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MKE Concert Pick: Take a trip to The Cooperage for Milwaukee Psych Fest

Milwaukee Psych Fest

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.

Andrew Shelp isn’t solely responsible for the current state of the city’s solid psychedelic music scene. But, as the person behind Milwaukee Psych Fest, the dude deserves some serious respect.

The event returns for its ninth installment this Friday and Saturday at The Cooperage, having grown steadily since its inception — even in the face of a multi-year absence due to the pandemic. What was once an entirely solo endeavor on Shelp’s part eventually became more of a team effort that pulls in bands and fans from well beyond Milwaukee’s borders.

Before a note has been played, this year’s festival has already overdelivered. While the event page says to expect “a total of 19 acts from all over the world,” I count 20 in the daily schedule below. Throw in “live rhythm painted visuals” from Mad Alchemy and Luminacidy, food trucks, and beverages provided by The Cooperage, and you’ve got yourself an enjoyably mind-bending couple of days.

The proceedings start at 6 p.m. Friday and continue at 1:45 p.m. Saturday (with some goodies from Centripetal Force for the first 25 folks through the gate that day). Tickets run from $35 to $75 and are available now via Eventbrite.

Friday, May 10

  • 6 p.m. — Retroreflector
  • 7:30 p.m. — Shoobie
  • 9 p.m. — Vocokesh
  • 10 p.m. — Cult of Lip
  • 11 p.m. — Blues Ambush
  • Midnight — Film School

Saturday, May 11

Inside Stage

  • 2:30 p.m. — Elijah McLaughlin & Caleb Willitz
  • 4 p.m. — Luke Schneider
  • 5:30 p.m. — Drew Gardner Flowers in Space Band
  • 7 p.m. — Jeffrey Alexander + The Heavy Lidders ft. Isaiah Collier
  • 8:30 p.m. — Vague Plot
  • 10 p.m. — Glyders
  • 11 p.m. — Dire Wolves
  • Midnight — Garcia Peoples

Outside Stage

  • 1:45 p.m. — A. James Shelp & The Rolling Hills
  • 3:15 p.m. — Spiral Galaxy ft. Drazek Fuscaldo
  • 4:45 p.m. — The International Disassociation of Aaron Dooley
  • 6:15 p.m. — Frank Hurricane
  • 7:45 p.m. — Emergency Group
  • 9:15 p.m. — Bitter Wish

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