Weekend Checklist: Happy Birthday, Dynamiters, Blind Shake, and a birthday party

Who says climate change doesn't exist? It's been a week full of tropical sweat and torrential downpours that have been keeping us inside where it's nice and cool, and we're all about to burst. Let's make this weekend all about rocking and rolling no matter what the weather! Don't worry about the pit stains, it's not like you're going to church (unless you are.) Here's a quick list of shows that are a great reason to give the heat a big fat bird...


Show of the night has to be Triple Rock hosting SubPop recording artists Happy Birthday, (from Vermont, featuring members of King Tuff). This band's infectious 60's garage-influenced pop is smart, wry, sincere, catchy, and rocking all at the same time. With Residual Echoes and Voytek, 18+, 9 PM, $8.00.

Need to hit more than one spot? Looking for something a little more folky, a little more Americana? Head east to the Turf Club for the Jennifer Markey & The Tennessee Snowpants CD release show, with guests Ol' Yeller and The Gleam, 21+, 9 PM, $5.00.

Or, head west to 7th Street Entry for Northern Howl, 18+, 9 PM, $6.


The Turf Club is hosting a no-cover-charge party/wedding reception for Jess and Dusty (the Hold Steady's guitar tech), and with heavy hitters The Dynamiters and The Blind Shake playing, there's never been a better wedding reception to crash. Dusty's band Voytek is also rumored to be playing, if they aren't too drunk, and the ever mysterious Very Special Guests. 21+, 9 PM, FREE!

7th Street Entry hosts Milwaukee's Brief Candles, 18+, 9 PM, $8.

Kings Go Forth and Chooglin' are rocking the walls of the Cedar Cultural Center down, AA, 7 PM, $12.


On this day of rest, head down to the Triple Rock for the 8/2 Crew bash, a celebration of everyone born on August 2nd (including bartender/D4 guitarist Billy Morrisette, and door guy Big Dave), and join the fun of burning off the last few hours before their mutual birthday.

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