5 things to do this weekend: Aug. 8-11

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Under One Moon

Friday-Sunday @ Catalano Square

A full moon will rise over Catalano Square in the Historic Third Ward Aug. 9 - 11, 2019, in the shape of a stunning artwork depicting a hyperreal view of the lunar surface. Museum of the Moon, which has been touring the world since 2016, is a 23-foot diameter, inflatable art installation by Luke Jerram using NASA photography. The Moon is the centerpiece of Under One Moon, a pop-up festival created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing in 1969 and all things lunar. Featuring moon songs, lunar chalk art, original dance, theater and poetry performances, lectures from leading space experts and more, the Under One Moon festival is a weekend to come and be entertained and inspired by the magic of the universe.

There really is a ton to experience all weekend; too much for me to list here. Be sure to check out the event post to figure out which day works for you, this truly is a unique event and not to be missed.

Center Street Daze

Saturday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. @ Center Street (between Holton & Humboldt)

If you've followed this blog for long enough, you should know I got it bad for all things Riverwest. My trefecta is Locust Street Festival, Riverwest 24 and this weekend's Center Street Daze. Every year Center Street Daze grows larger and it's community-oriented emphasis keeps it cool. This year is no exception; there's still a Pushcart Race and Classic Car Show but my whole thing with this one is to do the circuit and wander the blocks and try to take it all in. From the food and food trucks to the music at it's many stages, all local and always interesting. The music is on point with Saebra & Carlyle, Arstrong Ransome, Twan Mack at the Company Brewing Stage. Dope DJ's in front of High Dive, an all punk lineup at the Quarter's Stage and some other interesting acts holding it down by the Jazz Gallery.

WI State Fair: Isley Brothers + The Commodores

7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. @ Main Stage

If you don't know our State Fair I'm not sure I know what to tell ya. I'll tell you though, no matter what your feelings are about it, Saturday night is the night to go. That's because funky and soul legends The Isley Brothers and The Commodores will be performing at the State Fair Main Stage. C'mon, who doesn't love The Isley Brothers' "Shout" or "It's Your Thing?" Between The Sheets?" Classic! And The Commodores? Same thing; jams like "Easy," "Three Times a Lady" and "Brick House," got them Grammies for a good reason.

Roseneau & Sanborn

Is that who I think it is?

Friday at 7 p.m. @ The Back Room

Born out of a collaboration at the inaugural 2015 Eaux Claires music festival, Nick Sanborn (of Sylvan Esso) and Chris Rosenau (of Volcano Choir), both also previously members of Milwaukee's Collections of Colonies of Bees, looked at each other after the final note of their impromptu set, knowing they were onto something special. After collaborating annually at each subsequent Eaux Claires festival, the duo took to a cabin in North Carolina to record their first album as Rosenau & Sanborn, "Bluebird."

Fiesta Dominicana

Saturday 3 p.m.-2:30 a.m. @ Points View Boite

This Saturday, Fiesta Dominicana aims to show that  Bachata is better under a hot buttered late summer sun. Milwaukee's ethnic festival scene just keeps getting better as I keep discovering cool festivals like this one. If you go, expect to shake it, bachata is one of the world's most sensual dance styles and the music should deliver as international dance and singing artist ATACA y La Alemana, Kewin Cosmos and DJ El Tiguere Del Mambo will be performing. In addition to the live show, live dance performances, delicious food and of course BACHATA a la BACANA!!!!

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5 things to do this weekend: Aug. 1-4

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Milwaukee Comedy Festival


Now in its fourteenth year, Milwaukee Comedy Festival is Milwaukee's biggest and best. This year the festival has more than a dozen different shows and events at multiple venues including (but not limited to) Lakefront Brewery, The Underground Collaborative, Shank Hall, Turner Hall Ballroom and more. This weekend is your best chance to catch national and regional comedy acts including stand up, improvisation and sketch comedy live on stage in one big event. In fact, if you're finding out about it through this post, you've already missed the better part of a week's worth of events.

Fret not, however, as the weekend has the best of the rest. Todd Berry headlines at Shank Hall tonight with an afterparty at Vanguard. Tomorrow, Judah Friedlander of "30 Rock" fame is running two shows at Shank Hall and there's a late-night option at the Underground Collaborative. Saturday features more acts throughout the day at the Underground Collaborative with Beth Stelling on the big stage at Shank Hall. Sunday sees no let up as more comics throughout the day at The UC and very funny man Ari Shaffir headlining at Turner hall. Dang, that's a lot of comedy!

