Milwaukee’s sprawling summer festival season isn’t just back, it’s more massive and longer-lasting than ever before. Adding the already dizzying list of large-scale festivals, block parties, long-running weekly music series, parades, and other well-established annual events taking place in town (almost) every summer is an exciting wave of new happenings that are popping up in the city this year.
Beyond things like Red Bull’s annual “Flugtag” event coming to Veterans Park in July, the new “Third Space Presents” concert series bringing live music to the brewery every Thursday night, and like 200 other new events going on in town is a music festival that originated in Washington D.C. that’s coming to Milwaukee for the first time this summer.
Founded by members of a band called The Caribbean and the NPR-distributed “Essential Tremors” podcast, Seventh Stanine Festival has been going strong in the nation’s capital since 2017 (excluding 2020, of course). In addition to this year’s D.C.-focused fest that’s slated to happen June 18, organizers made the decision to host a second 2022 installment here in Milwaukee. The inaugural Milwaukee edition of the Seventh Stanine Festival will take place at Cactus Club on Saturday, July 30.
The lineup features The Caribbean, as well 13 other projects that hail from all over the country and various corners of the sonic spectrum. However, the festival will be anchored by a handful of Wisconsin-based performers, including Tom Wincek, Group Of The Altos, All Tiny Creatures, and headliner Collections Of Colonies Of Bees.
Tickets to the Milwaukee version of Seventh Stanine Festival are on sale now. They cost $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Check out the full lineup and schedule below.
1:00 p.m. — Keith Hanlon
1:45 p.m. — Normal Rituals
2:30 p.m. — Tom Wincek
3:15 p.m. — Taffy Puller
4:00 p.m. — Mariage Blanc
4:45 p.m. — Jon Camp
5:30 p.m. — Cassini
6:15 p.m. — Kendraplex
7:00 p.m. — Bill MacKay
7:45 p.m. — Attorneys General
8:30 p.m. — The Caribbean
9:15 p.m. — Group Of The Altos
10:00 p.m. — All Tiny Creatures
10:45 p.m. — Collections Of Colonies Of Bees