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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.

Sundays

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

July 21 – Good Vibes Trio
July 28 – Ben Dameron
Aug. 4 – Absinthe Minded Duo
Aug. 11 – Jon Levy & Jeremy Kahn
Aug. 18 – Jack Grassel
Aug. 25 – J. Ryan Trio
Sept. 1 – Siempre Flamenco Ensemble
Sept. 8 – Swing Chevron
Sept. 15 – Worldwind Jazz
Sept. 22 – Jon Lovas Trio
Sept. 29 – Mitch Shiner

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

July 21 – Milwaukee Festival Brass
July 28 – Command Performance
Aug. 4 – The Amazing Grace Chorus
Aug. 18 – Milwaukee Police Band

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

July 21 – Hothead Caravan
July 28 – Don Linke
Aug. 4 – Swing Chevron
Aug. 11 – Jack Tell
Aug. 18 – Don Linke
Aug. 25 – John Jason
Sept. 1 – Jack Tell
Sept. 8 – Jordan Kroeger
Sept. 15 – Benjamin Dameron

Monday

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

July 15 – Mark Davis Quartet with Vocalist Donna Woodall
July 22 – Kevin Gordon
July 29 – De La Buena Five
Aug. 5 – The R&B Cadets
Aug. 12 – The Tritonics
Aug. 19 – Extra Crispy Brass Band
Aug. 26 – SistaStrings

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

July 15 – Kirsten Grace
July 22 – Steve Peplin
July 29 – Anthony Deutsch
Aug. 5 – Neil Davis
Aug. 12 – Ernie and Otto
Aug. 19 – Jordan Kroeger
Aug. 26 – Hothead Caravan
Sept. 9 – Anthony Deutsch
Sept. 16 – 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.

July 16 – World Music Night: Nwa Na Agbe, Cache MKE (curated by Cecilio Negrón Jr.)
July 23 – Humboldt Hustle 5K Run (with selections from West Sid Story, Funk Summit Bass Team, and Vincent Van Great)
July 30 – Versio Curs (with Caley Conway and Bear in the Forest)
Aug. 6 – Kids and Family Night: Golden Grenades (with The Lovebugs and Repeat the Process)
Aug. 13 – No/No (with Immortal Girlfriend and Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance)
Aug. 20 – Jazz Night: Lovanova (with Strangelander and K-Stamp)
Aug. 27 – Buffalo Gospel (with Shonn Hinton and Steve Beguhn)

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

July 16 – Tweed
July 23 – Screamin' Cucumbers
July 30 – Urban Empress and the Urbanites
Aug. 6 – Betsy Ade and the Well-Known Strangers
Aug. 13 – Paul Cebar
Aug. 20 – King Solomon

Wednesday

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

July 17 – Barbara Stephan and Pete Mac
July 24 – Jake Warne
July 31 – Ian Ash of The Last Bees
Aug. 7 – Marr'Lo Prada
Aug. 14 – Joe Wray
Aug. 21 – Barbara Stephan and Pete Mac
Aug. 28 – Jake Warne

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

July 17 – Pay the Devil July 24 – Heather Jean Maywood July 31 – MC Smith and John Minard
Aug. 7 – Freshwater
Aug 14 – The Ukulele Sunshine Band
Aug 21 – Ethan Keller
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

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

July 17 – Eric Diamond & The Ultimate Legends
July 24 – Pat McCurdy
July 31 – Groove Therapy
Aug. 7 – Concord Chamber Orchestra
Aug. 14 – The WhiskeyBelles

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

July 17 – Leroy Airmaster
July 24 – Cigarette Break
July 31 – The Squeezettes
Aug. 7 – Mellencougar
Aug. 14 – BROTHER
Aug. 21 – De La Buena
Aug. 28 – Five Card Studs

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

July 17 – Paddy Grass Trip
July 24 – Montage
July 31 – Twang Dragons
Aug. 7 – Big Kenny in 3D
Aug. 14 – One2Many Band
Aug. 21 – Johnny Third & the MPs
Aug. 28 – Fender Bender

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

July 17 – V!VA Washington Park!: Mariachi Monarcas (curated by Browns Crew)
July 24 – Ride on with The Student Body: Klassik, Aram Feriants, No Seatbelts, and Immortal Girlfriend
July 31 – Live! Art: Tha DMC (presented by The Black Lens Film Series)
Aug. 7 – Carnival at the Bandshell: Revel in Dimes (with special guests K-Stamp and members of Dead Man's Carnival)
Aug. 14 – Old School vs. New School Dance Party: Doc B and DJ Bizzon
Aug. 21 – Season Finale/Celebrating Milwaukee Hip Hop Week: with Devin Drobka and Barry Paul Clark of Field Report and Argopelter

Wonderful Wednesdays
Lake Park Summer Stage
lakeparkfriends.org
6:30 p.m

July 17 – Cash Box Kings
July 24 – Fox and Branch
July 31 – Duke Otherwise
Aug. 7 – Gin Mill Jubilee
Aug. 14 – Charles Walker Band

Florentine Opera in Riverwest
Colectivo - Humboldt
colectivocoffee.com
6 p.m.

