Who's where for July 25, 2013

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Bill Livick
Thursday, July 25, 2013

Live on King Street: Eric Hutchinson

5 p.m. Friday, July 26, Majestic Theatre, 115 King St., Madison. With Willy Porter and Alpha Rev. Call 608-255-0901.

Pop music singer-songwriter Eric Hutchinson will headline the Majestic Theatre's "Live on King Street" series Friday, along with opening acts Willy Porter and Alpha Rev.

Hutchinson, 32, has been an up-and-coming performer since he began pursuing a music career after graduating from Boston's Emerson College some 10 years ago. He has released four albums since his debut in 2003. His biggest brush with fame was opening for singer Kelly Clarkson's national tours in 2009-10.

Hutchinson also has appeared on a host of late-night TV shows: "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and "Late Night with Conan O'Brien."

His single "Rock and Roll" reached No. 1 in Australia in April 2009. The song also was a gold record here in the United States, as well as in New Zealand and Norway.

Porter, 48, is from Mequon and has been performing professionally since the 1990 release of his highly acclaimed debut album, "The Trees Have Soul."

Porter's popularity grew in 1994 with the release of the album "Dog-Eared Dream," which included the single "Angry Words." The success of the album and the single led to Porter touring as an opening act for such artists as Tori Amos, Rickie Lee Jones and the Cranberries. Porter has released nine albums since his first in 1990.

Alpha Rev is a six-piece alternative rock band from Austin, Texas, fronted by Casey McPherson. McPherson started Alpha Rev in 2005 after the breakup of his previous band, Endochine.

Alpha Rev released its debut album in March 2007. After releasing "The Greatest Thing" locally, the band signed an agreement with Austin startup Flyer Records.

The group signed its first major label record deal with Hollywood Records in August 2008. Its international debut album, "New Morning," was recorded at Avatar Studios in New York City.

In 2010, Alpha Rev topped the charts with "New Morning" reaching No. 3 on radio.

J.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound

10 p.m. Friday, July 26, Majestic Theatre, 115 King St., Madison. Tickets: $5.

Call 608-255-0901.

Hailing from Chicago, J.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound bill themselves as a "post-punk soul band." The band formed in 2007, when guitarist Billy Bungeroth put an ad on Craigslist looking to build a multi-racial band that made "sexy and political music that you could dance to."

At the time, J.C. Brooks was involved in the production of the musical "Ragtime."

He had just finished rehearsals for the production and was looking for a new opportunity when he saw Bungeroth's ad. He answered it, quickly joined the band and stopped doing theater.

In 2009, the band served as the backing band for Numero Group's "Eccentric Soul Revue" and toured with the Revue that November. In 2012, the band played the Lollapalooza Festival.

In 2011, J.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound helped with the production of the musical "Passing Strange." Brooks played the narrator and protagonist, while the rest of the band provided the music. Their latest record, "Howl," was released in May on Bloodshot Records.

Mac Miller

8 p.m. Saturday, July 27, The Rave, 2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. With Earl Sweatshirt, Chance the Rapper, Vince Staples and The Internet. Tickets: $25-$30. Call 414-342-7283.

A rapper, producer and singer/songwriter, Mac Miller includes Big L, Lauryn Hill, the Beastie Boys, Outkast and A Tribe Called Quest among his influences.

Miller, 21, has been rapping since he was 15 and has released two albums. He has been recognized in his hometown of Pittsburgh and beyond for his insight, versatility and talent.

Miller released his first full-length studio recording, "Blue Slide Park," in November 2011. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 144,000 copies, according to Miller's website. The album was the first independently distributed debut to take the No. 1 spot on the Billboard albums chart since 1995.

He released his second studio album, "Watching Movies with the Sound Off," in March.

Part of Miller's appeal is his stage presence. He is completely comfortable on stage and in front of large audiences, and he has the ability to

draw in fans to make them part of the show.

His appearance at The Rave should be a season highlight.

Steely Dan

7 p.m. Sunday, July 28, The Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Tickets: $55-$95. Call 414-286-3663.

Donald Fagen (on keyboards and vocals) and Walter Becker (lead and rhythm guitar) form the core of the jazz-rock band Steely Dan, which was born in 1972 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.

The pair, as Steely Dan, were huge stars in the 1970s and early '80s, and enjoyed a resurgence in 2000 with the release of their first studio album in more than a decade, "Two Against Nature."

Combining pop hooks with jazz harmonies, complex time changes and cryptic lyrics, Steely Dan has a sound all its own. Because of their perfectionism, Fagen and Becker rarely toured during the band's heyday, and Steely Dan grew to be primarily a studio ensemble.

In 1993, Fagen and Becker put together a touring band and became a huge draw. In 2000, they released "Two Against Nature," which resurrected the band as a viable recording unit. That album won several Grammy Awards, including album of the year.

A subsequent release in 2003, "Everything Must Go," was the duo's last album to date and did not achieve as much commercial success.

Steely Dan has released a total of nine albums since its 1972 debut, and Fagen and Becker also have released records under their own names. The pair are recognized as stellar producers in addition to musical celebrities who continue to enjoy a large, devoted following.

Last updated: 4:07 pm Tuesday, July 30, 2013

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