Fresh off a show at Summerfest, Milwaukee’s Shonn Hinton & Shotgun brings its exceptional musical chops and diverse style to Live at Peck Pavilion’s Tuesday Lunch Concert series. When he formed the group in 2014, Hinton says he “wanted the hard-hitting drumming that’s rooted in rock, bass playing that provokes the feeling of Detroit soul, sweet twang, with dirty guitar playing and singing that puts you in the mind frame of a Baptist preacher.” The group’s debut album, Long Live Shotgun, was released earlier this year. Hinton has been performing on the Milwaukee scene for more than a decade now and has played with such artists as Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Jill Scott.
12 p.m. Aug. 9 at Peck Pavilion, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee; FREE; marcuscenter.org
One of Milwaukee’s most beloved writers and poets, Dasha Kelly, will offer an intimate performance excerpted from her latest work. Her new novel Almost Crimson tells the story of a young woman who came of age caring for a severely depressed mother, struggling to forge a better future for herself. At this unique event, Kelly will immerse guests into scenes from that novel, weaving her story under a starry summer sky.
At the Marcus Center’s rooftop Fitch Garden, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee. Tickets are $23 and can be purchased at marcuscenter.org or 414-273-7206.
7 p.m. Aug. 4
George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue is one of the most iconic pieces of music ever created. And for Gershwin, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. The composer, often in conjunction with his brother Ira, created a seemingly endless bounty of tunes in the heyday of Tin Pan Alley, including “S’Wonderful,” “The Man I Love” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will pay tribute to all those, and many more, in this Pops concert featuring guest pianist Michael Chertock, vocalist Lisa Vroman and conductor Michael Krajewski.
At the Marcus Center, 929 N. Water St. Tickets range from $22 to $102 and can be ordered at mso.org or 414-291-7605.
8 p.m. June 5 and 6, 2:30 p.m. June 7
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When a violinist as gifted as Itzhak Perlman comes to town, it’s a must-hear event. Perlman has become one of the most recognizable classical musicians performing today, playing with most major orchestras and performing solo at occasions including Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration. Most of his shows in Milwaukee have been sellouts, and this program, featuring Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, might follow that same pattern.
At the Marcus Center, 929 N. Water St. Tickets range from $47 to $157, and can be purchased at mso.org or 414-291-7605.
7:30 p.m. April 28
One pink wrestling mask is all it takes to launch Luchadora!, a coming-of-age tale making its world premiere at First Stage Children’s Theater. The show’s protagonist, Vanessa, finds the mask in her Nana’s briefcase and, as she explores its origins, we follow her into a world of lucha libre wrestling, both in 1950s small-town Texas and present-day Milwaukee.
At the Marcus Center, 929 N. Water St., Milwaukee. Tickets are $12 to $32 and can be ordered at firststage.org or 414-273-7206.
April 10 to April 26
OUT ON THE TOWN
This year’s celebration of Dr. King is dedicated to the same principle as Milwaukee’s first, more than three decades ago: to keep his legacy alive by highlighting Milwaukee youths’ interpretations of his life and words. Kids and teens will be honored for their entries in the annual art, speech and writing contests, with cultural arts organizations featuring performances from the Aarabhi Indian Dance School, Ballet Folklorico Nacional, Dnipro Ukrainian Folk Dance and Xalaat Africa Drum and Dance for Life.
At the Marcus Center, 929 N. Water St. Free. Visit marcuscenter.org for more details.
1 p.m. Jan. 18
The acclaimed touring revival of Anything Goes sails into Milwaukee to kick off the New Year. The original Cole Porter musical has been reworked a number of times over the decades since its 1934 premiere, but this Tony Award-winning production keeps the things that make it work: madcap romantic hijinks at sea, larger-than-life characters and a score that includes some of musical theater’s greatest songs, from “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “You’re the Top” and back to the title track itself.
At the Marcus Center, 929 N. Water St. Tickets range from $25 to $95. Go to marcuscenter.org or 414-273-7206.