By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Aug 09, 2022 at 3:16 PM Photography: Dan Garcia

The great Milwaukee summer is HERE! Don't miss all of our great coverage on local festivals and happenings. Click here for your full summer line-up! 

Your guide to having a great summer is brought to you by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino and Peoples State Bank.

Good news, music fans: Summerfest may be over but you can 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 many weekly concert series offer something for everyone – and for our favorite price: free. 

To help get you out, about and dancing once again, here's a guide to all of the free live music series scheduled for this summer, regularly updated and organized by the day of the week. So grab some food and some friends, and enjoy a great 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
Gates open at 10 a.m.; music begins at 10:30 a.m.

Aug. 14 – Joe Humiston (singer/piano)
Aug. 21 – Jack Grassel (guitar)
Aug. 28 – The Flood (Americana featuring ragtime, early jazz and rockabilly)
Sept. 4 – Eric Wruck (flamenco guitar/dance)
Sept. 11 – Corey Klunk (worldwind jazz)
Sept. 18 – Cosmo (reed quartet)
Sept. 25 – Anita Graef (cello)

Tosa Village Music Series
Cafe Hollander Tosa, 7677 W. State St.
(414) 475-6771
cafehollander.com

4-6 p.m.

Aug. 14 – Tae
Aug. 21 – Juan Carlos Munguia
Aug. 28 – Orlando Pena

Monday

Musical Mondays
Lake Park Summer Stage

lakeparkfriends.org
6:30-8 p.m.

Aug. 15 – Caribbo
Aug. 22 – Fareed Haque Trio
Aug. 29 – The Sam Belton Experience

Patio Daze
The Fernweh at Ivy House, 906 S. Barclay St.
(414) 539-3339
ivyhousemke.com

7 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.)

Sept. 12 – The Toys

Tuesday

Chill on the Hill
Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave.

bayviewneighborhood.org
6:30 p.m.

Aug. 9 – Loud Library and Blind Fiction
Aug. 16 – Paul Cebar
Aug. 23 – The Breadmen and Ethan Keller
Aug. 30 – Jalen Romell Acoustic, Tigera and Amanda Huff & Vincent Van Great

COA's Skyline Music Series
Kadish Park, 909 E. North Ave.

coa-yfc.org
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Aug. 9 – Urban Empress and the Urbanites
Aug. 16 – The Screamin' Cucumbers
Aug. 23 – De La Buena

Riverwalk Commons Concert Series
423 N. Water St., across from the Milwaukee Public Market
milwaukeepublicmarket.org

6-8 p.m.

Aug. 9 – Evan Christian
Aug. 23 – Trapper Schoepp
Sept. 13 – DJ Shawna

Wednesday

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

stjohncathedral.org
12:15 p.m.

Aug. 10 – Drew Donica (piano)
Aug. 17 – Ian Joyal (bass) and James Grzadzinski (piano)
Aug. 24 – Benjamin Stone (organ)
Aug. 31 – Rebecca Royce (harp)

Music in the Glen
Richard E. Maslowski Community Park, 2200 W. Bender Rd.

musicintheglen.org
6:30 p.m.

Aug. 17 – Mitch Shiner Latin Vibes

Washington Park Wednesdays
4599 W. Lloyd St.
(414) 342-0215

washingtonparkneighbors.com
6-8 p.m.

Aug. 10 – Carnival at the Shell, featuring Marielle Allschwang & the Visitations and Dead Man's Carnival
Aug. 17 – Live|Art, curated by Community Art and Funk Festival featuring Kojo and JD Rankin and The Women of Reggae
Aug. 24 – Ride On with Art Intersection, a night of blues, funk and rock curated by Tobias Cainion Sr.
Aug. 31 – Back 2 School, with DJ Dripsweat & Wes Tank and School of Rock and the New State

Wonderful Wednesdays
Lake Park Summer Stage

lakeparkfriends.org
6:30 p.m

Aug. 10 – Fox and Branch
Aug. 17 – Little Miss Ann

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 p.m.

Aug. 31 – The Toys: Revisited

Tosa Tonight
Hart Park Rotary Performance Pavilion, 68th and State Street
(414) 395-0293
tosatonight.com

6 p.m., with main acts taking the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Aug. 10 – Andrew Leahey and the Homestead with Nick Anderson and the Skinny Lovers
Aug. 17 – The Drowsy Lads with Boxing Banjo
Aug. 24 – RAINOUT/MAKEUP DATE

Heart(beats) of the City
Red Arrow Park
milwaukeedowntown.com

Noon

Aug. 10 – The Eddie Butts Band
Aug. 24 – Extra Crispy Brass Band
Aug. 31 – Donna Woodall Group

Thursday

Jazz in the Park
Cathedral Square Park
easttown.com/jazz-in-the-park/

6-9 p.m.