Urban Island Beach Party

Friday 5-11 p.m. @ Lakeshore State Park

Ever been to Summefest and seen that parkland peninsula across the lagoon and thought that would be pretty cool place to visit? So did Newaukee as they have settled in for an annual beach party styled event held every August under a late summer sunset. Whether you kayak, bike or drive down, there's plenty to do at this super chill mini festival. They'll have Hawaiian dancers teaching steps, henna tattoos, hula hooping, face painting, a rock wall to climb and the ubiquitous beer tent. Of course there's also music; this year featuring Unity The Band, Ocean Rush, Kojo and DJ Ronco wrapping the event with a dance party. Trust me, this event is a sneaky-good time.

Wisconsin State Fair

Now-Aug. 11 @ State Fair Grounds

If you don't know our State Fair I'm not sure I know what to tell ya. I'll tell you though, no matter what your feelings are about it, Friday night is the night to go. That's because indie pop sensations Fitz and the Tantrums will have the Main Stage crowd dancing on Friday night. The band formed in 2008 and quickly found themselves on tour with arena acts and building a reputation as a must-see band at music festivals around the country. In 2013, Fitz and the Tantrums released their breakthrough major label debut More Than Just A Dream, which featured No. 1 Alternative Radio singles "The Walker" and "Out Of My League." Their current album Fitz and the Tantrums­ includes their biggest hit to date, "HandClap." Don't sleep on K. Flay either, they open for F&TT and are pretty dope too.

Wu-Tang Clan (w/ DJ Madhatter & Bizzon)

Saturday at 7 p.m. @ The Riverside Theater

It's safe to say that some 25 years ago Staten Island rap crew the Wu-Tang Clan changed hip-hop forever. With the release of their seminal statement album "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)," the group changed the rap game with the dopest beats over even more wicked flows, introducing a cast of now legendary personalities. The Wu Tang Clan has released seven gold and platinum studio albums with worldwide sales of more than 40 million albums. With the release of their debut album in 1993 songs like "C.R.E.A.M and "Protect Ya Neck" introduced hip-hop pioneer, The RZA, as a groundbreaking hip hop craftsman that he is. With lyrics that combine the reality of 1990s New York and the world of martial arts, the Wu-Tang Clan has created a unique mythology that captures the hearts of fans worldwide. They don't come to Milwaukee often, so you might want to check 'em out.

7th Annual Puerto Rican Festival

Sunday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. @ Humboldt Park

Man, how have I never been to this festival? That's what I thought to myself when I discovered it this year and learned that it's in it's seventh year! No time like the present to find out what's up with Milwaukee's Puerto Rican community and the only Latino festival in the state that recognizes Puerto Rican culture and community. In some ways the event is a kind of family picnic, so bring a big blanket or some folding chairs. I couldn't locate a lineup, but they will have live music and, of course, Puerto Rican food.

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5 things to do this weekend: July 18-21

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Música del Lago: Golpe Tierra

Thursday at 7 p.m. @ Colectivo at the Lakefront

Start the weekend a little earlier than usual as Golpe Tierra heads into town from Madison bringing their contagious Afro-Peruvian music with them. Musica del Lago is an ongoing music series celebrating some of the dopest Latin music from the region and is a great, kid-friendly way to kick it lakeside.

Gipsy Kings

Thursday at 7 p.m. @ The Pabst Theater

The Grammy-winning band behind "Bamboléo" celebrate 25+ years of flamenco, salsa, and pop fusion perfection in the party-starting spirit of the south of France. Now bringing the party back to the United States this Thursday, The Gipsy Kings will raise the roof with dance-ready furor, returning to their groundbreaking eponymous album and the nomadic spirit that has led them to their latest work, Grammy Award-winning album "Savor Flamenco."

