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

Milwaukee free summer music series guide

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Good news, music fans: You can spend your entire summer budget down at Summerfest and still get your fill of live music all summer long. From jazz to rock and an array of local and national bands in between, Milwaukee's weekly concert series offer something for everyone – and for free. Grab some food and some friends, and enjoy a free summer night with some great summer tunes.


Cafe Sopra Mare
Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, Mercury Courtyard, 2220 N. Terrace Ave.
(414) 271-3656
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with performances beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 1 – Siempre Flamenco Ensemble
Sept. 8 – Swing Chevron
Sept. 15 – Worldwind Jazz
Sept. 22 – Jon Lovas Trio
Sept. 29 – Mitch Shiner

Live Music on the Patio
Harbor House, 550 N. Harbor Dr.
(414) 395-4900
3 p.m.

Sept. 1 – Jack Tell
Sept. 8 – Jordan Kroeger
Sept. 15 – Benjamin Dameron


Musical Mondays
Lake Park Summer Stage
6:30-8 p.m.

Aug. 26 – SistaStrings

Live Music on the Patio
Harbor House, 550 N. Harbor Dr.
(414) 395-4900

Aug. 26 – Hothead Caravan
Sept. 9 – Anthony Deutsch
Sept. 16 – Steve Peplin


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

Aug. 27 – Buffalo Gospel (with Shonn Hinton and Steve Beguhn)


Live Music in the Beer Garden
The Beer Garden in Deer District
5-8 p.m.

Aug. 28 – Jake Warne

Bay View Beats
South Shore Terrace 2900 S Shore Dr.
5-8 p.m.

Aug 28 – John Stano
Sep. 4 – On Call
Sep. 11 – The Ukulele Sunshine Band
Sep. 18 – Gabby of Faux Fiction
Sep. 25 – MC Smith and John Minard

River Rhythms
Pere Marquette Park, 900 N. Plankinton Ave.
(414) 276-6696
6:30-9 p.m.

Aug. 28 – Five Card Studs

Waterfront Wednesdays
Lakefront Park, 222 W. Wisconsin Ave., Pewaukee
(262) 691-0770
6-8:30 p.m.

Aug. 28 – Fender Bender

Wednesday Night Live
Budweiser Music Pavilion, Wisconsin State Fair Park, 8100 W. Greenfield Ave.
(414) 266-7000
Gates open 6 p.m., music from 7-10:30 p.m.

Aug. 28 – The Toys: Revisited


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

Aug. 29 – Eddie Butts Band

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

Aug. 29 – The New Grey
Sept. 5 – Trapper Schoepp

Ayre in the Square
Catalano Square, Historic Third Ward
(414) 763-8548
6:30 p.m.

Aug. 31 – Blind Fiction, Dropbear Collective, Fressure Point, Funk Summit Bass Team

Concerts in the Gardens
Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners
(414) 257-7275
6:30 p.m.

Aug. 29 – "A Night of the Blues" with Leroy Airmaster, Robert Allen Jr. featuring Rick Holmes and Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys featuring Westside Andy

Bike Nights
H-D Museum Motorcycle Plaza, 400 W. Canal St.
(877) 436-8738
5 - 9 p.m.

Sept. 5 – Chopper Bike Night: Them Guilty Aces
Sept. 12 – Urban Bike Night: DJ Shawna
Sept. 26 – Big Al Wetzel Band


First Fridays
Downtown Racine
4-9 p.m.

September 6
Monument Square – MarrLo Prada
Crosswalk Park – Smith-Nelson Project


Rock Complex Concert Series
Umbrella Bar, 7900 Crystal Ridge Rd., Franklin
(414) 529-7676
6:30 p.m.

Aug. 31 – Oil Can Harry
Sept. 7 – Love Monkeys
Sept. 14 – Screaming Cucumbers
Sept. 21 – Michael Scott Band


schaufs | May 28, 2019 at 6:51 p.m. (report)

There is also free music called the "Locals Only" series at the Tavern at Turner Hall every Wednesday. No cover shows. They set up a stage inside the Palm Room of the restaurant -- very cool casual vintage vibes.

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