August 10 – August 26
8 p.m. Aug. 13 at The Riverside Theater in Milwaukee; $49.50 to $154.50; pabsttheater.org
Called “the Streisand of her generation” by the Denver Post, actress, singer, and songwriter Idina Menzel first gained notice for her performance in the Broadway musical Rent. She was also starred in Wicked, for which she won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Menzel appeared in the television series Glee from 2010 to 2013, as well as in the 2007 Disney film Enchanted — and she provided the voice of Queen Elsa in Disney’s 2013 animated musical Frozen, in which she sang the Oscar and Grammy Award-winning song “Let It Go.” She released her fifth solo studio album, idina, in 2016.
8 p.m. Aug. 25 at Shank Hall in Milwaukee; $10; shankhall.com
Nashville-based Steel Woods has a distinctly Southern sound — parts Americana, country, rock, folk and more — and “traces an unbroken line from Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams through Willie and Waylon, then the Allmans, Blackfoot, The Band and Tom Petty, up through contemporaries like Kings of Leon and the Avett Brothers.” The band released its debut Straw in the Wind in May.
WMSE PRESENTS: MKE PUNK FEST 7
Various starting times Aug. 12–26 at various venues in Milwaukee; single show admission, $5–$7 (depending on venue), six-day passes, $20; mkepunkfest.com
MKE Punk Fest is a multiday festival that “proves punk isn’t dead.” The festival offers more than 60 acts over six days at various venues, including Quarters, The Local, Brewed Café and Puddler’s Hall. Aug. 12 features a night of comedy hosted by Tyler Menz of The Goodnight Milwaukee Show. Festival headliners include Dirty Reggae Punx (featuring members of Green Jelly) and Walk Among Us (the only punk-rock piano tribute to the Misfits). MKE Punk Fest also includes a food drive for Hunger Task Force.
WILSON CENTER GUITAR FESTIVAL
9 a.m.–10 p.m. Aug. 17, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Aug. 18–19; at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield; Daytime activities, FREE; headliner performances range from $30 to $71. wilson-center.com
The Wilson Center Guitar Competition and Festival celebrates its fifth year. Headliner performances include Beijing Guitar Duo, Mike Dawes and Antoine Dufour and Kevin Eubanks. The multi-genre competition — rock/blues, classical, finger-style and jazz — showcases up-and-coming guitarists. Daytime activities include live semifinal and final competition rounds, master classes, a rare guitar exhibit, leading industry vendors, and a screening of the film Acoustic Uprising.
8 p.m. Aug. 20 at The Rave in Milwaukee; $25; therave.com
Buckcherry formed in Anaheim, California, in 1995, and is known for hits such as “Lit Up” and “Crazy Bitch.” The name Buckcherry is a spoonerism of Chuck Berry, but the band has said it was inspired by an acquaintance of the group, a drag queen named Buck Cherry. The band has toured in the past with artists such as Lenny Kravitz and AC/DC, and has released seven studio albums, including its most recent, Rock ‘n’ Roll, in 2015.