December 16 – January 14
THE RECORD COMPANY
10 p.m. Dec. 31 at The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee; $29.50; pabsttheater.org
Grammy-nominated band The Record Company takes inspiration from the blues, early punk and classic rock. The group is currently touring in support of its album Give It Back to You, and made its live TV debut earlier this year, performing the track “Off the Ground” on TBS’ Conan. The Record Company has shared the stage with artists including B.B. King, Buddy Guy, John Mayer and Social Distortion, and features Milwaukee’s own Chris Vos on vocals, guitar, lap steel, pedal steel and harmonica.
8 p.m. Dec. 29 at the Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee; $50 to $59; paysbig.com
Waukesha’s own BoDeans formed in 1983 and continues to tour year-round. Throughout its career, the band has opened for acts such as U2, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, The Pretenders and David Bowie. In recent years, the band has made a return to its rock origins. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum features the BoDeans in its permanent exhibit of Midwest artists.
GABRIEL SANCHEZ PRESENTS THE PRINCE EXPERIENCE
8 p.m. Dec. 30 at The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee; $25 to $35; pabsttheater.org
Gabriel Sanchez has been portraying Prince in his show The Prince Experience since 2002. The Riverside show features the group performing Prince’s iconic album Purple Rain in its entirety, plus hits such as “Little Red Corvette,” “Kiss,” and “1999” with the full band, as well as special guest appearances.
9 p.m. Dec. 31 at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee; $25, VIP $85; pabsttheater.org
Milwaukee band GGOOLLDD delivers a dreamy synth-pop sound with a stylish, theatrical look. The New Year’s Eve show features the band playing three sets — collaborating with some of Milwaukee’s best artists — along with VJ sets by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee’s Jordan “Madhatter” Lee. The show is also a hometown release party for GGOOLLDD’s new EP Teeth.
8 p.m. Jan. 5 at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee; $15; pabsttheater.org
Twenty of Dane County’s best jazz and rock musicians — including many regional and national performing artists — banded together around their passion for Steely Dan music to form Steely Dane. The group won a Madison Area Music Association award for best cover band in 2015, and includes a four-piece horn section and three background singers — the same configuration as the Steely Dan touring band. The show features both hits and deep cuts.
G. LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE
8 p.m. Jan. 11 at Majestic Theatre in Madison; $25; majesticmadison.com
G. Love & Special Sauce describes its sound as “hip-hop blues.” The band, formed in 1993, is known for its live shows and maintains a steady touring schedule. Its latest release and 10th studio album, Love Saves the Day, was released in 2015 on Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records label.