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Music roundup for Aug. 29, 2013

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Kareesa Wilson, Special to the Gazette
August 28, 2013

Shooter Jennings at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, Majestic Theatre, 115 King St., Madison. Tickets: $20. Call 608-255-0901.

Shooter Jennings is a chip off the old block. The 34-year-old son of late country music star Waylon Jennings does his old man proud.

A successful musician in his own right, Shooter's sound is country tempered by occasional forays into rock 'n' roll. His 2005 debut album, “Put the 'O' Back in Country,” peaked at No 26 on the Billboard country charts.

Jennings made five more albums after that, the most recent being “The Other Life,” which came out earlier this year. The album's first single, “Wild & Lonesome,” debuted on the television show “Sons of Anarchy.”

Shooter frequently collaborates with other musicians, including his father when he was alive, Deana Carter and the Oak Ridge Boys. Jennings portrayed his father in the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic “Walk the Line.”

Kid Rock at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 31, Marcus Amphitheater, Milwaukee Summerfest grounds. Tickets: $24.50-$79. Call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

After 15 years of rock 'n' roll, Kid Rock is still having a party.

Born Robert Ritchie, the 42-year-old singer/songwriter started as a rapper and hip-hop performer in the 1990s. His career really took off in 1998 with the release of his album “Devil Without a Cause.” Since then, he has posted impressive stats: five Grammy Award nominations, more than 30 million albums sold worldwide and the reputation of being the top-selling male solo artist of the last decade.

Perhaps the first to successfully blend rap, rock, hip-hop and country, Ritchie has made his singular sound infectious. He has racked up a regular hit parade with such songs as “Bawitdaba,” “American Bad Ass,” “Let's Ride” and “All Summer Long.” 

He also scored a hit collaborating with Sheryl Crow on the 2001 song “Picture.”

Kid Rock's concert is part of Harley-Davidson's 110th anniversary celebration in Milwaukee.

Michael Franti & Spearhead at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, The Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. Tickets: $27.50. Call 414-286-3663.

Michael Franti and his band, Spearhead, are musicians on a mission.

Franti is known for taking a stand against war and the death penalty, and for bringing attention to social problems. But that doesn't mean he doesn't know how to have fun. The 47-year-old songwriter, musician and writer's sound is a melting pot of hip-hop, rock, funk, jazz and folk. The result is an unusual sound for an unusual band.

The group's 1994 debut album, “Home,” set it apart and included the hit song “Stolen Moments.” Franti & Spearhead have released seven more albums, including this year's “All People.”



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