This Week in Milwaukee: July 13-19, 2017
Summerfest may be over, but there’s no shortage of outdoor music events this weekend.
Thursday, July 13
Ritter @ The Back Room at Colectivo, 7 p.m.
Bastille Days @ Cathedral Square Park
One of the largest French-themed festivals in the country, Bastille Days returns for its 36th year this weekend for another four days of live music, French and Cajun cuisine, roaming buskers, food demonstrations and wine tastings. As always, the event will kick off with a Thursday 5K run-2K walk and will feature a 43-foot-tall replica of the Eiffel Tower. (Through Sunday, July 16.)
Friday, July 14
AURA Music Series:
Abby Jeanne @ Milwaukee Athletic Club, 8 p.m.
Summerfest is done for the year, but another music series is just getting started. For the next eight weeks, the Milwaukee Athletic Club will host a series of free, 21-and-older shows on its gorgeous rooftop. Performers for the AURA Music Series will include a mix of local and national bands, including Goldford, Listening Party and Sidewalk Chalk. For this inaugural installment of AURA’s 2017 season, Milwaukee soul-rock singer Abby Jeanne will show off her incredible, Janis Joplin-sized voice.
Though Milwaukee isn’t exactly known as a haven for contemporary country music, it still has a huge following here. Each year, Cudahy’s City Lounge does its part to help feed the demand for country shows with its City Limits Fest, which this year includes two days of young country artists. Friday’s lineup is headlined by singer Granger Smith, who will be supported by Earl Dibbles Jr., Beaumont James, The Piss Poor Players and The Incident. On Saturday, the band Parmalee tops a lineup that includes RaeLynn, Jay Matthes and Myles Wangerin.
Saturday, July 15
Milwaukee Air & Water Show @ Bradford Beach, 10 a.m.
Possibly the loudest of the city’s many annual summer traditions, this year’s Milwaukee Air & Water Show returns for another two days of zipping, zooming, roaring displays from military and competitive aircraft. This year, the Aeroshell Aerobatic Team, Firebirds X-Treme Team, One Aviation Eclipse Demonstration Team, the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and stunt pilot Bill Stein will be among the many showboats making East Siders close their windows.
Gathering on The Green: Daya @ Rotary Park, Mequon, 7:30 p.m.
This weekend, Mequon’s Rotary Park hosts two concerts with two very different target demographics. For music fans of a certain age, Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald will co-headline a bill on Friday, July 14 at 8 p.m., but the event has lined up a decidedly more contemporary act for Saturday, July 15: rising pop singer Daya. The teenage singer landed a hit with her slinky 2015 single “Hide Away,” but it was as a featured artist with The Chainsmokers that she scored an even bigger smash, “Don’t Let Me Down,” which took home a Grammy this winter for Best Dance Recording.
Brandy Clark w/ Nora Collins @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m.
Sunday, July 16
Elvis Costello and The Imposters @ The Riverside Theater, 7 p.m.
“I had a dream once or so I thought / I’d be a pilot or an astronaut,” Elvis Costello sings on “Oh Well.” “I had a dream like that until I found / Even an astronaut goes into the ground.” These lyrics may be true, but Costello’s prolific music will surely live on forever. The new wave rocker entered the music scene 40 years ago this month with My Aim Is True, and rock ’n’ roll hasn’t been the same since. Costello mixed a moody persona with nerdy social incompetence and pop music mastery into a combination the world ate up. Fans attending his shows these days can look forward to set lists comprised of some of his greatest hits as well as a sampling of the rarer, underrated treasures in the musician’s vast discography.
Monday, July 17
David Dondero w/ Lady Cannon & King Courteen @ Cactus Club, 9 p.m.
Not all great musicians get the consideration they deserve. Indie rock artist David Dondero is one underappreciated talent who, despite acclaim from critics—including NPR, who labeled Dondero one of their 10 “best living songwriters”—really hasn’t garnered an exceptional listening or fanbase. His 20-year-span in the business has been a thriller, though, for both himself and any fans paying enough attention to ride along. Dondero released Inside the Cat’s Eye to stellar reviews this year and is showcasing its beautiful songs on this tour.