Snail Mail

Friday at 7 p.m. @ Turner Hall Ballroom

Lindsey Jordan is on the brink of something huge, and it's crazy to think she's only just graduated high school. Her voice rises and falls with electricity throughout "Lush," her aptly titled debut album as Snail Mail. Jordan's strength starts with her powerful voice that puts power in her pacing, allowing her wry wit to shine in unexpected ways. Though she sings on subjects perhaps predictably precocious, how she gets to where she's going shows an artist who knows where she's going. You might want to get to this one.

91.7 WMSE Presents: The Posies

Saturday at 7 p.m. @ The Back Room at Colectivo

The Posies are in town to test some new songs in front of a live audience in between studio sessions in Seattle as they prep for a new album sometime soon. Smartly done soulful rock 'n' roll is what you should expect from these veterans as they hit the stage this Saturday.

Los Coast

Sunday at 7 p.m. @ The Back Room at Colectivo

Every once in a while, while writing this blog, I discover a band that I'd never heard of that is performing in town that has something special. This weekend, it's the band Los Coast. This Austin-based band delivers some crazy-cool amalgamation of psychedelic, pop and soul with the kind of energy that from what I understand, is on full blast at their live shows. They're touring in support of their newest release "Samsara" and I have a feeling this young band is one that we've not heard the last of. Catch 'em before they get great... and come early to see Milwaukee band The Young Revelators who open the show.

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5 things to do this weekend: July 11-14

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Bastille Days

Thursday - Sunday @ Cathedral Square Park

If you've seen the mini Eiffel Tower in the heart of downtown Milwaukee then you already know what fest has next. Of course I'm talking about Milwaukee's own (and one of the biggest French fests outside of France) Bastille Days Festival which will bring the crowds to the streets of Milwaukee. Live music, an international marketplace, chef and wine demos, French and Cajun cuisine, roaming busker entertainment and a signature 43-foot Eiffel Tower replica offering hourly light shows. If it sounds fun, that's because it often is and it's kicking off tonight with the Storm The Bastille Run. Music is a huge part of the fun and some notable performers include: Jay Matthes Band, Extra Krispy Brass Band, WhiskeyBelles and Geno Delafose & French Rockin Boogie to name a few...

Milwaukee Record: Ha Ha Tonka, Rx Drugs and Dramatic Lovers

Friday at 8 p.m. @ Pabst Milwaukee Brewery & Taproom

"Indie-Americana, where Alabama meets Arcade Fire" is how I've heard critically acclaimed band (not to be confused with the state park) Ha Ha Tonka described and I'm not inclined to disagree. Through the course of the four album career together they've managed a balanced sound perfect for radio, it's a shame we've overlooked them on our own. RX Drugs share the bill and they are a local band we love, with an all-star lineup of cats who cut their teeth in some of the best local bands. Same praise for Dramatic Lovers for that matter, who have a great new record by the way... good local show to see so please go, enjoy yourself okay.  


Friday 7:30-9:30 p.m. @ URSA (Bay View)

Muito bom Milwaukee! Brazilian music is kissing the scene this weekend as Sao Paolo artist Sessa rolls into Bay View this Friday. A Sound Travels fave, Sessa sings his songs in Portuguese, with visceral, sensual lyrics like tropicalia legend Caetano Veloso. He's also our download of the week, so get a taste HERE. His music feels like green, growing things that flower in beautiful and strange ways. Apropos perhaps that the show is happening at a new brick and mortar spot in Bay View called URSA, that by day sells cool clothes, essential oils, jewelry and plants. Kudos to them for keeping it cool with the music too. Space is probably a little limited so maybe get tickets in advance before you hear your friends bragging about the cool Brazilian band they saw this weekend.

I'm With Her: Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan + Yola

Saturday at 7 p.m. @ The Pabst Theater

I'm With Her is alchemical; three celebrated songwriters awesome on their own and even better together. Formed 2014, Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O'Donovan lyrical, graceful and mesmerizing within their intentional, harmonious sonic relationship.

Definitely go to see them. But do not, I repeat, do not skip Yola as the opener! She's coming in for a Saturday session with us so you can get a sneak peek. Yola is from the UK and is an artist you need to know. Her latest album was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys and she doing some of the most exciting roots rock around. Again don't sleep on Yola, who might just steal the show.

Diana Ross

Sunday at 7 p.m. @ The Riverside Theater

Are you kidding me? Of course I'd recommend seeing the grand dame of soul and disco! From her landmark solo career to the early days as the leader of The Supremes, Diana Ross helped shape the sound of popular music, changing the landscape and paving the way for so much of contemporary pop music. You should do yourself a favor and see a legend this weekend.

