Our fat-free, dolphin-safe Milwaukee events calendar is chock-full of things to do, but only a handful of events are worthy of the lofty honor of “Record Recommended” (patent pending). Here are our recommendations for June 13-19, 2022.


LASKA + Rich Travis, Jorge Vallentine @ Cactus Club
Less than two weeks removed from the release of Endless Patcher, an acclaimed new album that skillfully melds folk with elements of pop and indie rock, LASKA will drop by Cactus Club to help end your Monday night right. The Minneapolis sibling trio and their backing band will be joined on the bill by Rich Travis and Jorge Vallentine.


Chill On The Hill: No Seatbelts + Fellow Kinsman @ Humboldt Park
Chill On The Hill’s 17th season—which kicked off June 7—features a total of 13 weeks worth of free, family-friendly entertainment. Like last year, Chill has expanded its footprint by designating the space between the band chalet and the Vine Beer Garden for show-goers. The ever-popular concert series continues its 2022 season on Tuesday with a performance by Fellow Kinsman and No Seatbelts. Go find your lawn chairs, break out your comfiest blanket, and put some beverages in the cooler.


Jeff Rosenstock + NNAMDI, Catbite @ Turner Hall Ballroom
Following a postponed show in January, prolific ska-punk troubadour Jeff Rosenstock finally makes his way to Turner Hall. If you know Jeff Rosenstock, you’re probably well aware of this and you’ve already bought your ticket. On the off chance you didn’t know about this, now you do.

Milwaukee Night Market @ West Wisconsin Avenue
Remember the NEWaukee Night Market? The big art fair/food truck fair/”Hey, it’s the Milwaukee Blacksmith family!” fair that would take over a prime chunk of Wisconsin Avenue outside the old Shops of Grand Avenue four times a year every summer? It was great! Well, it’s now just the Milwaukee Night Market (and the old Shops of Grand Avenue is now 3rd Street Market Hall), but it’s back! Tonight’s season opener will be followed by installments on July 13, August 17, and September 21.

New Kids On The Block + Salt-N-Pepa, Rick Astley, and En Vogue @ Fiserv Forum
Just look at this lineup. Need we say more?

Welcome To Night Vale + Carrie Elkin, Danny Schmidt @ The Pabst Theater


‘Juice’ (30th Anniversary Screening) @ Oriental Theatre
June 16, 2022 will be / would have been Tupac Shakur’s 51st birthday. (Is it mind-boggling to think that Shakur would have been only 51? Yep.) To mark the occasion, Milwaukee Film’s Black Lens program is sponsoring a two-night celebration in honor of the fallen icon, including a 30th-anniversary screening of Juice, and a career retrospective/discussion/dance party. The first takes place June 16 at the Oriental Theatre; the other is set for June 17 at Company Brewing.

Laugh Track Cinema: ‘Aswang’ (1993) @ The Laughing Tap
Join us and Lakefront Brewery for another installment of Laugh Track Cinema, a riff-tastic celebration of Wisconsin-made movies.  This time around, we’ll be screening Aswang, a low-budget horror movie from 1993 that was filmed in various locations throughout southeastern Wisconsin, and features many actors from Milwaukee (including original Violent Femmes drummer Victor DeLorenzo). The film’s star—and a Milwaukee theater legend in his own right—Norman Moses will be on hand during intermission for a spirited chat and some good-natured ribbing. Comedians Kaitlin McCarthy, David Louis, and Norman’s daughter Kelsey Moses will handle the riffing. Tickets are only $10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The movie begins at 7:30 p.m. BE THERE.

Third Space Presents: Tae & The Neighborly @ Third Space Brewing
Every Thursday through September 15, “Third Space Presents” is bringing a different musical act to the Menomonee Valley brewery’s new and improved outdoor patio. In addition to the concert (which runs from 6-8 p.m., including an intermission) and plenty of award-winning local beer on-site, Triciclo Peru will be on hand to serve empanadas and other Peruvian goodies out of its food truck.

More Kicks + Fox Face @ Company Brewing


Milwaukee Boat Line Concert Cruise: Devils Teeth + North By North @ Milwaukee Boat Line
Despite the dozens of festivals, block parties, and weekly outdoor music series taking place on Milwaukee soil every summer, Milwaukee Boat Line sees fit to extend the city’s celebratory spirit to the water with its annual Concert Cruise series. Every Friday night between early June and the end of August, 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 from 9-11 p.m. The series continues this week with a performance by Devils Teeth. Chicago’s North By North will be along for the ride.

Friday Night Freak Show: ‘American Hardcore’ (2006) @ Times Cinema

The Life & Times Of Tupac Shakur: An Artistic Retrospective @ Company Brewing


Summer Soulstice Music Festival @ East Side
Making its return after two COVID-heavy years is none other than the East Side’s Summer Soulstice Music Festival. This year’s fest (the 20th installment, btw) has been pared down and “reimagined”: There will be two main stages instead of three, and there will be DJs in Black Cat Alley. Like previous installments, however, the event will feature the usual winning mix of food and drink vendors, arts and crafts, probably that yarn dog thing, and hopefully the guy who always used to bring his lizard. You can check out the full entertainment lineup (featuring local luminaries like Dramatic Lovers, Klassik, and more) HERE.

Gigs 4 Good: ANDII + Shell Bells @ The Tonic Tavern
Last summer, The Tonic Tavern celebrated its 12th anniversary with a new charitable music series. “Gigs 4 Good” featured a wide range of Milwaukee musicians performing at Tonic on select Saturdays. It went so well, Tonic is bringing it back for 2022! Like last time around, proceeds from the concerts (brought in through audience donations and from the bar donating a portion of that night’s sales) will benefit Milwaukee Center For Children And Youth, Bay View Community Center, and The Women’s Center.

Celebrating Mike Hoffmann @ Ope! Brewing Co.


Juneteenth Parade @ 14th and Atkinson
June 19 is Juneteenth, a day that commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Now a federal holiday, Juneteenth has been celebrated in Milwaukee for 51 years. This year’s parade and street festival begin at 9 a.m. Live music follows at 6 p.m. A summer-long concert series, meanwhile, kicks off June 25, and takes place every Saturday in July.

Milwaukee Makers Market @ Discovery World
Now into its sixth season, Milwaukee Makers Market gives customers an opportunity to explore a market featuring 50+ local makers and small businesses that create artwork, jewelry, clothing, kids appeal, herbal tea, soaps, candles, stickers, pastries and more. This month’s installment takes place at Discovery World, and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m

Radioactivity + Bad Sports, Dusk @ X-Ray Arcade

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