5 things to do this weekend: Nov. 8-10
Vinyl Comes Alive
Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m. @ Radio Milwaukee
Long before 88Nine Radio Milwaukee brought you new music and community stories, WYMS 88.9 FM was “Jazz 89.” To celebrate this history, we’re converting our Walker’s Point home into a two-night-only jazz club, complete with light bites, specialty cocktails, wine and, of course, jazz music! Only 100 guests each evening will get to be a part of this exclusive jazz experience, so you might want to line up some tickets to see the event!
Both nights will pair vinyl from the original WYMS jazz collection with live performances from our house band – Mark Davis, John Price, Manty Ellis, Sam Belton, Jamie Breiwick. Each night will have a different set list, featuring classics from artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and more. Special solos throughout the evenings with artists Juli Wood, Adekola Adedapo, B~Free, Jordan Lee and Klassik.
Flat Teeth album release
Friday at 10 p.m. @ Cactus Club
Drawing on melodic side of '90s indie rock and emo, Milwaukee band Flat Teeth makes music that pitches from light to dark. Think The Get Up Kids and Mock Orange with a dark side akin to No Knife and Cursive. Tight guitars, layered harmonies and pounding beats. They’re a pretty straight-forward rock band with chops. Their new album “Silent Seconds” drops tomorrow and this is their party. Nonetheless, they ain’t alone tomorrow as Mertle’s Acres and Live Tetherball Tonight set the stage for what they hope will be a special night in Bay View.
J.P. Harris + S.S. Web + Bruce Humphries & The Rockabilly Rebels
Friday at 8-11:30 p.m. @ Pabst Milwaukee Brewery & Taproom
J.P. Harris plays country music. Not “Americana,” not “roots,” “folk,” or any other things country music can masquerade as. Instead, Harris aims for the very roots of the country tree of music. I guess you might call this old-fashioned but even old can be fashioned new, especially when you’ve lived the kind of raw to rails life he’s lived. Don’t miss the openers, Milwaukee’s S.S. Web or Bruce Humphries & The Rockabilly Rebels.
David Wax Museum
Saturday at 7 p.m. @ The Back Room at Colectivo
The roots of David Wax Museum stretch back over a decade, and all the way from New England to Mexico. As a student at Harvard, Wax began traveling south of the border to study and immerse himself in the country’s traditional music and culture. Back in Boston, he met fiddler/singer Suz Slezak, whose love of traditional American and Irish folk music fused with Wax’s Mexo-Americana into a singular, energetic blend that captivated audiences and critics alike. DWM makes music aware of the world around it, incorporating the flavors of the places they flow through.
Sunday at 7 p.m. @ The Back Room at Colectivo
Though only a decade deep, pianist Marco Benevento’s work is extensive. His albums and performances connect the space between acts as seemingly divergent as say LCD Soundsystem and Leon Russell; dance rock energy and smart, earthy songwriting will do that. His latest album, “Let It Slide,” is gritty, soulful and uptempo trip; piano rock in an un-Ben Folds-y way. For all his virtuosity on the keys though, the songs here are driven primarily by intoxicating grooves, with spare drums and minimalist bass lines underpinning infectious, intentionally lo-fi vocal hooks. Might be the best thing to see on a Sunday evening…