Entering its eighth year, MKE Punk Fest as quietly grown from one or two glorified local shows to become a full-fledged festival. Last year, the event made the move from spring to late summer, and will now include a total of four shows in two venues over the course of four days in August.

MKE Punk Fest will start at Quarters on August 23 and will continue on until an August 26 finale (also at Quarters). Those shows will bookend a pair of shows at The Local in Walker’s Point on August 24 and August 25. Before it’s all over, close to 50 bands, solo artists, and comedians will perform.

Individual show prices range from $5-8. Four-show weekend passes are just $12. Here’s who’s performing:

Thursday, August 23 – 7:30 p.m. (Quarters Rock ‘N’ Roll Palace) – 21+

The Red Flags (Madison)
Slaughter Party (Kenosha)
Faster, Faster, Faster (Waukesha)
Spanish Bird Droppings

Tyler Menz (host)
Raegan Niemela
Elijah Holbrook
Drew Flagge

Friday, August 24 – 7 p.m. (The Local) – 21+

Main Stage
Blackcat Manor (Illinois)
40oz Fist (Force 5 Records)
Faux Fiction

Side Stage
Rhetoric Vendetta (Lake Geneva)
Court Caust (Fond du Lac)
Cantstandya (Fond du Lac)
Dorthy’s Worst (Sheboygan)

Acoustic Stage
Old Wolves (Genoa City)
Noah Green (Madison)
Victims Of Symmetry
Grape Shitz
A Smidge Of Evil

Saturday, August 25 – 6 p.m. (The Local) – 21+

Main Stage
Dirty Reggae Punx (Minnesota)
Some Kind Of Nightmare (California)
Acid Teeth (Washinton)
Misunderstood (Indiana)
Peach Vomit (Illinois)

Side Stage
Size 5’s
The Meatcurtains
Billy Dreamer

Acoustic Stage
Mike Defendant & Katrina Jo (Ohio)
No Horse (Illinois)
The Spite Brothers
Jeff Callesen
First Cousin Once Removed

Sunday, August 26 – 6:30 p.m. (Quarters Rock ‘N’ Roll Palace) – 21+

No Recess (Nirvana tribute)
Moth Light
Atheists & Airplanes
Gas Station Sushi

Tyler Menz (host)
Dana Ehrman
Gary Zajackowski
Jeff Spankowski
William O’Neill III

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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.