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Experience Hendrix, And Much More
A tribute, Jennifer Nettles, and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. anchor the week in MKE music

Tuesday, March 11: Brett Dennen with Foy Vance at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($20)

At just 34, Brett Dennen has amassed a career of a musician well beyond his years – in terms of both volume of work and quality. With seven releases under his belt (including 2013’s Smoke and Mirrors) in 10 years, the folk rocker is set apart from his brethren in a well-represented genre by way of his incredible vocal range and altogether upbeat catalog. Foy Vance opens. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Thursday, March 13: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($15)

Among the best band names in music today (and possibly ever), Detroit eclectic indie rock outfit Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. offers much more to listeners than its hilarious nomenclature. With five well-received releases – three EPs and two full-lengths – in just over four years as a band and avid touring, the band’s popularity has stretched well beyond the Motor City. Even namesake Dale Earnhardt Jr. is a fan, as he gave the band the blessing to keep using the name also held by two generations of racing royalty. The band also shot some hoops at the Bucks practice facility – with Zaza Pachulia-like efficiency – in the latest Cream City Soundcheck installment. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: David Garrett with Martynas at Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. ($35-$49.50) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

And: Pale Horse at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 8 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

And: Tallymore at Mitchell Park Conservatory Domes, 6:30 p.m. – (524 S. Layton Blvd., County.Milwaukee.Gov)

Friday. March 14: Jennifer Nettles with Brandy Clark at Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. ($35.75-$45.75)

You probably know her better as the decidedly more feminine half of world renowned country music duo Sugarland, Jennifer Nettles was the bandleader of the aptly-named Jennifer Nettles Band in the early 2000s prior to joining up with the Grammy-nominated country force. This year, she struck out solo again (though Sugarland is still alive and kicking) with That Girl, which hit number one on the US Country Billboard charts (five on the regular US charts) in January. Brandy Clark opens. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Semi-Twang with Will Phalen at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

And: Caley Conway & The Lucy Cukes (EP Release) with Cat Ries, Lady Cannon, and Dupond Dupond at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 8 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

And: Caroline Smith with The Right Now! at Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m. – (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com

And: MKE Punk Fest Day 1 at Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall, 6 p.m. ($5, $8 two-day advance) – (1920 S. 37th St., Beer-Hall.com)

Saturday, March 15: Collections Of Colonies Of Bees with Bad Bad Bad at Cactus Club, 10:30 p.m.

With roots in seminal late-’90s and early aughts acts such as Pele and Decibully, not to mention having members currently joining forces with Justin Vernon in the outstanding super group Volcano Choir, Milwaukee instrumental outfit Collections Of Colonies Of Bees has been traversing all corners of the sonic landscape since 1998. Though COCOB has lost Jon Mueller (who’s focusing on his Death Blues project and Volcano Choir) and Thomas Wincek (who also plays with Volcano Choir, as well as All Tiny Creatures), the veteran instrumentalists are still treating listeners to the band’s no-rules rock experimentation with (sparing) shows and occasional releases, most recently 2011’s GIVING. Bad Bad Bad – a new band, which has direct connections to Decibully, Def Harmonic, Proenemy, and Plexi 3 – opens. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com

Also: Gaelic Storm at Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. ($29.50) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

And: Slightly Stoopid with Mariachi El Bronx, and The Grouch & Eligh at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($25-$30) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com

And: R.A.S. Movement with Hood Smoke at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($12) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

And: Nick Moss with The Delta Routine at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($10) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com

And: MKE Punk Fest Day 2 at Kochanski’s Concertina Beer Hall, 6 p.m. ($5, $8 two-day advance) – (1920 S. 37th St., Beer-Hall.com)

Sunday. March 16: Experience Hendrix 2014 Tour at Riverside Theater, 6:30 p.m. (SOLD OUT)

Jimi Hendrix might be the most talented person to have ever plucked a guitar. Despite passing away in 1970 at just 27 years of age, Hendrix’s body of work is still widely appreciated and greatly influential, even to those born long after his death. While we can no longer experience Hendrix in the literal sense, a stacked bill of incredible guest guitarists will do their best to pay tribute to the unparalleled axe wielding of the fallen rock legend. Just some of the collaborators include Buddy Guy, Zak Wilde, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Dweezil Zappa (Frank Zappa’s son), and members of Los Lobos and Stevie Ray Vaughn’s backing band. Not surprisingly, this show is sold out, but the tour is returning to the Riverside on April 4. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Whiskey of the Damned with Beer City Hearts at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($10) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

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