The Dewayn Brothers
High Noon Saloon, 9 pm
The Kansas-based pickers have an irreverent punk streak that gives their bluegrass and updated twang a little sumpin' extra.
Music Theatre Idol
West Side Club, 7 pm
Music Theatre of Madison hosts this American Idol-style competition, in which audience members vote on 10 singers who've survived the early rounds. Beware of pitchiness, dawg.
Will Dailey and Keaton Simons
High Noon Saloon, 6:30 pm
Thanks to his high, elastic pipes, Boston favorite Will Dailey at times recalls the late, great Jeff Buckley. Last year's appealing Back Flipping Forward is crammed with pop hooks.
Society for the Cognitive Study of the Moving Image
4070 UW Vilas Hall, 8 pm. Also Thursday, June 12, 8 pm
The society's scholars explore the mind's response to movies. The public can attend two lectures as part of an annual conference: Prof. Uri Hasson on Wednesday and Prof. Dan Levin (known for his gorilla-suit experiments) on Thursday.
Barrymore Theatre, 8 pm
A charismatic, Grammy-winning reggae artist in his own right, Bob Marley's son does his father's legacy proud by moving the music forward with elements of hip-hop and contemporary soul. Gully Bank Soundsystem opens.
Capitol City Band
Rennebohm Park, 7 pm
The John Philip Sousa-style band begins its 40th summer of rousing concerts. The ensemble is filled with local professionals adept at waltzes, polkas and patriotic tunes.
UW Memorial Union Terrace, 9:30 pm
Thompson closes out a very good week for singer-songwriter fans by debuting the passionate pop and country-tinged material on A Piece of What You Need.