The city’s newest festival gets underway this weekend. An eclectic amalgamation of music, theater, street performance, dance and visual art, the Milwaukee Fringe Festival champions artists that have been underrepresented and underappreciated by mainstream audiences and gatekeepers, giving them a stage to show off their unique talents.
The concept first started in Edinburgh during the summer of 1947 after a handful of smaller theater companies were turned away from participating in a large festival in the Scottish capital. The group decided to form its own gathering to take place on the “fringes” of the festival.
The Fringe Festival sparked an artistic movement and grew immensely in popularity during the ’60s. It continues in Edinburgh to this day, priding itself in a lax vetting policy for artist submissions and taking place in any establishment that offers to host. (There were more than 50,000 performances at 313 venues at last year’s festival.) The model eventually expanded to other cities, including Chicago, San Francisco, Asheville and New York City, showcasing eccentric local artists.
Milwaukee puts on its own iteration this year, with local theater companies like Theater Gigante, Summit Players, Quasimondo Physical Theater and Renaissance Theaterworks contributing as well as lesser known entities. The festival also boasts quite an impressive music line-up, featuring milo, Nineteen Thirteen, Tigernite, Zed Kenzo, Platinum Boys, Tontine Ensemble and more.
Milwaukee Fringe Festival runs from Saturday, August 27 to Sunday, August 28 at Pere Marquette Park and the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts. Single show tickets are available at the door for $10.50. One-day passes are $20.50 and two-day passes are $30.50. Passes can be purchased in advance here. Performances at Pere Marquette Park and Peck Pavilion are free.
Saturday, August 27
Gazebo Stage at Pere Marquette Park
Rocket Paloma, 1 p.m.
Luxi, 2 p.m.
Zhivago, 3 p.m.
Mark Waldoch, 4 p.m.
The Demix, 5 p.m.
Oh My Love, 6 p.m.
Zed Kenzo, 7 p.m.
Abby Jean Rebel Love and Her Band, 8 p.m.
Tigernite, 9 p.m.
Marcus Center’s Wilson Theater at Vogel Hall, 929 N. Water St.
Tontine Ensemble, 8 p.m.
Nineteen Thirteen, 9 p.m.
Sunday, August 28
Gazebo Stage at Pere Marquette Park
Seesaw, 1 p.m.
Ruth B8r Ginsburg, 2 p.m.
Lady Cannon, 3 p.m.
Estates, 4 p.m.
Piles, 5 p.m.
Ugly Brothers, 6 p.m.
Platinum Boys, 7 p.m.
Light Music, 8 p.m.
Milo, 9 p.m.
Stream of the Week
On last year’s self-titled debut EP, The Pukes played up its predatory instincts on songs like “Murder,” “Execution” and “Kill You,” undercutting the unrelenting bloodthirsty streak with accessible surf-punk melodies. This past week the band returned with a new 12-track effort, The Revenge of the Pukes, which doubles down on the campy horror elements and digs up tunes that are as infectious as a zombie bite.
This Week in Live Music
Monday, August 22: Yes at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($45.50-$79.50) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Liquid City Motors with Hylidae, Larva Lu and Dead Pawn at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 8 p.m. ($5) – (900 E. Center St.)
And: Wet Ones with Static Eyes at High Dive, 9 p.m. (FREE) – (701 E. Center St., HighDiveMKE.com)
Tuesday, August 23: Lake Street Dive with Darlingside at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($25 advance; $27.50 door) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Chill on the Hill featuring Trolley with Indonesian Junk and Milwaukee Choristers at Humboldt Park, 6 p.m. (FREE) – (3000 S. Howell Ave., http://www.bayviewneighborhood.org/chill_on_the_hill)
Wednesday, August 24: Ed Schrader’s Music Beat with Platinum Boys and NO/NO at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 9 p.m. ($6) – (900 E. Center St.)
Also: Periphery with SiKth, Chon and Toothgrinder at Turner Hall Ballroom, 8 p.m. ($20 advance; $25 door) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Thursday, August 25: Austin Lucas & The Bold Party at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($10 advance; $12 door) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Also: The Reptilian with Gauss and Andy Radical at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 9 p.m. ($5) – (900 E. Center St.)
Friday, August 26: Triple Eye Industries Fest featuring Hot Coffin, The Rutabega, The Terrible News, High Priests and Heat Death at Cactus Club, 8 p.m. ($8) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
And: Snakeoil with Scape at Riverwest Public House, 9 p.m. (FREE) – (815 E. Locust St., RiverwestPublicHouse.WordPress.com)
Saturday, August 27: Triple Eye Industries Fest featuring Northless, Buildings, War Brides, Them Teeth and Volunteer at Cactus Club, 8 p.m. ($8) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
And: Gram Parsons 70th Birthday Bash Heartland Edition featuring Doghouse Flowers, Chris Head & The Honchos, Alex Ballard & Sugarfoot, The Zach Pietrini Band, Mississippi Stranglers, Liar’s Trial and The Cow Ponies at Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 7 p.m. ($10) – (1001 E. Locust St., Linnemans.com)
Sunday, August 28: Moonwalker (Tribute to Michael Jackson) featuring B-Free, Jayne Joyce, Mark Anthony, Adi Armour, Robert Knapp, Mike Regal and AR Wesley at Company Brewing, 10 p.m. ($5) – (735 E. Center St., CompanyBrewing.com)