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

Milwaukee free summer music series guide

Note: The contents of this guide were checked for accuracy when this article was updated on Aug. 15, 2018 at 5:01 p.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: 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.

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. 19 – Bob Maynard Jazz Quartet
Aug. 26 – Jack Grassel & Garrett Wait
Sept. 2 – Joseph Magnno
Sept. 9 – Frogwater
Sept. 16 – Carolyn Wehner
Sept. 23 – Siempre Flamenco Ensemble
Sept. 30 – 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. 19 – Milwaukee Police Band

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

Aug. 19 – Hothead Caravan
Aug. 26 – John Jason
Sept. 2 – Jack Tell
Sept. 9 – Hothead Caravan
Sept. 16 – Benjamin Dameron

Monday

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

Aug. 20 – Mitch Shiner's Jazz Trio
Aug. 27 – Wendy Hill & Kurt Ollmann

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

Aug. 20 – Ernie and Otto
Aug. 27 – Benjamin Dameron
Sept. 3 – X
Sept. 10 – Anthony Deutsch
Sept. 17 – Steve Peplin

Tuesday

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

Aug. 21 – Who's Your Daddy Trio and Matchstick (with Beto y Azul)
Aug. 28 – Zach Pietrini and Mike Mangione & the Kin (with Trapper Schoepp)

COA's Skyline Music Series
Kadish Park, 909 E. North Ave.
coa-yfc.org
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Aug. 21 – King Solomon

Music in the Courtyard
Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St.
(414) 223-2180
bartolottas.com

Aug. 21 – Reverend Raven & The Chain-Smoking Altar Boys
Aug. 28 – Jim Liban Blues Combo
Sept. 11 – Robin Pluer & the R&B Coquettes
Sept. 18 – Jim Liban Blues Combo
Sept. 25 – Reverend Raven & The Chain-Smoking Altar Boys

Wednesday

Bay View Beats
South Shore Terrace 2900 S Shore Dr.
www.southshoreterrace.com/
5-8 p.m.

Aug 15 – John Stano
Aug 22 – MC Smith & John Minard
Aug 29 – Dean Richard
Sep. 5 – John Stano
Sep. 12 – Ethan Keller
Sep. 19 – Layers & Layers
Sep. 26 – MC Smith & John Minard

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

Aug. 15 – Screaming Orphans
Aug. 22 – Sam Llanas
Aug. 29 – La Orquesta Salsa Power

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

Aug. 15 – One 2 Many Band
Aug. 22 – Montage
Aug. 29 – Road Crew

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

Aug. 15 – Live! Art: B-Free (performing the music of Prince) and LUXI
Aug. 22 – Carnival At The Bandshell: Extra Crispy Brass Band, New South Rampart Street Paraders and Dead Man's Carnival
Aug. 29 – New School Milwaukee: The Diaspora Arkestra and Tarik Moody

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. 15 – Shreem and Jiggy
Aug. 29 – Mike Mangione & The Kin with Caley Conway

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. 22 – The Now
Aug. 29 – Bella Cain

Hollander Patio Performance Series
Cafe Hollander, 2608 N. Downer Ave.

(414) 963-6366
lowlandsgroup.com
5-7 p.m. (starts at 4:30 p.m.)

Aug. 15 – Ben Wagner
Aug. 22 – B~Free and Quinten Farr
Aug. 29 – TBA

Thursday

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

Aug. 16 – Steez
Aug. 23 – Unity
Aug. 30 – Chicago Tribute Anthology

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

Aug. 16 – La Chazz
Aug. 23 – RAIN DATE

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

Aug. 16 – Extra Crispy Brass Band
Aug. 23 – WhiskeyBelles

Concerts in the Gardens
Boerner Botanical Gardens
(414) 257-7275
wimmercommunities.com
6:30 p.m.

Aug. 16 – New Invaders
Aug. 23 – The Jimmys
Aug. 30 – Jackie Venson

Bike Nights
H-D Museum Motorcycle Plaza
(877) 436-8738
harley-davidson.com
5-9 p.m.

Aug. 16 – Irish Rock Band
Aug. 23 – Kyle Menga Duo
Sept. 6 – Xeno and Joe Trio
Sept. 13 – Celebrity DJ
Sept. 20 – Phs Junge Kameraden
Sept. 27 – Big Al Wetzel Band

Music in the Courtyard
Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St.
(414) 223-2180
bartolottas.com

Aug. 16 – Trapper Schoep Trio
Aug. 30 – Piano Brew
Sept. 6 – The Squeezettes
Sept. 20 – Hungry Williams
Sept. 27 – FBI and the Untouchable Horns

Friday

Music on the Monument
Monument Square, 500 Main St., Racine
(262) 634-6002
racinedowntown.com
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Aug. 17 – The Jimmy La Rose Band
Aug. 24 – Bullfrog
Aug. 31 – Matthew Haeffel

Saturday

Ayre in the Square
Catalano Square, Historic Third Ward
(414) 763-8548
historicthirdward.org
4 p.m.

Aug. 25 – Dusk, Soul Symmetry, Liam O'Brien's Faithless Followers, The Atomic Spins

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

Aug. 18 – Road Crew
Aug. 25 – Southbound
Sept. 1 – Eddie Butts Band
Sept. 8 – Oil Can Harry
Sept. 15 – Chasin' Mason
Sept. 22 – Cherry Pie

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