By Julie Lawrence Special to Published Nov 26, 2007 at 1:34 PM

Since re-opening as a music venue in October, Turner Hall Ballroom has hosted some pretty big names, including They Might be Giants, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and Deborah Harry.

Soon, The Walkmen will join that list. Turner just announced the band's performance, set for Friday, Jan. 18 at 8 p.m., with special guest White Rabbits.

The band emerged in the late '90s following the demise of Jonathan Fire*Eater, a heavily-anticipated major label act which featured three future Walkmen: organist Walter Martin, guitarist Paul Maroon, and drummer Matt Barrick.

Joined by Hamilton Leithauser (vocals) and Peter Bauer (bass) in their home studio in uptown New York (dubbed Marcata Studio), The Walkmen released the critically-acclaimed Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone, leading to a major label contract. "Bows + Arrows" came in 2004, followed by "A Hundred Miles Off" and the band's album-length tribute the Harry Nilsson's "Pussy Cats" album.

Word on the street says the band's looking to release a new album in 2008, so expect plenty of new material at the show.

Tickets are $12 (general admission) and go on sale Friday, Nov. 30 at noon at The Pabst Theater box office and The Riverside box office, on the Web at,, and, or by calling (414) 286-3663 or (800) 511-1552, or $14 day of show at Turner Hall Ballroom. 

Julie Lawrence Special to staff writer Julie Lawrence grew up in Wauwatosa and has lived her whole life in the Milwaukee area.

As any “word nerd” can attest, you never know when inspiration will strike, so from a very early age Julie has rarely been seen sans pen and little notebook. At the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee it seemed only natural that she major in journalism. When offered her an avenue to combine her writing and the city she knows and loves in late 2004, she knew it was meant to be. Around the office, she answers to a plethora of nicknames, including “Lar,” (short for “Larry,” which is short for “Lawrence”) as well as the mysteriously-sourced “Bill Murray.”