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A December to Remember
Phoenix, John Tesh and Maritime highlight a strong week in entertainment

Tuesday, Dec. 10: JC Brooks And The Uptown Sound with Vic And Gab, and Kane Place Record Club at Turner Hall, 6:30 p.m. (FREE)

I’m probably a tad biased, but I’m really going to miss A.V. Club Milwaukee. The locally conscious folks at Turner Hall share the sentiment and are throwing a bash in the honor of the one of a kind Milwaukee institution as well as recently resigned 88Nine program director Mark Keefe. Fittingly, some area talent – in form of JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Vic And Gab, and Kane Place Record Club – are lending a hand. Like The Onion, this show is free of charge. Also like the weekly newspaper, this event won’t be available next week. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Mark Hubing Band at Bremen Café, 9 PM – (901 E. Clarke St., BremenCafe.com)

Wednesday, Dec. 11: John Tesh Big Band Christmas at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($40-$50)

Whether you know him as a musician or from his status as an Entertainment Tonight talking head, you know John Tesh. The world famous keyboard player drops by the Northern Lights Theater for two nights of Christmas with jazzy takes on holiday classics. Maybe he’ll even play his infamous “Roundball Rock” theme for NBC’s NBA broadcasts. (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Also: Emily Earle with Tom Whall at Art Bar, 9 p.m. – (722 E. Burleigh St., artbar-riverwest.com)

Thursday, Dec. 12: Phoenix with Alt-J, Grouplove, and Bastille at The Rave, 7 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
French indie rockers Phoenix have been kicking around Versailles since the turn of the century. Yet it wasn’t until the band’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (which dominated radio waves with “1901” and “Lisztomania”) that the group was transformed into an international success. Proving it wasn’t merely a two-hit wonder, Phoenix followed up the Grammy-conveying album with Bankrupt! earlier this year. Openers Alt-J, Grouplove, and Bastille vault this show to the next level. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Also: John Tesh Big Band Christmas at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($40-$50) (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com

And: The Onion Final Release Party at Mad Planet, 8 p.m. (FREE) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)

And: John Statz with Count This Penny at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 8 p.m. – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Friday, Dec. 13: Maritime with Whips, and Bad Bad Bad at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m.

For boasting members with such renowned local acts as The Promise Ring, Decibully, Cap’n Jazz and The Benjamins, Milwaukee indie rock outfit Maritime is good at staying under the radar. With the band hard at work on a follow-up to 2011’s Human Hearts, Friday’s show should offer a glimpse at some new material as well as satisfying stops from various portions of the band’s sizable and altogether great catalog. New-ish rockers Whips and brand new Bad Bad Bad – which also has Decibully ties – open. And hey, while you’re in Bay View, stop by Blackbird Bar after the concert to catch the end of our Milwaukee Magazine Local Music DJ set. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Also: Arctic Monkeys with Foals, and NONONO at The Rave, 7 p.m. (SOLD OUT) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: Fresh Cut Collective at Fire On Water, 9 p.m. – (518 N. Water St)

Saturday, Dec. 14: Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Plays The Music Of Rolling Stones at Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. ($37.50-$45.50)

This one seems pretty self-explanatory. For Stones fans or people who enjoy the rare occasion a symphony lets its collective hair down, this is an easy way to get satisfaction. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Harmonica Blowout with Jim Libhan, Steve Cohen, and Lil’ Rev at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 8:30 p.m. – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Sunday, Dec. 15: Church Of Misery with Population Control, and Gravedirt at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Also: Mr. Elevator & The Brain Hotel at Quarters Rock ‘N’ Roll Palace, 9 p.m. – (900 E. Center St.)

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