More than 90 local bands and artists will perform at 25 different venues across five neighborhoods to support arts education programs in Milwaukee Public Schools.
This week the local music scene takes over (essentially) every possible live music establishment in the city for the second annual music festival Arte Para Todos. The four-day fundraiser, which kicks off this Thursday, was started as a response to arts budget cuts in Milwaukee Public Schools. Rather than put all their efforts in protesting the decisions, the festival organizers wanted to create relatively slight but perceptible impacts in their local schools through a massive community event.
More than 90 bands spread across 25 venues and five neighborhoods are setting out to support arts programs for several MPS schools — George Washington Carver Academy in Brewer’s Hill, Escuela Vieau School in Walker’s Point, Milwaukee Parkside School of the Arts in Bay View, and Frederick J. Gaenslen School in Riverwest.
The first year was a resounding success, generating more than $20,000 for last year’s partner schools, and this weekend looks to raise even more money, as the festival added an extra day and voyages into two new neighborhoods (Walker’s Point and Harambee).
Individual tickets for shows are $7; day passes range from $9-$17, but the best deal by far is the weekend passes, which runs an insanely cheap $25. You can buy tickets and/or donate to the festival here.
Listen to the 29-track Arte Para Todos compilation, which features 6 unreleased tracks from The Fatty Acids, NO/NO, Siren, Sat Nite Duets, Ruth B8r Ginsburg and Lorde Fredd33, and check out the absolutely loaded schedule below.
Thursday, April 21: Walkers Point
Var Gallery, 643 S. 2nd St.
- Stomata, 6 p.m.
- Ruth B8r Ginsburg, 7 p.m.
- Mark Waldoch, 8 p.m.
Brenner Brewing, 706 S. 5th St.
- Chakara Blu, 6:30 p.m.
- Marielle Allschwang, 7:30 p.m.
- Fox Face, 8:30 p.m.
- DJ Fuzzy Logic
- The Pitch Project Gallery features Cutting Edges: Aimee Beaubien and Fred H.C. Liang
Transfer Pizzeria, 101 W. Mitchell St.
- Eric Schoor Trio featuring Manty Ellis, 7:30 p.m.
- Free Event – a portion of proceeds of cafe sales after 7 p.m. will be donated to the APT mission
Anodyne Coffee, 224 W. Bruce St.
- Def Harmonic, 8:30 p.m.
- Lex Allen, 9:30 p.m.
- Soul Low, 10:30 p.m.
- DJ Annalog
- Live Art by Brandon Minga
Friday, April 22: Bay View
Boone & Crockett, 2151 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
- Pleasure Thief, 7 p.m.
- Blax, 7:30 p.m.
- Devil Met Contention, 8:30 p.m.
Tonic Tavern, 2335 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
- Con Solo, 7:30 p.m.
- Pharaoh Mac, 8:30 p.m.
- Indonesian Junk, 9:30 p.m.
- Rusty Pelicans, 10:30 p.m.
- DJ Craig McNeal
- Art exhibition from Scott Jackson
Highbury, 2322 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
- Mad Static, 8 p.m.
- J.J. Jabber, 8:30 p.m.
- DAD, 9 p.m.
- Sean Smart, 9:30 p.m.
- Mike Regal, 10 p.m.
- Art exhibition featuring Bigshot Robot and Jeff Redmon
Frank’s Power Plant, 2800 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
- Table for Four, 8 p.m.
- Abby Jeanne, 9 p.m.
- Scrimshaw, 10 p.m.
- Sat Nite Duets, 11 p.m.
- DJ Chris Roberts
Club Garibaldi, 2501 S. Superior St.
- SIN BAD, 10 p.m.
- New Boyz Club, 11 p.m.
- Group of the Altos, midnight
- New Age Narcissism, 1 a.m.
- DJ Tarik Moody
- Live art by Cassie Genc, Dena Nord and Field Lehmann
- Mixed Media Backdrop by artist Kristina Rolander
Cactus Club, 2496 S. Wentworth Ave.
- adoptahighway, 10:30 p.m.
- Bo Triplex and His Beautiful Band, 11:30 p.m.
- Faux Fiction, 12:30 a.m.
- Tigernite, 1:30 a.m.
- DJ Free-Dom & TurtleSoup
Saturday, April 23: Riverwest/Harambee
Jazale’s Art Studio, 2201 N. Martin Luther King Dr.
- Poetry Showcase curated by KJ Prodigy (free show), 12 p.m.
Lux Bar, 2712 N. Martin Luther King Dr.
- Caley Conway, 2 p.m.
- Sarah Vos, 2:30 p.m.
- Cree Myles, 3:30 p.m.
- Christopher Porterfield, 4:30 p.m.
Best Friendz, 2722 N. Martin Luther King Dr.
- The Rashita Joneses, 3 p.m.
- Queen Tut, 4 p.m.
- The Fatty Acids, 5 p.m.
Linneman’s Riverwest Inn, 1001 E. Locust St.
