32 New Shows Announced!
The list is long, the prices range from $7 to $49.50. Is this a great music city or what?
Whew. The word is getting out about our weekly column and we are learning just how many cool musicians (and an occasional dance or spoken word show) are getting booked. The list of upcoming shows is long and quite diverse, beginning with:
Ike Reilly Assassination
Friday, July 31st – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $15
Ike Reilly is a contemporary singer/songwriter from Libertyville, Illinois. His latest album, Born on Fire, has elements of R&B, blues, folk, and rock and roll. A graduate of Milwaukee’s own Marquette University, Reilly returns to the city to promote his new album.
Rich Trueman and the 22nd Street Horn Band
Saturday, August 8th – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $8
This Milwaukee-native’s eight piece horn band has a sound that mixes soul, rock, and R&B, with a touch of jazz. The group first gathered in a small hall on 22nd Street in 1982 and has since played at major music festivals and opened for national acts.
Rock the Arts
Saturday, August 22nd – Shank Hall – 7 p.m. – $10
Rock the Arts is a charitable live music and art sale event to benefit Vital Voices for Mental Health. The Carolinas, Chris DeMay, Lost at Sea, Mistick Krewe, and Track 6 will all take the stage that night. All of the art for sale (including by featured artist William Darling) is donated by individuals who are living with mental illness and/or substance abuse.
Tuesday, August 25th – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $15
DeWyze was the winner the Fox’s hit show American Idol in season 9. The Mount Prospect, Illinois native had a solo career prior to the show and has continued a successful career post-Idol. The indie musician’s latest album was released in 2013, and DeWyze is currently on a summer tour in the U.S.
Have Gun, Will Travel
Thursday, August 27th – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $8
You may have heard them on a Chevy commercial or on an episode of CBS’s Good Wife. Have Gun, Will Travel was formed in Bradenton, Florida in 2006. The band has combined elements of folk, pop, classic rock and country in their latest album, Science From an Easy Chair, which is due for release at the end of the month.
Tallan Latz, The Katz Sass
Friday, August 28th – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $20
At only 15 years old, the American rock and blues musician Tallan Latz has made headway on a successful career. Late has played on stage with the Rock and Roll hall of famers Jackson Browne and Les Paul. The Elkhart, Wisconsin native has appeared on numerous morning television shows, Rachel Ray Show, and America’s Got Talent.
Katz Sass is a high-energy blues/rock band from Milwaukee that draws from the styles of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Testa Rosa CD Release
Saturday, August 29th – Shank Hall – 9 p.m. – $10
The Milwaukee pop band is celebrating the release of their third full length album, Testa Rosa III. Their sound is described as pretty with a rock edge to it, and their songs tell stories of the city we live in.
Wednesday, September 2nd – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $12
The Ontario native makes music that combines country, folk, and pop. The self-produced artist got his start in punk rock, and found his way to French pop and 80’s country, and has created his own music label, Mosey. His newest full length album, If I’ve Only One Time Askin’, will be released at the end of this month.
Friday, September 11th – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $15
The Minneapolis native grew up on blues and it took root in her own musical style. She has opened for artists such as B.B. King, ZZ Top, and Gregg Allman. A 2014 Living Blues Award nominee for “Blues (Female) Artist of the Year,” Sena has an emotionally gripping and versatile voice that creates a presence on stage.
Saturday, September 12th – The Rave – 8 p.m. – $16
Brothers T.J. and John Osborne moved from Maryland to Nashville to pursue a career in music. They come from a family of seven who grew up listening to performances of their parents, who were musicians themselves. Their country duo’s sound ranges from classic twang to upbeat modern on their latest album, Stay a Little Longer, released in March.
