Transit Authority, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, Edgerton Performing Arts Center, 200 Elm High Drive, Edgerton. For tickets, call 608-561-6093.
Fans of the classic-rock band Chicago have a chance to revisit the group’s hit songs when the cover group Transit Authority comes to the Edgerton Performing Arts Center.
The eight-member Transit Authority has been performing since 2004 and is known as one of the country’s premier tribute bands.
Based out of St. Paul, Minnesota, the ensemble performs a musical salute to the great horn-driven rock band Chicago, which released a host of hits from the late 1960s into the ‘80s. Transit Authority features a three-piece horn section with Tom Tange on trumpet and flugelhorn, Scott Johnson on saxophones and flute, and Alan Lecher on trombone. The band is rounded out with Barry Patrick on vocals and percussion, Tim Ellis on drums, Butch Zierath on bass and vocals, Mike McCormick on keyboards and vocals, and Brandon Lenz on guitar and vocals.
The group strives to re-create the excitement of the original Chicago sound while covering such hits as “Saturday in the Park,” “Hard Habit to Break,” “Make Me Smile,” “Old Days,” “Just You ‘n Me,” “Beginnings,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” and many more.
Marilyn Manson, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, Orpheum Theater, 216 State St., Madison. For tickets, call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.
Marilyn Manson drew inspiration from Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne and David Bowie in the 1980s and ‘90s in establishing himself as one of the most vilified figures in rock history.
Manson’s outrageous stage antics and hardcore music earned him scorn from parent groups and religious advocates, while scores of young fans embraced his anti-Christian and, some say, anti-social messages.
Manson was born into a middle-class family in Canton, Ohio, where he grew up as Brian Hugh Warner. He rebelled against his Christian upbringing and the ideologies and rules he encountered at the private religious school he attended as a child. He was eventually expelled and earned a high school diploma from a public school before moving with his family to Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Warner formed Marilyn Manson and the Spooky Kids in 1989 after a short stint at rock journalism. The band name was later shortened to Marilyn Manson.
In 1993, the band drew the attention of Trent Reznor, lead singer for Nine Inch Nails, who produced Manson’s 1994 debut album, “Portrait of an American Family.” Manson developed a cult following while touring with Reznor’s band.
In ‘95, Manson released “Smells Like Children,” an EP that scored the band’s first big MTV hit with a cover of the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).”
The band’s next album, “Antichrist Superstar,” debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart in 1996 and launched the band into mainstream success. The album, combined with the band’s anti-Christian stance and transgressive performances, led to picketing and numerous protests from religious and civic groups.
Manson has released nine more albums since “Antichrist,” including “The Pale Emperor” in 2015 and “Heaven Upside Down” earlier this year. The latter album was recorded by many of the same musicians who performed on “The Pale Emperor,” which debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart.
George Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic, at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. For tickets, call 414-286-3663.
Band leader George Clinton has been active in the music business since the mid-1950s. As a teenager, he formed a doo-wop group called The Parliaments in Plainfield, New Jersey, and in the 1960s he became a staff songwriter for Motown Records.
The Parliaments eventually found success under the names Parliament and Funkadelic in the ‘70s. Clinton combined the two bands and created a sound and style that became known as P-Funk, borrowing from musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, Sly and the Family Stone, Cream and James Brown.
Clinton and Parliament-Funkadelic had over 40 R&B hit singles in the ‘70s and are still active as a collective of dozens of musicians. Sixteen members of the group, including Clinton, were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
Along with their innovation in the entire genre of funk music, Clinton and P-Funk are still heard often in hip-hop sampling. Their musical influence can also be heard in contemporary rhythm and blues, funk and soul music.
Jerry Seinfeld, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St., Madison. Tickets: $68.50-$175. Call 608-258-4141.
From 1989 to ‘98, Jerry Seinfeld starred as himself on the enormously popular TV sitcom, “Seinfeld.”
He developed an interest in stand-up comedy after brief stints in college productions, and in 1981, Seinfeld appeared on “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.” The next year, he appeared on “Late Night With David Letterman.”
In 1988, he created “The Seinfeld Chronicles” with Larry David for NBC. The show later was renamed “Seinfeld” and became the most popular and successful sitcom on American television. The final episode aired in 1998, and the show has been a popular syndicated rerun in recent years.
After wrapping up the the sitcom, Seinfeld left Hollywood and returned to New York City, where he relaunched his career as a stand-up comedian. In 2014, he created a web series titled “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” in which he collects fellow comedians in different vintage cars, drives them to a diner or cafe, drinks coffee and talks with them.
Seinfeld told The Guardian his goal was to “make it the effortless talk show, where you don’t have to show up, you don’t have to think about what you’re wearing, there’s no makeup, there’s no prep—there’s nothing. It’s literally getting in a car.”
Seinfeld is known for keeping his act clean, which he calls a challenge because it denies him the easiest laughs. “A person who can defend themselves with a gun is just not very interesting,” he told The Guardian in 2014. “But a person who defends themselves through Aikido or tai chi? Very interesting.”