Monday, December 29: Juiceboxxx with Sat. Nite Duets and WebsterX at Hotel Foster, 9 p.m.
Milwaukee ex-pat and energy drink hawker Juiceboxxx has a chip on his shoulder. A disastrous performance for a local TV station ended up going viral and the internet collectively described Juiceboxxx as the worst rapper alive—an exaggerated claim, to be sure. Nevertheless, watch the scrawny rapper salvage his cred as an energetic, in-your-face performer Monday night at the Hotel Foster with the just-as-hungry WebsterX and slack rockers Sat. Nite Duets.(2028 E. North Ave., TheHotelFoster.com)
Also: Tran-Siberian Orchestra at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. ($30-$69.50) – (1001 N. 4th St., BradleyCenter.com)
Tuesday, December 30: Local H with The Life And Times at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15)
The Zion, Ill. natives Local H emerged with the hit single “Bound to the Floor” in 1996, just a few years too late. Their follow-up album, Pack Up The Cats, earned heaps of praise from critics, landing in Spin Magazine’s Top 20 Albums of 1998. Village Voice music critic Robert Christgau had this to say: “At first I was just glad to ascertain they weren’t a fluke. Now I think they’ve gone and made themselves the straight rock album of the year.” But alternative rock had already moved onto post-grunge and nu-metal by the time Local H hit its stride, resulting in the band never getting the following it deserved. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
Also: BoDeans at The Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($39-$49) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)
Wednesday, December 31: Trampled By Turtles with Har Mar Superstar and Fever Dream at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($43.75)
The city’s nightlife establishments pull out all the stops to throw a big party to wrap up the year, lining up unlimited drink and food packages to entice possible attendees. The Riverside Theater may not offer the best drink deal—$98.75 for general admission and an open bar—but its impressive entertainment selection is unmatched among the other New Years’ Eve options on Wednesday night. Countdown the clock to midnight with the help of some talented friends up north, including Duluth, Minn.’s bluegrass/folk-rock five-piece Trampled By Turtles, the spirited Minneapolis R&B singer Har Mar Superstar and minimalist synth-pop singer/songwriter Fever Dream. (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)
Also: US Male with Midnight Reruns at Art Bar, 10 p.m. – (722 E. Burleigh St., ArtBar-Riverwest.com)
And: BoDeans at The Northern Lights Theater, 8 p.m. ($39-$49) – (1721 W. Canal St., PaysBig.com)
And: The Get Down at Turner Hall Ballroom, 9 p.m. ($60) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
And: The Fatty Acids with I’m Not A Pilot and Parallel at Cafe LuLu, 10 p.m. ($15) – (2265 S. Howell Ave., LuLuBayView.com)
And: Towers with Crappy Dracula and DJ Bubbles at Tonic Tavern, 9 p.m. ($5) – (2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., TonicTavern.com)
And: Stellar Spark 12 featuring Carnage, Brillz, Sound Remedy, DJ Funk, Beni Haze, Hitmen, DJ Casey Lee, Tista, Kedzie and D-Ski at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($55-$63) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
Thursday, January 1: Happy New Year!
Friday, January 2: Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15)
Kick off the new year in style with Milwaukee’s resident Cajun music connoisseur Paul Cebar and his backing band Tomorrow Sound in the cozy confines of Shank Hall. His latest record, Fine Rude Thing, is a collection of funky, soulful tunes from one of the city’s finest songwriters. (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)
Also: Wir Können with estates, Live Tetherball Tonight and Stifle at Cocoon Room, 8 p.m. ($5) – (820 E. Locust St.)
And: Awkward Terrible with Surgeons in Heat, Suzie and Carroll at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 10 p.m. ($5) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
And: Scrimshaw with The Olives, New Boyz Club and The Gnar at Bremen Cafe, 9 p.m. (FREE) – (901 E. Clarke St., BremenCafe.com)
Saturday, January 3: Zappa Fest featuring Gozortenplat, Dr. Chow’s Love Medicine, The Tempermentals and Chava’s Revenge at Club Garibaldi, 9 p.m.
In what’s become an annual tradition, local musicians pay tribute to one of rock ‘n roll’s most iconic figures, Frank Zappa, on Saturday night at Club Garibaldi. While the charismatic Zappa died in 1993, the cultish devotion toward the songwriter and his eclectic music tastes has only deepened with time. (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)
Also: Antler House with Jay Anderson & Friends and Kalki at Frank’s Power Plant, 9 p.m. ($5) – (2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., FranksPowerPlant.com)
And: The Appalachians with Bron Sage and Eagle Trace at Cactus Club, 9:30 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)