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Nothing rocks quite like free music. (PHOTO: David Bernacchi)

Milwaukee free summer music series guide



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Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Aug. 13, 2017 at 11:06 a.m. We continually update the thousands of articles on OnMilwaukee.com, but it's possible some details, specials and offers may have changed. As always, we recommend you call first if you have specific questions for the businesses mentioned in the guide.


Good news, music fans. The summer may be coming to a close, but you can still get your fill of live music all season long – and for free. From jazz to rock and an array of local and national bands in between, Milwaukee's weekly concert series offer something for everyone. Grab some food and some friends, and enjoy a free summer night with some great summer tunes.

Sundays

Cafe Sopra Mare
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Mercury Courtyard 2220 N. Terrace Ave.
(414) 271-3656

cavtmuseums.org
10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with performances beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Aug. 13 – The Folios Duo
Aug. 20 – Jack Grassel
Aug. 27 – Mac Dowell Club Flurry of Flutes
Sept. 3 – Thistledown Thunders
Sept. 10 – Mary Radspinner
Sept. 17 – Stas!
Sept. 24 – The Worldwind Jazz Trio

Live at Peck Pavilion
Marcus Center For The Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St.
(414) 273-7121

marcuscenter.org
2 p.m.

Aug. 13 – The Milwaukee Police Band
Aug. 20 – Hartland Community Band

Sunday Sounds at the Yard
The Iron Horse Hotel, 500 W. Florida St.
(414) 374-4766

theironhorsehotel.com
3-5 p.m.

Aug. 13 – Sean McGibany
Aug. 20 – Joe Wray
Aug. 27 – Extra Crispy Brass Band

Monday

Courtyard Music Series
Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St.
(414) 223-2180
bartolottas.com/events

6:30 p.m.

Aug. 14 – Joe Zarcone Quintet
Aug. 21 – Swing Explosion
Aug. 28 – The Belairs

Musical Mondays
Lake Park Summer Stage
lakeparkfriends.org
6:30 p.m

Aug. 14 – Folias Music
Aug. 21 – Becky Spice & Chad Larget with Jack Forbes Wilson
Aug. 28 – The Rhythm Aces

Tuesday

Courtyard Music Series
Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St.
(414) 223-2180
bartolottas.com/events

6:30 p.m.

Aug. 15 – Robert Allen Band with Tom Sobel
Aug. 22 – Reverend Raven & The Chainsmoking Altar Boys
Aug. 29 – Jim Liban Band
Sept. 5 – Alex Wilson Band
Sept. 12 – Little Davy Max
Sept. 19 – The Blue Disciples
Sept. 26 – Leroy Airmaster with Little Maddie B

Chill on the Hill
Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave.
bayviewneighborhood.org
6 p.m., with headliners performing at 6:30 p.m

Aug. 15 – PILES and Dramatic Lovers (with Mathew Haeffel)
Aug. 22 – Misha Siegfried & His Band and Don Linke (with Olivia Gonzales Quartet)
Aug. 29 – De La Buena (with Sara and Kenny)

Live at Peck Pavilion Lunch Concerts
Marcus Center For The Performing Arts, 929 N. Water St.
(414) 273-7206

marcuscenter.org
Noon

Aug. 15 – Nickel & Rose
Aug. 22 – Tru Skool

COA's Skyline Music Series
Kadish Park, 909 E. North Ave.
coa-yfc.org

5:30-8:30 p.m.

Aug. 15 – King Solomon
Aug. 22 – Tweed Funk

Wednesday

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

stjohncathedral.org
12:15 p.m.

Aug. 16 – Tedd King
Aug. 23 – Aaron Zauner
Aug. 30 – Christopher Stroh

Live at the Lakefront
Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Dr.
(414) 765-9966

liveatthelakefront.com
5:30-9 p.m.

Aug. 16: Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys
Aug. 23: VIVO
Aug. 30: Natty Nation

Music in the Glen
Richard E. Maslowski Community Park, 2200 W. Bender Rd.
musicintheglen.org
7 p.m.

Aug. 23 – Cap'n Bob & the Banana Band

River Rhythms
Pere Marquette Park, 900 N. Plankinton Ave.
(414) 276-6696

westown.org
6:30-9 p.m.

Aug. 16 – Thriftones
Aug. 23 – Celtica Pipes Rock
Aug. 30 – 5-Card Studs

Tosa Tonight
Rotary Performance Pavilion, Hart Park
(414) 939-9819
tosatonight.com
Opening acts 6 p.m., main acts at 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 16 – Celtica Pipes Rock and Aoife Scott
Aug. 30 – Trapper Schoepp with guest Mike Mangione

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

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

Aug. 16 – The Tinker Boys
Aug. 23 – Valerie B and The Boyz

Washington Park Wednesdays
4599 W. Lloyd St.
(414) 342-0215
washingtonparkneighbors.com
6 p.m. (with happy hour starting at 5 p.m.)

Aug. 16 – Beer & Bass: Charles Walker Band and Mouf
Aug 23 – Carnival At The Shell: Dead Man's Carnival and Brew City Fire Brigade
Aug. 30 – New School Milwaukee: Tarik Moody and The Diaspora Arkestra

Wednesday Night Live
Budweiser Music Pavilion, Wisconsin State Fair Park, 8100 W. Greenfield Ave.
(414) 266-7000
budpavilion.com
7-10:30 p.m.

Aug. 23 – Bella Cain
Aug. 30 – The Now

Thursday

Jazz in the Park
Cathedral Square Park
easttown.com
6-9 p.m. (with happy hour starting at 5 p.m.

Aug. 17 – Fresh Faces of Milwaukee Jazz featuring Foreign Goods and Roxi Copland
Aug. 24 – Incendio and Terra Guitarra
Aug. 31 – Streetlife featuring Warren Wiegratz and Vivo

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

historicthirdward.org
6:30 p.m.

Aug. 17 – Claire Kelly and Ben Wagner
Aug. 24 – Radio Wranglers
Aug. 31 – Cranford Hollow

Música del Lago
Colectivo at the Lakefront
colectivocoffee.com
7 p.m.

Aug. 17 - Caché
Aug. 24 – RAIN DATE

Courtyard Music Series
Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St.
(414) 223-2180
bartolottas.com/events

6:30 p.m.

Aug. 17 – DO-WA-WA
Aug. 24 – The Tom Anthony Group
Aug. 31 – Larrry Lynne Band
Sept. 7 – The Ricochettes
Sept. 14 – Groove Therapy
Sept. 21 – The Tom Anthony Group
Sept. 28 – The Classics

Concerts in the Gardens
Boerner Botanical Gardens

(414) 257-7275
wimmercommunities.com
6:30 p.m.

Aug. 17 – Platinum
Aug. 24 – Deacon Blues
Aug. 31 – The Jimmys

Friday

Local Motives Music Series
The Iron Horse Hotel, 500 W. Florida St.
(414) 374-4766

theironhorsehotel.com
6-8 p.m.

Aug. 18 – American Blues
Aug. 25 – The Debasers

Summer Sounds at the Park
Cedar Creek Park, Portland Rd.
(262) 377-4180

cedarburg.org
6:30 p.m.

Aug. 18 – TBA

Saturday

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

mke.theumbrellabar.com
7 p.m.

Aug. 19 – 5 Card Studs
Aug. 26 – Oil Can Harry #2

Music on the Monument
Monument Square, 500 Main St., Racine
(262) 634-6002

racinedowntown.com
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Aug. 19 – The Matthew Haeffel Band
Aug. 26 – Twang Dragons
Sept. 2 – Lake Effect

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