By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published May 24, 2022 at 5:01 PM Photography: FunkClub Wagon Facebook

Milwaukee's getting all sorts of fancy new performance halls and concert stages – but what about the city's oldest gathering space: the water. That's where the MKE River Roundup comes in, rolling live music every Wednesday night down the river.

Beginning June 8 and running through the end of August, this live music series will board a band onto "The Funktoon" and take off down the Milwaukee River, playing all the way. While floating along its three-hour tour from 5-8 p.m., the boat will hit various riverside hotspots – such as Riverfront Pizza, Milwaukee Ale House and The Harp – but the main attraction takes place out on the water as fans can rent a kayak or 12-passenger boat to sail alongside the show. The rocking river tour then comes to an end at Boone & Crockett, complete with an afterparty concert. 

Here's the lineup making a splash with the MKE River Roundup this summer:

  • June 8 – The Stephen Hull Experience and Alex Wilson Band
  • June 15 – The Erotic Adventures of the Static Chicken and Adventure Circus
  • June 22 – Craig Baumann and The Story, and Ethan Keller Group
  • June 29 – Bryan Cherry Band and Midnight Hound
  • July 6 – Old Pup and Long Mama
  • July 13 – Another One and Bodhictta
  • July 20 – Honest John and Derek Pritzl & The Gamble
  • July 27 – De La Buena and Pocket Change
  • Aug. 3 – Chicken Wire Empire and The Wild Roses
  • Aug. 10 – Heatbox and SLM
  • Aug. 17 – Cream City Hotclub and Sweet Shieks
  • Aug. 24 – The MilBillies and Cullah
  • Aug. 30 – FunkClub Wagon and Sleepy Gaucho

The shows launch at 4:30 p.m. from Brew City Kayak, found at 820 S. Water Street. Tickets cost $20 with your own kayak, $50 for a single kayak rental, $90 for a tandem kayak rental and $500 for the 12-person boat rental – and all come with free beer from Indeed Brewing Company.

Tickets for each individual concert are available on Eventbrite, and for more information on the schedules and the shows, visit the events' Facebook pages or FunkClub Wagon's page

And for more Milwaukee summer sonic fun, check out our free summer music series guide

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.