Music roundup for Aug. 15

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Kareesa Wilson, Special to the Gazette
Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Live on King Street: Keller Williams at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, Majestic Theatre, 115 King St., Madison. With Steez and Evergreen Grass Band. Call 608-255-0901.

Keller Williams plays a musical smorgasbord. The multi-talented musician and performer mashes up so many music genres that audiences are left reeling—and then begging for more.

The 43-year-old Virginia native's career spans more than 20 years and 19 albums. His live performances often feature long jam sessions as he deftly switches instruments and segues from bluegrass to rock and everything in between.

Williams' albums are usually themed, and their one-word titles describe their sound. His latest offering is this year's “Keys,” a cover album of Grateful Dead songs played on piano.

Westside Andy at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16, Harry C. Moore Pavilion, 1160 Riverside Drive, Beloit.

Blues fans, prepare to be mesmerized. Westside Andy, the duo of Andy Linderman and Mel Ford, is one of the top blues bands in the country.

A consummate entertainer and musician, Linderman's skills as an electric harmonica player take center stage at concerts. He has built his career on the instrument, often accompanying blues and rock greats such as James Cotton, Muddy Waters and the Doobie Brothers.

Fellow blues musician and movie star Dan Aykroyd has praised Linderman as “one of the most dynamic electric harmonica players of our generation.”

Meanwhile, Mel Ford doesn't hover in Linderman's shadow. He's a noted musician and songwriter who has opened for Stevie Ray Vaughn and played alongside Bo Diddley. When Ford and Linderman combine, everybody loves the blues.

The Wanted and Carly Rae Jepsen at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 20, The Riverside Theater, 116 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Tickets: $39.50-$49.50. Call 414-286-3663.

Irish boy band The Wanted joins Internet sensation-turned-superstar Carly Rae Jepsen for a healthy dose of pop rock at Milwaukee's Riverside.

The Wanted released a self-titled debut album three years ago that included three hit singles: “All Time Low,” “Lose My Mind” and “Heart Vacancy.” Its next album, “Battleground,” struck gold in the U.S. with the single “Glad You Came.”

Jepsen's rise to fame came courtesy of more than 400 million views of her music video “Call Me Maybe” on YouTube. But despite how things appear, the 27-year-old didn't experience stardom overnight. She earned third place in the 2007 season of “Canadian Idol,” which landed her a record contract. Since then, she has earned three Juno Awards.

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