Steve Martin, Natalie Cole & Frank Caliendo
No they're not performing together but are three of 16 new shows announced and coming to town.
Is this a great entertainment town or what? In the coming months, you’ll see Vic and Gab, Martin Short, Brian Regan, The Cat Daddy and Midget Wrestling all coming to Milwaukee. Get your calendar ready, here’s the full list:
Steve Aoki & Juicy J
Friday, October 23 – The Rave – 8 p.m. – $36
Stellar Spark Events and ZPC have teamed up with the rave to present Zombie Crawl. This event will feature the bass-heavy, visually stimulating music stylings of electro house musician Steve Aoki and rapper, songwriter and record producer Juicy J, along with Reid Stefan and others. As the Zombie Crawl title suggests, this indoor/outdoor all-building event is a Halloween-themed concert that promises to bring Milwaukee as close as can be to the undead, should that be your goal.
Motionless In White & The Devil Wears Prada
Wednesday, October 28 – The Rave – 7 p.m. – $20
Save your vibrant and colorful clothing for another night. It’s time to lay on the heavy eye-liner, sharpie your nails black and bang your head to the metalcore sounds of Motionless In White and The Devil Wears Prada. These hardcore punk/metal bands will be joined by The Word Alive, Upon A Burning Body and The Color Morale. All you need is a ticket and some inner angst — a lot of it.
Umphrey’s McGee After Parties with Chicago Funk Mafia + Brothers Rage & Marcus Rezak
Thursday, October 29 and Saturday, October 31 – Mo’s Irish Pub – 11:00 p.m. – $10.00
Chicago Funk Mafia is, well, exactly what it sounds like: A band from Chicago whose style is inspired by 70s funkadelic sounds but with a modern twist. Using trumpets, strings, and even some electronic sounds, the band is great for someone loves new music a nostalgic vibe. Also playing is Brothers Rage, a band with great improvisational skills. Their first album titled BRAGE was released this year. Also performing: Marcus Rezak is an EDM guitarist who is ranked a top 10 artist by www.theuntz.com.
Vic & Gab, Save The Last Dance For Me
Saturday, October 31 – Pabst Theater – 8 p.m. – $10.00
Vic and Gab are two sisters, Hannah and Victoria Gabriela, who were originally from Texas. After recording a song in 2011 titled “So Long So Tried” via Garageband, the two decided they needed a drummer. After getting Esteban Vasquez to fill in the role of the drummer, the band released an EP in 2011 titled Bridges and Guns. Prior to the release of their new project, Vic and Gab will put “Bridges and Guns” and their album “Love of Mine” to rest in a final Milwaukee show for their biggest fans.
Friday, November 6 – Riverside Theater – 8 p.m. – $24.50
An artist from Canada, Mac Demarco is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. Demarco has mentioned some of his influences as Shuggie Otis, Yellow Magic Orchestra and Jonathan Richman. His first released an album in 2009 titled Heat Wave, using the name Makeout Videotape. Demarco’s latest album, Another One, is a mini-LP which was released In August of this year. Demand for this show was so great it’s been moved from the Pabst to the bigger Riverside Theater.
Sublime With Rome
Wednesday, November 11 – The Rave – 8 p.m. – $32
Sublime With Rome returns to Milwaukee after drawing a huge crowd to Summerfest. The group will be playing at the Rave after a one night stint in Colorado Springs. Sublime with Rome is a musical collaboration between Eric Wilson, formerly of the band Sublime, and singer and guitarist Rome Ramirez. The group chiefly performs songs by Sublime, an influential ska-punk band which was fronted by Bradley Nowell until his death in 1996. Sublime With Rome has divided fans of the old group, but continues on, pleasing those happy to hear the old Sublime songs, buttressed by new ones. The duo has recently released their new album Sirens.
