Rarely does the band itself come close to reaching a music club’s capacity, but the Sleighriders push those limits annually during its Christmas fundraiser at Shank Hall. Founded by original Cheap Trick singer Randy Hogan more than 30 years ago, the jolly collection of local musicians numbers around 40 of the scene’s most established names, like Greg Koch, Eddie Butts and Sigmund Snopek. The proceeds from the event benefits Variety, The Children’s Charity of Wisconsin. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
Thursday, December 25: Merry Christmas!
Friday, December 26: Christmas at Club Garibaldi featuring Marielle Allschwang, Jordan Davis, Sean Raasch, Mark Waldoch, George Anachev, Joseph Huber and Connie Ward at Club Garibaldi, 8 p.m. ($5)
Cure the post-Christmas eggnog hangover with holiday solo performances from members of some of Milwaukee’s best bands, including Hello Death, Space Raft, Twin Brother, Celebrated Workingman, Absolutely and Buildings on Buildings. The $5 cover goes straight to the local music summer camp, Girls Rock Milwaukee. (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)
Also: 5 Card Studs with Radio Radio at Anodyne Walker’s Point, 8 p.m. ($10) – (2920 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., AnodyneCoffee.com)
And: Avenues with Hot Dog Attacker and Knuckleduster at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 8 p.m. ($5) – (900 E. Center St.)
Saturday, December 27: Sam Llanas with The Delta Routine at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15)
Since Sam Llanas parted ways with longtime Milwaukee rock cornerstones the BoDeans in 2011, he’s blazed his own trail as a gruff troubadour, releasing a handful of solo albums. His latest, The Whole Night Thru, finds Llanas as formidable and soulful as ever. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
Also: The Dirty Knots with Shirley Green and Moses’ Gun at Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m. – (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)
And: CHIEF with Asatta and Volcanos at Cactus Club, 10 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
And: The Hen House Prowlers at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 9 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
Sunday, December 28: Bruce in the USA at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($20)
Even at 65 years old, Bruce Springsteen still shreds through searing, expansive live shows better than any working musician. If Bruce in the USA, a Boss tribute act, can put on one-half the performance of the real Springsteen, this would be a can’t-miss show. (1032 N. Fourth St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Au Revoir with Ylla, Soul Low and Lost Spirit at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 9 p.m. ($5) – (900 E. Center St.)
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