February. A month Milwaukeeans know for frigid cold temperatures, climbing snow totals, black ice, and boredom. Luckily, some of the best national and international touring acts will hit the city and get you out of the cabin fever and emotional lull you may be dealing with.
The month kicks off with soul and r&b singer Aaron Neville playing at Potawatomi’s Northern Lights Casino on February 1st. Neville has released four, top twenty Billboard singles and released, “I Know I’ve Been Changed”, in 2010.
Milwaukee has a relative climate to Finland so Finnish black metal group Children of Bodom will feel right at home when they perform at The Rave on February 3rd. Known for incorporating many musical styles into their music, Children of Bodom has become one of Finland’s best-selling music groups of all time. Led by Alexi Laiho, COB will bring brash, in your face metal to Milwaukee.
Country music royalty will be hitting up Hartford on February 4th when Grand Ole Opry member Marty Stuart plays at the Ruth Knoll Theater. Stuart is known for his blend of traditional country and honky tonk music. Over his career, Stuart has released 34 singles and most will be played on this night of great country music.
If you still need to thaw out by mid-February, Gigantour will be your chance. The Gigantour featuring metal heavyweights Megadeth, Motorhead, Lacuna Coil, and Volbeat will be at the Eagles Ballroom on February 12th. Megadeth, known as one of the “big four” thrash bands along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer, rose to fame in the mid-80’s with numerous hard rock hits and platinum selling records. Motorhead is known as one of the loudest bands ever with Lemmy Kilmister at the helm. The band, formed in 1975, helped pioneer speed metal and thrash metal into the genres they are today. Lacuna Coil is the pride of Italian metal and released their new record, “Dark Adrenaline”, on January 24th. The six-piece band has sold over two million albums and is expected to have a large turnout in sales with their new record.
Irvine, CA alternative rock band Young The Giant will make a stop at Turner Hall on February 21st. Hailed by Morrissey as one of his favorite new bands, Young The Giant has been festival favorite playing South By Southwest, Lollapalooza, and the Austin City Limits festival.
Former interview subjects, the Dropkick Murphys, will be performing at their third Milwaukee Admirals game at the Bradley Center on February 24th. The Murphys have been riding strong off their latest release, “Going Out In Style”, which debuted at number six on the Billboard albums charts in 2011. Buy a ticket to the game and see a full show afterwards.
Korn is one of the few bands to make it out of the nu-metal scene and became one of the most successful rock groups of the 90’s and 00’s. The group released, “The Path of Totality”, back in December. The album mixed the bands hard rock sound with dubstep music and includes contributions from dubstep artists Skrillex, 12th Planet, Excision, Datsik, Downlink, Kill the Noise, Noisia, and Feed Me. The band will be at The Rave on February 25th.