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This Week Not in Summerfest
While the world's largest music festival dominates the local scene, there are other great options.

Although Summerfest dominates the Milwaukee music schedule between June 26 and July 7, a variety of other performers are taking the stage throughout town during this period. If metal bleacher standing isn’t your bag, check out some of these non-Summerfest shows.

Tuesday, June 25: 5 Card Studs at Chill On The Hill, 6:30 p.m. (FREE)
Practical joke turned viable novelty lounge act 5 Card Studs have the concept to get people in the seats and the musical chops to make people pay attention. The Studs make for prime hill chilling with lighthearted and well-executed renditions of Vegas strip classics that almost all ages can enjoy. (Humboldt Park, Bay View)

Also: Gospel Truth with Ultrathin, and Drugs Dragons at Quarter’s Rock ‘N Roll Palace, 9 p.m. – (900 E. Center St.)

And: Evangelicals with Companion at Mad Planet, 8 p.m. ($10, half goes to Red Cross) – (533 E. Center St, mad-planet.net)

Wednesday, June 26: The Delta Routine at River Rhythms, 6:30 p.m. (FREE)
Milwaukee garage rock outfit The Delta Routine has been on the receiving end of its fair share of good local fortune. The perennial WAMI nominee is a mainstay on the main stage of numerous Milwaukee festivals. Hell, the band even serves as the audio accompaniment for Packers and Brewers tailgating-themed TV commercials. Though things seem to be going better for The Delta Routine with each year, that undeniable local success isn’t undeserved. While it’s not without its issues, the band’s latest – 2012’s Cigarettes & Caffeine Nightmares – is flush with hooks, catchy guitar licks and toe-tapping bluesy goodness. (Pere Marquette Park)

Also: Tristan Royalty Squad at The Hotel Foster, 7 p.m. – (2028 E. North Ave., thehotelfoster.com)

And: Nude Beach with Midnight Reruns at Quarter’s Rock ‘N Roll Palace, 9 p.m. – (900 E. Center St.)

Thursday, June 27: Natty Nation at Jazz In The Park, 6 p.m. (FREE)
The pride of Madison, Natty Nation totes its established catalog of easy-going reggae jams to Cathedral Square to provide breezy audio accompaniment to outdoor wine consumption. (Cathedral Square Park)

Also: Trolley with Liv Mueller at Circle-A Café, 8 p.m. (932 E. Chambers St., circle-a-café.org)

And: Brian Lynch Quartet at The Jazz Estate, 9:30 p.m. – (2423 N. Murray Ave., JazzEstate.com)

Friday, June 28: She & Him with The Chapin Sisters at Riverside Theater, 7 p.m.
Zooey Deschanel can do it all. “The New Girl” leading lady and inquisitive Siri pitchwoman also fancies herself something of a musician. With the help of Portland legend M. Ward, Deschanel’s patented warbly voice shines in their sideband She & Him. The group makes its return to Milwaukee for the first time since playing the first (and only, to date) Verge Music Festival in 2010. The Chapin Sisters open. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., pabsttheater.org)

Also: Dudestorm with Ahab’s Ghost and Drumlins at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)

And: Ivy Spokes with Isle Of Rhodes, and Fossils at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) –  (815 E. Locust St., riverwestpublichouse.wordpress.com)

Saturday, June 29: 6th Annual Burnhearts/Pabst Street Party (with Braid, Mama Digtown’s Brass Band, The Championship, Fable & The World Flat, and DJ Why B), noon (FREE)
Remember the ’90s? Oh, the hyper-color shirts, the garish hairstyles and popularity of the TV show Coach… what were we thinking?!? But one ’90s sensation that still holds up is the newly re-united – well, re-re-united – Braid. The Midwestern band was a seminal entity in emo’s second wave. Now back in full swing and writing new material, Braid makes its first trip to Milwaukee since its under-attended December show. Also enriching the already-great block party is the likes of Mama Digtown’s Brass Band, The Championship and Fable & The World Flat. (Corner of Logan and Potter in Bay View, event listing)

Also: Breadfest Day 1 (with D’Amato, Awkward Terrible, Animals In Human Attire, Victor Shores, Temple, Moaded, Kyle Thomas Smith, Fahri, The Reptilian, Gauss, Alta) at Jackpot Gallery, Cocoon Room and Stonefly Brewery from 3 p.m. to midnight ($5 per show, $10 for all three shows, $15 weekend pass) – (event listing)

And: Scarring Party with Hello Death, and Jon Mueller at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., riverwestpublichouse.wordpress.com)

Sunday, June 30: Breadfest Day 2 (with Absolutely, Old Earth, YLLA, Lord Brain, Outside, Soul Low, Calliope, Like Like The The The Death, Midwest Death Rattle and Outside Lions) at Jackpot Gallery, Cocoon Room and Quarter’s Rock ‘N Roll Palace, 3 p.m. to midnight ($5 per show, $10 for all three shows, $15 weekend pass)
If you seek a weekend escape from Summerfest, but still want a heavy dose of quality live music, be sure to check out the inaugural Breadfest. This Fest – the pet project of Breadking collective – takes place at four Riverwest venues and focuses on the local, DIY punk scene. While Alice Cooper is scaring up fun across town, Milwaukee heavy hitters such Absolutely, Old Earth, Calliope and Midwest Death Rattle cap off the second day of what looks to be a great Summerfest alternative. (event listing)

Also: Caveman at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclubmilwaukee.com)

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