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GGOOLLDDD with Boy Blue and More
Your week in musical happenings outside the Summerfest gates.

There’s really no sense in competing with the massive black hole that is Summerfest, which as you surely know lasts until Sunday. The bigger—and perhaps smarter— venues have learned to hold off on shows until after The Big Gig sells its final, artery clogging pizza cone, rather than face abnormally weak attendance. But, dammit, since some of the smaller, nobler clubs go ahead with their local music schedules anyway, so will we. (Stand tall, brothers!) If you’d like to stay as far away from the Summerfest Grounds as possible or just quickly tire of all the people-watching and alcohol-induced drama after a day or two, check out these (mostly free!) shows.

Monday, June 30: Cosby Sweater featuring Joel Cummins at Miramar Theatre, 8 p.m. ($10)

The moral principles that Bill Cosby’s everyman father character on The Cosby Show attempted to teach viewers may have worn off in the 20-plus years the television show has been off the air, but everyone still seems to remember the hideous, puffy sweaters Cliff Huxtable wore. So much so that young people now consider those terrible-looking “Cosby Sweaters” de rigueur and will ironically wear them out to parties. A proponent of that trend and many others—see album titles, Hey Girl Hey and #coolstorybro—is the Indianapolis-based jazzy electronic group Cosby Sweater, who offer a jam-band version of EDM. (2844 N. Oakland Ave., TheMiramarTheatre.com)

Also: Metal Monday: Versklaven with Population Control at Frank’s Power Plant, 8 p.m. (FREE) – (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.com)

Tuesday, July 1: Chill on the Hill featuring American Legion Band at Humboldt Park, 6 p.m. (FREE) – (3000 S. Howell Ave., http://www.bayviewneighborhood.org/chill_on_the_hill)

Wednesday, July 2: (Nothing happening today music-wise, but don’t even think about seeing Dave Matthews Band at Summerfest. That’s not music, either.)

Thursday, July 3: Jazz in the Park featuring King Solomon at Cathedral Square Park, 6:30 p.m. (FREE)

It’s smart and refreshing that Jazz in the Park switches up its music genre selection every week instead of adhering to a strict jazz-only mantra. King Solomon hashes out its reggae vibes to Cathedral Square Park this Thursday. Be there, mon. (825 N. Jefferson St., http://www.easttown.com/events/jazz-in-the-park)


Also: Eden with Bloody Diamonds and American Zeros at Riverwest Public House, 8 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

Friday, July 4: GGOOLLDDD with Boy Blue at Milwaukee Boat Line, 9 p.m. ($20)

Cancel your annual Fourth of July plans. Why watch the fireworks from a pedestrian, grassy park when you could be out on the pristine waters of Lake Michigan? Moreover, the Milwaukee Boat Line’s Summer Concert Series features its best line-up this year. So, you can listen to the buoyant, catchy melodies of electro-pop groups GGOOLLDD and Boy Blue while you watch colorful explosives beautifully light up the sky. (101 W. Michigan St., MKEBoat.com)

Also: Dead Man’s Carnival at Miramar Theatre, 8 p.m. ($15) – (2844 N. Oakland Ave., TheMiramarTheatre.com)

Saturday, July 5: Red Mass with Space Raft and Towers at Riverwest Public House, 9:30 p.m. ($5)

It doesn’t get much more punk than the Montreal arty psych rockers Red Mass. The group features a rotating cast of players, ranging from 3-16 at shows, and leader Roy Vucino estimates that 50-60 contributed to the band’s scattershot discography, which includes 34 DIY releases on multiple platforms—CD-Rs, vinyl, cassettes and digital downloads. A new album, A Hopeless Noise: The Story of a Diamond Girl, with guest appearances from Mac DeMarco, King Khan and Mike Watt is due later this year. (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)

Also: Cetascean with  Razor Fist, Shut In and Pansy at Quarters Rock n’ Roll Palace, 9 p.m. ($6) – (900 E. Center St.)

And: Atomic Silhouettes with Head on Electric and Night Hearts at Bremen Café, 9 p.m. (FREE)

Sunday, July 6: Set with Soup Moat, Dagorath and Andy Dale Petty at Quarters Rock n’ Roll Palace, 10 p.m. – (900 E. Center St.)

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