As you may be aware, the second half of Summerfest gets underway today. There’s plenty to see this week—including Blink 182 (July 5), Garbage (July 6), Preservation Hall Jazz Band (July 7), Paul McCartney (July 8), Julien Baker (July 9), Ryan Adams (July 10) and more—but if the idea of bumping through the overwhelming, drunken crowds seems off-putting, then there are certainly non-Big Gig alternatives. While the bigger venues tend to take these two weeks off, the smaller clubs and weekly festivals can provide an oasis from the chaos.
What could be better than spending a July evening cruising on Lake Michigan? How about with the musical accompaniment of Canopies? This Friday night Milwaukee Boat Line continues its weekly Vista King concert series with the local synth pop group. The cruise, which departs at 9 p.m., lasts two hours and the first drink is included in the $22.99 ticket. All boat-goers must be over the age of 21.
Canopies have stayed relatively quiet since 2014’s dreamy debut full-length Maximize Your Faith (which landed at No. 3 on the best albums of 2014). That album achieved the rare feat where every track sounded so accessible that each could have been a single. The seasick should be forewarned: even in calm waters, there’s no doubt that this boat will be bouncing.
Stream of the Week
The boys are back in town—The Platinum Boys, that is. The throwback rockers released three new songs on Gloss Records last week. “Lights Out” is driven by a slick classic rock guitar hook, “Speed Teeth” is a cocaine-fueled joyride and “Already Gone” is, well, an Eagles cover (and an inspired one at that). There’s not a more efficient way to spend 7 and a half minutes today.
This Week In Live Music
Tuesday, July 5: Bum Ileum with Scarecrow Dave and Lifetime Achievement at High Dive, 9:30 p.m. (FREE) – (701 E. Center St., HighDiveMKE.com)
Also: Chill on the Hill featuring American Legion Band with Ronald Reagan High School Jazz Band at Humboldt Park, 6 p .m. (FREE) – (3000 S. Howell Ave., http://www.bayviewneighborhood.org/chill_on_the_hill)
Wednesday, July 6: Supper Club Jazz featuring Pete Zimmer at Company Brewing, 8 p.m. – (735 E. Center St., CompanyBrewing.com)
Also: River Rhythms featuring Dave McElroy at Pere Marquette Park, 6:30 p.m. (FREE) – (900 N. Plankinton Ave., Westown.org)
And: Wonderful Wednesdays featuring Extra Crispy Brass Band at Lake Park Summer Stage, 6:30 p.m. (FREE) – (N. Lake Park Rd., LakeParkFriends.org/visit/events/music-in-the-park)
Thursday, July 7: Electric Six with In The Whale and Tigernite at Mad Planet, 9 p.m. ($15) – (533 E. Center St, Mad-Planet.net)
Also: Cairns (album release) with Michael Swan and Dupond Dupont at Jazz Gallery Center of the Arts, 7 p.m. – (926 E. Center St.)
And: Jazz in the Park featuring In Black N White at Cathedral Square Park, 6 p.m. (FREE) – (825 N. Jefferson St., http://www.easttown.com/events/jazz-in-the-park)
And: TroyBoi with Strehlow and Ian Ewing at The Miramar Theatre, 9 p.m. (SOLD OUT) – (2844 N. Oakland Ave., TheMiramarTheatre.com)
And: Carter Hulsey with King Courteen and Siren at Cactus Club, 9 p.m. ($8) – (2496 S. Wentworth Ave., CactusClubMilwaukee.com)
And: Max Pain & The Groovies with Calliope, Courtesy, Geena and DJ set by Dancing Silks at Quarters Rock ‘n Roll Palace, 8 p.m. ($5)
Friday, July 8: Milwaukee Boat Line Summer Concert Series featuring Canopies on the Vista King, 9 p.m. ($22.99) – (101 W. Michigan St., MKEBoat.com/concerts)
Saturday, July 9: BUTTZZ with WOMEN at Bremen Cafe, 10 p.m. (FREE) – (901 E. Clarke St., BremenCafe.com)
Also: Powerwagon with Doubletruck at Circle A Cafe, 8 p.m. – (932 E. Chambers St., Circle-A-Café.org)
Sunday, July 10: Dead To Fall with Amora Savant, Carnivale and Royalty In Exile at Turner Hall Ballroom, 7 p.m. – (1032 N. 4th St., PabstTheater.org)
Also: White Night with Nail Polish, Iron Pizza and Dream Vacation at Bremen Cafe, 8 p.m. (FREE) – (901 E. Clarke St., BremenCafe.com)