‘80s Vs. ‘90s: Michael Jackson Birthday Edition
10 p.m. Aug. 21, at the Majestic Theater, Madison. $5, free in Michael Jackson costume. majesticmadison.com.
You can always count on a Majestic ‘80s vs. ‘90s party being a blast, but when it’s a Michael Jackson-themed anniversary bash? It’ll be thrilling, dangerous and “bad” — in the best way. DJs Nick Nice and BROOK will square off with a combination of Jackson’s discography and those of his contemporaries, as well as hosting a moonwalk competition and happy birthday singalong at midnight. Single white glove optional.
8 p.m. Aug. 21 at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Theater, Milwaukee. $59 to $69. paysbig.com.
This Potawatomi show marks jazz singer Al Jarreau’s return to his home city of Milwaukee, but that won’t be the only reason it’ll be a special evening. His latest album, My Old Friend, serves as a tribute to the late George Duke, a kindred spirit to Jarreau who introduced him to the Brazilian jazz style both would become associated with. Duke helped Jarreau get his start in San Francisco, inviting him to join his jazz trio for three years, and that gesture would lead Jarreau to a career full of Grammy wins and numerous other accolades.
Dusty Medical 10th Anniversary Fest
Aug. 27 to 30, multiple locations, Milwaukee. $7 to $15, $42 for a five-night pass.
All those bands you love? They’ve got a record label behind them. And one of the longest-running labels based in Milwaukee, rock and punk label Dusty Medical, has hit its 10th anniversary. This is an occasion certainly worth celebrating, for the label that brought us garage rock band The Goodnight Loving, psych pop group The Midwest Beat, and Reigning Sound frontman Greg Cartwright, among others. Over four days, 17 acts (including the reunited Goodnight Loving) will play sets for the label that helped them get where they are and give Milwaukee a great series of shows in the process. Check out Dusty Medical’s Facebook page for a full list of venues and schedules.
7 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Riverside Theater, Milwaukee. $30, $40 or $50. pabsttheater.org.
One Direction blew up quickly after their tenure on the UK version of The X-Factor, but their closest American equivalent, Fifth Harmony, has been on a low boil since leaving the show in 2012. With “Worth It,” the aggressively feminist summer anthem that’s become ubiquitous on pop radio, the five-person girl group may be finally bubbling over. Time will tell whether they can earn a place alongside the likes of other iconic acts like the Spice Girls or the Pussycat Dolls, but at least for 2015, they’ve got the zeitgeist on lock. Common Kings, Natalie LaRose and Bea Miller open.
7 p.m. Aug. 22 at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy. $36 to $136. livenation.com.
The moving city-state of mind Margaritaville will take root at Alpine Valley this month, bringing with it president-for-life Jimmy Buffett. He and his Coral Reefer Band will return to the venue for a visit with Wisconsin’s Parrotheads, who can expect the usual bounty of classics like “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” “Come Monday” and more. ‘80s blue-eyed-soul outfit Huey Lewis and the News will open.