Cudahy gets a bad rap. Sure, the industrial Milwaukee suburb is a little rough around the edges, but it’s also home to vibrant third shift nightlife (daylife?), an ambitious brew pub that might be the only place on the planet with a green bean lager, and a legitimately solid mid-size venue. The Metal Grill (née Vnuk’s Lounge) is one of the premier independent metal clubs in southeastern Wisconsin, but—as evidenced by hosting The Suicide Machines, Norma Jean, and The Flatliners last year alone—the 300-ish capacity bar occasionally manages to land other acts that are downright impressive, surprising, or just really fucking weird.
File The Metal Grill booking Kip Winger for a Saturday, March 7 show under all three of those categories. The former Alice Cooper band member, who’s much better known as the singer/bassist and namesake of late ’80s to early ’90s hair metal band Winger, will headline a three-act, all acoustic bill at the Cudahy club. The show is the second and final performance on his two-show run of solo gigs (the other is at a bar in Green Bay). We’re not sure if he’s just keenly aware of his standing in modern music or if he’s going method actor for the lead role in a glam-rock adaptation of Crazy Heart, but it’s safe to say you won’t get many opportunities to see a guy with two platinum records to his credit play in Cudahy for $13.50 ($15 at the door).
All $20 “Front Of House” seats have been sold, but tickets are not-at-all shockingly still available. Seventeen-year-olds aren’t welcome. It’s a 21 and over show.