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Halloween weekend treats Milwaukee to great touring talent

Cat Power photo courtesy of the band's Facebook page

Monday, Oct. 29: Cat Power at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($35.50)
Despite being a working musician since the early '90s, Chan Marshall – better known by the name of her pet project “Cat Power” – really started hitting her stride with 2003’s You Are Free. The trio of album’s that followed found Cat Power receiving well-deserved and long-overdue acclaim from critics, fellow musicians and fans alike. Marshall’s latest release, the two-month-old Sun, was tabbed by a Rolling Stone writer to be “her riskiest, most vital album, not to mention one of her greatest." (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Tuesday, Oct. 30: 
Beats Antique and LYNX at Turner Hall, 7:30 p.m. ($20) –

(1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: The Clumsy Lovers at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Wednesday, Oct. 31: The Wallflowers at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($29.50)

The Wallflowers first hit the scene in 1996 with the band’s great Bringing Down The Horse. The hit-laden record remains the band’s biggest and best effort to date. Yet front man/Bob Dylan offspring Jakob Dylan and a heavily rotated cast of other ‘flowers haven’t stopped trying to overtake the 16-year-old album, touring avidly and releasing four studio albums since Horse’s release – including Glad All Over, which came out Oct. 9. Milwaukee’s own Trapper Schoepper And The Shades opens. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Worrier at Tonic Tavern, 8 p.m. (FREE) – (2335 S. Kinnikinnic Ave., TonicTavern.DoStuff.Info)


Thursday, Nov. 1: Red Hot Chili Peppers at Bradley Center, 7:30 p.m. ($38.50-$58.50)

Undeniably one of rock ‘n’ roll’s most accomplished and influential acts, Red Hot Chili Peppers has done everything and more in the band’s close-to-30-year existence. Some 10 studio albums, 10 departed former members, seven Grammys and in immeasurable impact on music later, the Peppers are as active as ever… though they’ve thankfully stopped wearing tube socks on their crotch in their old age. Thundercat opens. (1001 N. 4th St., BradleyCenter.com

Also: Passion Pit, Youngblood Hawke, and Hollerado at Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. ($29.50) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org

And: Kaki King at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Friday, Nov. 2: Frank Sinatra Jr. at Pabst Theater, 6:30 p.m. ($60-$125)

Though he’ll never be able to escape the vast shadow cast by his famous father, the younger, more-alive Frank Sinatra hasn’t stopped trying to do so. For more than 60 years, Sinatra has followed in Frank Sr.’s footsteps, establishing himself as a noted crooner, composer and conductor. Since we’ll never get to hear Ol’ Blue Eyes belt out his classics in a live setting again, Young Blue Eyes will have to do. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org

Also: Animals In Human Attire, Sulek, and Bassel And The Supernaturals at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Saturday, Nov. 3: Lisa Ridgely, Justin Heron and Micah Olsan at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m.

While Saturday is short on touring talent in town, it presents a prime opportunity to see three of the area’s lesser-known singer/songwriter talents. The trio is highlighted by Heron, whose songs are as earnest as they are good. (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

Also: Midwest Death Rattle, Boy Blue, and El Valiente at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Sunday, Nov. 4: Kenny Wayne Shepherd at Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($35)

In a genre almost exclusively comprised of ragged old musicians, 35-year-old blues guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd has managed a great deal of success in a relatively short amount of time. But I suppose three platinum albums, a seemingly permanent residence on the Billboard Blues charts and opening gigs for B.B. King, Bob Dylan, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones and The Eagles have that effect on a musician. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org

Also: I’m Not A Pilot and Project Trio at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 8 p.m. ($6) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

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