September 9 – 23
8 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee; $55 to $95.50; pabsttheater.org
Often referred to as “the Little Ol’ Band from Texas,” ZZ Top formed in Houston in 1969 and has featured the same line up — guitarist/lead vocalist Billy Gibbons, bassist/vocalist Dusty Hill, and drummer Frank Beard — since 1970. The band is known for its blues-based sound, clever lyrics, and iconic music videos in the ’80s. ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.
CHICKEN WIRE EMPIRE
7 p.m. Sept. 14 at Good City Brewing Hall in Milwaukee; $15.92; goodcitybrewing.com
Milwaukee’s own Chicken Wire Empire blends contemporary sounds with traditional roots, resulting in “heartfelt harmonies and earthy acoustic tones that feel like home.” The bluegrass/Americana group was established in 2014, and features Ryan Ogburn on mandolin, Jordan Kroeger on upright bass, Jon Peik on banjo, Ernest Brusubardis IV on fiddle and Greg Brundage on guitar.
8 p.m. Sept. 17 at The Pabst Theater in Milwaukee; $55 to $75; pabsttheater.org
Canadian singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot helped define the folk-pop sound of the ‘60s and ’70s, and is known for hits such as “Sundown,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” and “If You Could Read My Mind.” The artist has spent more than five decades in the music industry, received 16 Juno Awards and was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1986.
THE FLAMING LIPS
7 p.m. Sept. 18 at The Rave in Milwaukee; $42 to $52; therave.com
Grammy-winning group The Flaming Lips is known for its lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, with elements of space rock — and unusual song and album titles. The band’s elaborate live shows feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, large amounts of confetti — and frontman Wayne Coyne’s signature man-sized plastic bubble, in which he traverses the audience.
8 p.m. Sept. 21–22 at The Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino in Milwaukee; $55 to $65; paysbig.com
Grammy award-winning Jonny Lang has built a reputation as one of the best live performers and guitarists of his generation. The blues artist released his first platinum-selling record Lie to Me at the age of 16 and has supported or performed with music legends such as the Rolling Stones, B.B. King, Aerosmith and Buddy Guy.
8 p.m. Sept. 23 at Shannon Hall at the Wisconsin Union Theater in Madison; $25; uniontheater.wisc.edu
Rapper, singer, and flutist Lizzo is known for her outspoken social activism and upbeat pop anthems, which blend chart-toppers, gospel and hints of hip-hop. She has been called “the new queen of body-positive self-acceptance anthems” by Entertainment Weekly. Lizzo has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, and released her first major-label EP Coconut Oil in 2016.