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

June 24 – Good Vibes Jazz
July 1 – Gorenc & Di Cristo
July 8 – J Ryan Trio
July 15 – Neal Bardele
July 22 – Myserk
July 29 – Henzel Kunsmann
Aug. 5 – The Flute Studio Quartet
Aug. 12 – Dale Palecek & Friends
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.

July 29 – Kids From Wisconsin
Aug. 5 – Hartland Community Band
Aug. 12 – 484 Army Band
Aug. 19 – Milwaukee Police Band

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

June 24 – John Jason
July 1 – Jay Anderson
July 8 – Anthony Deutsch
July 15 – Nickel & Rose
July 22 – Benjamin Dameron
July 29 – Don Linke
Aug. 5 – Swing Chevron
Aug. 12 – Jack Tell
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

July 2 – Gaudete Brass Quartet
July 9 – Tatyana & Stas
July 16 – Milwaukee Chamber Choir
July 23 – Pat Donohue & The Prairie All Stars
July 30 – Chicago Samba Quartet
Aug. 6 – Edith's End Celtic Band
Aug. 13 – My Sweet Patootie
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

June 25 – Hothead Caravan
July 2 – Jordan Kroeger
July 9 – Jack Tell
July 16 – Jordan Kroeger
July 23 – Steve Peplin
July 30 – Anthony Deutsch
Aug. 6 – Nickel & Rose
Aug. 13 – Jordan Kroeger
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

June 26 – American Legion Band
July 3 – Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
July 10 – Surgeons in Heat and B-Free (with Amanda Huff)
July 17 – Stas Venglevski, ¡paLABra! and Sindoola
July 24 – Hot and Dirty Brass Band and They GuanUs (with highlights from Milwaukee Rep's "In the Heights")
July 31 – Camel Tow Truck and The Unheard Of (with Two and A Half Stars)
Aug. 7 – The Trojan Horses and Negative/Positive (with Half Glass Full)
Aug. 14 – Xposed 4Heads and The Quilz (with Kinsella Academy of Irish Dance)
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.

July 10 – Urban Empress and Urbanites
July 17 – Screamin' Cucumbers
July 24 – Paul Cebar
July 31 – Well-Known Strangers
Aug. 7 – Ahvant Soul
Aug. 14 – De La Buena
Aug. 21 – King Solomon

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

July 10 – Leroy Airmaster & Little Maddie
July 17 – Robin Pluer & the R&B Coquettes
July 24 – Jim Liban Blues Combo
July 31 – Blues Disciples
Aug. 14 – Altered Five Blues Band
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

Wednesday Concert Series
Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 812 N. Jackson St.
(414) 276-9814
stjohncathedral.org
12:15 p.m.

June 20 – David Jonies
June 27 – Hans Uwe Hielscher
July 4 – No concert (Fourth of July)
July 11 – No concert (Bastille Days)
July 18 – Olga Skylanskya
July 25 – Nicholas Schmelter and Tyler Kivel

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

Jun. 20 – Ethan Keller
Jun. 27 – MC Smith & John Minard
Jul. 11 – John Stano
Jul. 18 – MC Smith & John Minard
Jul. 25 – Dean Richard
Aug. 1 – Dean Richard
Aug. 8 – Ethan Keller
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

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

June 20 – Command Performance
June 27 – 5 Card Studs
July 11 – Random Maxx
July 18 – Cow Ponies
July 25 – Easy Days Quartet
Aug. 1 – Kerry Hart Bieneman
Aug. 8 – Steve Lewandowski

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

June 20 – Reverend Raven
June 27 – Chicken Wire Empire
July 4 – No concert (Fourth of July)
July 11 – Charles Walker Band
July 18 – Light Up: A Tribute to Styx
July 25 – BROTHER
Aug. 1 – Altered Five
Aug. 8 – 5 Card Studs
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.

June 20 – Fender Bender
June 27 – Andrea & the Mods
July 4 – No concert (Fourth of July)
July 11 – Room to Move
July 18 – Big Kenny in 3D
July 25 – Geoff Landon
Aug. 1 – Evan & Tom Leahy
Aug. 8 – Bruce Humphries & The Rockabilly Rebels
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.)

