Monday, Aug. 26: John Hiatt And The Combo and Josh Krajcik @ The Pabst Theater, 7 p.m.
John Hiatt is an old hand: A former Nashville songwriter for Tree International Records, he snagged a record contract of his own after Three Dog Night popularized his song “Sure As I’m Sittin’ Here” in 1974. Although he doesn’t get the same recognition as icons like Randy Newman and Warren Zevon, a long list of cover versions by everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Iggy Pop is a testament to his songwriting. His 25th album, My Kind Of Town – a live performance from 1993 – came out this year. (144 E. Wells St., pabsttheater.org)
Tuesday, Aug. 27: Todd Rundgren @ The Pabst Theater, 7 p.m.
Whether they know it or not, Wisconsinites love Todd Rundgren. That’s because he wrote “Bang The Drum All Day,” a song synonymous with another thing every true beer-drinking, cheese-eating Wisconsinite loves: Packers’ touchdowns. Of course, there are a lot of other reasons to love Rundgren – he’s released 21 original albums and produced twice as many, making him one of the most ubiquitous pop stars of the last 50 years. He appears at The Pabst Tuesday in support of his newest album, State. (144 E. Wells St., pabsttheater.org)
Also: Diana Ross @ The Riverside Theater, 6:30 p.m. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., pabsttheater.org)
Wednesday, Aug. 28: Howie Day @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m.
Considering that he hasn’t released an album since 2009, I’m going to assume that Howie Day’s appearance at Shank Hall Wednesday is just an aftershock of his massively successful 2004 sap-fest “Collide,” which still puts a lump in my throat, eight years after Freshman homecoming. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., shankhall.com)
Thursday, Aug. 29: Harley-Davidson 110th Anniversary Celebration @ Summerfest Grounds (through Saturday, Aug. 31):
Featuring 60 bands over three days at the Summerfest grounds, the Harley-Davidson Anniversary music festival is like if all the headliners from the Big Gig were crammed into one weekend. The lineup is surprisingly diverse, featuring stuff I assume bikers will love, like Aerosmith and Kid Rock, as well as familiar “indie” names like the The Whigs and Chance The Rapper, and classic rock like John Fogerty and The Doobie Brothers. Locals Semi Twang and Trapper Schoepp And The Shades will also get in on the action.
Also: The Delphines with Shiloh, Paper Holland and Jane Rose And The Deadend Boys @ Frank’s Power Plant, 9 p.m. (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., frankspowerplant.com/)
And: Ivy Spokes with The Balconies and Midwest Death Rattle @ Mad Planet, 9 p.m. (533 E. Center St, mad-planet.net)
Friday, Aug. 30: The Violet Hour with Resist Her Transistor and Heartthrob @ Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m.
This will be the official release show for The Violet Hour’s sexy, snarly debut album Not Haunted, and for many, the first chance to see the songs live. They’ll be joined by girl punk group Resist Her Transistor and the shoegaze-poppers Heartthrob, which just released its excellent WMSE session for free on Bandcamp. From top to bottom, a great night of local rock. (815 E. Locust St., riverwestpublichouse.wordpress.com)
Also: Panoramic And True with Pushmi-Pullyu @ Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m. (2501 S. Superior St., clubgaribaldis.com)
Photo courtesy of Brian Slawson Photography
Saturday, Aug. 31: Kane Place Record Club with Wax Addicts and Video Villains @ Linneman’s, 10 p.m.
Between frenzied performances at seemingly every street festival in town this summer, Kane Place Record Club found time to settle down and finish a new self-titled record, one that our own Tyler Mass describes as “30 minutes of booming and infectious vocals, creative arrangement, and a just plain great rhythm section that coalesces into something deserving of a spin at your next record club meeting and beyond.” Kane Place will celebrate the record’s release Saturday night at Linneman’s, with help from Wax Addicts and Video Villains. (1001 E. Locust St., linnemans.com)
Also: Jaill with Rose Windows and Old Earth @ Cactus Club, 9:45 p.m. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclub.dostuff.info)
And: Adam Ant @ Turner Hall, 7 p.m. (1032 N. 4th St., pabsttheater.org)
Sunday, September 1: Def Harmonic with Kid Millions & The Sounds Of Time @ Cactus Club, 9 p.m.
They may not be as active as they once were, but hip-hop duo Def Harmonic has no doubt left its mark on the city. Comet Café, for instance, is cooking up a Def Harmonic-themed veggie burger for the upcoming WMSE Food Slam. This rare show is sure to attract a crowd, especially with the extended Labor Day weekend. They’ll be joined by Kid Millions, who released a new self-titled EP with The Sounds Of Time in July. (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., cactusclub.dostuff.info)