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Country, Rap and '60s-Tinted Punk
Even with the holliday, there's lots to see this week

Tuesday, Nov. 26: Charlie Daniels Band at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($55-$65)

Fiddle phenomenon Charlie Daniels is best known for his tongue-twisting, bow-wielding musical tale of a man’s battle for his soul, “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.” However, the fiddler’s contributions the canon of country music extends well beyond his Grammy-winning 1979 hit. The southern rock magnate has shared the stage and recording booths with Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Marshall Tucker Band. Awards and Hall Of Fame inductions aside, Daniels’ greatest work is accompanying Hank Williams Jr. on the longstanding Monday Night Football theme song (RIP). (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com

Wednesday, Nov. 27: Logic & Raze with Kid Millions, Rusty Ps, Automatic, and Sose at Mad Planet

On the eve of Turkey Day, be thankful for the budding local hip-hop scene. This show, however, features a glut of long-standing names in Milwaukee rap, such as headliners Logic & Raze, Kid Millions, Rusty Ps, Automatic and Sose. Get there before 10 p.m. and pay just $5 ($10 thereafter). (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)

Also: Sugar Stems with Space Raft, and Phylums at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: Nod To Bob Dylan at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 7 p.m. ($10) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

And: Dustin Diamond’s Bayside Bash at Turner Hall, 8 p.m. ($14) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Friday, Nov. 29: Semi-Twang with Doghouse Flowers at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15)

A quarter century ago, Milwaukee’s Semi-Twang outfit belonged to a major label. While the local outfit’s Warner Bros stint was short-lived, the band is now making its best music to date. Avoid department stores and, instead, spend your Black Friday seeing the resurrected dad-rockers at Shank Hall along with area bluegrass band Doghouse Flowers. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Also: Corrections House with Northless, and Dirty Dancing at Cactus Club, 9:45 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: Justin Moore with Randy Houser, and Josh Thompson at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($35-$40) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com

Saturday, Nov. 30: The Whiskeybelles with Doghouse Flowers, and Chicken Wire Empire at Club Garibaldi, 8:30 p.m.

Dozens upon dozens of Milwaukee bands released albums this year. But it’s safe to say that of the wave of local releases, only one group put out a Christmas album. Festival regulars and all-female country outfit The Whiskeybelles funneled their airtight harmonies and bluegrass-playing prowess into adapting 11 yuletide standards (and one original) to fit their inviting and upbeat style. Saturday, the trio will give Club Garibaldi the gift of an album release show for Nothin’ Says Christmas Like Whiskey! Following openers Doghouse Flowers and Chicken Wire Empire – both of which lent instrumental support to the Belles’ latest. (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)

Also: Ike Reilly Assassination at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

And: Austin Lucas with Trapper Schoepp and PJ Bond at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. ($12) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)


Sunday, Dec. 1: Shannon and The Clams with Jaill at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($10)

Oakland punker Shannon Shaw (of Hunx and His Punks insular notoriety) periodically sets aside her acerbic sneer to highlight her timeless pipes as frontwoman for modern doo-wop act Shannon and the Clams. Her punk rock roots spill into the Clams, yet this project has as much accessibility now as it would’ve in the ’60s rock clubs. The band is supported by Milwaukee’s own Jaill, who will wrap up a tour-filled year with a special hometown show. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

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