Mule tour is coming to town
AFTER a debut in January ’92, opening for Urge Overkill in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Detroit underground roots-rockers Mule toured relentlessly. The band copped opening gigs for Cop Shoot Cop, Tad, L-7 and Pearl Jam, without even the push of having a CD out. The band then teamed with Firehose and Barkmarket for a West Coast tour in ’93.
Mule comes to the Unicorn, 300 W. Juneau Ave., 10:30 p.m. Saturday. 2/4 Cover is $6. Kill Creek and Front of the Truck open.
A benefit show will be held for the late country-blues performer Matt Staiduhar, whose stage name was Matt Taylor. The show will feature Larry Lynn, Sam McCue, Jeff Dagenhardt, Daniel Janick, the group Stars & Stripes and other guests. Staiduhar died Oct. 27 after a robbery/assault on the Northwest Side on Oct. 22. He was in a coma for several days before dying. The Staiduhar family organized this event to raise money for the hospital expenses they incurred.
The benefit takes place from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Embassy Suites Hotel, 1200 S. Moorland Road, Brookfield. Tickets are $7 in advance and can be purchased by calling 774-8754, 464-2251 or (414) 335-1593 (West Bend).
Former Semi-Twang front man John Sieger now a Nashville resident performs unplugged with his new outfit, Mysterioso, 9 p.m. Sunday at Gil’s Espresso Bongo Lounge, 2608 N. Downer Ave. Cover is $3.
Mysterioso is a hybrid of Sieger’s current and past connections, and features Nashville vets Bill Dwyer on guitar and Lorne Rall on bass, along with local keyboardist Bob Jennings and John Carr from Blue in the Face. The Globe nightclub, 2028 E. North Ave., boasts a busy weekend bill: Industrial rockers Sometime Sweet Susan play a pair of shows Friday for all ages at 6:15 p.m. and a drinking show at 10:15, with Neil Diamond/Patsy Cline tribute hipsters Lightning & Thunder to follow at 11:15. Cover is $5.
Saturday: The Globe hosts an all-ages bash at 6 p.m. with local- gone-national rappers Gumbo, with Chocolate Cowz opening. The 10 p.m. drinking show features the experimental jazz outfit Milwaukee Creative Music Ensemble, with Highball Holiday opening. Cover is $5 for both shows.
The two days also will serve as “The Citizen King Expo Weekend,” in which the band’s new “Brown Bag LP” CD will be unveiled.
Shank Hall, 1434 N. Farwell Ave., hosts a busy and eclectic week of shows:
Tonight, corn-on-the-macabre rockers Marilyn Manson play an all-ages show with Voo Doo Machine at 7:30 p.m. ($10 in advance, $12 at the door).
Friday: Pet Engine comes to the club, with Spock the Novelist opening at 10 p.m. Cover is $5.
Saturday: Blue in the Face brings its heavily arranged pop to the club with Miles Zero opening at 10 p.m. Cover is $5.
Sunday: A Bob Marley birthday show with Chicago’s Aswah Greggori and the Enforcers at 8 p.m. ($5 in advance, $7 at the door).
Monday: Supreme jam band NRBQ hits Shank with Paul Cebar & the Milwaukeeans opening at 8 ($10 in advance; $12 at the door).
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