Saturday, September 12th – The Riverside Theater – 8 p.m. – $45
This internationally acclaimed Bollywood dance spectacular will be presented at the Riverside Theater by Vibha Milwaukee Action Center. The modern, colorful performance features 20 dancers who illuminate the crazy magnificence of the Bollywood film industry. Expect to see some of India’s historical, cultural, and spiritual figures highlighted in this musical, dance and acrobatic performance. Vibha is a non-profit, volunteer based organization which seeks to help underprivileged children worldwide.
The Mob Rules
Saturday, September 12th – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $7
At least it does that night. This tribute band is comprised of Chicago-area metal band musicians who perform in a style as close as possible to that of the legendary Ronnie James Dio. The tribute covers songs from the musician’s 40+ year career. Also to perform is Pieces of Led, a Led Zeppelin tribute band from Racine, Wisconsin.
The Moth MainStage
Wednesday, September 16th – Turner Hall Ballroom – 7 p.m. – $35
Like friends telling tales around a campfire, The Moth MainStage is a storytelling event that travels nationwide to present audiences with live, true, personal stories. The show features five storytellers from a pool of individuals who presented their stories to The Moth and includes an astronaut, a voodoo priestess, a retired NYPD detective, and an undertaker, among others. The Moth is meant to recreate the sentiment of storytelling on a back porch in Georgia, where best-selling novelist and founder George Dawes Green would tell stories among a group of friends.
Thursday, September 17th – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $15
The Tennessee prodigy is an 11-year-old singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. The Appalachian musician has performed on the Today Show, at the Grand Ole Opry, and Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. Her sound is reminiscent of Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss, and even at a young age she has a familiar plan: to make it big and be well known.
Man With a Camera
Friday, September 18th – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $10
Byron Wiemann III is the Man With a Camera. He is a Bay View native now living in Germany. The seasoned rock musician will make one of his biannual trips home to Milwaukee to perform at Shank Hall with bandmates Jim Gorton and Mike Lucas.
Semi Twang, Billy Prine
Friday, September 25th – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $10
The Milwaukee native American roots rock band Semi Twang, originally formed in 1988, reunited in 2009 to play at Shank Hall’s 20th anniversary and it was a hit. Band members’ friendships survived the dissolution, and they have released two albums since their reunion. Their timeless sound is reminiscent of Bob Dylan and The Beatles, and has earned glowing critical reviews and overwhelming fan-praise.
Chicago native Billy Prine is the younger brother of country legend John Prine. Talent runs in the family. The rock ‘n roll artist has been playing since his early teens and lives in Nashville where he often performs a combination of his own music and some classics.
Saturday, September 26th – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $13
Madison musicians Dave Adler and Dave Stoller had the idea to put together a tribute to Steely Dan music. Because of enormously positive fan response, their 2010 idea lives on today. The 20-person+ musical collaboration played at Summerfest this year and will take the stage at Shank Hall in September.
Tuesday, September 29th – The Pabst Theater – 8 p.m. – $39.50
The Seattle musician aims to erase the lines between genres, but has been labeled anyway, as an alternative country, folk-rock artist. While her well known 2007 single, “The Story,” was featured on the TV show, “Grey’s Anatomy,” Carlile’s latest album, The Firewatcher’s Daughter, has earned her a #1 on Alternative and rock charts, and #9 spot on Billboard 200. The album has been given the nod of approval by big names John Mayer, Miranda Lambert, Pink, and even President Obama (during one of the Letterman farewell shows).
Thursday, October 1st – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $10
The bluegrass/Americana quintet from Portland got their first album moving with help from a Kickstarter campaign. Their 2013 album, Just One of Them Nights, debuted at #11 on Soundscan’s Bluegrass chart. The single “Mountain Annie” is played regularly on Sirius XM radio and has become an Americana classic jam.
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
Saturday, October 2nd – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $20
The Chicago based industrial rock/electronic band formed in 1987. Described as sexy sleaze, their music has been frequently used in both mainstream and independent film and television. The band is currently on their 2015 Elektrik Messiah Tour.
Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials
Saturday, October 3rd – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $15
Chicago’s Lil’ Ed Williams and bandmates are celebrating their 24th year of playing blues together. Their sounds range from wildly energetic to soulful, emotionally stirring blues. The group, which puts on a wild stage show, has performed thousands of gigs and isn’t slowing down yet. They are on tour July through November throughout the U.S. and Europe.
Saturday, October 3rd – The Rave – 8 p.m. – $35
A Latino American, Prince Royce just released his first album in English, Double Vision. The Bronx-born son of Dominican parents says his latest album is a reflection of his split (English and Spanish) upbringing. Royce’s Bachata/pop/R&B sound has developed since his teenage years. His latest album includes collaborations with Snoop Dogg, and big names in Latino American music, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull.
Thursday, October 8th – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $15
Ortega is a Toronto native living in Nashville to pursue a career in country music. She toured as backup singer for Brandon Flowers, where she sang throughout Europe and Mexico and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel Live!. She won a 2012 Juno Award for Roots Artist of the Year. Her latest album, Faded Gloryville, will be released August 7th.
Sunday, October 11th – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $10
A combination of enchanting humor, raw talent and charm make this artist from Nova Scotia a captivating performer. Caplan is a folk musician who has been writing music since he was 13. Birds With Broken Wings, his latest album, is due out this fall.
Friday, October 16th – The Rave – 8 p.m. – $20
Minnesota singer songwriter Adam Young created Owl City as an electronica project in his parents’ basement in the late 2000’s. Owl City gained a MySpace following and Young has been sitting with his laptop writing tunes ever since. Owl City’s hit “Fireflies” has hit the charts at #1 (twice) and has over 4 million downloads. The latest album, Mobile Orchestra, was released just last week and Owl City starts its U.S. tour this October.
Thursday, October 29th – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $20
Popovic has come to be known as one of the world’s best female guitar players. At a young age, the Serbian guitar player developed a style all her own and has earned nominations for Blues Music Awards five times. She released her latest project with father Milton Popovic in May of this year, an album titled Blue Room.
Saturday, October 21st – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $12
The Milwaukee-based tribute band is dedicated to imitating the best classic rock music in history. Its tribute to The Allman Brothers has become a highly anticipated, annual concert held at Shank Hall. The band’s closest followers are lovers of timeless rock ‘n roll.
Saturday, October 24th – South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center – 8 p.m. – $40
Cook is an influential figure in flamenco music. The award-winning Canadian guitarist released One World, his latest rumba flamenco album in April of this year and it has received high praise. He is making his way through large cities in the U.S. and Canada this fall, and is making an appearance in South Milwaukee in October.
Micky and the Motorcars
Friday, November 6th – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $10
Brothers Micky and Gary Braun lead this Austin, Texas roots/rock band. They’ve recorded and already released a live album in Germany this year. Across the Pond is making its U.S. debut on July 28th. Micky and the Motorcars are touring throughout the U.S. this fall.
Wednesday, November 11th – Shank Hall – 8 p.m. – $20
A folk/alternative rock musician from Buffalo, NY, the singer/songwriter has toured with The Who and has shared the stage with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band numerous times. His 2011 album, The Innocent Ones, was selected as the Rock Album of the Year by the Independent Music Awards.
Wednesday, December 9th – South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center – 7:30 p.m. – $49.50
Hackett is a classic/progressive/blues rock artist from London. He was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010 as the lead singer of the progressive British rock group Genesis. Since leaving Genesis in 1977, most of his career has been as a solo artist. Hackett is on a world tour and will make a stop in South Milwaukee this winter.
Tuesday, February 23rd – South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center – 7:30 p.m. – $45
The Australian guitarist, songwriter, and sometimes singer is traveling the world and landing in South Milwaukee this winter. Although he has spent much time as a session guitarist, he has developed a style of his own, one with complex finger techniques and percussive effects on his guitar. Emmanuel plays a variety of styles from folk, to country, to blues, to pop, and rock. His latest album, It’s Never Too Late, will be released September 18th.