By OnMilwaukee Staff Writers   Published Jul 26, 2021 at 4:01 PM Photography: Dan Garcia

After taking a summer off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, live music is back in Brew City – and the only thing better than live music is free live music.

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing concerns about safety during the pandemic and organizing large gatherings during such unusual and still-uncertain times, some free live music series have decided to skip this summer. But don't get down, because there are still more than plenty of live free music series to get you up on your feet once again, rocking away just about every night of the week throughout the Milwaukee area for our favorite price: free.

To help get you out, about and dancing once again, here's a guide to all of the free live music series scheduled for this summer, regularly updated and organized by the day of the week. (Sundays are unfortunately free music series-free as of current writing – but stay tuned!) So grab some food and some friends, and enjoy a free summer night with some great summer tunes!

Monday

Patio Daze
The Fernweh at Ivy House, 906 S. Barclay St.
(414) 539-3339
ivyhousemke.com

7 p.m.

July 26 – 7000apart
Aug. 30 – Blind Fiction
Sept. 27 – Fellow Kinsman
Oct. 25 – Listening Party

Musical Mondays
Lake Park Summer Stage

lakeparkfriends.org
6:30-8 p.m.

July 26 – The Hungry Williams
Aug. 2 – The Carlos Adames Group
Aug. 9 – The R&B Cadets
Aug. 16 – The Best Westerns
Aug. 23 – Cathy Grier and the Troublemakers
Aug. 30 – The songs of Cole Porter (performed by Alyssa Allgood and the Eric Jacobson Quintet)

Tuesday

Chill on the Hill
Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave.

bayviewneighborhood.org
6:30 p.m.

July 27 – Holy Pinto & L'Resorts
Aug. 3 – YUM YUM CULT & Wonderful Bluffer
Aug. 10 – Fellow Kinsman & Lauryl Sulfate + the LOL
Aug. 17 – Devils Teeth & Decoteau Black
Aug. 24 – The Midnight Purchase & No Seatbelts
Aug. 31 – Donna Woodall & The Sunkin Suns
Sept. 7 – Fressure Point & Fuzzysurf
Sept. 14 – The Mike Benign Compulsion & Testa Rosa

Wednesday

Wednesday Concert Series
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson St.
(414) 276-9814

stjohncathedral.org
12:15 p.m.

July 28 – Simon Gheller, organ
Aug. 4 – Daniel Beliavsky (piano) and Yuri Beliavsky (violin)
Aug. 11 – Olga Sklyanskaya, piano
Aug. 18 – Mitchell Miller, organ
Aug. 25 – Jayne Latva (piano), Deborah Hanks (clarinet) and Elizabth Tuma (cello)

Music in the Glen
Richard E. Maslowski Community Park, 2200 W. Bender Rd.

musicintheglen.org
6 p.m.

July 28 – Ken Lonnquist
Aug. 11 – VIVO
Aug. 18 – Steve Beguhn

Waterfront Wednesdays
Lakefront Park, 222 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee
(262) 691-0770

waterfrontwednesday.com
6-8:30 p.m.

July 28 – One 2 Many Band
Aug. 4 – Block Party
Aug. 11 – Twang Dragons

Washington Park Wednesdays
4599 W. Lloyd St.
(414) 342-0215

washingtonparkneighbors.com
6-8 p.m.

Washington Park Wheels (traveling concert series)

  • July 28 – Viva! hosted by De La Buena (through Uptown Crossing)

Washington Park Wednesdays (at the bandshell)

  • Aug. 4 – Live Art! Portraits of Stevie arranged by Tha Dope Music Crew
  • Aug. 11 – Carnival at the Shell featuring Dead Man's Carnival and Professor Pinkerton's Irrelevant Orchestra
  • Aug. 18 – Ride On! with Vincent Van Great
  • Aug. 25 – Back to School: Grace Weber's Music Lab and 88Nine Radio Milwaukee present Youth Music Night with Trinity Grace and Negative Positive

Wonderful Wednesdays
Lake Park Summer Stage

lakeparkfriends.org
6:30 p.m

July 28 – Duke Otherwise
Aug. 4 – Ms. Jen and the Jellyfish
Aug. 11 – Little Miss Ann
Aug. 18 – Susan Salidor
Aug. 25 – Fox and Branch

Wednesday Night Live
Budweiser Music Pavilion, Wisconsin State Fair Park, 8100 W. Greenfield Ave.
(414) 266-7000

budpavilion.com
Gates open 6 p.m., music from 7-10:30 p.m.

Aug. 25 – The Now
Sept. 1 – Bella Cain
Sept. 8 – 33 RPM
Sept. 15 – Cherry Pie
Sept. 22 – Madison County

Mayfair Collection Music Spotlight Series
The Mayfair Collection, 11200 W. Burleigh St.
(414) 386-5150
mayfaircollection.net

6-8 p.m.

July 28 – 7000apart
Aug. 11 – Andy Braun
Aug. 25 – Carmen Nickerson & Kostia Efimov

Tosa Tonight
Hart Park Rotary Performance Pavilion, 68th and State Street
(414) 395-0293
tosatonight.com

6 p.m.

July 28 – Chris Haise Band with Orlando Peña
Aug. 4 – Jay Matthes Band with Dan Lepien
Aug. 11 – Listening Party with L'Resorts
Aug. 18 – Irish Fest preview

Thursday

Music at the Market
South Milwaukee Downtown Market, 11th Avenue & Milwaukee Avenue
(414) 436-5771
smmarket.org

5-7 p.m.

