• 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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performances
April 19

Alash Ensemble

special events
April 21

Join us for the 13th annual RIVERWEST FOLLIES variety show

performances
April 22

ACL presents Renee Baker Quartet, Visual Dark Scratch Suite

exhibitions
April 22

Woman: Frailty Thy Name, works by Renee Baker

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
Mar 17 Thursday, March 17
7:00pm, $6 members | $7 students/seniors | $8 general

Formations is a monthly music series dedicated to fostering the growth of new and improvised music in Milwaukee.


 

Steve Nelson-Raney - saxophone

Chuck Stebelton - landscape poetry

 

Steve Nelson-Raney is a saxophonist and pianist who is active as a performer in jazz, contemporary classical music and free improvisation idioms.

 

Chuck Stebelton is the author of two full-length collections of poetry, most recently The Platformist (Cultural Society, 2012). His first book Circulation Flowers (Tougher Disguises, 2005) was winner of the inaugural Jack Spicer Award. As a birder and Wisconsin Master Naturalist volunteer he has offered interpretive hikes for organizations including Lynden Sculpture Garden, Woodland Pattern Book Center, and Friends of Lorine Niedecker. He works as Literary Program Director at Woodland Pattern Book Center in Milwaukee.

 


 

Devin Drobka - drums & cymbals

 

Devin Drobka is a freelance musician based in Milwaukee. While attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music (BM in drum set performance, ‘09), he was also the regular drummer in world-renowned saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi’s quartet, with whom he performed for three years alongside pianist Bruce Barth and bassist Dave Santoro. Over a couple of years living in New York City, Drobka then performed with many top artists in the contemporary and avant-garde jazz scenes, including Ben Wendell, Mike Moreno, Tony Malaby, Matt Wilson, and Michael Attias. Since returning to his hometown of Milwaukee in 2013, Drobka has become the first-call drummer for many top Wisconsin and touring jazz artists, with whom he regularly performs at Milwaukee’s Jazz Estate, Madison’s Tempest Bar and the Fountain, and at many other venues and at festivals throughout Southern Wisconsin and Illinois. Drobka leads the band Bell Dance Songs which released its eponymously-titled debut album in 2014. He is also a member of the groups Hanging Hearts, with whom he recently completed a three-week tour of Europe, Sons of Daughters, the Lesser Lakes Trio, and the Johannes Wallmann Quintet. A proponent of improvised music, Drobka founded and curates the music series unrehearsedMKE. He teaches at the West End Conservatory. Devin Drobka endorses Dream Cymbals and Rat Rod Drums.