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5 things to do this weekend: June 27-30

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So this 5 things is all Summerfest as we head into summer proper. I know for some, it's "cool" to eschew the big gig and chill, but for most of us music lovers, it's a chance to stock up on good times. So my first suggestion has less to do with seeing a particular act and more to do with taking the whole thing in as the true spectacle of humanity that it is.

Let's face it, every day of Summerfest has music to see and if you were to show up on even the most random day, you'll see something. If you wander around and take a lap or two, you're probably going to see something you like that's also new to you. If you get hungry, you'll have your pick of spots to nosh. If you're single, why not mingle? And shopping isn't bad either, some of these pop-ups are only around for this festival, giving you the opportunity to buy things that you might only ever see at Summerfest. So my first pick is for you to simply go. If you wonder what shows to see specifically, your choices are probably as good as mine but I do have my druthers...


So every day of Summerfest means choices. Tonight has a some really great options to make you feel conflicted. If you go early, take your pick of these worthy options for the early headliner ticket; the 4 p.m. spot has 10,000 Maniacs, Steve Earle, X and Andrew WK. Those are all good choices as far as I'm concerned, the really difficult choices start happening when you look at the various stages and their headliners. Do you see Bone Thugs with Vincent VanGREAT opening or St. Paul & The Broken Bones or perhaps even Elle King? Idk, but for my attention and money, I'd get to the Harley Davidson Roadhouse for Lizzo at 10 p.m. She's easily the biggest name on campus if you're not already at the Outlaw Music Festival at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater. Lizzo has anthemic songs and the gravitas to steal all the thunder.

Pick: Lizzo at 10 p.m. @ Harley-Davidson Roadhouse


Friday's pick is a little easier, at least for me. Good options all over the place; T-Pain is an option and Collective Soul is around if you're looking for a classic. Erstwhile Milwaukeeans GGOOLLDD might be where you wanna be, especially after you hear their session we're hosting here at 88Nine Friday after noon. In the end, however, I think the best shot for a memorable spot of music is at the BMO Harris Pavilion to see Brandi Carlile and Milwaukee's own Abby Jeanne opening for her.

Pick: Abby Jeanne / Brandi Carlile at 8 p.m. @ BMO Harris Pavilion


Saturday has some interesting options as well. Chicago will be turning the BMO into a classic rock destination and is a great option if you want to catch a legend. Ra Ra Riot and Third Eye Blind are in the running over at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard starting at 8 p.m. My money is on a lesser-known but definitely dope dude from the band Vulfpeck; Corey Wong over on our stage.

Pick: Corey Wong at 10 p.m. @ Johnson Controls World Sound Stage


The weekend finishes with a flourish (and a few more tough choices.) While none of these acts are super huge, you might peep Lake Street Dive at Uline or perhaps Catfish and the Bottlemen at Briggs or even the De La Buena/Los Lonely Boys show on our stage at Johnson Controls. My pick is to see the enchanting chanteuse Adia Victoria and stay for the headlining band The National for a perfect end to your Sunday Funday.

Pick: Adia Victoria/The National at 8:30 p.m. @ Miller Lite Oasis

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5 things to do this weekend: June 20-23

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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe

Friday at 7 p.m. @ Turner Hall Ballroom

For me, Karl Denson is the kind of musician who I discovered after discovering I'd already discovered long ago. I had been an indirect fan through his work in Lenny Kravitzs' band, with The Stones as well, leading the Greyboy All-Stars, plus collabs with The Blind Boys of Alabama, Blackalicious and Switchfoot but really didn't know that this longtime saxophonist and session cat had a project bearing his given name. My a-ha moment came years ago, and I'm stoked he's in town this Friday for what will definitely be an extra funky jam session. The kind of session that brings a crazy diverse cross-section of music lovers and the kind of performance that brings superlatives.

MAM After Dark: Lakefront Festival of Art

Friday @ Milwaukee Art Museum

Maybe it's just me, but I feel like MAM After Dark is a pool I like to dip into at least once a year; it makes me feel cool. This Friday's version, which comes in tandem with the Lakefront Festival of Art, looks like a good one to be at. I mean you could make a day out of it and see the music, shop artist booths, nosh at food trucks and chill in the wine garden during the day. And you might as well stick around because a ticket also gets you into the After Dark part. You might need a wardrobe change, but this might be worth it.


