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Milwaukee Concert Picks: Bay View Bash and DJay Mando

DJay Mando (left) at The Rave and the Bay View Bash highlight a packed week for live concerts around Milwaukee.
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DJay Mando (left) at The Rave and the Bay View Bash highlight a packed week for live concerts around Milwaukee.

Milwaukee’s concert scene has a lot going on, so we look at the shows coming up to find the ones you’ll look back on and be glad you went. Then we add them to our weekly Milwaukee Concert Picks.

The Bay View Bash is one of those bittersweet Milwaukee moments on the calendar because it unofficially heralds the winding down of the heavier summer festival season. Yet it’s just undeniably a fun, chill environment to enjoy some tunes and some sun while supporting a mainstay Milwaukee neighborhood.

Bay View may well be one of the most-beloved pockets of the city. And at the Bash, one can always count on the natural good vibes of neighborhood-born camaraderie, as well as plenty of great crafts and wares, eats and things to sip on. This year, Central Waters Brewing even created something special for the event: a Kölsch-style ale called “Bash Bräu,” proceeds of which will benefit nonprofits in the 53207 zip code.

For a newbie to the Bash, what’s the star attraction? As a past attendee, I can say it’s always been the solid mix of local-centric music. The full day’s lineup commences at noon and features sets from artists like Holy Pinto, The Trusty Knife, Klassik, VideoSexPriest, Bug Moment, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, Honey Creek, The Steph Lippert Project, Nasty Boys, DJ Kid Millions, Faux Fiction and Olivia Jean.

The Bay View Bash takes place between Potter and Clement on Kinnickinnic Avenue in Bay View this Saturday, Sept. 16, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Spend your day floating among the Milwaukee Record, Rush Mor Records, X-Ray Arcade, WMSE and Hoan Thugs DJ stages, grab a bite or two (and a bevvie), and simply enjoy.

— Erin Wolf


If you're looking to experience an event that showcases some of today's current hip-hop hits while delivering high-energy vibes, you need to be at The Rave this Thursday, when DJay Mando presents "Utopia." This show is for all those folks who seek to rage, frantically sing along and potentially crowd surf.

I've been front and center to witness a DJay Mando show, and can vouch for how intense it can be. Mando and his amazing team know how to engage the crowd by inviting everyone to be a part of it. There is real intention with his shows — the dance choreography, music selection, and provocative call-and-response all add up to create a successful formula.

Join DJay Mando and his team for this musical journey through Travis Scott’s discography, exploring classic albums like Rodeo, Birds in the Trap, Astroworld and, of course, Utopia.

— Kenny Perez


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