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You Should Know Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
Thao Nguyen brings her songs and voice to Lebowski Fest this weekend.

Photo by Lauren Tabak

Milwaukee has always been a great destination for out-of-town bands. We have an ever-growing number of venues willing to take a flyer on bands from all over the country and the world, offering Milwaukeeans the unique opportunity to check out some truly amazing bands we might not otherwise get to see. In this installment, we take a look at Thao & The Get Down Stay Down.

Check Them Out

Tonight at Cathedral Square as part of this weekend’s Lebowski Fest.

What’s The Big Deal?

Thao Nguyen has experience well beyond her years. The singer-songwriter spent the majority of her 20s on the road, on stage and collaborating with noted indie rockers. Combine her with the more than capable likes of The Get Down Stay Down, and you have an undeniably talented and genre-crossing act worth seeing – especially when they’re playing a free show as part of a weekend-long festival celebrating a beloved film classic.

How’s The Latest Album?

Released in February, We the Common is the fourth release from the San Francisco-based alternative folk outfit. Nguyen’s one-of-a-kind voice shines and her banjo and guitar playing accentuates peppy and upbeat numbers. Joanna Newsom harmonizes with Nguyen on sweet lo-fi single “Kindness Be Conceived.”

What People Are Saying

“There's one undeniable fact in this city: we like the Dude. This is the first time that Lebowski Fest has repeated in a market other than Chicago or LA. This year is extra special. Milwaukee is getting a free Thao & The Get Down Stay Down show. How did this happen? We heard [Thao Nguyen] was a big fan of the movie so we asked her management and they said yes. We couldn't be more thrilled. Thao is one of the most fascinating artists in music today. Also, word on the street is... they'll be in full Lebowski costume.” – Andrew Nelson, Pabst Theater

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