Taco Fest

Saturday at noon @ Henry Maier Festival Grounds

For real though, I have no idea how, I mean how I didn't know Milwaukee has a taco fest. Let alone one heading into its sixth year(!). Oh dios mio, that's a flaw in my program, a critical failure of discernment that I can only forgive in myself by going to this one. The Taco is a perfect food, one of those foods that I consider timeless and awesome in so many forms that I could probably eat one every day for the rest of my life. A food I sometimes wake up craving. A food I find myself missing the most when I travel to countries that don't have them (like why would you still live and be unaware of their awesomeness)? Taco Fest is happening this Saturday on the Summerfest Grounds and I bet they beat last year's record of nearly 10,000 tacos consumed. Plus they'll have live music, Mondo Lucha wrestlers, margaritas and even Chihuahuas, which I presume are not for consumption.

Summer Soulstice

Saturday noon-11:59 pm @ North Avenue (at Oakland Ave)

Summer Soulstice Music Festival can brag all they want. Being Milwaukee's largest local music and arts event every year has its merit with me. Plus I can say for certain that I'll be there with the other 88Niners as we're the media sponsor and will be handling introductions for the music there all day. With FOUR stages, 21 acts, BMX demos, a rock climbing wall and family activities. Weather permitting, this is a great festival to be at; stage to stage to food truck to beverage tent to artisan stall to shop, drink, eat and be merry in the sun. I love how local it is, yet big enough to be the only thing you might get into on the day. Also, the music lineup is stacked and highlighted by performances from B~Free, Lex Allen, Chicken Wire Empire, Luxi, Surgeons in Heat, Telethon and Zach Pietrini.

Cuban Street Fest 2019

Sunday at noon @ Drexel Town Square

Bet you didn't even know that Milwaukee not only has a Cuban festival let alone one that's been swinging for about 14 years. That's probably because until now it's had such a small footprint, being a simple block party in front of Cubanitas in the heart of Downtown. With their second location opening recently in Drexel Town Square, they now have a much bigger plot to play with and my gut says this festival will continue to get bigger and better. Once again, the music is on point, with Latin music from some of the city's best players; Salsa Power, Clave y Afinque and hard salsa veterans Nabori all taking the stage to keep the dance floor hot. The food should be on point as well.


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5 things to do this weekend: June 13-16

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Chris Haise Band

Cool guitar man

Friday at 7 p.m. @ Anodyne Coffee Roasters (Walker's Point)

Chris Haise of Chris Haise Band may have slipped me up a time or two but the music he makes with his band has nonetheless continued to impress. Haise (pronounced Hi-zee) writes catchy stuff from personal experiences. I'm as curious as you should be to hear what's evolved on their 2nd album, Suburban View. You might want to catch their album release this Friday at the Walker's Point Anodyne Coffee. Zach Pietrini (solo) and Cullah & The Comrades make the show more of a full deal; both open and are also pretty dope.

David Gray

David Gray in gray...

Friday at 7 p.m. @ The Riverside Theater

Full disclosure, Grammy nominated artist David Gray's show this Friday is being presented by 88Nine. We also have a live session with him at noon on Friday and that makes me pretty partial to remind you to check out the show. He's on tour with his 11th record, "Gold in a Brass Age," an album that's like his others for me in the sense that it takes a real listen to simmer but earns real respect. He can play. I know tickets are running low so I'd definitely chance this if you're feeling fresh on Friday.

TV Girl

Friday at 7 p.m. @ The Back Room at Colectivo

TV Girl has this sunny, throwback '60s French pop and California soul sort of vibe fit for today's textural types; a sort of girl-group pop that dallies in hip-hop. Think old school vocal harmonics over sampled beats with vintage rhythms with pop hooks. For me, it's no surprise they've been noticed by fans and tastemakers as they stay steady with new EPs and mixtapes between tours. These cats are risers, worth checking out, and Negative Gemini opens.


