi Agoro, is an emcee, singer, songwriter and producer who has established himself as one of the rising talents of the Midwest. He has been featured by publications, including The Source, Respect Magazine and The RapFest, and he earned a nomination for Album of the Year by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee.

Ransome shed his original moniker, BLAX, as he looks ahead to the future with a new creative vision following the recent death of his son. His newfound vision draws inspiration from the achingly human portrait of the times, infused with the sounds of his Nigerian and Southern roots.

Ransome looks to utilize his music as both a reminder of the past and a hope for a brighter future. With his words, he offers light to a new generation of listeners, providing them the strength to preserve and “Be Well.”

The complete lineup is as follows:

  • Noon to 1 p.m.: The Milwaukee Public Schools Gospel Choir
  • 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: The Midwest Mixer Dr. B
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.: Blues guitarist Misha Siegfried and His Band
  • 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.: DJ NuStylez
  • 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Jazz band Christopher’s Project
  • 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.: DJ Bizzon
  • 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: R&B/soul singer Grace Weber
  • 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Rap/hip-hop artist Armstrong Ransome
  • 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: De La Buena, a 10-piece Latin jazz ensemble
  • 7:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.: DJ Avets
  • 8 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.: Angie Swan, a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist
  • 9:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.: DJ Avets
  • 9:45 p.m. to11:15 p.m.: New Age Narcissism, a dance/R&B group
  • 11:15 p.m. to Conclusion: DJ Avets

Chords & Curds is hosted and produced by Fiserv Forum and Deer District. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and tickets are available at and the Fiserv Forum Ticket Office. Proceeds will benefit the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, one of the nation’s fastest-growing community music schools.

Admission to Chords & Curds is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and people over 65. The exclusive VIP experience is $75 and includes a fast lane exclusive entrance into the festival, a private, air-conditioned area, a Gospel Brunch offered from noon – 3 p.m., dinner offered from 6 to 9 p.m., and unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks.

Chords & Curds will also feature a robust assortment of cuisine available to all guests from the following Milwaukee-area food trucks and establishments: Foxfire Food Truck, Lola’s Empanadas, Iron Grate BBQ Co., Jamaican restaurant Uppa Yard, and MKEat, Fiserv Forum’s locally-focused food and beverage program.

About Fiserv Forum

Fiserv Forum is a preeminent sports and entertainment arena in downtown Milwaukee that opened on Aug. 26, 2018. Designed by Populous, Eppstein Uhen Architects and HNTB, the venue offers incomparable sightlines, customer service, technology and amenities. Fiserv Forum includes 17,341 seats for basketball and up to 18,000 for concerts, with 34 luxury suites and three clubs. The new venue hosts a diverse variety of events, including the Milwaukee Bucks, Marquette University men’s basketball, major concerts, family shows and other sports and entertainment events, and has been selected to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention. In addition to Fiserv, Founding Partners for Fiserv Forum include BMO Harris Bank, Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Johnson Controls and Miller Brewing Company.

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About Deer District

Deer District is Milwaukee’s newest neighborhood and is redefining the city’s downtown. Anchored by the world-class Fiserv Forum, a preeminent sports and entertainment venue and home to the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, the 30-acre Deer District is Milwaukee’s premier location for people to live, work and play.

A year-round destination, Deer District features a myriad of dining and entertainment options in addition to Fiserv Forum including the plaza at Fiserv Forum, The MECCA Sports Bar & Grill, The Beer Garden, Good City Brewing, Punch Bowl Social and Drink Wisconsinbly, and offers best-in-class commercial and real estate opportunities. Deer District attracts thousands of visitors to watch major sporting events and concerts and serves as an ideal setting to enjoy live music, festivals, outdoor movies, fitness classes and other events. Deer District is a hub for Milwaukee’s vibrant future and connects the existing downtown neighborhoods.

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NOTE: This press release was submitted to Urban Milwaukee and was not written by an Urban Milwaukee writer. While it is believed to be reliable, Urban Milwaukee does not guarantee its accuracy or completeness.

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