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The Grovelers Album release Show @ Xray Arcade
May 19 @ 2:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Milwaukee The Grovelers burst forth with their highly anticipated release Cream City Nights. This energetic garage-billy band bring the chops. Joining the bill –
Bruce Humphries and the Rockabilly Rebels
King Eye & the Squirts
Florida Brothers Band

The Distillers @ Pabst Theater
May 21 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

The Distillers are an Australian-American punk rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1998 by vocalist and guitarist Brody Dalle. After the Distillers unveiled their first new song in 15 years and reunited for a handful of 2018 dates, Brody Dalle and company will reconvene for a 2019 spring tour. We can’t wait.

Judas Priest w/ Uriah Heep @ Riverside Theater
May 23 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

There are few heavy metal bands that have managed to scale the heights that Judas Priest have during their 40 year career – originally formed during the early ’70s in Birmingham, England, Judas Priest is responsible for some of the genre’s most influential and landmark albums (1980’s ‘British Steel,’ 1982’s ‘Screaming for Vengeance,’ 1990’s ‘Painkiller,’etc.) and for decades have been one of the greatest live bands in the entire heavy metal genre. Milwaukee headbangers will get the opportunity to experience the mighty Priest live for two electrifying nights at The Riverside Theater!

Bay View Gallery Night @ Bay View, WI
May 31 @ 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for the next installment of Bay View Gallery Night on Friday May 31st! Celebrate local Milwaukee art, music and local business on one amazing evening in Bay View. 50 businesses and hundreds of artists – free and family friendly!

5th Annual Brewtown Rumble @ Fuel Cafe on 5th St.
Jun 2 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Brewtown Rumble is a ride-in vintage motorcycle show featuring live music, vendors and food from some of Milwaukee’s best restaurants and food trucks. It doesn’t matter the make, model or condition of the bike. It just matters that you ride it! Everyone is welcome – riders and motorcycle enthusiasts alike. Proceeds from the Rumble support the BUILD Moto Mentor Program.

Chill on The Hill – Bay View High School Drum Line, Bum Alum, Mortgage Freeman & Telethon @ Humboldt Park
Jun 4 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

See you on the Hill at Humboldt Park for the weekly Chill on The Hill!

Sweet Spirit w/ Seasaw & The Mighty Deerlick @ The Cooperage
Jun 4 @ 8:00 pm – 11:30 pm

Ironically, the nine-piece band Sweet Spirit started as a solo project. Austin singer Sabrina Ellis was going through some distressing times: the band that she fronted for several years, Bobby Jealousy, with her then husband was disintegrating along with their relationship. Everything Ellis was working toward was suddenly in free-fall.
She started Sweet Spirit to hone her ability to write and perform on her own. “It was supposed to be focused on me writing solo, and performing with the guitar,” she says. But it didn’t stay that way for long.
When Ellis started Sweet Spirit, she was still writing and performing with her longstanding garage punk band A Giant Dog. AGD Co-founder Andrew Cashen was intrigued by Ellis’ new emphasis on soul and country and pop music as touchstones for Sweet Spirit and quickly climbed on board the project. “I’m very comfortable doing loud and fast,” Cashen says, “so this is uncharted territory for me.”
Together Ellis and Cashen began turning out songs at a breakneck pace. They assembled a core band of four more members, rehearsed religiously, and started playing gigs around town. Immediately they began turning heads and packing clubs.
Within six months they had gotten noticed by one of Austin’s most famous musical residents, Britt Daniel of Spoon. In October of 2014, Daniel asked the band to perform at Spoon’s “secret” tour kick off show at the cramped rock club Hotel Vegas for their latest record They Want My Soul, and Sweet Spirit was quickly thrown into the local buzzmill.
Ex-Spoon producer and friend Mike McCarthy was also an early devotee. He met with the band and invited them to record demos at his studio to shop around. Those early demos were so strong, that with minimal mixing, they became the band’s eponymous 10″ EP.
As Austin accolades continued to pile up into 2015, the band was asked to perform a cover set of Marvin Gaye songs for a special event. They added two horn players and a backup singer to recreate Gaye’s music – Ellis and Cashen were immediately enchanted. They asked the auxiliary players to stay, making what was once a solo project a full-fledged nine piece band!
Twp months later, Sweet Spirit was added as an official SXSW showcase act without a full-length record or ever having applied. National attention fromEsquire, the L.A. Times and other outlets solidified their status as Austin’s “next great rock band” and earned them a spot as the opener on 12 Midwest and West Coast Spoon tour dates.

Meanwhile, the band released their full-length debut Cokomo, as well as a two song collaboration with Daniel, receiving praise from Stereogum, Consequence Of Sound, SPIN, and other outlets, and leading to two more national tours.

In between shows, the band found time to work with producer Steve Berlin (Los Lobos, Deer Tick) on their sophomore full-length St. Mojo.

The new record comes out on April 7, 2017 on Austin label Nine Mile Records and features a bigger, more dynamic set of songs. Lead single “The Power” has already become a fan favorite at live shows, while the Queen-esque track “The Mighty” and Prince dance funk of “I Wanna Have You” take the band is exciting, unexpected new directions. Guest contributions from members of Grupo Fantasma, Mother Falcon and A Giant Dog help expand the band’s already considerable sound.

Triple Eye Industries Fest IV @ Club Garibaldi
Jun 5 @ 8:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 11:30 pm

We are at again, TRIPLE INDUSTRIES FEST IV or 4…
This year we are going to have 2 shows in Chicago and 3 in Milwaukee.
The goal of the festival is to bring in bands from the Midwest and beyond.

Work Party .
Aneurysm .
Tile .
Big’n .
Den .
Them Teeth .
The Old Northwest .
Coordinated Suicides .
Nicholas Elert .
Bardus .
Salvation .
Sinking Suns .
Jab Jugular .
Djunah .
Sanford Parker .
The Slurs .
Dead is Dead .
Miners .
Guerrilla Ghost .
Giant Killer .
Nasty Boys .
Garbage Man .
Doubletruck .
Something is Waiting .
These Beasts .
Power Take Off .

Pridefest Milwaukee 2019 @ Pridefest
Jun 6 @ 4:00 pm – Jun 9 @ 11:45 pm

Join Milwaukee Pride as we celebrate 32 years of diverse local LGBTQ cultures and communities! In 2019, we also honor our LGBTQ pioneers with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising — and the formation of the liberation movement!

We can’t wait to see you all again at Milwaukee’s beautiful lakefront! #LiveProud

Rhett Miller @ The Back Room at Colectivo
Jun 6 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

Texas native Rhett Miller is perhaps best known as the frontman of Dallas-based alt-country giants Old 97’s, although he’s also pursued a solo career, taking on subjects such as fatherhood, sex and love and capturing even more attention and critical acclaim.

Rhett is also the author of the children’s book, ‘No More Poems’, and host of the ‘Wheels Off with Rhett Miller’ podcast.