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Top 7 Ways to Have a Musical St. Paddy’s Weekend in Milwaukee

Since St Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday this year, there’s no end to the ways you can spend the holiday in Milwaukee. To narrow the never-ending choices, here are 7 different options to enjoy your March 17 seeing live music.

  1. The Andrew Koenig Band with The Bill Camplin Band at Walker’s Point Anodyne Coffee

Thriftones bassist Andrew Koenig takes center stage as the guitarist and singer of his signature blues band, which also features harmonica player Benny Rickun, drummer Bob “Hot Dog” Mueller, and bassist Kurt Koenig. Milwaukee music scene veteran Bill Camplin, who has been playing folk music for more than 40 years, rounds out the bill.

  1. The DUIs with Self Destruckt, Mud Dog and ZÖR at Frank’s Power Plant

Frank’s Power Plant hosts a St. Paddy’s Day Punk Extravaganza featuring inherently sloppy beer punks The DUIs, Kenosha’s punk throwbacks Self Destruckt, the scuzzy Mud Dog and gruesome newcomers ZÖR.

  1. Static Eyes at High Dive

Hardcore band Static Eyes celebrate the release of a 7-inch (via Madison’s Kitschy Manitou Records) with a free show at High Dive. The timing of the new song “The Thaw” couldn’t be more fitting, as the snow from this week’s storm should be melting with the warmer temperatures this weekend.

  1. Here Come the Mummies at Turner Hall Ballroom

Prefer St. Patrick’s Day to be a little spooky? Here Come the Mummies brings a little Halloween atmosphere to Milwaukee with a green-hued performance from the undead funk ensemble on Friday night.

  1. Piles with Red Stuff and Blue Unite at Riverwest Public House

Post-punk band Piles headline a release party for new album Expeller on Friday night in Riverwest. The 8-track record—a follow-up to 2015’s catchy Planet Skin—balances noisy guitar riffs with earnest melodies.

  1. Gaelic Storm at the Pabst Theater

What better way to celebrate the Irish-themed holiday than with a performance from Celtic rock musicians Gaelic Storm? Raise your pint glasses and sway to the group’s modern take on traditional Irish folk music, which, naturally, includes some drinking songs. Sláinte!

  1. Vince Staples at The Rave

One of the most captivating voices in current rap music, Vince Staples’ Def Jam debut record, 2015’s Summertime ’06 contains complex and stark ruminations on growing up in the hood. This week the rapper announced the full-length follow-up, Big Fish Theory, which still has no release date. The first single, “BagBak,” finds Staples spitting political protests over a subterranean beat.

 Stream of the Week

Back from hiatus with a reformed and extended line-up, folk rockers Twin Brother returned with a new single last week—the first material from the group’s 2014 album Swallow the Anchor (frontman Sean Raasch released a solo album in the intervening time). “Heywood” showcases the band’s embrace of more expansive sonic territory. The additional elements aren’t forced into the mix; rather these newfound moving parts find their way in with grace and subtlety. You can catch this new iteration of Twin Brother perform at Club Garibaldi on Saturday, March 18.



Kevin is a freelance writer residing in Milwaukee. He’s contributed to The Shepherd Express, Third Coast Daily, Pop Matters and the sadly now-defunct A.V. Club Milwaukee. He looks forward to forging a deeper connection with the city’s impressive music scene during his gig as a Music Notes blogger. His talents include music criticism, riding a bicycle, drinking tasty beers and a crafty croquet swing. His weaknesses comprise Jean-Claude Van Damme movies, professional wrestling and his ever-growing record collection. He’s in desperate need to find more physical (and hard drive) space for the exceptional albums Milwaukee musicians keep churning out.