Thursday February 10

Brian Lynch Quartet @ Bar Centro, 7:30 p.m.

Presented by the Milwaukee Institute of Jazz, multi-Grammy award-winning trumpeter and educator Brian Lynch returns for a concert in his hometown with Mark Davis on piano, Jeff Hamann on bass and Kyle Swan on drums. Proof of vaccination is required for entry.

Lynch’s resume includes work with legends Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers; Horace’s Silver Quintet; Eddie Palmieri; Phil Woods and Prince. Before the show, Lynch leads a jazz improvisation workshop. Walk-ins for the workshop are welcome, but space is limited. RSVP to reserve a spot. More info here milwaukeejazzinstitute.org/event-details/mji-presents-the-brian-lynch-quartet-in-concert

Lynch also performs Friday with the Bonifas Electric Band on Friday, February 11 at Caroline’s Jazz Club, at 9:30 p.m.

Ogni Suono @ Jan Serr Studio, UWM Peck School of the Arts, 7:30 p.m.

MKE Unplugged presents Ogni Suono. The duo explores “the vast musical, dramatic and theatrical possibilities inherent in the synthesis of saxophone and voice”. Formed by saxophonists Noa Even and Phil Pierick, the duo fearlessly think outside the box, mixing musicality and humor, moving from virtuosity to speech to horns, reminiscent of Sun Ra and nonconformist multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk.


Friday February 11

Erik Koskinen with Long Mama @ Anodyne Coffee Roasting Co., 8 p.m.

Here is a nice double bill from Americana. Erik Koskinen’s songs are reminiscent of a mix of James McMurtry and Robert Earl Keen and his biography aims high, saying he “channels Whitman’s ways and enters with respect into the anthology of ironic songs uniquely crafted with the likes of Woody Guthrie and Ry Cooder while also speaking as clearly as your neighbor.Opener Long Mama features songwriter Kat Wodtke with backing from Andrew Koenig and Nick Lang (Buffalo Gospel) plus bassist Samual Odin (Horseshoes & Hand Grenades.) With 2019’s four-song EP as a place marker, hopefully some new material.




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Shane McAdams, “Greener Pastures LLC” @ The Alice Wilds, 5 p.m.

The opening reception for Shane McAdams’ “Greener Pastures LLC” is an exhibition of recent works named after the landscaping business of the artist’s father. McAdams is a landscape painter in the broadest sense, allowing the physical world to guide his work in both process and content. He is an artist, writer, curator and educator commuting between Brooklyn, NY and Cedarburg; he also runs the Real Tinsel Gallery on Mitchell Street.

Adam Beadel Chews Your Words @ Grove Gallery, 5 p.m.

Milwaukee typographic artist Adam Beadel will be exhibiting his latest great poems, relief prints, Wheel of Fortune woodcut and other typographic marvels at this opening reception. His mysterious Gravity Computer will be displayed along with linocut flowers and keepsake paper hats.

Beadel’s works have all been printed by hand using old wood and lead in his letterpress printing workshop. He takes ideas, words, sentences, even individual letters, and turns them into art. It’s typography like you’ve never seen it before.

Off Broadway USA with Cabin Essence @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m.

Forty years ago, Off Broadway released a pair of albums that rivaled Illinois compatriots Cheap Trick for their sheer rock and roll energy. Seeing guitarist John Ivan in full flight at the time, as the band performed at a bowling alley in Appleton, was a revelation. The resounding and muscular songs “Stay In Time”, “Full Moon Turn My Head Around” and “Automatic” have long been engraved in the canon of power pop. A Milwaukee show in 2008 saw frontman Cliff Johnson with a beautiful voice. With Ivan and Rob Harding, a legit pair of unsung guitar heroes riding a shotgun, that’s about as good as it gets for fans.


Saturday February 12

Mitten Fest @ Burnhearts, noon

In a city of festivals, Mitten Fest is unique. Warm people that we are, a street festival in February is not as far-fetched as it seems. After skipping last year due to the pandemic, the Bayview Festival returns to the corner of Logan and Potter for eight hours of music and partying.

DJ Chris Schulist will spin between acts starting at 1 p.m. with NilexNile, followed by No Seatbelts, Telethon, Guerrilla Ghost and Gego Y Nony. And toast to the late Detroit Cobras vocalist Rachel Nagy, who turned up the heat at Mitten Fest a few years ago.

Many beverage choices will be available: Central Waters Brewery, Bell’s Brewery, Burnhearts Brandyland old fashioneds (with Bittercube Bitters), Tito’s Milk Punch and Valentine’s Coffee; food vendors and a fair of local arts, crafts and makers. Need another reason to come? Burnhearts will also be accepting cash and non-perishable food items for Hunger Task Force as well as clothing donations.


Monday February 14

Bruce Dickinson @ Pabst Theater, 7:30 p.m.

Much more than the singer of Iron Maiden, Bruce Dickinson is also a commercial pilot, New York Times Top 10 bestselling author and international fencer, among others. The first part of this show will be Dickinson taking a humorous and often satirical look at the world from his own very personal perspective, with Iron Maiden anecdotes and experiences encompassing not just the dizzying highs but the extreme lows as well. Part two will be a Q&A from the audience, with Dickinson answering all questions.