Tuesday, June 18: Wake Owl with Blessed Feathers @ The Pabst Theatre, 7 p.m.
For fans of rustic, melodic folk rock, it’s hard to imagine a pairing better than Vancouver’s Wake Owl and Appleton’s Blessed Feathers. The avian-minded bands sound strikingly similar, with songs that evoke forests and lakes and a time of year when breath is visible. And, for what it’s worth, Colyn Cameron of Wake Owl could be Donivan Berube’s fedora-wearing, guitar-strumming twin. (144 E. Wells St., pabsttheater.org)
Also: Brett Newski with John Davy @ Bremen Café, 9 p.m. (901 E. Clarke St., bremencafe.com)
And: La URSS @ Quarter’s Rock ‘N Roll Palace, 9 p.m. (900 E. Center St.)
De Le Buena photo by Angela Morgan Photography
MUSIC NOTES SHOW OF THE WEEK
Wednesday, June 19: River Rhythms: De La Buena @ Pere Marquette Park, 6:30 p.m.
Summerfest may be the crown jewel of Milwaukee summers, but the hidden gems are its free outdoor concerts, held weekly and featuring diverse, all-local talent. If you like Jazz In The Park and Chill On The Hill, you’ll love River Rhythms, which happens Wednesdays at Pere Marquette Park in Westown. This week features the ecstatic Latin stylings of De La Buena, known to induce compulsive salsa dancing in individuals whose knowledge of the style doesn’t go beyond Tostitos.
Also: Leon Russell @ The Pabst, 7 p.m. (144 E. Wells St., pabsttheater.org)
And: Dreamland Faces @ Circle-A Café, 8 p.m. (901 E. Clarke St., bremencafe.com)
Thursday, June 20: Old 97’s with Trapper Schoepp and the Shades @ Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m.
In another great local/national pairing by the Pabst, locals Trapper Schoepp and the Shades will support their alt-country forefathers Old 97’s at Turner Hall. Of course, that’s not to say that Schoepp and the Shades are strictly local – they’ve been making waves all over the country since signing to SideOneDummy and touring with The Wallflowers. It will be the band’s first local show in a while. (1032 N. 4th St., pabsttheater.org)
Also: Ladysmith Black Mambazo @ The Pabst, 6:30 p.m. (144 E. Wells St., pabsttheater.org)
And: Maps & Atlases with Everest and Mutts @ Mad Planet, 9 p.m. (533 E. Center St, mad-planet.net)
Friday, June 21: Portgual. The Man with Guards @ The Pabst, 7 p.m.
Tireless Portland rockers Portgual. The Man have quietly released seven good albums since 2006, and even though they jumped to the majors in 2010 via Atlantic, a big break still eludes them. That might change with Evil Friends, thanks to production by Danger Mouse and a calculated attempt at a more accessible sound. The indie rock vets will be joined by buzzed-about newbies Guards. (144 E. Wells St., pabsttheater.org)
Also: Logic & Raze with The Hollowz, The NightKrawlers and Kiings @ Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclub.dostuff.info)
And: Okka Fest @ Sugar Maple, 9 p.m. (441 E. Lincoln Ave., mysugarmaple.com)
Saturday, June 22: Summer Soulstice Music Festival @ North Ave. and Murray Ave., 12 p.m.
This year’s East Side festival boasts a local music lineup that rivals last weekend’s Locust Street Days. Three stages on North and Murray Avenues feature some of Milwaukee’s finest, including Klassik, Delta Routine, Hayward Williams and De La Buena. The whole lineup is stacked, but we’re most excited for the return of three groups we haven’t heard from in a while: Animals In Human Attire, Juniper Tar and Canopies.
Also: Zebras with Stinking Lizaveta and Honey Get The Gun @ Cactus Club, 10 p.m. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclub.dostuff.info)
And: The Delphines with Heartthrob and Sat. Nite Duets @ Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. (815 E. Locust St., riverwestpublichouse.wordpress.com)
Sunday, June 23: Nato Coles with No Bueno! and Sex Forecast @ Bremen Café, 7 p.m.
Prolific Twin Cities songwriter Nato Coles is originally from Brooklyn, but his rock ’n’ roll portraits of Midwestern life (e.g., the romping “I-94”) suggest that he’s adjusted to the Heartland just fine, absorbing Springsteen, Mellencamp and CCR along the way for a sound that feels authentic and completely natural. He’ll be joined by locals No Bueno! And Sex Forecast for a free show that may be one of the week’s best. (901 E. Clarke St., bremencafe.com)
Also: Okka Fest @ Sugar Maple, 3 p.m. (441 E. Lincoln Ave., mysugarmaple.com)