There are few Milwaukee summertime activities that can beat spending a few hours paddling around the city’s rivers in a kayak. Trust us! If the experience that blends outdoor enjoyment, exercise, and seeing the city in an entirely new way is missing anything, though, it’s live music. But wait!

On Wednesdays from June 12 through August 28, MKE River Round Up will offer three hours of live music on the open water. Each week, a different musical act will take to a pontoon boat known as “The Funktoon” to perform from 5-8 p.m., followed by an 8-10 p.m. after party. Instead of staying stationary and watching the show like landlubbers, people can rent a kayak from Milwaukee Kayak Company and paddle alongside the performers as The Funktoon navigates the river.

The just-announced 2024 lineup of River Round Up outings (and affiliated after parties) includes performances by De La Buena, The MilBillies, Another One, Stephen Hull, and more. MKE River Round Up ticket links will be posted sometime this spring, so check Eventbrite as show dates approach or email [email protected] for more information. Here’s the lineup!

June 12: Wonderfunk + Midnight Hound
June 19: Stephen Hull + Tommy Odeto
June 26: The MilBillies + Wire & Nail
July 3: Bye Week (Fourth of July)
July 10: Another One + Modern Joey
July 17: Bye Week (RNC)
July 24: De La Buena + Los Mitoteros
July 31: Natty Nation + Hannah Simone
August 7: Moonglow + Fightin Bob
August 14: Heatbox + Joe Wray
August 21: Hot And Dirty + Cream City Hotclub
August 28: FunkClub Wagon + Big Swig

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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.