Welcome to July: What's going on in Milwaukee right this month
The best of Summerfest
If you haven’t ventured out to Summerfest yet, don’t worry: You haven't missed much. Back when we ranked the days of Summerfest, four out of our top five choices were July 1-4. The best of the bunch is July 3, which features Modest Mouse, Levon Helm, Rush, and A.V. Club Milwaukee favorite Avi Buffalo. You’ll also want to venture out tonight for two of the strongest side-stage headliners, The Hold Steady and The Roots. (Find the rest of the lineup here.)
WMSE isn’t making it easy for people to skip town July 15-18 in order to attend the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago. This year’s Radio Summercamp is the station’s most stacked festival yet: Band Of Horses, Neon Indian, and Liars are some of the bigger names playing RSC events, which take place at scores of venues all over town. Check out a complete schedule here; look for more coverage in a few weeks at A.V. Club Milwaukee.
Delectable double bills
We’re big fans of opening acts this year, and we fully expect our list of memorable support bands in 2010 to grow this month. In the case of the July 28 Blitzen Trapper show at Turner Hall, we’re actually far more excited about previously drooled-over openers Avi Buffalo. Another great opener this month is garage-pop band Harlem, which opens for The Dead Weather July 29 at The Rave/Eagles Ballroom after playing one of our favorite Milwaukee gigs of the year at Mad Planet in May. Other great double-bills in July include emerging singer-songwriters Nathaniel Rateliff and JBM July 22 at Club Garibaldi, and gutbucket rockers Heartless Bastards with Twin Cities buzz-band Peter Wolf Crier July 26 at Turner Hall.
Who has $200 for Neil Young? Everybody!
Lots of people grumbled last month when tickets for the July 30 Neil Young concert at Riverside Theater topped out at nearly $200. And you know what? The show sold out weeks in advance anyway. For those who can spare the money, Young’s current tour is certainly worth seeing; A.V. Club Milwaukee saw him back in May in South Carolina, and while the new songs he played were marred by dopey lyrics that sounded made-up five minutes before he walked on stage, Young's early-’70s chestnuts (played on both acoustic and electric guitar) were reliably awe-inspiring.