Music roundup for Aug. 28-Sept. 3, 2014

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By Kareesa Wilson, Special to The Gazette
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Preservation Hall Jazz Band at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, Turner Hall Ballroom, 1040 N. Fourth St., Milwaukee. Tickets: $29.50. Call 414-286-3663.

The Crescent City’s premier music ambassador, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, is New Orleans street music at its best. This venerable group is the house band for Preservation Hall in the French Quarter.

The band formed in the 1960s and continues today as a showcase for the classic jazz made famous in New Orleans. The band plays half the year in the Big Easy and tours the other half. The current lineup includes Ben Jaffe, son of the original founders, along with Mark Braud, Charlie Gabriel, Ronell Johnson, Joe Lastie Jr., Freddie Lonzo, Clint Maedgen and Rickie Monje.

Four years ago, Preservation Hall Jazz Band released the album “Preservation: An Album to Benefit the Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program,” which featured a variety of guest artists including Tom Waits, Pete Seeger and Andrew Bird. The band recently worked with the Foo Fighters on their new album, “Sonic Highways.”

Journey at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, BMO Harris Pavilion, 200 N. Harbor Drive, Milwaukee. Tickets: $45.50-$250. Call 414-286-3663.

Forty years after forming, this Journey is far from finished.

The 1970s and ’80s rock band got its start in 1973 in San Francisco. The band’s biggest hit, the 1981 song “Don’t Stop Believin’,” remains popular today and in 2009 became the highest-selling catalog track in iTunes history. Journey went on to release several more hit singles and albums, including “Open Arms” and “Frontiers.” More than 15 of its songs have made it into the Top 40.

Journey’s pop-rock sound and over-the-top anthems make the band an audience favorite. The current lineup is frontman Neal Schon, bassist Ross Valory, keyboardist Jonathan Cain, drummer Deen Castronovo and singer Amel Pineda.

Yanni at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, The Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Tickets: $49.50-$59.50. Call 414-286-3663.

Yanni is the New Age music guru of the past three decades.

Born Yiannis Chryssomallis in Greece, he shot to fame in the 1990s during the dawn of modern New Age music. His flowing hair and taped concert at the Acropolis made him a household name and the butt of many jokes, but his mass appeal and undisputed musical genius gave him the upper hand.

Yanni’s singular blend of jazz, classical and world rhythms never found a home on the radio, so he gained fame for doing live performances in historical venues, such as the Taj Mahal and China’s Forbidden City. His 1993 concert at the Acropolis became the second best-selling music video in history and earned him several Emmy nominations.

Yanni has made more than a dozen No. 1 albums and has sold more than 20 million records. His 17th album, “Inspirato,” features Placido Domingo. It was released earlier this year.

Hilltop Hoods at 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, Majestic Theatre, 115 King St., Madison. Tickets: $13-$15. Call 608-255-0901.

This Australian hip-hop group turned 20 years old this year and has lots of reasons to celebrate.

The Hoods—Matthew Lambert, Daniel Smith, Ben Hare and Barry Francis—have released six albums and won several music awards in Australia. Their 2012 album, “Drinking from the Sun,” was a No. 1 hit in their home country. They’ve had less success in the United States but continue to be a cult favorite among hip-hop fans.

Their new album, “Walking Under Stars,” was released this month.

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