words by Cal Roach
- It’s Friday; is it possible you don’t have anything planned for tonight yet? Surely you heard that tUnE-yArDs is playing at Turner Hall tonight? Merrill Garbus is a strong candidate for buzz artist of the year, and you can bet her maddeningly catchy tunes are going to get your booty shakin’ if you see her live. Seriously, just look at the picture on her Wikipedia page. It makes you want to dance just looking at it!
- We’re almost halfway between Irish Fest and St. Patrick’s Day, so chances are some Milwaukeeans are jonesing for fiddle, bodhran and bagpipes. Get your fix Saturday at the Irish Cultural & Heritage Center with Fiona Molloy, a Wisconsinite who originally hails from County Derry in Northern Ireland. Her angelic pipes are the main attraction, but raucous pub band Dublin O’Shea will open the show with the requisite barrage of traditional Celtic fare.
- Also on Saturday, two-time Grammy-nominated piano phenom Jacky Terrasson brings his astounding skills to Wehr Hall as part of the Alverno Presents concert series. The German-born jazzman has carved out quite a career since winning the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition in 1993. He’s now on tour with Ben Williams on bass and Jamire Williams on drums as the Jacky Terrasson Trio, which has reportedly developed an astounding synergy in only a couple years together.
- The Uptown Savages may be the most reliable good-time band in the city. Their mix of rockabilly, swing and the full spectrum of old-school rock and roll is perfect for virtually any occasion. This 2 p.m. Sunday show at Frank’s Power Plant may prove to be bittersweet, however, as it is scheduled to be bassist Matt “The Rat” Davis’s final performance with the group.
- Tune in to Erin’s Rockleidoscope show on Tuesday afternoon (noon-3 p.m.) to hear two interviews: Allen Cote and Rob Hansen, organizers of Songs For the Soul will be on WMSE’s Local Lunchbox 1 p.m. and Mark Goldstein of Milwaukee-based music blog Seizure Chicken will be on at 2 p.m. to talk about a special local music festival at Cactus Club the following weekend. That’s a twofor we can really get behind. Go, local!
- Now that Sigmund Snopek has settled back into his every-other-week residency at Linneman’s, don’t you think it’s about time you went and checked him out in his element? It’s a bit different than the old days when he’d be crammed up into the corner above the bar, but he’s the same oddball virtuoso playing hard-to-define, keyboard-based weirdness, classical musicianship with an offbeat humor all his own.
- For another Tuesday night activity guaranteed to be odd, the Oriental Theatre is hosting an event called Found Vs. Found. It’s billed as a battle between the ever-popular Found Footage Festival and Found Magazine, presumably to see which medium can produce the weirdest conglomeration of free stuff. Tune in to WMSE on Tuesday at 5 p.m. for more info, as the organizers of the FFF will be in the studio to discuss this event.
- If you haven’t heard about Ex Fabula yet, you need to. The art of competitive storytelling continues to gain momentum in Milwaukee, and this season’s second event takes place Wednesday at Stonefly Brewery. Check out this page for some audio samples of great stories from past events, and imagine how much more exciting these would be live and in person. This month’s theme: “Close Call.”
- Be sure to tune in to the Girlina Show (Thursday, noon-3 p.m.) as well–like we need to tell you that, right? Milwaukee’s own jammy folk-rockers Herman Astro will be in the studio to talk to Dori Zori about their forthcoming debut LP, Chico, due to be released in December. If you hear something enticing, be sure to mark your calendar for the band’s album release party on December 17th at Mad Planet.