This week in Milwaukee: January 6-12, 2022
Start the New Year with a musical buffet featuring everything from Piano Men at Stackner Cabaret and jazz at Vendetta Coffee Bar to psychobilly, punk and burlesque at X-Ray Arcade, plus blues and the return of The 5th Dimension and more, this week in Milwaukee!
All events and times were correct at time of posting. Due to fluctuating pandemic numbers, please check sites to confirm events are occurring.
Friday January 7
Elise Orlando and the Larry Moore Trio @ Vendetta Coffee Bar, 6 p.m.
The Larry Moore Trio play a mix of Great American Songbook standards and Latin Jazz favorites. Their relaxed grooves are the perfect way to unwind on the weekends.
Koffin Kats, Mystery Actions, Sweetie and Candi Crucifix @ X-Ray Arcade, 6 p.m.
This concert is perhaps the trashy musical extravagance, the temporal distortion of the week. Since 2003, Koffin Kats has been delivering crazy rockabilly, Chicago’s Mystery Actions leans towards 70s punk, the Sweetie duo recalls The Misfits and The Cramps and the burlesque Candy Crucifix will present a burlesque performance.
Music Under the Stars with Wolves with Virginia @ Arts @ Large, 7 p.m.
Wolves with Virginia went from a solo act performing at the open mics of Riverwest to four piece music described as a “mix of outlaw country tales and vintage surf in the wilderness.”
Shell Bells with Horace Greene @ Nicole’s Third Ward Social, 7 p.m.
Horace Green mixes elements of disco and psychedelia while maintaining a rock and roll spirit. Opener Shells Bells features an amalgamation of indie folk, daddy rock, neo soul, and sound healing psychedelia. The third quarter rocks!
Piano Men @ Stackner Cabaret, 8 p.m.
Two pianos on stage, two virtuoso pianists and an unlimited repertoire that defies genres and decades, Piano Men is inspired by the hard-working pianists who play everywhere, from bars to airports, hotel lobbies to large concert halls. Favorites of Milwaukee Rep Steve Watts (I like a piano) and Nygel D. Robinson (The strut all night long!) are two virtuoso pianists who will make requests applaud, laugh and cry.
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Duke Tumatoe @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m.
Musical trivia fans may be familiar with Duke Tumatoe as a founding member or REO Speedwagon and fans will know that his 1988 album was produced by John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Tumatoe acquired his musical influences firsthand as a teenager haunting the legendary Maxwell Street open-air market in Chicago. He went on to perform with Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, BB King, Willie Dixon and Buddy Guy.
Saturday January 8
Barbara Stephan Band @ The Packing House, 6:30 p.m.
Not all singers cite Ram Dass and Alan Watts as influences; singer Barbra Stephan is joined by Olen Franklin, Chris Kringel and Peter Mac. Selections from the album inspired by Stephan’s Motown Come to me are sure to warm up on a cold January evening.
Wednesday January 12
The 5th Dimension @ The Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m.
In 1967, a little-known vocal group called The 5th Dimension recorded the song “Up, Up and Away”, catapulting the group to instant stardom. The band had 22 Top 40 hits and five number one songs, including “Wedding Bell Blues”, “One Less Bell to Answer”, “Last Night I Didn’t Get to Sleep At All” and the iconic “Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In. ” In 2015, The 5th Dimension celebrated its 50th anniversary with original member Florence LaRue and the company continuing to deliver dynamic performances.