September is a few days away. This means students are back to school and the inevitable change of season is near. Enjoy the decent weather while we have it and go out to a few local shows at night. Here are a couple shows coming to town that caught my eye.
Pearl Jam is throwing a huge Labor Day weekend festival called “Destination Weekend” at Alpine Valley in East Troy on September 3rd and 4th. Pearl Jam will be performing both days as well as Queens of The Stone Age, Mudhoney, and The Strokes to name a few. If you can make the trip, I highly recommend going. Pearl Jam is celebrating 20 years of great rock and roll music and there really is no better outdoor venue in the Midwest than Alpine Valley.
26 time Grammy award winner and bluegrass queen Alison Krauss will be at The Riverside on September 10th with backing band Union Station. The group just released a new album, “Paper Airplane”, on Rounder Records. “Paper Airplane”, is the first new material from the group since 2003’s, “Lonely Runs Both Ways”. Krauss, however, recorded with Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant on their critically acclaimed 2007 release, “Raising Sand”. Expect “Paper Airplane” to receive more Grammy awards and expect a great show on the 10th.
If you have a young child, you’re probably getting dragged to The Riverside on September 16th when the cast of Nickelodeon’s, “Yo Gabba Gabba”, comes to town for their, “It’s Time to Dance Tour”. Hip hop legend Biz Markie and DJ Lance Rock will also be performing at the event as well. “Yo Gabba Gabba”, is not only popular with children but adults alike. In 2010, the cast performed at the Coachella music festival as special guests. As much as I don’t want to admit it, I know some of the songs from the show. They are extremely catchy and I’m guessing it’s because co-creator Christian Jacobs is the lead singer of the ska group The Aquabats.
Electro-pop fans, your day is here. September 18th at the Pabst electro-pop icons Erasure will be hitting the stage to celebrate 25 years of music. Duo Andy Bell and Vince Clark (former Depeche Mode) started Erasure in 1985 and rose in popularity in Europe. While the group only had 3 top Billboard hits they have gone on to sell over 25 million records across the world. The duo will be releasing a new record titled, “Tomorrow’s World”, in October so expect to hear some new songs when they hit Milwaukee.
Also on the 18th is Rock The Green, a new festival on Milwaukee’s lakefront. The festival at Veterans Park is titling itself the “Midwest’s Premier Near-Zero Waste Music Festival” and will have six international recording artists perform and share their eco stories. Performers include The Fray, Ben Folds, Fitz and The Tantrums, Michelle Branch, Parachute, and Evan Christian. All net proceeds will go to local non-profits that have a focus on sustainability.
Turner Hall on September 21th will hold Swans, an elusive post-punk rock group that was in existence form 1982-1997. Michael Gira, lead singer and songwriter for the group, reactivated Swans in January 2010. In September 2010, Swans released new material titled, “My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky”. If you’re into post-industrial, experimental, or post-rock music go check out Swans. It’s rare they ever come to Milwaukee and you will not regret it.
Brookfield will get their country on the 24th when Rosanne Cash performs at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center. Eldest child of country legend Johnny Cash, Rosanne has gone on to record fourteen albums and release 21 Top 40 Billboard Country singles. Her latest 2010 release, “The List”, won Album of the Year at the 2010 Americana Music Honors and Awards. “The List” is a record of 12 selected classic songs from a list of 100 essential country her father gave to her as a teenager. Check out this country superstar in an intimate setting away from the city.
Psychobilly. Have you ever heard of it? It’s a mix of rockabilly and punk rock music. One of the best bands still around playing good psychobilly is Necromantix and they’ll be at the Miramar on September 24th. Necromantix started in Copenhagen, Denmark back in 1989 but came over to the states near the turn of the Millennium where they were received by American audiences. The band just released a new record on Hellcat Records called, “What Happens in Hell, Stays in Hell”. I had the opportunity to see the band open for Rob Zombie last year and if you think you’d like Stray Cats and Rancid combined you will not be disappointed by this show.
This last upcoming show is the one I am most excited about. On September 29th, Dar Williams and Joan Osborne will be performing at Turner Hall. Both are known for being great American singer-songwriters and bringing women in music to the masses. Dar Williams is most known for her independent music releases in the mid-90’s while Osborne is most known for her mid-90’s singles, “Right Hand Man” and monster hit “One of Us”. Both women were on the inaugural 1997 Lilith Fair which showcased women in music. If you have the time, spend it at this show.