Who's where for Thursday, July 11, 2013
7 p.m. Friday, July 12, Harry C. Moore Pavilion, 1160 Riverside Drive, Beloit. Cost: Free.
Saxophonist and composer Harlan Jefferson likes to explore contemporary jazz while including other popular musical forms such as hip-hop, funk and soul.
The Rockford, Ill.-based musician began playing professionally at age 13 and has performed with and opened for a host of stars, including R-Kelly, Tower of Power, Regina Carter and Parliament Funkadelic.
Jefferson is a fan of melody but also respects and appreciates the spontaneity and improvisational aspects of jazz.
He began his journey into music via his parents' record collection, which included the soul and funk of the 1970s, the Motown hits of the '60s, and the jazz and hard bop of the '50s. At age 10, under the instruction of his father, he began taking saxophone lessons. His father, A.Z. Jefferson Jr., was a professional saxophonist in his youth and instilled an appreciation and love for music in all three of his sons.
Jefferson attributes his philosophical approach to music to jazz great Grover Washington Jr.
"Grover Washington Jr. taught me how important emotional directness is in music," Jefferson says on his website. "It's all about how you communicate. You tell a story, but you leave it open to personal interpretation."
8 p.m. Friday, July 12, Barrymore Theatre, 2090 Atwood Ave., Madison. Tickets: $20-$22. Call 608-241-8633.
The rock band Dawes, established by brothers Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith along with Wylie Gelber and Tay Strathairn, is part of the so-called Laurel Canyon sound.
The genre was created in California in the late 1960s when such groups as Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young, the Eagles and Joni Mitchell, among others, flocked to the hills outside Los Angeles and made music together.
Dawes recorded its debut album, "North Hills," in Laurel Canyon in a live setting to analog tape. The result was a sound that Rolling Stone magazine called "authentically vintage."
The band made its television debut on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" in April 2010. In September of that year, Dawes recorded its next album, "Nothing is Wrong." The band released the album in June 2011 and toured the U.S. in support of it.
Dawes released its third album, "Stories Don't End," this April.
The band is known for its socially conscious music, and in December 2011 it appeared with Jackson Browne at an Occupy Wall Street event in Liberty Park, N.Y. It has made a big splash on adult alternative radio and also has been a draw on college campuses, largely on the strength of the single "From a Window Seat" from its latest album.
La Fete de Marquette
Thursday through Sunday, July 11-14, South Dickerson Street and East Washington Avenue, Madison. Tickets for festival entry: $12 online or at the show. Call 608-257-4576.
A vast array of performers from across the globe will appear in Madison for the eighth annual Bastille Days celebration, La Fete de Marquette, Thursday through Sunday.
The festival offers French-themed food, arts and crafts, and a musical lineup of more than 20 bands on two stages.
Some of the top shows Thursday include zydeco stars C.J. Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band (7:30 p.m.) and Malian guitar master Vieux Farka Toure (9:30 p.m.). Friday's lineup is sure to please blues fans, with guitarist/singer Kenny Neal scheduled to perform at 7:30 p.m. and singers/multi-instrumentalists Marcia Ball and Cindy Cashdollar at 9:30 p.m.
On Saturday, the music runs from 12:30 to 11 p.m. Some shows worth noting include Milwaukee's Robin Pluer with Mrs. Fun (12:30 p.m.), Madison's Mama Digdown's Brass Band (2:15 p.m.), the Savoy Family Cajun Band (3:15 p.m.), New Orleans Suspects (5 p.m.), Eric Lindell & the Sunliners (7:15 p.m.) and Sonny Landreth (9:30 p.m.).
Sunday's musical lineup features world music artists Le Vent du Nord from Quebec (1:15 p.m.), Boukman Eksperyans from Haiti (3:15 p.m.), Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars (5:15 p.m.) and Fatoumata Diawara of Mali (7:30 p.m.).
The event is a benefit for the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center and includes lots of food and kids' activities.
The event is held rain or shine.
8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, Miller Park,
1 Brewers Way, Milwaukee. Tickets: $39.50-$255. Visit milwaukee.brewers.mlb.com.
Sir Paul McCartney needs no introduction, but it is worth mentioning that he is one of two surviving members of the world's most famous songwriting team. As a Beatle, McCartney wrote and sang some of the rock/pop world's favorite songs, including "Let It Be," "The Long and Winding Road," "Hey Jude," "Yesterday" and "Lady Madonna."
After the Beatles disbanded, McCartney formed the band Wings with his late wife, Linda, and continued his string of hit songs. Since 1980, McCartney has worked with many famous peers-Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder, to name just a couple-and to date has released 17 solo albums.
The Guinness Book of World Records described McCartney as the "most successful composer and recording artist of all time," with 60 gold discs and sales of more than 100 million albums and 100 million singles, and as the "most successful songwriter" in United Kingdom chart history.
More than 2,200 artists have covered his Beatles song "Yesterday," more than any other song in history. Wings' 1977 release "Mull of Kintyre" is one of the all-time best-selling singles in the U.K.
McCartney also has composed classical and electronic music, and he has participated in projects to promote campaigns involving animal rights, seal hunting, landmines, vegetarianism, poverty and music education.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in March 1999.