- Jack Tell, 5:30 p.m.
- Rhythm Changes, 6 p.m.
- Holy Sheboygan!, 7 p.m.
- NO/NO, 8 p.m.
Jazz Gallery, 926 E. Center St.
- Von Alexander, 7 p.m.
- Pizzle, 7:30 p.m.
- Gauss, 8:30 p.m.
- The Pukes, 9:30 p.m.
- DJ Josh Hoeft
Bremen Cafe, 901 E. Clarke St.
- MC (mikal), 7:30 p.m.
- Bum Ileum, 8:30 p.m.
- Awkward Terrible, 9:30 p.m.
- Future Plans, 10:30 p.m.
Riverwest Public House, 815 E. Locust St.
- Gallery Night, 8 p.m.
- Airo Kwil, 8:45 p.m.
- Zed Kenzo, 9:30 p.m.
- Jaill, 10 p.m.
- DJ Spero Lo Menzo
- Live art by John Kowalczyk
High Dive, 701 E. Center St.
- Liquid City Motors, 9 p.m.
- Badwig, 10 p.m.
- King Eye and the Squirts, 11 p.m.
- Asher Gray (2 hour DJ set), midnight
Club Timbuktu, 520 E. Center St.
- Brat Sounds, 9:30 p.m.
- B Justice, 10:30 p.m.
- Midnight Reruns, 11:30 p.m.
- Lorde Fredd33, 12:30 a.m.
- DJ hitmayng & kenny hoopla & Mvleeek
- Live Art by Rachel Hughes
Mad Planet, 533 E. Center St.
- Mortgage Freeman, 10 p.m.
- Klassik, 11 p.m.
- Surgeons in Heat, midnight
- Wordsworth, 1 a.m.
- DJ Moses
- Live painting by Lexy Garza
Company Brewing, 735 E. Center St.
- Painted Caves, 10:30 p.m.
- AUTOmatic, 11:30 p.m.
- D’Amato, 12:30 a.m.
- No No Yeah Okay, 1:30 a.m.
- DJ Kiings
Sunday, April 24: East Side
Yield, 1932 E. Kenilworth Pl.
- Seven Costanza, 5:30 p.m.
- Vincent VanGREAT, 7:30 p.m.
- Antler House, 8:30 p.m.
G Daddy’s BBC, 2022 E. North Ave.
- AR Wesley, 7 p.m.
- Grasping at Straws, 8 p.m.
- Myles Coyne, 9 p.m.
- Siren, 10 p.m.
- Live art by David Mark Zimmerman a.k.a. Bigshot Robot
The Back Room at Colectivo Coffee, 2211 N. Prospect Ave.
- School of Rock, 7:30 p.m.
- De La Buena, 8:30 p.m.
Hotel Foster, 2028 E. North Ave.
- Ugly Brothers, 7:30 p.m.
- Piles, 8:30 p.m.
- Sugar Ransom, 9:30 p.m.
- Foreign Goods, 10:30 p.m.
- Wax Addicts (DJ Set)
This Week in Non-Arte Para Todos Shows
Monday, April 18: Andrew Bird with Dawn of Midi at The Riverside Theater, 8 p.m. ($36.25) – (116 W. Wisconsin Ave., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Argopelter at Boone & Crockett, 9 p.m. (FREE) – (2151 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.)
Tuesday, April 19: Ladders with Wilder Maker and Ehson Rad of Devil Met Contention at Company Brewing, 9:30 p.m. – (735 E. Center St., CompanyBrewing.com)
Wednesday, April 20: Paul Thorn with Danielle Nicole at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7:30 p.m. ($22) – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: Captain Ivory with Great Lakes Drifters, Atomic Spins and Myles Coyne at Cactus Club, 8 p.m. – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
Thursday, April 21: Marisa Anderson with Jeff Mitchell & Jim Warchol at Acme Records & Music Emporium, 8 p.m. – (2341 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.. AcmeRecordsMKE.com)
Friday, April 22: Soup Moat with Iron Pizza (split album release) at Circle A Cafe, 8 p.m. – (932 E. Chambers St., Circle-A-Café.org)
Also: The Lowest Pair (album release) with Buffalo Gospel at Walker’s Point Anodyne Coffee, 8 p.m. ($10) – (224 W. Bruce St., AnodyneCoffee.com)
And: Matthew Logan Vasquez of Delta Spirit at The Back Room at Colectivo Coffee on Prospect, 8 p.m. ($13)
Saturday, April 23: Napalm Death with Melvins and Melt Banana at The Rave, 8 p.m. ($24) – (2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., TheRave.com)
Also: The Paul Collins Beat with Tigernite, Dany Laj & The Looks and The Grovelers at Club Garibaldi, 9:30 p.m. – (2501 S. Superior St., ClubGaribaldis.com)
Sunday, April 24: Buckethead at Shank Hall, 8 p.m. ($30 advance; $35 door) – (1434 N. Farwell Ave., ShankHall.com)