August's can't-miss happenings.
➸ Aug. 4
The Illinois-born indie folk singer has a unique vocal power with electric guitar skills to back it up, both of which will be on display at her Turner Hall debut.
Bleachers, Charli XCX, Borns
➸ Aug. 5
“I Wanna Get Better” rocker and fun. frontman Jack Antonoff brings his show, as well as Charli XCX – the young British pop phenom – to the Rave for a highly danceable night.
Water Liars, Twin Brother, Christopher Porterfield
➸ Aug. 6
One of the city’s beloved small venues, the Cactus Club, hosts two beloved local acts along with Water Liars, a soulful Mississippi three-piece. A great night of music is made better by the intimate confines.
➸ Aug. 7-8
Son Little’s timely, topical and irresistibly catchy blues repertoire might make his Aug. 8 show the best of the month. It should not be missed.
Plein Air at the Fair
➸ Aug. 10
The Wisconsin State Fair is getting into the art business, in a way, by hosting its first-ever plein air competition on Aug. 10. We’re all for bringing a little creativity to this 164-year-old institution.
➸ Aug. 21-23
A jalapeno-eating contest is just the beginning of this dance, art and lucha libre-filled festival, one of the perennial highlights of festival season at Henry W. Maier Festival Park. We recommend you don’t leave your wrestling mask at home.
John Hitchcock: National Sanctuary
➸ Aug. 22-Jan. 29
This accomplished printmaker uses mixed media for thought-provoking, vibrant installations, some of which will be displayed this month at the Museum of Wisconsin Art.