July 24

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

July 17 – JC Brooks with Lex Allen
July 24 – The Foxies with Brett Newski and The No Tomorrow
July 31 – Steely Dane with Bonifas Electric Band
Aug. 14 – Red Hot Chili Pipers with Shane Hennessy
Aug. 21 – Scott Mulvahill with Paper Holland

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

July 17 – The Love Monkeys
July 24 – The Crisis
Aug. 21 – The Now
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.)

July 18 – Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal
July 25 – Jazz Goes Country with FM 106.1: Drew Baldridge
Aug. 1 – The Jimmy's
Aug. 8 – DJ Night with Brew City Bass: Plaid Hawaii
Aug. 15 – The Claudettes
Aug. 22 – Jazz Goes Country with FM106.1: Abby Anderson
Aug. 29 – Eddie Butts Band

Música del Lago
Colectivo - Lakefront, 1701 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.
(414) 223-4551
colectivocoffee.com
7 p.m.

July 18 – Golpe Tierra
Aug. 1 – Clave y Afinque
Aug. 8 – De La Buena
Aug. 15 – Orchesta Salsa Power
Aug. 23 – RAIN DATE

Florentine Opera at the Lake
Colectivo - Lakefront, 1701 N. Lincoln Memorial Dr.
(414) 223-4551
colectivocoffee.com
7 p.m.

July 25

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

July 25 – Nineteen Thirteen
Aug. 1 – WhiskeyBelles
Aug. 8 – B~Free & Quinten Farr Duo
Aug. 15 – Chris Crain
Aug. 22 – Nickel & Rose with Sista Strings
Aug. 29 – The New Grey
Sept. 5 – Trapper Schoepp

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

July 27 – Will Pfrang and the Good Land Gang, Gitche Gumee, Fuzzysurf, Will Rose
Aug. 17 – Chris Haise Band, Yum Yum Cult, Amanda Huff, Rose of the West
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
wimmercommunities.com
6:30 p.m.

July 18 – "Rockin' Favorites" with Oil Can Harry
July 25 – "Inspired R&B" with The Barbara Stephan Band
Aug. 1 – "Progressive Bluegrass" with Chicken Wire Empire
Aug. 8 – "The Music of Tom Petty" with Petty Kings
Aug. 15 – "The Golden Age" with Chicago Tribune Anthology
Aug. 22 – "Put On Yer Dancin' Shoes" with The Jimmys
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
harley-davidson.com
5 - 9 p.m.

July 18 – Alerted Five Blues Band
July 25 – JT & The Gunslingers
Aug. 1 – Zac Matthews Band
Aug. 8 – Young Professionals Bike Night: The Young Revelators
Aug. 15 – Rebel Grace
Aug. 22 – Robert Allen Jr. Band
Sept. 5 – Chopper Bike Night: Them Guilty Aces
Sept. 12 – Urban Bike Night: DJ Shawna
Sept. 19 – THE PLAYLIST
Sept. 26 – Big Al Wetzel Band

Friday

Starry Nights Series
Wilson Center for the Performing Art, 19805 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield
(262) 781-9520
wilson-center.com
6:30 p.m.

July 19 – The Squeezettes
July 26 – Chicken Wire Empire
Aug. 2 – De La Buena
Aug. 9 – Irish Fest Sound Sampler: Freshwater
Aug. 16 – Guitar Festival Celebration: Troy Stetina Project

First Fridays
Downtown Racine
firstfridaysracine.com
4-9 p.m.

August 2
Monument Square – EarthMother
Crosswalk Park – High Stakes Band
September 6
Monument Square – MarrLo Prada
Crosswalk Park – Smith-Nelson Project

Saturday

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

July 20 – Cherry Pie
July 27 – 33 RPM
Aug. 3 – Clove
Aug. 10 – Riding Shotgun
Aug. 17 – Eddie Butts
Aug. 24 – 5 Card Studs
Aug. 31 – Oil Can Harry
Sept. 7 – Love Monkeys
Sept. 14 – Screaming Cucumbers
Sept. 21 – Michael Scott Band

Talkbacks

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. https://www.facebook.com/events/450367919046491/

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