From April 27-30, Arte Para Todos—a.k.a. “Milwaukee’s largest local music event”—will return for its third year. With nearly 100 acts showcasing their talents in 25 venues spread throughout five neighborhoods, knowing where to go and who to see can be a little daunting. It’s impossible to hit up everything, so, in case you need some pointers, here’s what we’ll be up to for Day 2 in Bay View. (Tickets are $8 per show, or $13 for a single-day pass. A four-day festival pass can be purchased online here.)

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. – Wristband pickup

Enlightened Brewing Co. is arguably the best and easily the smallest of Milwaukee’s new crop of craft breweries. Stop by early to pick up your single-night or weekend pass. The first 50 to do so get a free Enlightened beer.

6 p.m. – Jack Tell
7 p.m. – Match Stick
8 p.m. Kaylee Crossfire
9 p.m. Strangelander

Start the musical portion of your Arte evening a few blocks from Enlightened. Jack Tell will kick things off at Boone & Crockett. The former Animals In Human Attire singer has struck out solo and shifted his focus to fingerstyle guitar, which should bode for a relaxing start to Friday’s entertainment.

7:30 p.m. – Cullen Sampson
8:30 p.m. – Painting Silence
9:30 p.m. – Painted Caves
10:30 p.m. – Lorde Fredd33
11:30 p.m. – Luxi

Fresh off their European tour, Painted Caves are back in town. Between the band’s incomparable world music material and singer Ali Lubbad’s sometimes powerful, sometimes hilarious, and always memorable banter between songs, Painted Caves anchors a stacked Tonic Tavern bill that also features local heavyweights Lorde Fredd33 and Luxi.

8 p.m. – Cairns
9 p.m. – WC Tank
10 p.m. — Peeper & Le Play
11 p.m. — Soul Low

The Frank’s roster is among the more intriguing of the evening, but being a bit off the beaten path compared to its clustered neighborhood counterparts makes things difficult. Either plan on setting camp at the Power Plant for most of the night—which isn’t a bad move with that lineup!—or pick one act to see before heading elsewhere. For us, that act is rapper, producer, and visual wizard WC Tank.

WC Tank- 27TH AND NATIONAL from WC Tank on Vimeo.

8 p.m. — The Blue Mooners
9 p.m. — King Eye & The Squirts
10 p.m. — Mortgage Freeman
11 p.m. — Direct Hit!

Come to one of Milwaukee’s oldest bars early in the evening for The Blue Mooners’ songs about butts, then return later on for Direct Hit!’s material about a drug trip, the apocalypse, and werewolves.

9:30 p.m. — Body Futures
10:30 p.m. — PaLABra
11:30 p.m. — Paper Holland
12:30 p.m. — Surgeons In Heat

As D’Amato and his 12 band mates are setting up at Cactus Club, cross the street to take in the soothing and soulful sounds of Surgeons In Heat over at Club G’s. You won’t be sorry.

9 p.m. — Mouse Corn
10 p.m. — Fox Face
11 p.m. — Guerrilla Ghost
12 a.m. — Zed Kenzo
1 a.m. — D’Amato

The downright stacked Cactus Club bill has to be at least part of your Arte experience. Between stops at nearby Garibaldi and Puddler’s Hall, we’ll be catching some of Fox Face’s final show of 2017. We’ll return to catch at least part of hip-hop force Zed Kenzo’s set, and ultimately end our evening with the unmatched party anthems of D’Amato.

10 p.m. — Free hot dog or brat for Bay View wristband holder (while supplies last).

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Before co-founding Milwaukee Record, Tyler Maas wrote for virtually every Milwaukee publication (except Wassup! Magazine). He lives in Bay View and enjoys both stuff and things.