This is going to be a crazy weekend in Milwaukee. This weekend, you can find something for everyone. Tonight, hip hop legend DJ Premier will perform at The Miramar Theater. You can catch Catfish and the Bottlemen at The Rave on Friday. Then Lakefront of the Festival returns to the Milwaukee Art Museum. If you need to get sweaty, you can check out Milwaukee’s Queen Tut and Juiceboxxx in Riverwest. Finally, M. Ward returns to the Pabst Theater.
Known as 1/2 of the legendary hip hop duo Gang Starr, DJ Premier has produced some of hip hop’s biggest tracks. He has produced tracks for D’Angelo, Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G., KRS-One, NAS, and many more. You can catch this legendary producer and DJ will grace the stage of the Miramar tonight at 9:00pm. Milwaukee’s Klassik, B Justice, and Yo Dot will open for the show.
Catfish and The Bottlemen
Among the many things Welsh rockers Catfish and The Bottlemen have going for them is the fact that they are killer live. If straight up guitar rock, mosh pits and an occasional crowd surf are your thing then The Rave is the place to be this Friday night. Their sound is is as lean as the band is lanky and if their sound has a lineage, its gotta be in the vein of bands like the Strokes, Oasis, Kings of Leon, the Kooks and Arctic Monkeys.
For me however, it’s the legend that seems to be building behind these cats, of the relentless touring in a beat-up van just playing shows and paying mad dues that has an old-school vibe to it and makes me feel their success is hard earned and deserved.
Friday at 7pm @ The RAVE 2401 West Wisconsin Ave. Milwaukee
Juiceboxxx + Queen Tut
Queen Tut is one of Milwaukee’s rising hip hop artists. However, this will be one of the few more times you can catch her live in Milwaukee. Queen Tut will be moving to New York at the end of July. Queen Tut will be joining Milwaukee’s own Juiceboxxx for amazing show at Circle A in Riverwest at 8:00pm.
Lakefront Festival of Art + MAM After Dark
Welcome the return of summer, with the Lakefront Festival of Art (#LFOA)! Both inside the Museum and outdoors, under cover of state-of-the-art tents, visit one-on-one with more than 175 jury-selected artists as they sell their jewelry, paintings, ceramics, metalwork, photography, and more.
With fun-filled interactive activities in the Children’s Area (featuring the PNC Children’s Experience), live music, the Umansky Motors Cars Wine Garden Terrace and the Blue Moon Beer Garden, a silent art auction, the sculpture garden, and a variety of food offerings, there is something for everyone.
On Friday, June 17, MAM After Dark @ LFOA returns for its second year of rocking on the lakefront! Here is the music lineup for the MAM After Dark:
4:30–5:30 p.m. New Boyz Club —Self-described as “glitter, jazz, folk, punk,” a soulful banshee coupling cascading melodies over upright bass and ivory.
6–7 p.m. Shonn Hinton & Shotgun—A powerhouse group showcasing drumming that’s rooted in rock, bass playing that provokes the feeling of Detroit soul, sweet twang, with dirty guitar playing and soulful singing.
7:30–8:30 p.m. Tigernite —A hard-hitting rock-and-roll band creating their own brand of MKE glam party rock.
-Taste the newest craft brews in the Blue Moon Beer Garden.
-Lounge in style on the Umansky Motor Cars Wine Garden while enjoying the festival views.
-Shop over 180 artists under the weatherproof tents and in Windhover Hall.
*Special Event Admission
$10 Advance Tickets
$10 Museum Members
$15 Students (with ID)
$17 General Admission
M. Ward returns with his first Milwaukee headline show in 7 years in support of his new album “More Rain” Ward has released a string of acclaimed solo albums over the past several years, along with five LPs with Zooey Deschanel as She & Him and a 2009 collaborative album with My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and Mike Mogis under the moniker Monsters of Folk. In addition to his celebrated work as a musician, Ward is an accomplished producer, handling those duties for such luminaries as Mavis Staples, Jenny Lewis, and Carlos Forster as well as his own musical projects.
M. Ward will be performing at The Pabst Theater on June 17 along with special guest Big Thief and Nice as F*** (NAF) ft.JENNY LEWIS, plus Erika Forster from Au Revoir Simone & The Like’s Tennessee Thomas