Big Head Todd & The Monsters

The Devil Makes Three, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, Orpheum Theater, 216 State St., Madison. Tickets: $22.50. Call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000.

An acoustic trio consisting of two guitarists and a string bassist, The Devil Makes Three hails from Santa Cruz, California, and performs a blend of blues, folk and country music. The band also reveals a harder edge at times, evidence of its punk-rock influences.

The trio has released six studio albums and two live collections.

The band is led by guitarist and songwriter Pete Bernhard, who has released two solo albums. It also features Lucia Turino on upright bass and Cooper McBean on tenor banjo.

The group released its self-titled debut CD in 2002 and followed in 2004 with a second album, “Longjohns, Boots and a Belt.” In 2006 the group released a live album, “A Little Bit Faster and a Little Bit Worse.”

The Devil Makes Three’s third studio album, “Do Wrong Right,” reached No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart, as did its 2016 album, “Redemption and Ruin.” The latter album consists of cover songs and featured guest performers Emmy Lou Harris, Duane Eddy and Jerry Douglas.

In an interview published on the group’s website, Bernhard described the trio’s music as a mix of traditional and contemporary sounds that is best described as “true Americana.”

Big Head Todd & The Monsters, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 14, The Pabst Theater, 144 E. Wells St., Milwaukee. Tickets: $29.50. Call 414-286-3663.

Big Head Todd & The Monsters, led by guitarist, singer and songwriter Todd Park Mohr, have been on the Colorado music scene for more than 30 years and have garnered a national following for a jam-band approach with a taste for the blues.

The band formed in Boulder, Colorado, in 1986 and has released two live and 12 studio albums, including “New World Arisin’” earlier this year.

Along with Park Mohr, the group includes Brian Nevin on drums and vocals, Rob Squires on bass and vocals, and Jeremy Lawton on keyboards and pedal steel guitar.

Park Mohr, Nevin and Squires had been friends in high school and formed the band while they were attending the University of Colorado. They quickly found an audience in their home state, and were soon touring regularly on the West Coast and through the Mountain States.

The band released its first album, “Another Mayberry,” in 1989 and followed with a collection of live recordings the next year. The trio signed on as one of the headline acts for the 1993 edition of the H.O.R.D.E. touring festival, and the next year it released its fourth album.

Lawton joined the band in 2004, in time to record the concert album “Live at the Fillmore.” The next year, the band released a digital single of the song “Blue Sky,” which was written and recorded to honor the members of the Discovery Space Shuttle mission. It later became a campaign song for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign.

The band took a deep dive into the blues for its 2011 album, “100 Years of Robert Johnson,” which featured a set of songs honoring the centennial of the blues master’s birth. It featured guest appearances from B.B. King, Charlie Musselwhite, Hubert Sumlin and several others.

The group released another blues album in 2016, “Way Down Inside,” a tribute to the songs of Willie Dixon.

Rebirth Brass Band, 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, Orpheum Theater, 216 State St., Madison. Tickets: $20-$35. Call 608-250-2600 or visit

The Rebirth Brass Band emerged from New Orleans in 1983, at a time when the Crescent City’s music became popular nationally and at festivals around the U.S.

The eight-member group was formed by tuba player Phil Frazier, his brother and bass drummer Keith Frazier and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins. Ruffins left the group in 1993 to spend more time at home with his young family and start a solo career.

The band has released 17 albums since its debut in 1984. It won a Grammy Award in 2012 for the album “Rebirth of New Orleans,” which won in the category of Best Regional Roots Album.

The band is known for combining traditional New Orleans brass band music with funk, jazz, soul and hip-hop. It has famously gone from playing on street corners in the French Quarter to selling out concert halls across the world and appearing in David Simon’s HBO hit “Treme.”

The band regularly tours North America and Europe, and it has been hailed by The New York Times as “a New Orleans institution.”

“Rebirth can be precise whenever it wants to,” the newspaper wrote, “but it’s more like a party than a machine. It’s a working model of the New Orleans musical ethos: As long as everybody knows what they’re doing, anyone can cut loose.”

Dan St. Germain, 8:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 and 10:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Jan. 4-6, The Comedy Club on State, 202 State St., Madison. Tickets: $10-$15. Call 608-256-0099 or visit

Comedian Dan St. Germain is known for his “loud mouth and over-the-top delivery,” but the New York City native understands it takes a big personality to win over a crowd.

His 2014 album “Bad at the Good Times,” shows Germain at his most self-deprecating. He rips on himself for a full hour, ranging from horrible break-ups to depressing Facebook statuses. He recognizes what’s funny, tears himself apart and goes down with the ship, according to his website.

The stand-up comic is in the process of recording his next album, part of which will be taken from his appearance in Madison early next month.

St. Germain has been a frequent guest on late-night television, with appearances on “Conan” and “Last Week Tonight With John Oliver.” He has also had his own half-hour special on Comedy Central.

St. Germain has been singled out by Variety magazine as a comic to watch, and he was listed as one of Paste magazine’s Top 10 Underrated Comedians.

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