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Music Notes Show of the Week: The Championship at Cactus Club
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Tuesday, Nov. 27: Glenview Lane at Bremen Café, 9 p.m. – (901 E. Clarke St., BremenCafe.com)

Wednesday, Nov. 28: 88Nine Radio Milwaukee Music Awards at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($10)

Say what you will about localized entertainment awards decided by Web-votes (e.g., they’re wholly unnecessary), but there’s no refuting the entertainment value offered by 88Nine’s Music Awards. In addition to the popularity contest, the event will be immensely improved with performances by some of Milwaukee’s biggest and best bands, including Jaill, Field Report, Juniper Tar, Vic And Gab and Klassik. (1032 N. 4th  St., PabstTheater.org

Thursday, Nov. 29: Stuart Davis at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($10)

When he isn’t painting crows, adding to his now-10,000-word language, Is, or philosophizing about religion, Start Davis dabbles in music. Though his musical efforts haven’t yielded much more than a song used in the score of Owen Wilson theatrical flop Drillbit Taylor, Davis has managed to kick around clubs and put out albums for more than 20 years, so he must be doing something right. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Also: Night Moves with Elusive Parallelograms and Castle Thunder at Stonefly Brewing Co., 9 p.m. ($8) – (725 E. Center St., StoneflyBrewery.com)

And: Big Eyes with Audacity, The Living Blackouts, and Appleseeds at Quarter’s Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 9 p.m. – (900 E. Center St.)

Friday, Nov. 30: Alabama Shakes at Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

When Alabama Shakes blew into town last May, it was a highly touted band with little in the area of actual accomplishment. Since that sold-out Pabst Theater performance, the Shakes has taken the alternative music industry by storm with its bluesy, soulful debut LP Boys & Girls, and has proven its staying power to many doubters along the way. Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil opens. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Also: White Mystery with The Delphines at Quarter’s Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 9 p.m. ($7) – (900 E. Center St.)

And: Canopies with Faux Fir and Stacian at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com


Saturday, Dec. 1: The Championship with Blessed Feathers at Cactus Club, 10 p.m.

Not far removed from an indefinite hiatus that saw this longtime Milwaukee folk staple come dangerously close to dissolving, The Championship revamped its lineup, and added eight new songs to its high-quality catalog. Its latest, High Feather, is a downtrodden take on The Championship’s distinct sound, but a successful jaunt nonetheless. Blessed Feathers opens. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Also: Walk The Moon with On And On at Turner Hall, 7:30 p.m. ($15) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

And: The Daredevil Christopher Wright with Hello Death, and Ida Jo at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($8) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com

And: Martina McBride at Milwaukee Theatre, 8 p.m. ($45-$85) – (5000 W. Kilbourn Ave.)

Sunday, Dec. 2: Trey Songz with Miguel, and Ellie Varner at Milwaukee Theatre, 7:30 p.m. ($50-$100)

By the time he takes the stage Sunday, Trevon Neverson (better known as “Trey Songz” by most R&B fans) will have just turned 28 years old. In addition to things like teething, learning to walk and making the difficult transition from Gerber to solid food, Songz also spent his first 27 years releasing five studio albums, dropping a handful of mix tapes, and collaborating with likes of Soulja Boy and R. Kelly. Not bad! Now touring in support of his single-laden latest album, Chapter V, and awaiting the theatrical release of his first starring role (in next year’s Texas Chainsaw 3D), it appears the young singer’s most productive years somehow still await him. (5000 W. Kilbourn Ave.) 

Also: Jerrod Niemann with Sean Patrick McGraw Band at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($25) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

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