Ani Difranco, Scott Weiland and More
10 new shows coming to Milwaukee. You couldn't ask for more variety.
Red Hot Chili Pipers
Thursday, November 19th – Wilson Theater – 7 p.m. and 9:30 – $38
Since their formation in 2002, the band (whose name is an obvious play on the Red Hot Chili Peppers), has combined guitars, keyboards, drums and their bagpipes to create “bag rock” — a fusion of traditional pipe tunes and contemporary pieces. Its covers have included “We Will Rock You” by Queen, “Clocks” by Coldplay and “Smoke on the Water” by Deep Purple. Due to high demand (Milwaukee loves bag rock!) the band has added another show at 9:30.
Friday, November 27th – The Rave – 8 p.m. – $25-$30
When black and Latino youth were in need of music that could inspire, during a time when hip hop was about how much money you had, Lupe Fiasco offered the perspective of “Nerd” rap. Gaining attention for his story telling skills with songs like “Kick Push”, a song about a skateboarder, and lyrical songs like “I Gotcha”, Lupe’s first album Food & Liquor was released in 2006 and received three Grammy nominations. His latest album Tetsuo & Youth was released in January. He will be performing songs like “Deliver” “Dots & Lines” and “Adoration of the Magi” as well as classics in his show.
Hart of Tonic & Goran of The Gufs
Friday, November 27th – Back Room @ Collective – 8 p.m. – $20
Members of two different bands & singer-songwriter friends Emerson Hart and Goran Kralj are coming together for an acoustic event. The duo will be playing new songs and surprising audiences.
Wednesday, December 2nd – Turner Hall Ballroom – 8 p.m. – $20
The surf-pop-punk duo from LA, Best Coast is coming to Turner Hall to support their new album California Nights. The duo has the psychedelic/dark California sound that grasps the feeling of L.A., but puts their own spin on it. Best Coast was loosely inspired by The Beatles and The Beach Boys, as well as much of 1950s/1960s pop music. The Guardian suggested Best Coast resembled “a lo-fi 60s garage rock and surfing band fronted by a girl group singer.” The songs have plenty of hooks.
All That Remains
Saturday, December 5th – The Rave – 7:30 p.m. – $21
The energetic rock band All That Remains bring their heavy metal sound to The Rave. From Springfield, Massachusetts and formed in 1998, the band mixes “crushing” riffs, dual guitar harmonies, double bass drum patterns and breakdowns that one can expect from the metalcore genre. New songs like “This Probably Won’t End Well” and “Bite My Tongue” will be performed along with all else that remains. Special guests include Devour The Day, Audiotopsy, Sons of Texas.
Scott Weiland and The Wildabouts
Sunday, December 6th – Turner Hall Ballroom – 8 p.m. – $32.50
Former Stone Temple Pilots & Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland is bringing his Grammy- winning multi-platinum selling talents to the Milwaukee. In creating his solo band The Wildabouts, Weiland wanted to keep the Stone Temple Pilots & Velvet Revolver sounds but give his own take on it. The music of the newly formed band is described by Weiland as being “heavy, slinky, sexy” and “furry.” What more could you want?
The Wizard of Oz
Friday, January 22nd – Sunday, January 24th – Pabst Theater – 7 p.m. (Jan. 22-23) and 2 p.m. (Jan. 24th) – $10-$25
Join Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man, and The Cowardly Lion as Pius XI Catholic High School brings the beloved story to the stage — and the beloved score. Songs will include “Over the Rainbow” “Ding Dong! The Witch is Dead” and “The Merry Old Land of Oz”.
Friday, January 29th – Turner Hall Ballroom – 8 p.m. Show – $17-$20
Formed in 2001, Badfish is a Rhode Island-based tribute band dedicated to playing the music of Sublime. The group has sold out venues such as House of Blues locations in Chicago, Atlantic City, and Las Vegas, the Toronto Opera House, the Starland Ballroom in New Jersey, and Lupo’s in Providence, RI. Sublime was an American ska punk / reggae rock band from Long Beach, California, formed in 1988, that achieved great popularity after the death of its lead vocalist guitarist Bradley Nowell in 1996.
Cesar Milan ‘The Dog Whisperer’
Friday, February 26th – The Riverside Theater – 8 p.m. – $35.50 – 85.50
Original host of the TV show “Dog Whisperer Cesar Milan” comes to Milwaukee to discuss the relationships between humans and their dogs. With his furry pals Junior and Benson at his side, Milan will be giving away some of his secrets to success with animal training. He will also give audiences a look at his training techniques using animals from the rescue centers in the area.
Friday, April 8th – Turner Hall Ballroom – 8 p.m. – $35
Poet, singer, songwriter, activist and feminist icon, Ani Difranco is a self-made performer and entrepreneur whose career goes back 25 years. At 15 years old Difranco was emancipated and lived on her own, graduating from Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts at just 16 years old. At age 18, Difranco started her own record company, Righteous Babes Records, and released a self-titled album at just 19. Although DiFranco’s music has been classified as both folk rock and alternative rock, she has incorporated punk, funk, hip hop, and jazz influences while releasing 20 albums.