Roundup: Marielle Allschwang, Wisconsin State Fair, and more

A pair of album release shows this weekend in Riverwest highlight this week in live music. Plus: Wisconsin State Fair acts from Sugar Ray to Kenny Rogers.

Monday, August 10: Casting Crowns with For King & Country at Wisconsin State Fair Park, 7:30 p.m. ($25-$35)

Monday night’s Wisconsin State Fair headliner sounds like the Counting Crows, but don’t be fooled, they are definitely not the Counting Crows. You won’t find any dreadlocks on the members of Casting Crowns, a seven-piece Christian rock band formed in 1999 by at-the-time youth pastor Mark Hall, though the band has outperformed the Crows this millennium, as four of its six studio albums have gone platinum. While they’ve seemed to fly under the radar, if you’ve been in a Cracker Barrel recently, you may have heard their latest record Glorious Day – Hymns of Faith, which is available exclusively at the southern cooking restaurant/store. (640 S. 84th St.,

Tuesday, August 11: The Plurals with Dirty Mugs, Sin Bad and Electric Pariah at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 9 p.m. – (900 E. Center St.)

Wednesday, August 12: Sugar Ray with Better Than Ezra, Uncle Kracker and Eve 6 at Wisconsin State Fair Park, 7:30 p.m. ($25-$35)

The dream of ‘90s pop rock is alive at the Wisconsin State Fair on Wednesday, as former commercial radio titans Sugar Ray (“Fly,” “Every Morning,” “Someday”), Better Than Ezra (“Good”), Uncle Kracker (“Follow Me,” “Drift Away”) and Eve 6 (“Inside Out”) attempt re-live the past on Under the Sun Tour. These ‘90s nostalgia tours don’t seem to be stopping anytime soon, so there’s perhaps no urgency to catch any of these bands, who will undoubtedly play Summerfest for years to come. (640 S. 84th St.,

Thursday, August 13: Noah Guthrie with Gabe Dixon at Shank Hall 8 p.m. ($10)

The singer-songwriter/actor Noah Guthrie became a minor internet sensation for bluesy covers of pop songs (his take on LMFAO’s “Sexy And I Know It” has more than 23 million views on YouTube) before appearing on the sixth and final season of Glee. The freshly 21-year-old singer brings the original songs from 2013’s Among the Wildest Things to Shank Hall this Thursday. (1434 N. Farwell Ave.,

Friday, August 14: (Orb) (album release) with Dogs in Ecstasy, NO/NO and DJ Armahn the Hammer at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 10 p.m.

The latest release from the local boutique label Gloss Records (one of two this week, see Saturday) comes from the diligent synth-rock duo (Orb). Debut full-length Inside Voices finds singer/synth player Jeff Graupner and drummer Henry Chern (both formerly of Terrior Bute) occupies a space between intergalactic cosmic wonder and a sloppy, beer-soaked basement show. (1001 E. Locust St.,

Inside Voices by (ORB)

Also: Body Futures with Hungry Man, Megamaul and the Glacial Speed at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St.,

And: Uncommon Nasa with Skech185, Taiyamo Denku, AUTOMatic, Nightkrawlers, Derill Pounds and Son Em All at Cactus Club 9 p.m. ($5) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,

Music Notes Show of the Week

Saturday, August 15: Marielle Allschwang (album release) with Spirit Writing at Company Brewing, 10 p.m.

One-sixteenth of rock ensemble Group of the Altos, member of haunting folk outfit Hello Death and the unrelenting, powerful voice to Death Blues’ Ensemble performance at Alverno Presents in January (while she battled a cold, no less), Marielle Allchwang celebrates the release of her brilliant, disquieting solo debut Dead Not Done this Saturday at the recently-opened Company Brewing. (735 E. Center St.,

Also: Bright Kind with Sin Bad, Monica LaPlante and Murder Shoe at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St.,

Sunday, August 16: Kenny Rogers at Wisconsin State Fair Park, Wisconsin State Fair Park, 6 p.m. ($25-$35)

While the 76-year-old soft rocker taught a generation the unspoken rules of playing cards for money, he inadvertently stumbled upon a song that gets stuck in your head for days. (640 S. 84th St.,



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.