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Truckers, Trouts and a Birthday Bash
Spring brings great tunes Milwaukee's way

Monday, March 24: The Championship with Josh Berwanger, and Joseph Huber at Cactus Club, 8 p.m.
After going to SXSW to play a solo set and support Jayk on guitar, Joe Crockett is back in Wisconsin and is once again at the helm of his longtime folk band The Championship, which opted against making the trip to Austin for the festival. Kansas City songwriter Josh Berwanger (formerly of The Anniversary) and Joseph Huber (of defunct Milwaukee bluegrass magnates .357 String Band) are also on this great Monday night bill. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

Tuesday, March 25: Schpongle with Desert Dwellers at The Rave, 7:30 p.m. (two tickets for $18) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

Wednesday, March 26: Drive-By Truckers with Blitzen Trapper at Turner Hall, 6:30 p.m. ($25)
Southern fried rockers Drive-By Truckers started kicking their distinct guitar-driven jams since the mid-’90s. More than 20 releases, nine departed members and hundreds of shows since the band’s Georgian roots, Drive-By Truckers are still behind the wheel. Long-tenured indie folkers Blitzen Trapper open. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Ricky Nelson Remembered with Matthew and Gunnar Nelson at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($10-$20)(1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Thursday, March 27: Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-a-Whirl Band at Potawatomi Casino’s Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($20-$25)
Texas-born blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan has plucked strings with Bo Diddley, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and, of course, his younger brother Stevie Ray. The guitarist has opened for Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, and is even the namesake of a Fender Stratocaster guitar. While his now-deceased little brother still overshadows him, Vaughan is still a legend in the very specific blues-rock realm. Unlike most Potawatomi bookings, he’s in town for one night only. (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)

Friday, March 28: Soul Low with Caley Conway and the Lucy Cukes, hosted by comedian Sammy Arechar at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m.
Between playing in about half a dozen bands, running a flyer business, hosting shows at his house and co-founding Breadking Collective, Myles Coyne is a component of the Milwaukee music scene that should be celebrated. It’s only fitting that his “Bitchin’ Birthday Bash” also betters the scene. Coyne booked Soul Low along with Caley Conway and the Lucy Cukes to help celebrate his age odometer rolling over. Funnyman Sammy Arechar will host and Wax Addicts will spin. (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

Also: Purling Hiss with Technicolor Teeth, Dogs In Ecstasy, and Platinum Boys at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: James Vincent McMorrow with Adrian Knight at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($15) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

And: Milwaukee Underground Film Festival featuring Lost Spirit, Absolutely, and Dinny Bulca at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Saturday, March 29: Lousy Trouts (album release) with Calamity Janes at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9:30 p.m. ($5)
Speaking of Breadking bands, the Lousy Trouts boasts a capable cast that includes members of Animals In Human Attire, Ugly Brothers and Myles Coyne & The Rusty Nickel Band. The new-ish folk project is set to release its 10-song debut album. Calamity Janes opens. (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)

Also: IROCK-2 (10 Anniversary Show) with Ramma Lamma, and The Size 5’s at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

And: Juicy J with Travis Scott, and Project Pat at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($31-$37) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)

And: Scarring Party with Heartwarmer, and The Flood at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

Sunday, March 30: Yellow Ostrich with Pattern Is Movement at Turner Hall, 7 p.m. ($10)
Brooklyn – by way of Appleton’s Lawrence University and Prairie du Chien – Alex Schaaf has found his bedroom project Yellow Ostrich quickly gain widespread acclaim in indie rock circles as the project added on three new members. While scantly more than four years old, Yellow Ostrich has released 11 combined albums and EPs, including 2014’s Cosmos and a 2010 concept EP about Morgan Freeman. Pattern Is Movement opens. (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)

Also: Spirit Caravan with Pilgrim, and Asatta at Cactus Club, 8 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)

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