• Address 720 East Locust Street | Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Phone 414.263.5001
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm | Sat-Sun 12-5pm | Closed Mon
  • Hours Tue-Fri 11-8pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm, Closed Mon
Event Calendar
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readings & workshops
April 25

Reading: Toni Jensen

readings & workshops
April 26

Four Milwaukee Poets: Alix Anne Shaw with Annie Grizzle, Sam Pekarske & Bethany Price

readings & workshops
April 28

Wisconsin Reads: Reading with Louise Erdrich (video streamed to Woodland Pattern)

readings & workshops
May 2

Poetry Reading: Rena Priest and Denise Low

readings & workshops
May 2

Craft Talk with Denise Low at UWM

readings & workshops
May 10

Birds in Poetry at Urban Ecology Center

performances
May 13

Alternating Currents Live presents: The Transatlantic Bridge #11

readings & workshops
May 16

Kundiman Midwest Chapbook Series Noel Pabillo Mariano

performances
May 17

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
May 24

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets

performances
June 3

ACL presents: Tom Hamilton & City of Vorticity

Archived performances
Oct 22 Sunday, October 22
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general


Alternating Currents Live presents this improvising duo featuring the iconic and prolific drummer Tom Rainey with Milwaukee’s Devin Drobka. The concept of this duo occurred to Devin on a drive towards Madison one evening: "The idea rang loud inside my head. I wanted to play duo with one of my favorite musicians and heroes." This concert is the first of a week of duo performances throughout Wisconsin.

Tom Rainey was born in Pasadena, California in 1957. Since moving to New York in 1978 he has performed and or recorded with the following artists: John Abercrombie, Mose Allison, Ray Anderson, Tim Berne, JaneIra Bloom, Anthony Braxton, Nels Cline, Ted Curson, Kris Davis, Michael Formanek, Drew Gress, Barry Guy, Ingrid Laubrock, David Liebman, Joe Lovano, Albert Mangelsdorff, Carmen McRae, amd Simon Nabatov among many others. Current activities include performing and recording music with the Tom Rainey Trio as well as his quintet, Obbligato. Tom also continues working with many of the aforementioned artists.

Devin Drobka, drummer, composer and educator has been playing drums for the past 20 years. Devin is currently one of the most in demand performers and educators in the Midwest. Devin has performed with with Tony Malaby, Mario Pavone, Matt WIlson, Tadataka Unno, Tom Chang, and Lena Bloch among many others. Currently Devin teaches at the West End Conservatory and The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. Devin is also teaching drumset and helping coach combos at UW-Whitewater. He actively performs, records, and tours with the groups Bell Dance Songs, Lesser Lakes Trio, Dim Lighting, Argopelter, Field Report, and Soft Alarm.