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Christmas Comes Early
Another great week of shows, holiday related and otherwise

Monday, December 10: El Vez “Mex-mas” at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($15)
Robert Lopez, better known by his stage name of “El Vez,” and his trusty Elvettes have come to town to help Milwaukee have a feliz navidad. The punk rock expatriate and expert Latino Elvis impersonator will set aside his covers of old rock standards and, instead, open his sack of “Mex-mas” songs. It promises to be as unique and entertaining a Christmas concert as you’ll see in Milwaukee this year. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Tuesday, December 11: Stella at Quarter’s Rock ‘N Roll Palace, 9 p.m.

Though we have our doubts that this Stella is the cult classic comedy troupe made up of The State cast members, who knows for sure. Oh, never mind. It’s not them. Still, Quarter’s rarely missteps when it comes to booking, so this otherwise-quiet Tuesday will have some entertainment value – even if it’s not quite as entertaining as Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black and David Wain. (900 E. Center St.)

Wednesday, December 12: Otis Redding Tribute at The Jazz Estate, 9:30 p.m. –

(2423 N. Murray Ave., TheJazzEstate.com)


Thursday, December 13: Sufjan Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long at Turner Hall, 7:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

With all due respect to El-Vez’s Mex-mas, the name Sufjan Stevens carries a tad more cache in the music world. However, Stevens, too, will set aside his various state-themed indie rock favorites in favor of a new moniker and decidedly holiday-themed project, Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long. Tabbed a “Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice,” we can’t be quite sure what to expect, but with any variation of Stevens’ attached, it promises to be very, very good. Sheila Saputo opens. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Kool Keith with Dana Coppafeel and The NightKrawlers at Mad Planet, 8:30 p.m. ($18) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)

And: What Made Milwaukee Famous with The Stone Foxes at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($12) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com

And: John Tesh Big Band Christmas at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. (SOLD OUT) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Friday, December 14: Braid at Turner Hall, 6:30 p.m. ($14)

Remember the ‘90s? Oh, the hyper-color shirts, the garish hairstyles and popularity of the TV show Coach… what were we thinking? But one ’90s sensation that still holds up is the re-united – well, re-re-united – Braid. The Midwestern band was a seminal entity in emo’s second wave. Before splintering off to form Hey Mercedes and The Firebird Band, Braid came together on Frame and Canvas, which is still cited as an essential album within its genre. The band will play the album from front to back, along with some of its other memorable numbers. Into It. Over It, Diamond Youth and Cut Teeth open. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org

Also: Disappears with Football and Drugs Dragons at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com

And: Henhouse Prowlers with Colin O’Brien at Club Garibaldi, 8 p.m. – (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)

Saturday, December 15: The Fatty Acids with Surgeons In Heat, Phox and Canopies at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($8)

If you still need an audio injection of yuletide spirit after the preceding X-Mas events, throw on your ugliest holiday sweater and give yourself the gift of an evening’s entertainment provided by some of the city’s best acts. The Fatty Acids anchor a show that also features recent 88Nine award winners Surgeons In Heat, Phox and Canopies. (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net

Also: Into Arcadia with Midwest Death Rattle at Hotel Foster, 9 p.m. ($5) – (2028 E. North Ave., TheHotelFoster.com

And: Elusive Parallelograms with Young Holidays and Cains And Abels at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

And: Altos with Brokeback at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com

Sunday, December 16: Clay Aiken at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

For a guy whose big break came from being runner-up in a TV contest, Clay Aiken has made the most of the opportunity. Almost one decade, seven studio albums, a handful of hits and millions upon millions of sold records later, the personable North Carolinian is as popular as ever. The already-sold-out casino concert only serves to prove as much. (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

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