Who's where for Wednesday, July 3, 2013

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Kareesa Wilson
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Piffaro, the Renaissance Band

7:30 p.m. Friday, July 5, Wartmann Prairie, 7356 Caledonia Road, Edgerton. Benefits the Arts Council of Edgerton. Tickets: $5-$10.

Call 608-884-4582.

Piffaro is the quintessential Renaissance group. This 33-year-old ensemble is based in Philadelphia and specializes in music from the late Medieval and Renaissance ages.

Critically acclaimed for its attention to detail and musicianship, Piffaro's members perform on historically accurate wind instruments. Percussion and strings sections round out the group.

Piffaro has released at least a half-dozen albums for several record labels. The current lineup includes directors Joan Kimball and Robert Wiemken, Grant Herreid, Priscilla Smith, Tom Zajac, Greg Ingles and Christa Patton.

Young Jeezy & Friends

8 p.m. Friday, July 5, Milwaukee Theatre, 500 W. Kilbourn Ave., Milwaukee. Tickets: $70-$90. Call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

Jay Jenkins, 35, known as Young Jeezy, is a rapper and hip-hop artist with a bevy of accolades and hits.

His career as a recording artist took off in 2005 when he joined gansta rap group Boyz n da Hood. Jenkins released a debut solo album the same year, "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101," and it became an overnight success. The record's hit single, "Soul Survivor," put Jenkins on the map.

Jenkins has released three other solo records and is a prolific artist who constantly collaborates with other musicians and groups. He has earned four Grammy nods in the last four years-all for collaborations with other artists (two with Kanye West, one with Jay-Z and Andre 3000, and one with Plies). Mainstream listeners will remember Young Jeezy's 2006 collaboration with Christina Milian in "Say I."

Young Jeezy is still a member of the hip-hop group United Streets Dopeboyz of America (USDA).

John Mayer

7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, Marcus Amphitheater, Milwaukee Summerfest grounds. Tickets: $46.85-$90.80. Call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

John Mayer's crooning rock style has become his trademark. At 35, he's still hot in the music industry, thanks to a string of hits and swaggering good looks.

A graduate of the acclaimed Berklee College of Music, Mayer began recording in the late 1990s. His first albums, "Heavier Things" and "Room for Squares," were certified platinum several times over. He won a Grammy for the 2003 megahit "Your Body Is a Wonderland."

Mayer's music continues to evolve, picking up blues, acoustic, pop, rock and indie styles. His 2006 blues-influenced record, "Continuum," won Grammy Awards for best pop album and best male pop performance for "Waiting on the World to Change."

Mayer's most recent offering is last year's "Born and Raised." He has sold more than 20 million albums to date and also dabbles in music production and writing.


7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7, Marcus Amphitheater, Milwaukee Summerfest grounds. Tickets: $61.20-$156.30. Call Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.

Classic rock fans, prepare to flock to the Eagles' concert. This legendary band's history spans five decades and many classic hits. Since its birth 42 years ago in Los Angeles, the band has won six Grammy Awards, released six No. 1 records and continues to permeate pop culture.

The Eagles' 1976 album, "Hotel California," is ranked in the top 40 greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone magazine. That album and "Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975)" are two of the best-selling albums in history.

Overall, the Eagles have sold a staggering 150 million records.

The band's 1972 debut album hit the ground running with such classics as "Take It Easy" and "Peaceful Easy Feeling." Subsequent albums included the hits "Hotel California," "Take It to the Limit," "Life in the Fast Lane" and others. After a 28-year hiatus, the Eagles released 2007's "Long Road Out of Eden." The record earned two Grammys, proving the Eagles-Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh and Timothy Schmit-can still soar with the best.

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