By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published May 02, 2024 at 7:26 PM

Summer Soulstice will be back and bigger than ever this summer – and that's not just some writing cliche, as the East Side's day-long summer celebration will be literally larger with two more stages joining the party when it returns next month.

Hosted this year on Saturday, June 15 from noon until midnight in the center of the East Side, the free festival has recently featured three stages – found at Kenilworth, Ivanhoe and Farwell – plus a DJ hub spinning in Black Cat Alley. This summer, however, two additional stages will share in the Summer Soulstice festivities: a Murray Avenue stage as well as a stage at Kind Oasis, found at 2169 N. Farwell Ave.

“In keeping with the tradition of Summer Soulstice, we’ve put together a lineup that represents the spirit of the current Milwaukee music and arts culture," said local talent and booking curator Jason Burczyk, in a release. "Whether you’re strolling with the family or coming to dance your face off, groove with the tunes or sing along to some old favorites, there’s a little something in here for everybody and we’re real proud of it.”

And with that, here's the extra-large lineup of music coming to the East Side's Summer Soulstice next month:

Kenilworth Stage

  • 1 p.m. – Ricky Thump
  • 3 p.m. – Force
  • 5 p.m. – Rat Bath
  • 7 p.m. – Gold Steps
  • 9 p.m. – Twan Mack and Swadetrackz

Ivanhoe Stage

  • 1 p.m. – School of Rock
  • 3 p.m. – Decoteau Black
  • 5 p.m. – Modern Joey
  • 7 p.m. – Dak Dubois
  • 9 p.m. – Wonderful Bluffer

Farwell Stage

  • Noon – Ms. Kaprice
  • 2 p.m. – Elephonic
  • 4 p.m. – Pink Halo
  • 6 p.m. – Emmitt James
  • 8 p.m. – Wire & Nail
  • 10 p.m. – Goran & Morgan of The Gufs

Murray Stage

  • 3 p.m. – Next Paperback Hero
  • 5 p.m. – Ben Mulwana
  • 7 p.m. – Allison Mahal
  • 9 p.m. – Mark Waldoch

Kind Oasis Stage

  • 3 p.m. – The Urbanites with JD Rankin and Guests
  • 5 p.m. – Jack Reed's Still Alive: Celebrating the Music & Ethos of the Grateful Dead
  • 7:30 p.m. – Chicken Wire Empire

Black Cat Alley

  • Noon – San Berto
  • 1:30 p.m. – Andrew Optimist
  • 3 p.m. – Dataexit
  • 4:30 p.m. – Don Black
  • 6 p.m. – Digital Maddie
  • 8:30 p.m. – Greyhound
  • 10 p.m. – Asher Gray

And that's just the music. There will also be tons of vendors, art, activities and more celebrating the official start of summer on the East Side – 70 vendors to be specific, an increase from last year's 55, according to East Side BID executive director David Smulyan in the release. 

For more information about Summer Soulstice and all the fun planned next month, check out the festival's website. And stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more summer festival news, announcements and updates!

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.