Beet Street Harvest Festival Coming to Bay View

Enjoy music, local food vendors, pumpkins, pie and more at this new fall festival. Plus, this week’s music calendar.

With outdoor street festivals, block parties, endless showcases of ethnic cultures and, of course, Summerfest, the city certainly makes the most out of the summer festival season. But things start to wind down after the Oktoberfest festivities in late-September, early-October, slowing the calendar to a frigid halt just before winter’s arrival. Thankfully, this year the festival season extends a couple weeks longer due to a new celebration that embraces everything about the fall.

Beet Street Harvest Festival in Bay View takes over the blocks of Potter and Wentworth avenues between Goodkind, Cactus Club and Palimino on Saturday, October 15 for a full day of music, craft beer and cocktails, local food vendors and farmer’s market, pumpkins, and pie competitions (both the baking and eating kinds). Entries for the baking contest, The Great Midwestern Pie Championship, need to be submitted by Thursday, October 13. Registration forms can be filled out on the Honeypie website.

Cactus Club hosts both indoor and outdoor music stages offering free performances starting at 11:30 a.m. from pre-teen punks (Negative Positive), rappers (Freespace Showcase), electronic musicians (Athletic Supply) and soul singers (Lex Allen) and an after show ($10 cover) kicking off at 8 p.m. that features Moon Rats, Slow Walker, Moon Curse and Whips. You can see the full schedule below.



Negative/Positive, 11:30 a.m.

Freespace Showcase (featuring Kane The Rapper, Lean Beats, Sleez, Bap and more), 12:30 p.m.

Abby Jeanne Rebel Love, 1:30 p.m.

The Great Midwestern Pie Championship, 2:30 p.m.

Maritime, 3 p.m.

Space Raft, 4 p.m.

Lex Allen, 5 p.m.

(DJ David Arnevik all day)



Bad Wig, 1 p.m.

John Schooley and his one man band, 2:30 p.m..

Fatal Figures, 4 p.m.

Athletic Supply, 5:30 p.m.

(DJ Von Munz)


Cactus Club After Party and Alive & Fine FUNraiser ($10)

Moon Rats, 8 p.m.

Slow Walker, 9:15 p.m.

Moon Curse, 10:30 p.m.

Whips, 11:45 p.m.

(DJ Chris Schulist)


The Beet Street Harvest Festival takes place on Saturday, October 15 in Bay View on Wentworth Avenue between Potter and Russell avenues. Festivities start at 11 a.m.


Refugee Fundraiser

Support humanitarian aid to refugees on Wednesday, October 12 by attending a fundraising concert at the Pabst Theater featuring acoustic performances from Robert Plant, Emmy Lou Harris, Steve Earle, Patty Griffin, Buddy Miller and The Milk Carton Kids. The fundraiser, Lampedusa, seeks to provide funds to educational programs for displaced refugees. The proceeds from the 11-stop tour go towards Jesuit Refugee Service’s Global Education Initiative. The show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Stream of the Week

Art-punk group Gauss celebrated the release of new EP Thalweg this past Saturday at Club Timbuktu. You can now listen to the effort below. Thalweg works in subtle flourishes over the seven tracks, never revealing too much at once. The album feels like a mystery that slowly unravels in front of you.

This Week in Live Music

Tuesday, October 11: Dweezil Zappa at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7:30 p.m. ($35) – (1032 N. 4th St.,


Wednesday, October 12: Emmylou Harris with Steve Earle, Buddy Miller, The Milk Carton Kids, Ruby Amanfu and Robert Plant at The Pabst Theater, 7:30 p.m. ($55-$65) – (144 E. Wells St.,

Also: Die Antwoord at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($30-$40) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.,


Thursday, October 13: Ingrid Michaelson with AJR at The Pabst Theater, 8 p.m. ($35) – (144 E. Wells St.,

Also: Elizabeth Cook with Don Gallardo at The Back Room @ Colectivo Coffee, 8 p.m. ($15)

And: Hip Hop For Pink featuring Mocha T, Grey Genius, Ms. Fit, ADHD, P-$lang, Supah Cash, Timmy Comix, Shaun B and DJ Markus X at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($7) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,

And: Oozing Wound with Platinum Boys, Christmas Bride and Powerwagon at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. ($5) – (815 E. Locust St.,

And: Nickel & Rose with Jeremy Waun, William Z. Villain and Social Caterpillar at Company Brewing, 10 p.m. ($5) – (735 E. Center St.,


Friday, October 14: Rae Sremmurd with Lil Yachty, Eearz, Bobo Swae and Impxct at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($35) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

Also: Lindsey Stirling with Shawn Hook at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($29.50-$65) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

And: of Montreal with TEEN at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($22.50)  – (1032 N. 4th St.,

And: Quintron & Miss Pussycat with Sick Trees, Dogs In Ecstacy and Iron Pizza at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($10 advance; $12 door) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave.,

And: Full Moon Karaoke with Jaill and Ego at Company Brewing, 10 p.m. ($5) – (735 E. Center St.,

And: Saint Motel with JR JR and Weathers at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($20) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

And: The Pines with Frankie Lee at The Back Room @ Colectivo Coffee, 8 p.m. ($12 advance; $15 door)

And: La Trakalosa De Monterrey with Pesado, Banda Tierra Sagrada and Los Invasores at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($37.50) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave.,


Saturday, October 15: JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($15) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave.,

And: Loreena McKennitt at The Riverside Theater, 7:30 p.m. ($31.25-$98.25) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

And: Stereo Frontier (album release) with Coyote (Fka. Evergreen) and Undercover Organism at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($10) – (533 E. Center St,

And: So Greedy Presents The Produce Section at Company Brewing, 10 p.m. – (735 E. Center St.,


Sunday, October 16: Pepe Aguilar at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($55-$125) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave.,

Also: Herb Alpert and Lani Hall at The Pabst Theater, 7 p.m. ($45.50-$59.50) – (144 E. Wells St.,

And: Chris Robinson Brotherhood at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($25) – (1032 N. 4th St.,

And: Parih with (Orb) at Company Brewing, 10 p.m. – (735 E. Center St.,



Kevin is a freelance writer residing in Milwaukee. He’s contributed to The Shepherd Express, Third Coast Daily, Pop Matters and the sadly now-defunct A.V. Club Milwaukee. He looks forward to forging a deeper connection with the city’s impressive music scene during his gig as a Music Notes blogger. His talents include music criticism, riding a bicycle, drinking tasty beers and a crafty croquet swing. His weaknesses comprise Jean-Claude Van Damme movies, professional wrestling and his ever-growing record collection. He’s in desperate need to find more physical (and hard drive) space for the exceptional albums Milwaukee musicians keep churning out.