The Cat Daddy
Saturday, November 14 – Turner Hall – 6 p.m.- $29.50
Jackson Galaxy, known from Animal Planet’s hit TV show “My Cat From Hell,” will host a conversation circling around his new book “Catify To Satisfy”. His day job is entering it’s 5th season but by night he’s a rock n’ roller who attempts to break all “cat lover” stereotypes. Each ticket includes a signed copy of his new book and $1 for every ticket sold will be donated to the Wisconsin Humane Society.
Sunday, November 29 – The Rave – 7:30 p.m. – $20
Hailing from Richmond, California and surviving the death of two band members, the thrash metal band Exodus has lasted 36 years and sold five million albums, despite numerous lineup changes and two extended hiatuses. The band released their tenth album in 2014, Blood In, Blood Out, and can be expected to deliver high energy, thrashing mayhem to their audience.
Steve Martin & Martin Short
Friday, November 29 – Riverside Theater – 8 p.m. – $79.50, $99.50, $150.00, $195.00
When Steve Martin and Martin Short come together for they bill as “AN EVENING YOU WILL FORGET FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, heh heh. The two comedy legends have worked together on the stage & screen many times, including in the movie Three Amigos and on “Saturday Night Live.” The show will include stand-up, music acts, film clips and conversations about the entertainment business.
Christmas Bash with Natalie Cole
Thursday, December 10 – Riverside Theater – 8 p.m. – $45-$75
Daughter of Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole is a singer, songwriter and performer who has been singing since she was a child. At only 6 years old Cole sang on her fathers Christmas album and at 11 she began performing. Coles last album Still Unforgettable was released in 2009. She will be returning to Milwaukee after nine years to host The 95.7 BIG FM Christmas Bash.
Saturday, January 23 – Riverside Theatre – 7 p.m.- $35.75
The master of impressions, and local native, comedian, actor and impressionist Frank Caliendo will be revisiting his roots for the New Year. He is known for his impressions of Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Robin Williams and George W. Bush, to name a few. Known in the sports world for being on the “FOX NFL Sunday Pregame” show and ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown,” Caliendo is taking a break to bring some humor to his home town.
Milwaukee Gospel Jubilee
Friday, February 5 – Turner Hall Ballroom – 8 p.m. – $10.00
Some of Milwaukee’s best Gospel groups are coming together for a benefit for the cities health centers. Six groups featuring different ages and musical sounds are on the bill. Proceeds from the ticket sales will go to support medical and dental services in the community.
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood
Wednesday, March 2 -Riverside Theater – 5:30 p.m. – $50.00, $35.75, $25.75, $15.75
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is the PBS KIDS animated replacement of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood. The show is based on Daniel Tiger, the son of the Daniel Tiger character from Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, and his adventures around the Neighborhood of Make-Believe. These include stories aimed at children about getting over certain emotions like sadness, jealousy and anger. This show takes the TV stories and resets them for a live stage show.
Extreme Midget Wrestling Federation
Friday, March 4 – Turner Hall – 7 p.m. – $20
They’re calling it the baddest little show on Earth. For three years in a row this show has been rated No. 1 by Night Club & Bar Magazine. Touring in South America, North America, Europe and Japan, this event draws between 300 and 5,000 people of all sizes. If you and your pals are looking for a change from your typical bar crawl nights, stop by Turner Hall to see midgets wrestle in, well, the most extreme way.
The Piano Guys
Friday, March 11 – Riverside Theater – 8 p.m. – $32.50, $42.50, $52.50
Famous for their videos on youtube, The Piano Guys are coming to Milwaukee for a one night concert. With a video creator, a cellist, a pianist and a song writer, The Piano Guys bring together a group of multi talented artists. Not only do they have millions of views on Youtube, the band has also put out five albums since 2011 including a Christmas album. Their most recent album Wonders was released in 2014.
Friday, April 15 – Riverside Theater – 8 p.m.- $39.75, $43.75, $47.75
Having appeared on Late Show with David Letterman 28 times in his career, Brian Regan is something of a household name, known for his self deprecating style humor.
Hayley Keith contributed to this story.