I did not photoshop this... this is real

Saturday 6-8 p.m. @ Discovery World

Taking a trip on the water with what made Milwaukee famous is as famously Milwaukee as a fish fry or State Fair. We've probably all taken a jaunt downstream to see the city from the other side and I'm surprised I haven't tried it on the S/V Dennis Sullivan, Milwaukee's iconic and fully vintage tall sail ship. This happens throughout the summer and features a different microbrewery each time. On this one, they're sailing with City Lights Brewing. I guess an old trick can learn a new dog.

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit + Father John Misty + Jade Bird

Image aside, this show is a musical menage a trois

Sunday at 7 p.m. @ BMO Harris Pavilion

And here I thought Father John Misty was the one that would headline here... But really, this show is stocked like a Memorial Day mini-fridge; every artist on this bill has headlined their own shows here over the past few years. I just saw FJM at the Riverside last year! So yeah, any day of the week I'd suggest this show. It happens to happen this Sunday if that's your funday.

Alma De Cultura

Friday at 9 p.m. @ The Cooperage

A new monthly event that celebrates Latinx culture through music, food, dance and, most importantly, community. The series highlights different local artists, musicians, performers and more in Milwaukee's Latinx community. Every month, proceeds from the festivities will benefit a different nonprofit, charity or organization that works directly with Latinx communities in Milwaukee. This month will feature Cuatro Uno Cuartro, La Finca Coffeehouse, Adelitas Closet, Coriagraphicarts and more and proceeds will benefit Latino Arts, Inc. A fun way to support while having fun!

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5 things to do this weekend: June 6-9

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Thursday, June 6 - Sunday, June 9 @ Henry Meier Festival Grounds

As far as volunteer operated LBGTQ festivals go, Milwaukee's may be the biggest and the best. Call me biased, but that's worth bragging about. It is also the first big festival of the season and from year to year boasts a dope lineup of performers and an inviting entry to the summer festival season. From Thursday to Sunday on the Summerfest Grounds, PrideFest hosts live music on several stages, lifestyle seminars and workshops and much more. Check out the PrideFest's website for details and get the season started with Milwaukee's first big fest.

Violent Femmes
Thursday, June 6 @ The Riverside Theater, 6:30 p.m.

What's better than a free show from a powerhouse band that happens to call Milwaukee home? I don't have an answer either... Well the deal is thus, Miller Brewing is kinda celebrating its 160 year history in Milwaukee with "thank you" to the city with a Cheers to Milwaukee concert at The Riverside Theater and got the Femmes in for the gig. Definitely a decent summer kickoff; tickets are first come-first served and if you get in you'll also get a free ticket to Summerfest. Deal!

Vampire Weekend + Chicano Batman
Saturday, June 8 @ BMO Harris Pavilion, 8 p.m.

Vampire Weekend have mapped out an expansive North American tour in support of their new double album, "Father of the Bride." The 35-date outing features some of the band's biggest shows to date, including Madison Square Garden in NYC, the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado and of course, the BMO Harris Pavilion in Milwaukee this weekend. I joke. But really, Vampire Weekend are killing it on their new album and my favorite "better-than-the-headliner" band Chicano Batman, is opening. This is a proper pre-Summerfest primer right here; if you're the type that sees all the good stuff, this is your concert right here.

Locust Street Festival
Sunday, June 9 @ Locust Street at Humboldt, 11 a.m.

I've never made much of a secret of the fact that Locust Street Festival is my absolute favorite of the street fests. Living in Riverwest'll do that to you. I like the diversity and the informal freshness of this street party. Lots of friendly folks, good food and local music without a corporate feel. Personally, there's nothing I love more than walking Locust Street from end to end, over and over again; shopping, stopping, dancing and drinking in the sun. Check out the Facebook event page for details on bands performing or just trust me and go...

Craig Finn
Sunday, June 9 @ The Back Room at Colectivo, 8 p.m.

The Hold Steady's Craig Finn is in town this Sunday for a show at the Back Room and a live session on our airwaves earlier on that day. Combining literary influences like Jack Kerouac and John Berryman with the musical influences of Bruce Springsteen and fellow Minnesotan Paul Westerberg, Finn's highly descriptive lyrical style has a focus on narrative, crafting whole worlds for people in his songs to exist within.

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5 things to do this weekend: May 24-26

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5 things to do this weekend: May 17-19

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