For years, Milwaukee Boat Line and its impressive fleet of vessels—the Iroquois, Voyageur, and Vista King—have played an important part in the city’s summer enjoyment. With a wide range of cruises, which vary from sightseeing cruises, cocktail cruises, happy hour cruises, yacht rock voyages, field trips and chartered trips, and even a Gothic Great Lakes cruise, there’s something in its eclectic nautical arsenal that even the biggest landlubber among us can enjoy. But for our money, it doesn’t get any better than the Concert Cruise series.

Despite the dozens of festivals, block parties, and weekly outdoor music series taking place on Milwaukee soil (almost) every summer, the Boat Line sees fit to extend the city’s celebratory spirit to the water with its annual Concert Cruises. On Friday and Saturday nights, a variety of Wisconsin bands board the Vista King to perform on the lake vessel’s poop deck while the beer and pre-mixed margaritas flow liberally for two hours.

In addition to announcing the business’ move to a block east of Fiserv Forum (between Highland and Juneau) yesterday, Milwaukee Boat Line also announced that tickets for its “first wave” of Concert Cruise performances are now on sale. Here’s the lineup so far. Check back for updates as more acts are announced.

July 9: Steez
July 10: Maple Road
July 16: Burgundy Ties
July 17: The Grovelers with Fox Face
July 24: Max & The Invaders
July 31: Boney Fingers
August 6: Undercover Organism
August 7: Devils Teeth
August 13: The Exotics
August 20: Tangled Lines
August 21: Radio Radio
August 28: Brewtown Beat

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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.