June 27 – Roll With It: Brewcity Bruisers, Abby Jeanne and Freespace
July 4 – No concert (Fourth of July)
July 11 – Old School Milwaukee: DJ Bizzon Dance Party and the Milwaukee Rep's "In the Heights"
July 18 – Nurture the Nature with the UEC: Nickel & Rose and SistaStrings
July 25 – Viva Washington Park: Rumbambere Cuban Band, Danny Balderas and Salsabrosa
Aug. 1 – Ride On: No No Yeah Okay and Negative/Positive
Aug. 8 – Farm To Park: Collections of Colonies of Bees, Reyna and The Millbillies
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

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

June 20 – Ms. Jen and the Jellyfish
June 27 – Extra Crispy Brass Band
July 4 – No concert (Fourth of July)
July 11 – The Kitchen Boys
July 18 – Trapper Schoepp
July 25 – Little Miss Ann
Aug. 1 – Duke Otherwise
Aug. 8 – Fox and Brunch

Florentine Wednesdays
Assorted Colectivo locations
colectivocoffee.com
7 p.m.

July 25 – Mequon

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

June 20 – Blue Genes with The Koch Marshall Trio
July 4 – Chicago Rewired with The Radio Rosies
July 11 – Trapper Schoepp
July 25 – Motherfolk with Well-Known Strangers
Aug. 8 – The Skylight Music Theatre with Peter Mulvey
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.

June 20 – Almighty Vinyl
June 27 – The Crisis
July 4 – NO CONCERT
July 11 – The Cheap Shots
July 18 – The Love Monkeys
July 25 – Chasin' Mason
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.)

June 20 – Evan Christian
June 27 – Jen Cintron
July 4 – NO CONCERT
July 11 – Acoustiholics
July 18 – Mighty Fine Shindig
July 25 – Jake Williams
Aug. 1 – Jarrett Hendrickson
Aug. 8 – Caribbean Eclipse Duo
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.

June 21 – The People Brothers Band
June 28 – We Six
July 5 – Sweet Sheiks
July 12 – No concert (Bastille Days)
July 19 – Jay Edward Blues Band
July 26 – The Right Now
Aug. 2 – Cache MKE
Aug. 9 – Mike Mangione & The Kin
Aug. 16 – Steez
Aug. 23 – Unity
Aug. 30 – Chicago Tribute Anthology

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

June 21 – Carlos Adames Group
July 19 – Nabori
Aug. 2 – Carmen Lamarque
Aug. 9 – De La Buena
Aug. 16 – La Chazz
Aug. 23 – RAIN DATE

Florentine Opera at the Lake
Colectivo at the Lakefront
(414) 223-4551
colectivocoffee.com
7 p.m.

June 28
July 12
July 26

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.

June 28 – Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
July 5 – Christopher's Project
July 12 – Saving Savannah
July 19 – The Mark Croft Band
July 26 – Heartache Tonight
Aug. 2 – The Barbara Stephan Band
Aug. 9 – Oil Can Harry
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.

June 21 – Oil Can Harry
June 28 – Them Guilty Aces
July 5 – Cactus Bros.
July 12 – The Radio Wranglers
July 19 – Katie Mack & The Moan
July 26 – Carpetbaggers
Aug. 2 – Tweed Funk
Aug. 9 – Good Boy Daisy
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

June 21 – Chicken Wire Empire
July 12 – Mic Over Matter
July 19 – Tom Sorce & Oldies but Goodies Spectacular
Aug. 2 – Jayne Taylor
Aug. 9 – Joe 2.0
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

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

June 29 – BtW
July 6 – Jason Gillette and the Showtime Big Band
July 13 – The Rockin' Robins
July 20 – CNJ Latin Jazz
July 27 – Armchair Boogie
Aug. 3 – WhiskeyBelles
Aug. 10 – Irish Fest Sound Sampler

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

June 22 – Free Time
June 29 – Full Flavor
July 6 – Mesnard Location
July 13 – Squad 51
July 20 – The Sentinels
July 27 – Step In Out
Aug. 3 – Neptunes
Aug. 10 – Touch of Grey
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.

July 14 – Zoofunkyou, The Listening Party, Lady Cannon, Pretty Beggar
July 28 – Something To Do, Cold Soda Club, For The Culture, Daydream Retrievers
Aug. 11 – Ohmme, Rocket Paloma, Greatest Lakes, Captain Coopersmith
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.

June 23 – Superfly
June 30 – Totally Neon
July 7 – Katie Mack & The Moan
July 14 – 5 Card Studs
July 21 – The Toys
July 28 – Alter Ego
Aug. 4 – Detour
Aug. 11 – Failure to Launch
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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