July 29 – MilBillies
Aug. 5 – Sarah Day
Aug. 12 – Hungry Williams
Aug. 19 – Siempre Flamenco
Aug. 26 – Tom Sorce Band featuring Carol Hanzel
Sept. 2 – Soulfoot Mombits
Sept. 9 – Madtown Mannish Boys
Sept. 16 – Matthew Davies
Sept. 23 – Extra Crispy Brass Band
Sept. 30 – She's Right, I'm Left
Oct. 7 – Val Sigal

Live Music at The Brick Yard Oasis
The Brick Yard Oasis, 4501 W. River Lane, Brown Deer
thebrickyardoasis.com

6-9 p.m.

July 29 – Myles Wangerin
Aug. 5 – Jay Matthes
Aug. 12 – Phil Norby
Aug. 19 – Geoff Howard
Aug. 26 – Kris Crow and Dani Daly
Sept. 2 – Geoff Howard
Sept. 9 – Myles Wangerin
Sept. 16 – Kris Crow and Dani Daly
Sept. 23 – Phil Norby
Sept. 30 – Geoff Howard

Concerts in the Gardens
Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners
(414) 257-7275

wimmercommunities.com
6:30 p.m.

July 29 – The Barbara Stephan Band
Aug. 5 – Paul Cebar
Aug. 12 – Shonn Hinton and Shotgun
Aug. 19 – Dancing Queen
Aug. 26 – The Jimmys

Bike Nights
H-D Museum Motorcycle Plaza, 400 W. Canal St.
(877) 436-8738

harley-davidson.com
5 - 9 p.m.

July 29 – Robert Allen Jr. Band
Aug. 5 – Wait For Morning
Aug. 12 – Pay the Devil
Aug. 19 – Ten Feet Tall
Aug. 26 – Screamin' Cucumbers
Sept. 9 – Valerie B. and the Boyz
Sept. 16 – Big Al Wetzel Band

Música del Lago
Colectivo - Lakefront, 1701 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.
(414) 223-4551

colectivocoffee.com
6 p.m.

Aug. 5 – Cache MKE with Panadanza Dance Co.
Aug. 12 – De La Buena
Aug. 19 – Carlos Adames Group
Aug. 26 – Clave y Afinque
Sept. 2 – RAIN DATE

Friday

Sounds of Summer
The Yard at Bayshore, 5800 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale
(414) 963-8780
thebayshorelife.com

6-8 p.m.

July 30 – The Eddie Butts Band
Aug. 6 – Joe 2.0
Aug. 13 – 5 Card Studs
Aug. 20 – The LoveMonkeys

Starry Nights Series
Wilson Center for the Performing Art, 19805 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield
(262) 781-9520

wilson-center.com
6:30 p.m.

July 30 – Chicken Wire Empire
Aug. 6 – De La Buena
Aug. 13 – Tallymoore

Live Music at The Brick Yard Oasis
The Brick Yard Oasis, 4501 W. River Lane, Brown Deer
thebrickyardoasis.com

6-9 p.m.

July 30 – Zakk Daniel
Aug. 6 – Alyssia Dominguez
Aug. 13 – Ian Gould
Aug. 20 – Jon Rouse
Aug. 27 – Sarah Day
Sept. 3 – West Riviera
Sept. 10 – Alyssia Dominguez
Sept. 17 – William Darling
Sept. 24 – Ian Gould
Oct. 1 – Sarah Day

Saturday

Sounds of Summer
The Yard at Bayshore, 5800 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale
(414) 963-8780
thebayshorelife.com

Noon-2 p.m.

July 31 – The Squeezettes
Aug. 7 – Accompany of Kids
Aug. 14 – Bootjack Road
Aug. 21 – Steve Beguhn
Aug. 28 – Tweed featuring Gervis Myles

Live Music at The Brick Yard Oasis
The Brick Yard Oasis, 4501 W. River Lane, Brown Deer
thebrickyardoasis.com

3-7 p.m. as well as 7-10 p.m.

July 31 – Marc Ballini (3 p.m.) and Evan Christian (7 p.m.)
Aug. 7 – Ghost Writer (3 p.m.) and Evan Christian (7 p.m.)
Aug. 14 – William Darling (3 p.m.) and Hold 'Em High (7 p.m.)
Aug. 21 – Alex Wilson (3 p.m.) and Zakk Daniel (7 p.m.)
Aug. 28 – Marc Ballini (3 p.m.) and Evan Christian (7 p.m.)
Sept. 4 – Ghost Writer (3 p.m.) and Evan Christian (7 p.m.)
Sept. 11 – CLOSED FOR PRIVATE EVENT
Sept. 18 – Zakk Daniel (3 p.m.) and Sawdust Symphony (7 p.m.)
Sept. 25 – Marc Ballini (3 p.m.) and Evan Christian (7 p.m.)
Oct. 2 – Alex Wilson (3 p.m.) and Zakk Daniel (7 p.m.)

Rock Complex Concert Series
Umbrella Bar, 7900 Crystal Ridge Rd., Franklin
(414) 529-7676

mke.theumbrellabar.com
6:30 p.m.

July 31 – Radio Radio
Aug. 7 – Detour
Aug. 14 – Road Crew
Aug. 21 – Mt. Olive
Aug. 28 – The Toys
Sept. 4 –  5 Card Studs
Sept. 11 – The Now
Sept. 18 – Failure to Launch

Ayre in the Square
Catalano Square, Historic Third Ward
(414) 763-8548

historicthirdward.org
4-8 p.m.

Aug. 21 – Yum Yum Cult, Weird Storm, Caley Conway and Fellow Kinsman