Aug. 11 – The Bill Bonifas Electric Band featuring Brian Lynch
Aug. 18 – An Evening with the Milwaukee Jazz Institute
Aug. 25 – Esquires II
Sept. 1 – Kal Bergandahl Project
Sept. 8 – Barbara Stephan Band
Sept. 15 – Steez
Sept. 22 – Nineteen Thirteen
Sept. 29 – Latin Jazz Night with the Eric Jacobson Latin Jazz Quintet

Tunes @ Noon
411 East Wisconsin Center., 411 E. Wisconsin Ave.
milwaukeedowntown.com

Noon 

Aug. 11 – Roxie Beane
Aug. 18 – Jon Hintz
Aug. 25 – Shuga Blu
Sept. 1 – Texas Dave Duo

Music at the Market
South Milwaukee Downtown Market, 11th Avenue & Milwaukee Avenue
(414) 436-5771
smmarket.org

5-7 p.m.

Aug. 11 – Big Style Brass Band
Aug. 18 – De La Buena
Aug. 25 – Bluegrass Allstars
Sept. 1 – Tweed featuring Gervis Myles
Sept. 8 – Hungry Williams
Sept. 15 – Sarah Day
Sept. 22 – The MilBillies
Sept. 29 – Old Sam and the Teardrops
Oct. 6 – John Stano

Concerts in the Gardens
Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 Boerner Dr., Hales Corners
(414) 257-7275

wimmercommunities.com
6:30 p.m.

Aug. 11 – Boney Fingers
Aug. 18 – Steely Dane
Aug. 25 – Think Floyd USA

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

harley-davidson.com
5 - 9 p.m.

Aug. 11 – The Now
Aug. 18 – Barnyard Stompers
Aug. 25 – The NIX
Sept. 8 – Robert Allen Jr. Band
Sept. 15 – Jay Matthes Band
Sept. 22 – Bruce Humphries and the Rockabilly Rebels
Sept. 29 – Blacktop Kings

Jazz at the Vine
The Vine Humboldt, 3000 S. Howell Ave.
(414) 257-7275
thevinehumboldt.com

6-9 p.m.

Aug. 25 – The Neil Davis Quartet

Third Space Presents
Third Space Brewing, 1505 W. St. Paul Ave.
(414) 909-2337
thirdspacebrewing.com

6 p.m.

Aug. 11 – Duckling, Brat Sounds and Heet Deth
Aug. 18 – Caley Conway
Aug. 25 – Kid Dakota
Sept. 1 – Bubbles Brown
Sept. 8 – Old Pup
Sept. 15 – Emmitt James

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

6 p.m.

Aug. 18 – Cache MKE and Karlies Kelly and the Panadanza Dance Co.
Aug. 25 – RAIN DATE
Sept. 1 – RAIN DATE

Beer Garden in the Corners
Cafe Hollander Brookfield, 20150 Union St.
(262) 785-4490
cafehollander.com/happenings/

5:30 p.m.

Aug. 11 – The Rogue Electrics
Aug. 18 – BD Greer and Matt Schroeder
Aug. 25 – Rocket Cat
Sept. 1 – Stas Venglevski Duo
Sept. 8 – Tally Ho! Brass

West Allis Summer Concert Series
Veterans Memorial Park, 6900 W. National Ave.
westalliswi.gov

6 p.m. (food and drink begins at 5 p.m.)

Aug. 25 – Milwaukee Blues Rock Collective
Sept. 8 – Andrea and the Mods

Friday

Sounds of Summer
The Yard at Bayshore, 5800 N. Bayshore Dr., Glendale
(414) 963-8780
thebayshorelife.com

6-9 p.m.

Aug. 12 – The MilBillies
Aug. 19 – Kojo with JD Rankin
Aug. 26 – Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound

Starry Nights Series
Wilson Center for the Performing Art, 19805 W. Capitol Dr., Brookfield
(262) 781-9520

wilson-center.com
6:30 p.m.

Aug. 12 – Irish Fest Sound Sampler with Shane Hennessy

Saturday

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

mke.theumbrellabar.com
6:30 p.m.

Aug. 13 – Stetsin & Lace
Aug. 20 – The Toys
Aug. 27 – Superfly
Sept. 3 – First Wave
Sept. 10 – 33 RPM
Sept. 17 – Failure to Launch

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

catalanosquare.com
4-8 p.m.

Aug. 20 – Oh Geeez, Ben Harold and the Rising, and Funk Summit Bass Team

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.