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From Gambino to Garfunkel
Milwaukee is musically lucky this St. Paddy's week

Monday, March 17: Whiskey of the Damned with Beer City Hearts, and The Atomic Spins at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($10)

If you’ve had your fill of green-tinted beer and “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” swag, celebrate the St. Paddy’s season at Turner Hall with vaunted celtic rockers Whiskey of the Damned, who will release its new album Monsters Are Real in this fitting Irish holiday showcase. Beer City Hearts and The Atomic Spins open. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Squeezettes at Riverwest Public House, 7 p.m. (FREE) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

Tuesday, March 18: Islands with Escondido, and Jaill at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($12)

Eclectic Montreal-based indie rock quartet Islands has been gaining acclaim since its great 2005 debut, Return to the Sea. However, the band known throughout North America has yet to play a show in Milwaukee in its nine-year run. That changes Tuesday, when Islands—fresh off the semi-recent release of last year’s Ski Mask—drops by Mad Planet. Escondido, which played Conan less than a year back, and local heavy-hitters Jaill join the bill. (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)


Also: One Night Of Queen at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($35-$45) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

And: Flag Signals with Amanda Huff, Philippe Nash, Travis Whitty, and Michael Gerlach at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 8:30 p.m. ($3) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Wednesday, March 19: One Night Of Queen at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($35-$45)

Sadly, Freddie Mercury’s untimely death spelled the official end of Queen in 1991 (it’s technically active still, but c’mon!). Close to 25 years later, the band is still as beloved and relevant as it was in its heyday. There are even some tribute bands that have spawned in Queen’s honor. Gary Mullen and The Works will rock you with covers of the legendary super group’s greatest hits. Ironically, this is the second night of One Night Of Queen. (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Also: Fifth Harmony with Shealeigh at Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($20) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

Thursday, March 20: Art Garfunkel at Vogel Hall, 8 p.m.

The definitive second-ranking name—both in the order and in terms of respect—in seminal folk duo Simon and Garfunkel, Art Garfunkel carries his legend he’d earned in his six-Grammy, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee project to Milwaukee. Since he and Simon split, Garfunkel managed a decent (though overshadowed) solo career, he wrote music for Broadway productions and sunk to the depths of depression before climbing out again. While his curly locks are long gone, his voice has lowered an octave of two and Mrs. Robinson would probably be in her nineties by now, the 72-year-old is still a must-see if you have the means. (www.marcuscenter.org)

Also: The Sing-Off Live at Pabst Theater, 5:30 p.m. ($35.50) – (144 E. Wells St., PabstTheater.org)

And: Hi Jinx Festival with Annie B & The Complication, Ruben Klavers, King Washington, and Calamity Janes and the Fratney Street Band at Club Garibaldi, 7 p.m. ($7) – (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)

And: WAR (performing with Cheech & Chong) at Riverside Theater, 7 p.m. ($49.50-$59.50) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

Friday, March 21: Childish Gambino at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($30.50-$35.50)

Donald Glover can do it all. The former 30 Rock writer, stand-up comic and Troy Barnes himself on Community left the oft-hiatused NBC sitcom earlier this season to focus on his true passion: rapping. Though he (under the moniker Childish Gambino) juggled acting and hip-hop when he released 2011’s Camp, the intensity was amped up with late-2013 follow-up Because the Internet, which has garnered generally unfavorable reviews. While you’d likely rather see him clowning around with Abed on primetime television, Glover is an undeniable entertainer, even in his second or third best creative venture. (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Also: BRIT FLOYD at Riverside Theater, 6:30 p.m. ($35) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)

And: Run Boy Run at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($10) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)

And: Burning Sons with Midwives, and Skategoat at Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m. – (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)

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

Saturday, March 22: Equinox Music Festival at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 8:30 p.m. ($7)

Spring will finally arrive this weekend, and to mark the Earth’s twice-annual occurrence of no axis tilt a variety of homegrown (and Oshkosh) acts will ring in the season with music. Shoot Down The Moon, The Atomic Spins, The Traveling Suitcase, Elusive Parallelograms, and Lee Kitzman will take the stage, likely with a little spring in their step. Goodbye, winter. You were the worst. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Also: Siegel-Schwall Band at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($25) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

And: No Bueno with Party Beefs, and Andy D at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: Billy Currington with Brett Eldredge, and Chase Rice at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($30) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

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