SistaStrings

July 27 – August 12

 

SISTASTRINGS

Noon on Aug. 1 at Peck Pavilion at Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee; FREE; marcuscenter.org

SistaStrings is a Milwaukee-based duo of sisters “using their gifts of music to create social change.” Both members are classically trained instrumentalists. The pair has opened for gospel artists Witness, Virtue and Fred Hammond, and credit their background in gospel music for allowing them to “cultivate improvisation skills and use their instruments as their voice.”

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Ryan Adams

RYAN ADAMS

8 p.m. July 30 at The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee; $45; pabsttheater.org

Ryan Adams first hit the music scene as a member of alternative country band Whiskeytown, but he is best-known for his prolific solo work. He released his debut solo album Heartbreaker in 2000, and since then has put out 15 studio albums, including 2017’s Prisoner; produced albums for Willie Nelson, Fall Out Boy and others; and collaborated with artists such as Weezer, Norah Jones and more.

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Les Claypool of Primus

PRIMUS

7:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at The Rave in Milwaukee; $32.50 to $100; therave.com

Primus came out of San Francisco in the 1980s with an unmistakable sound, and bassist and vocalist Les Claypool takes a unique approach to his instrument and songwriting that have kept the group nearly impossible to categorize. The band has put out eight studio albums, been nominated for a Grammy, and even recorded the original theme song for the Comedy Central TV show South Park. Maryland-based hard rockers Clutch open the show.

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Chris Isaak

CHRIS ISAAK

8 p.m. Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 at The Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee; $70 to $80; paysbig.com

7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Capitol Theater in Overture Center in Madison; $65 to $85; overturecenter.org

Chris Isaak has been called “the Roy Orbison of the 1990s” because of his crooner-styled vocals and reverb-heavy guitar sound. He has been twice nominated for a Grammy award and is best known for his hit “Wicked Game.” Isaak’s most recent release is 2015’s First Comes the Night, which was the artist’s first album of new material in six years.

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Chris Schlarb of Psychic Temple

PSYCHIC TEMPLE

9 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Cactus Club in Milwaukee; $10; cactusclubmilwaukee.com

Formed in 2010 by bandleader Chris Schlarb in Long Beach, California, Psychic Temple has explored avant-jazz territories, as well as folk and soul music, with National Public Radio calling the band “boundary-less.” Psychic Temple’s latest album, IV, was just released.

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Banditos

BANDITOS

8 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Back Room @ Colectivo Coffee in Milwaukee; $15; pabsttheater.org

Formed in 2010 in Birmingham, Alabama, Banditos toured the United States for four years before signing with Bloodshot Records and releasing its self-titled debut album in 2015. The band’s music features honky-tonk, country, soul, psychedelic and garage rock influences, with “backwoods bluegrass, slinky nods to Muscle Shoals soul and unexpected bits of doo-wop sweetness.” The group released a new album, Visionland, in 2017.

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