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About The Uptown Observer

Quite succinctly, Kenosha, Wisconsin-based journalist Daniel Thompson, formerly of Kenosha News, created The Uptown Observer, a news media site, in the fall of 2020.

The Observer’s focus is on community news, the Kenosha music scene, photography and what we call “Humanity-Centered Stories” ⏤ pieces focusing on the feelings, thoughts and experiences that we all share as human beings.

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Brent Mitchell sings the blues

When I sat down a few days ago to chat with Brent Mitchell, I knew…

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Earthmother. Photo property of Daniel Thompson/The Uptown Observer.

Observer Captures Kenosha (photos): Spirit Shakers, Lunar Lizard and Earthmother at Fusion

KENOSHA ⏤ Fusion hosted one of the best music lineups possible in the city last…

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In the Kenosha Crowd: Photos in the city June – August, part 1

If you’ve noticed a green hat bobbing through a crowd at a local music, government…

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Performers at Public Craft (Around The Mics)

KENOSHA – Every Wednesday at 8 p.m. Public Craft Brewing Co. is the place to be in downtown…

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Wednesdays at Public Craft Brewing (Around The Mics)

KENOSHA – Every Wednesday starting at 8 p.m. comedians, poets and musicians take to the…

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City meetings and open mics on tonight’s docket

KENOSHA ⏤ Another Monday, another evening of city leaders meeting to make decisions for the…

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Jill Zgorzelski: Creating Community

“I’m still creating myself, still working on myself. I’m still working on my art. I’m still trying to become the best version of myself. I can’t be this person or that person, but I can be me. And so that’s kind of where I’m at now. And that’s why it’s so important to me to…

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Jason Hedman: Kenosha’s Own Dickens is No Scrooge

My recent conversation with Jason Hedman was brief, but we did manage to cover his stint as a 6th-grade writer of Star Wars inspired fan-fiction, singing and playing in punk rock bands, and in-between all that was some talk of Christmas.  And what says Christmas better than a live program featuring a Kenosha-themed version of…

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Carl the Kenosha Turkey: Feathered friend, fowl foe, or a fine family feast?

If you live in Kenosha, Wis., chances are you’re familiar with a local urban turkey that isn’t afraid to ruffle a few feathers: Carl.  He has over 5k followers on his Facebook, a viral song in his name, bumper stickers that read “I brake for Carl”, and he appears on yard signs throughout the community…

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