Since 2013, Moss Folk’s Andrew Shelp has organized an undertaking of all things psychedelic. In its first four years, Milwaukee Psych Fest has evolved into a multi-day, multi-venue celebration of the reverb-y, droned out, and trippy elements of the catch-all genre. From May 11-13, the event will return with approximately 40 bands, DJs, and visual artists taking to three venues in as many days as part of Milwaukee Psych Fest V.

This year’s iteration includes acts from California, Texas, Montana, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Indiana, and Illinois, as well as Kikagaku Moyo from Japan. Show will also feature local support from the likes of Calliope, Moss Folk, Dirty Dancing, Moon Rats, Ravi/Lola, Drug Dragons, Mark Waldoch, Def Harmonic, and Milwaukee psych lords Vocokesh.

Thursday, May 11 @ Boone & Crockett back patio (5 p.m., $10)

Al Lover (DJ set)
Heaven’s Gateway Drugs
Dead Feathers
Moon Rats
The Harlequins

Visuals by Breadmothers

Friday, May 12 @ Cactus Club (7 p.m., $12)

Holy Wave
L.A. Witch
Mr. Elevator
Al Lover
Moss Folk

Live projections by Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show

Saturday, May 13 @ Company Brewing (noon, $25)

Flavor Crystals
Plastic Crimewave Syndicate
Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk
Snoozy Moon
Drugs Dragons
All Seeing Eyes
Mark Waldoch
Dirty Dancing

Kikagaku Moyo
Doug Tuttle
Ancient River
Nest Egg
Chatham Rise
Def Harmonic
Foreign Goods
Bill MacKay
Black Thumb

Live projections performed by Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show

Weekend passes are available for $40. Passes include admission to all three shows, a Milwaukee Psych Fest button, and a two-CD compilation featuring this year’s performers.

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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.