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Savages, Siberians and Screech
A strange wintry mix of music comes Milwaukee's way this week

Wednesday, Dec. 26: Heather Maywood at Art Bar, 9 p.m. (722 E. Burleigh Ave., Artbar-Riverwest.com)

Thursday, Dec. 27: Slumpbuster, Blue In The Face, and Testa Rosa at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($10)

Featuring the always-solid Testa Rosa and a pair of other acts, this holiday-adjacent show is of the benefit variety, as proceeds will go to Hunger Task Force. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

Also: 7 On 6 at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)


Friday, Dec. 28: John The Savage, The Fatty Acids, and Drugs Dragons at Cactus Club, 10 p.m.

All good things must come to an end. For eclectic, all-its-own, vaudevillians John The Savage, the end was pretty much already nigh, as lead… we’ll call it “singer” Mike Skorcz spent much of his 2012 on the road as tour support for Jaill, and the band’s show schedule slowed to a coma. Friday’s show puts a period on John The Savage’s memorable existence, with the band playing its final show, and giving a proper release to a near-posthumous album. Making this goodbye show all the more of a must-attend affair are the likes of openers Drugs Dragons and The Fatty Acids. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Also: Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound with Sam Llanas at Shank Hall, 9 p.m. ($15) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

And: Zappa Fest at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Saturday, Dec. 29: Dustin Diamond’s Bayside Bash (with DJ James Freshluggage and DJ Dori Zori) at Turner Hall, 8 p.m. ($12)

Though this event is only loosely music-related, it’s tough to resist the allure of a past-prime Dustin Diamond (likely better known to you as Saved By The Bell’s lovable dork Screech) grasping onto his last shreds of relevance by hosting a bash. Now a Port Washington native, the tumultuous Diamond-anchored event is a local event that’s difficult to match, both in terms of entertainment value and sheer oddity. The bash offers attendees an opportunity to meet Sir Screech himself. Area DJs Dori Zori and James Freshluggage will lend a musical component to the zany, nostalgic and semi-sad proceedings. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Little Blue Crunchy Things with Elastik Waste Banned at Shank Hall, 9 p.m. ($15) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

And: Midwest Death Rattle and Gloomsday at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

Sunday, Dec. 30: Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Bradley Center, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. ($30-$68)

If the month-plus of Christmas music everywhere, holiday gatherings, shopping-related stress and awkward family functions aren’t enough, Trans-Siberian Orchestra slides down the Bradley Center’s almost assuredly asbestos-laden chimney to deliver the yuletide deathblow by way of dramatic holiday rock epochs. (1001 N. 4th St., BradleyCenter.com)

Also: The Marked Men with Bad Sports, Tenement, and Phylum at Club Garibaldi, 8 p.m. – (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)

And: Mary Ann Miller and Athas at Brocach Irish Pub, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. respectively (FREE) – (1850 N. Water St., Brocach.com)

Monday, Dec. 31: BoDeans at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 10 p.m. ($39-$59)

Ringing in the New Year to the sweet sounds of the BoDeans was an enticing option… when the year being welcomed in was 1996. After that, Party Of Five was cancelled, hit number two never arrived and the veteran Waukesha band’s appeal shrunk to a Milwaukee County-sized chunk of the country. Realizing as much, the BoDeans will play “Closer To Free” and (assuming any exist) other songs from its catalog in an upbeat casino theater show. (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Also: Stellar Spark 10, Excision/Datsik at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($39.50-$45.50) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: The Fatty Acids with WC Tank at Art-Bar, 9 p.m. ($10) – (722 E. Burleigh Ave., Artbar-Riverwest.com)

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