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Festival of Notes
Riverwest Fest brings some sparkle to this pre-holiday week of music.

Tuesday, Dec. 18: Cory Chisel And The Wandering Sons and Blessed Feathers at Turner Hall, 7 p.m.
Two of the Wisconsin’s finest folk rock groups will make short trips to Turner Hall Tuesday for a night of not-quite-local music. Appleton’s Cory Chisel And The Wandering Sons released its second album, Old Believers, in June and appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman” in July. Blessed Feathers of West Bend is coming off the release of the excellent Peaceful Beast In An Ocean Of Weeds and a string of gigs in New York City for the CMJ Festival. Both bands are definitely going places, but on Tuesday you won’t have to go far to see them. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)   

Thursday, Dec. 20: Milwaukee Laptop Orchestra at Sugar Maple, 8 p.m.
Like a free jazz Girl Talk, the Milwaukee Laptop Orchestra manipulates laptops to make sparse, improvised soundscapes sure to get the tech-nerds jumping. (441 E. Lincoln Ave., MySugarMaple.com)

Friday, Dec. 21 and Saturday, Dec. 22: Riverwest Fest III
Christmas comes early for local music fans in the form of Riverwest Fest, a sprawling, two-day extravaganza that will feature a whopping 65 bands spread across nine venues. In its third year, the Fest is bigger, better and more eclectic than ever, with music from all over the grid, and, for the first time, the map. No matter which Riverwest watering hole you wander into this weekend, you’re in for a treat. Check out a complete schedule here.

Sunday, Dec. 23: Old Earth and Lisa Ridgely at Tonic Tavern, 9 p.m.
Old Earth is Oak Creek’s Todd Umhoefer, spinner of haunting, sinisterly beautiful folk. This year’s A Low Place at the Old Place was recorded in his grandparents’ empty home, and is just as dark and yearning as its title and back-story suggest. His work should translate well to the dark intimacy of Bay View’s Tonic Tavern. (2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., www.tonictavern.com)

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