By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Jan 26, 2015 at 4:46 PM

While the Northeast prepares for a monumental blizzard, Milwaukee received news this morning of a different – and much more enjoyable and productive – kind of impending flurry: a musical onslaught by the name of Arte Para Todos (meaning "art for everyone"). 

The brand new event is a weekend-long local music extravaganza running from Friday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 1, with 70 bands and 15 artists spread across three neighborhoods – Bay View, Riverwest and the East Side – and 15 venues.

If that sounds cool, its motives (besides providing a ton of music) are even more so as 100 percent of the proceeds from the three-day festival will be split equally amongst three Milwaukee schools – Bay View High School, Tamarack Waldorf High School and La Escuela Fratney – to go toward funding art programs.

According to the event's official website, Arte Para Todos was created "as an answer to the defunding of art and music programming in schools, but it also serves as a replicable model of sustainable service to the community. We will always have the city we ask for, either explicitly or through apathy and inaction. Arte Para Todos is based on the idea that culture is an act of will, and that if we want a healthy, vibrant city where the arts can flourish then we have to act on that desire."

In case being a fine patron of the arts isn't enough, here's the loaded slate of local bands and artists scheduled for the event's inaugural year:

Friday, Feb. 27: Bay View

Cactus Club

  • 9:30 p.m.: OYE
  • 10:30 p.m.: Mortgage Freeman
  • 11:30 p.m.: The Fatty Acids with WC Tank
  • 12:30 a.m.: Klassik
  • All night: *hitmayng DJ set
  • Art: Exhibition and photobooth by Milwaukee Alt/Ryan Laessig


  • 7 p.m.: D. Bridge
  • 8 p.m.: yo dot
  • 9 p.m.: Unifi showcase
  • Art: Live art by Jeffrey Eckel

Club Garibaldi

  • 10 p.m.: Holy Sheboygan
  • 11 p.m.: Kia Rap Princess
  • 12 a.m.: Whips
  • 1 a.m.: WebsterX
  • All night Q The Sun DJ set
  • Art: Live art by Elias Vallejo

Frank's Power Plant

  • 10 p.m.: Nightgown
  • 11 p.m.: Thriftones
  • 12 a.m.: I'm Not a Pilot
  • Art: Live art by Amanda Iglinski

Boone & Crockett

  • 7 p.m.: Airo Kwil
  • 8 p.m.: Ugly Brothers
  • 9 p.m.: Paper Holland
  • 10 p.m.: Scrimshaw
  • All night annalog DJ set
  • Art: Live art by Brandon Minga

Tonic Tavern

  • 7:30 p.m.: The Olives
  • 8:30 p.m.: Faux Fir
  • 9:30 p.m.: No/No
  • All night: Kiings DJ set
  • Art: Exhibition by Jeff Redmon

Saturday, Feb. 28: Riverwest

Mad Planet

  • 11 p.m.: Stubby Chubs
  • 12 a.m.: Bliss & Alice
  • 1 a.m.: New Age Narcissists


  • 6 p.m.: Iron Pizza
  • 7 p.m.: New Boyz Club
  • 8 p.m.: Apoc
  • 9 p.m.: TBA

Riverwest Public House

  • 9:30 p.m.: Animals in Human Attire
  • 10:30 p.m.: MC Mikal
  • 11:30 p.m.: Soul Low
  • Art: Live art by John Kowalczyk

Bremen Cafe

  • 9 p.m.: Lord3 Fr3d33
  • 10 p.m.: Appleseeds
  • 11 p.m.: Slow Walker

Cocoon Room

  • 3:30 p.m.: School of Rock
  • 5:30 p.m.: TBA
  • 7 p.m.: TBA
  • 8 p.m.: Midnight Reruns

Company Brewing (formerly Stonefly)

  • 8:30 p.m.: Bo Triplex
  • 9:30 p.m.: D'amato
  • 10:30 p.m.: GGOOLLDD
  • All night DJ set by Moses of Higher Education Records

Club Timbuktu

  • 10:30 p.m.: Canopies
  • 11:30 p.m.: Jaill
  • 12:30 a.m.: Sat. Nite Duets


  • 7 p.m.: Lex Allen
  • 7:30 p.m.: Wolfgang Shaefer
  • 8 p.m.: Grasping at Straws
  • 9 p.m.: Christopher Porterfield

Sunday, March 1: East Side (more info/venues/bands coming soon)


  • 8 p.m.: Pharaoh Mac & DMT
  • 9 p.m.: Holy Shit
  • 10 p.m.: Surgeons in Heat
  • 11 p.m.: TBA


  • 5:30 p.m.: Antler House
  • 6:30 p.m.: Devil Met Contention
  • 7:30 p.m.: Tigernite

Jazz Estate

  • 2:30 p.m.: Jordin Bass and Amanda Jo Langley
  • 3:30 p.m.: Caley Conway
  • 4:30 p.m.: flag signals
  • 5:30 p.m.: Heidi Spencer

Hotel Foster

  • Noon: APT Film Fest, curated by WC Tank
  • 7 p.m.: TBA
  • 8 p.m.: Cavewives

Entry to any one venue on any day is $7 cash at the door. However, single day passes, costing $12, will be available to purchase online starting today or at any participating venue on the day of their event. For a weekend pass that covers the entire weekend at all venues, the cost is $20. The Arte Para Todos website cautions that day or weekend passes do not guarantee entry due to venue capacity, so plan to arrive early if you want to be safe.

Great local music for a great local cause? That's a flurry I can get behind. 

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.