Milwaukee's Showcase Live Music Venue Since 1989
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Semi-Twang, Will Phalen
FridayMarch 14, 20148:00pm $15.00
When Semi-Twang reunited in 2009 to play the twentieth anniversary of Shank Hall, the premier showcase club in their home-town of Milwaukee, they showed up to help celebrate a venue they'd played on the club's opening night. Expectations were modest - do a couple of rehearsals, show up, have fun & go home. However, the gig....
Hood Smoke, R.A.S. Movement
SaturdayMarch 15, 20148:00pm $12.00
Bryan Doherty bends the bass into something rarely heard, but entirely worth the price of admission." So says All Music Guide, and they're right: Much like Doherty's brilliant bass playing, his band Hood Smoke blends soul and pop a la Rufus, David Byrne or The Band, while managing to sound unique. Hood Smoke's line-up....
Run Boy Run
FridayMarch 21, 20148:00pm $10.00
The unique sound of Run Boy Run is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South. In recent years, bands like Nickel Creek, Crooked Still, and others have revived a sense of innovation in traditional American music. Run Boy Run continues this journey into music that is dynamic, orchestral, and overflowing with....
Recently Added Shows
Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials
FridayApril 4, 20148:00pm $15.00
From working at Chicago's Red Carpet Car Wash to appearing on national television, from gigging at the smallest ghetto blues bars to performing on the biggest international concert stages, master bluesman Lil' Ed Williams has come a long way. Mixing smoking slide guitar boogies and raw-boned Chicago shuffles with the....
Bronze Radio Return
WednesdayMay 7, 20148:00pm $15.00
Formed in 2008, Bronze Radio Return's line-up took a few years to solidify, though most of the band's members were orbiting each other for years at the Hartt School, one of the country's best schools of music, located in Hartford, Connecticut. For debut Old Time Speaker, the band relocated to Nashville for a two-week....
Chicago Afrobeat Project, R.A.S. Movement, Black Market Brass
FridayMay 9, 2014
As leaders of the non-traditional interpretation of afrobeat, Chicago Afrobeat Project marks 2013 with the official release of "Nyash Up!" the band's fourth album and the best sounding release in its 10-year history. This....
Substitute (Who tribute), Shattered (Rolling Stones tribute)
SaturdayMay 10, 2014
With a look and sound that captures The Who at the height of their 70s peak, Substitute plays the songs that have become part of rock legend. From the hits (Pinball Wizard, Who Are You and Won't Get Fooled Again) to....
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers
SundayMay 18, 20148:00pm $20.00
Roger Clyne doesn't like serving the musical version of junk food. "I like to put a little more heart into my cooking than that," Clyne said.
For over a decade, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers have avoided unnecessary additives, preservatives and sugary substances that may initially be satisfying, but ultimately provide....
Naomi Marie, Ugly Brothers, Outside Lions
FridayMay 23, 20148:00pm $10.00
Swelling from a subtle harmony of the current choir of new-folk singer-songwriters, Naomi Marie emerges as a fresh and dynamic musical personality. From simple, light-hearted acoustic arrangements to powerhouse piano ballads, her vocals uniquely capture a wide array of emotive and melodic expression.
In the lively music....
St. Paul & The Broken Bones
SaturdayMay 31, 20148:00pm $10 advance / $12 door
Grit, elemental rhythm, tight-as-a-drumhead playing, and a profound depth of feeling: these are the promises of a great soul band. And St. Paul & The Broken Bones deliver on those promises.
Half The City is the compelling full-length Single Lock/Thirty Tigers debut of the Birmingham, Alabama-based sextet, who have....
Shirley Green, Moses' Gunn
FridayJune 6, 2014
Not until after fourteen years of first loving, moving, fighting, and cross-stitching together did anything happen. Whatsoever. Musically. Between them.
One result of a six-year-long [2004-2010] spontaneous west coast move from native Wisconsin to Portland, Oregon? A great appreciation for the freedom, fun, and....
FridayJune 13, 20148:00pm $10.00
Saintseneca is a young band from Columbus Ohio led by singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist Zac Little. Following in the footsteps of heartland bands who have sought to twist the music of the old weird America into new shapes Saintseneca perform songs that sound familiar and uniquely original, all at once.
Davina and the Vagabonds
SaturdayJune 14, 20148:00pm $15.00
Davina Sowers and the Vagabonds have created a stir on the national blues scene with their high-energy live shows, sharp-dressed professionalism, and Sowers' commanding stage presence. With influences ranging from Fats Domino and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Aretha Franklin and Tom Waits, the band is converting....
SaturdayJune 21, 2014
The end may have begun inside New York's Marquee Club in 2002, when Joe Firstman put his hands around the neck of his star-making music manager, Michael Lippman, at an industry party.
He wanted in. Denied entry, Firstman grew belligerent, flicking a bouncer's earpiece onto the ground. Lippman came out of the party....
My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult
SundayJune 22, 2014
It was in the fall of 1987, in a neighborhood Chicago bar. Artist and performer Franke Nardiello met with newly transplanted Bostonian musician Marston Daley over drinks. They crafted a shocking and lurid film concept, MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT. Inspired by a shared love of tabloid tales of sex and Satan, kitschy....
WednesdayJuly 16, 20148:00pm $20.00
Slaid Cleaves spins stories with a novelist's eye and a poet's heart. Twenty years into his career, the celebrated songwriter's Still Fighting the War spotlights an artist in peak form. Cleaves' seamless new collection delivers vivid snapshots as wildly cinematic as they are carefully chiseled. Dress William Faulkner with....
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