As a concert producer (think Bradley Center, Marcus Amphitheatre, US Cellular Arena, Twin Cities, Madison, Chicago, etc), I find Shank Hall to be an excellent and professionally run venue. With a better PA, lighting system, and backstage amenities than some venues more than twice it's size, Shank rates as one of the better venues in the country, for the artists AND the fans. The post by recordhigh stating that the Mad Planet and Cactus Club are better venues than Shank Hall is not true. They have their place in the musical chain of venues, don't get me wrong. Take it from a promoter, I have heard many praises about Shank Hall from fans and artists alike. Give Shank a try, see a National artist in a small room, and you be the judge. I guarantee you will leave with positive feelings about this lil gem of Milwaukee.
Pros: Great production, artist friendly, great fan experience