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Milwaukee welcomes a cabin fever cure, folk rock and the dude from Phish

Wednesday, Feb. 5: Trey Anastasio Band at Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

Undoubtedly more famous (or, in some cases, more infamous) as the head honcho of legendary jam band Phish, Trey Anastasio is also instrumental in a number of other projects, including Space Antelope, SerialPod, Bad Hat and Oysterhead, among others. Between Phish tours – or possibly as part of a lengthy break during one of Phish’s never-ending mid-song interludes– Anastasio comes to the Pabst with his unimaginatively named 15-year-old side project, Trey Anastasio Band. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Dr. Dog with Saint Rich, and Moses Sumney at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($19) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

And: The Expendables with Stick Figure, and Seedless at The Rave, 7 p.m. ($19) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Thursday, Feb. 6: Jason Isbell with Robert Ellis at Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($20)

After serving at guitarist for Drive-By Truckers for six years and three albums, Jason Isbell broke away from the band to focus on songwriting again. As a solo artist, the alt-country artisan has churned out four well-received album, the latest of which (last year’s Southeastern) was recorded by Ryan Adams after Isbell went to rehab. It might be his strongest work to date. (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Wild Cub with Hands at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($10) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

And: Sweet Cobra with Buildings, Deleter, and Volunteer at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Friday, Feb. 7: Mason Jennings with Rebecca Pidgeon at Turner Hall 7 p.m. ($20)

For a man of not even 40, Mason Jennings has the musical resume of a rocker twice his age. The Hawaii-born, Pennsylvania-raised and Minnesota-exiled high school dropout totes with him to Turner Hall his extensive catalog of popular albums, his finely tuned activist voice and all the stage presence you can expect from a singer/guitarist who’s been putting out albums for almost half his life. Rebecca Pidgeon opens. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Awkward Terrible with Midwest Death Rattle, and The Welcome at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($3) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

And: The Elementals with Bam Bam And The Gigolos at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK
Saturday, Feb. 8: Burnhearts Mitten Fest 2014

Last year’s inaugural Mitten Fest was such a success, the fine folks at Burnhearts decided to reprise the outdoor festivities again this year. A one-block parcel of Bay View’s Potter Avenue will be transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with rare Wisconsin craft brews, brandy slush and live music provided by The Fatty Acids, Whips, Midwest Death Rattle and Heavy Hand. This is a perfect beginning to Milwaukee’s outdoor festival season… about four months before the next event.

Also: 2 Chainz with Pusha-T, and August Alsina at The Rave, 8 p.m.  ($32-$42) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: Sam Llanas (ex-BoDeans, full band) at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 8 p.m. AND 10:30 p.m. ($10) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

And: The 57’s with 1956 and Jones Island Flood at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: Phylums with Popular Ego, and Pow Wow at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($6) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

Sunday, Feb. 9: Houndmouth with Willie Watson at Turner Hall, 6:30 p.m. ($10)

Houndmouth is a folk outfit sired in rural Indiana and Kentucky. Once a duo, the outfit’s lineup has grown as its notoriety has swelled. Risk a 10-spot on these up-and-comers. Former Old Crow Medicine Show member Willie Watson opens. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: The Robert Cray Band with Mavis Staples at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($60-$70) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)





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