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‘It’s Alive’ RiverWalk music series expands summer lineup

A man wearing a blue t-shirt, sunglasses and gray baseball cap plays an acoustic guitar and sings into a microphone while seated on a sidewalk next to a river in a downtown city setting.
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When the Milwaukee Theater District announced the “It’s Alive on the RiverWalk” music series, it came with a handful of confirmed artists filling out the few remaining days of July. An amuse bouche, if you will. On Tuesday, the district delivered the main course, digestif, dessert and after-dinner mint: a whopping 33 performance slots covering the remainder of the summer season.

The Pabst Theater Group, which is responsible for booking the series, said it received a “huge response” from the Milwaukee music community following the initial announcement. That’s reflected in not only the sheer volume of acts revealed Tuesday, but also the variety of sounds represented.

You can find the schedule for the next six-plus weeks of the busker-style series on the RiverWalk below, and if you’re a musician interested in joining, submit your information via this form to be considered for an upcoming performance slot.


Wednesday, Aug. 2

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Mason Street: Mermaid Arame
  • Marcus Performing Arts Center: Hildegarde DejaVu

4-7 p.m.

  • Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria: Long Mama
  • Mason Street: Craig Berry
  • Marcus Performing Arts Center:  Kuj Magic

Saturday, Aug. 5

3-7 p.m.

  • Lakefront Brewery: Gold Steps
  • Pere Marquette Park: Muse
  • The Bronze Fonz: Jehlum

Wednesday, Aug. 9

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Milwaukee Public Market: Bocas Breeze Island Sounds
  • Riverside Theater: Drums Up Guns Down

4-7 p.m.

  • Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria: West Nile Crows
  • Marcus Performing Arts Center: Jim Hoehn
  • Riverside Theater: Allison Mahal

Saturday, Aug. 12

3-7 p.m.

  • Lakefront Brewery: Mathilde
  • Location TBD: Cradle P Lavender

Wednesday, Aug. 16

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Riverside Theater: Social Cig

4-7 p.m.

  • Location TBD: Izzy Veta
  • Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria: Ben Mulwana
  • Riverside Theater: Ashley Rewolinski

Saturday, Aug. 19

3-7 p.m.

  • Lakefront Brewery: Holy Pinto

Wednesday, Aug. 23

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Riverside Theater: Adorner

4-7 p.m.

  • Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria: Wise Jennings
  • Location TBD: Acoustic Blu Duo

Saturday, Aug. 26

3-7 p.m.

  • Lakefront Brewery: Venturer

Wednesday, Aug. 30

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Riverside Theater: Donna Renee

4-7 p.m.

  • Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria: Caley Conway
  • Riverside Theater: Tlalok

Saturday, Sept. 2

3-7 p.m.

  • Lakefront Brewery: Andrew David Weber

4-7 p.m.

  • Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria: Ellie Jackson

Saturday, Sept. 9

3-7 p.m.

  • Lakefront Brewery: Handmade Wolves

Wednesday, Sept. 13

11 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Riverside Theater: LoBi

4-7 p.m.

  • Blue Bat Kitchen & Tequilaria: Max Niemann
  • Riverside Theater: Tlalok

Saturday, Sept. 16

3-7 p.m.

  • Lakefront Brewery: Spine Stealers