Welcome to September: What's happening in Milwaukee this month
Big day No. 1: Sept. 2
Worthwhile shows are coming in bunches this month, kicking off with a clash of spectacles in Milwaukee’s biggest live-music spaces. Over at Marcus Amphitheater, Kiss will spit Viagra-flavored blood all over true believers while Lady Gaga works overtime to kill all erections in a five-mile radius with her unsexy “sexy” performance-art extravaganza at the Bradley Center.
Big day No. 2: Sept. 18
This day is going to make your head explode. The Gaslight Anthem is at The Rave/Eagles Ballroom, Louis C.K. performs at Riverside Theater, Dirty Projectors play Pabst Theater, and the epic Neil Hamburger/Kenny “K-Strass” Strasser double-bill headlines the Cactus Club. There’s also Bay View Bash down on the South Side. Unless cloning technology is finally perfected and mass marketed by mid-September, you’ll have some hard decisions to make.
Big day No. 3: Sept. 24
We’ve already expressed our excitement over the Of Montreal and Janelle Monae show at Pabst Theater, but there's also Jackson Browne at Riverside Theater, Milwaukee's own Call Me Lightning at Club Garibaldi, and Retribution Gospel Choir at Cactus Club. This is also the opening weekend of the Milwaukee Film Festival; we don’t know what’s playing yet (the program will be released Sept. 4 at Made In Milwaukee, which also features a very good local music lineup) but judging from past years, we expect a great slate of soon-to-be award-winning films.
Big day No. 4: Sept. 29
The Strange Boys played one of our favorite local shows of the year back in April; the Austin garage-rock outfit returns for an encore at Cactus Club the same day that the ginormous, Justin Vernon-assisted soft-rock collective Gayngs rolls into Turner Hall for the first date of its fall tour.
Also worth your while
Pavement and No Age at the Pabst Theater on Sept. 14 has been circled on our calendar for months, as have indie-rappers Atmosphere Sept. 9 at Riverside Theater and the free world-music festival Global Union Sept. 25-26 at Humboldt Park.