First of all, yes, we know that the Linneman’s website design seen above was alive and well until 2016 or so. It was/is simply too beautiful to not use as the main picture.

Anyway, let’s remember what Milwaukee music venue websites looked like roughly 10 and 20 years ago! (And today!) We picked eight musical mainstays and used the ol’ Wayback Machine to visit various times when web counters were the norm, when white space wasn’t a thing, and when things were definitely not optimized for mobile. A few missing JPGs and some busted Flash stuff aside (R.I.P.), it was fun seeing these old sites again. The graphics! The walls of text! The bands! Enjoy!

BREMEN CAFE, 2003

BREMEN CAFE, 2012

BREMEN CAFE 2021

CACTUS CLUB, 2003

CACTUS CLUB, 2012

CACTUS CLUB, 2021

THE JAZZ ESTATE, 2001

THE JAZZ ESTATE, 2011

THE JAZZ ESTATE 2021

LINNEMAN’S RIVERWEST INN, 2001

LINNEMAN’S RIVERWEST INN, 2011

LINNEMAN’S RIVERWEST INN, 2021

MAD PLANET, 2004

MAD PLANET, 2012

MAD PLANET, 2021

THE PABST THEATER, 2006

THE PABST THEATER GROUP, 2013

THE PABST THEATER GROUP, 2021

THE RAVE, 1998

THE RAVE, 2007

THE RAVE, 2021

SHANK HALL, 1998

SHANK HALL, 2011

SHANK HALL, 2021

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