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Milwaukee Art Museum / Nares: Moves @ Milwaukee Art Museum
Jun 14 @ 10:15 am – Oct 6 @ 11:00 pm

Nares: Moves
June 14–October 6, 2019
Baker/Rowland Galleries
Nares: Moves is the first retrospective on the contemporary New York-based artist James Nares (b. 1953) and reveals a significant career bringing motion into the spotlight. The exhibition is organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum and will premiere June 14 to October 6, 2019. In addition to being the first retrospective for Nares, it is also the first to explore in depth the artist’s films as central to his artistic practice. The exhibition and accompanying catalogue celebrate the key projects of this prolific, perpetual inventor and establish Nares as an important contemporary artist.

MKE Boatline Concerts – Fri. Burgandy Ties / Sat. The Tritonics
Jul 19 @ 8:30 pm – Jul 20 @ 10:30 pm

It’s a great day for a Boat Ride!


Friday – Burgundy Ties –  A highlight of their summer, the band brings its own brand of rock’n’roll along with some surprises, favorites and deep cuts from their catalog of classics.

Saturday – The Tritonics – The Tritonics are Jeff Stehr, Dave Bolyard, Glenn Asch, Kyle Seifert, Mike Lizzo and Peter Roller. They write, arrange and perform original music written in the Jamaican roots styles of rock steady, ska and reggae.



Port Washington Fish Day @ Port Washington
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

It’s become a tradition like no other. Don’t miss the 54th Annual Port Washington Fish Day in beautiful downtown Port Washington, Saturday, July 21st. General admission is free and the main stage admission is only five dollars! Free shuttle buses will also be available for all attendees. Enjoy the annual 8K run and 2 mile Fun Run/Walk beginning at 8am that benefits Portal, Inc. Plus a huge parade traveling through downtown at 10am. Enjoy Carnival rides, a Classic Car Show, Helicopter Rides, great tasting food, beverages and the best fish and chips this side of the Atlantic. And don’t miss the fireworks at 9:30. Fun for the entire family at Port Washington Fish Day, July 20! Be sure to stop by the WMSE Stage and check out some killer music.

The Posies @ The Back Room at Colectivo
Jul 20 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Rock ‘n’ roll has rarely been as smart, soulful or satisfying than it has in the hands of The Posies. During an on/off career that’s stretched across four decades, the Seattle-rooted outfit, led by musical polymaths Jon Auer and Ken Stringfellow, have shaped and re-shaped their muse, creating one of the more compelling catalogues in modern pop.

The Psychedelic Furs & James @ The Pabst Theater
Jul 22 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Two of the UK’s most creative & iconic bands The Psychedelic Furs & James come to the Pabst Theater. With their legendary combined chart-topping back-catalogue, that spans across decades and generations between them, boasting countless classics such as the Furs’ ‘Love My Way’ and ‘Pretty In Pink,’ and James’ global hits ‘Laid’ and ‘Sit Down’ to remarkable new music from both acts, this upcoming tour is destined to go down in the rock history books as an unforgettable one.

WMSE 24 hour Live Broadcast – Riverwest 24 @ Colectivo on Humboldt
Jul 26 – Jul 27 all-day

WMSE will once again broadcast from the patio of Colectivo on Humboldt. This 24 hour event kicks off with the Blues Drive on Friday and ends after the Saturday morning Boogie Bang. Stop by say hi and join us in what has become and annual event!

7th Annual Puerto Rican Festival / Orgullo Latino – Live Remote! @ Humboldt Park
Aug 3 @ 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

Welcome to the 7th Annual Puerto Rican Festival of Wisconsin. Delicious food, family fun, Puerto Rican culture and an amazing community experience. Team Orgullo Latino will live broadcast from Noon to 3PM!

Waukesha Blues Festival @ Waukesha Blues Fest
Aug 9 @ 1:00 pm – Aug 10 @ 11:45 pm

2019 Headliners:

Joanne Shaw Taylor – Friday. August 9, 2019

The Fabulous Thunderbirds – Saturday, August 10, 2019


Friday, August 9, 2019
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm ROCKONSIN 2019 FINALIST
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm DERRINGER
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm DJ AND THE BLUESERS
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm JENNIE DEVOE
8:30 pm to 10:00pm JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR

Saturday, August 10, 2019
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm PAUL KAYE
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm ANDREW GELLES BAND
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm THE INCORRUPTIBLES
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm ALEX WILSON
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm ROBERT KIMBROUGH SR.

Rosenau & Sanborn @ The Back Room at Colectivo
Aug 9 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Born out of a collaboration at the inaugural 2015 Eaux Claires music festival, Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso) and Chris Rosenau (Volcano Choir), both also previously members of Milwaukee’s Collections of Colonies of Bees, looked at each other after the final note of their impromptu set, knowing they were onto something special. After collaborating annually at each subsequent Eaux Claires festival, the duo took to a cabin in North Carolina to record their first album as Rosenau & Sanborn, ‘Bluebird’.

“The titles are the working titles we used that weekend, the mixes are the mixes we made as we were packing up that weekend, the pictures are the pictures we took that weekend. Our hope is for all of these things come together for you, the listener, as they did for us; to relay what we saw, what we heard, and how we felt that weekend. It’s definitely not a traditional way to present a record, but it’s definitely the way we’d like to present this record.” – Chris Rosenau

The Faint @ The Rave / Eagles Ballroom
Aug 10 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Electro-Punk Pioneers play the Rave in support of their latest release Egowerk. Recording at Enamel Studios in Omaha, The Faint composed 11 blistering tracks that explore society’s current relationship to, well, themselves. “I have work to do on my ego, and so does everyone else,” says Fink. “It’s become really noticeable with the state of the world, especially when we’re on communications platforms, social media and all that stuff. We have to ask ourselves why we’re doing what we’re doing. Is it an ego trip? Are we trying to make other people do what we wish we would do? Or are we just trying to feel better than other people and taking people down?”