The Public Market’s New Concert Series Starts This Week

You can jam out to local musical all summer at the Riverwalk Commons concert series.

For five Tuesday nights over the course of the summer, local musicians will perform at the Milwaukee Public Market as part of the Riverwalk Commons Concert Series.

The concerts will be on June 21, July 19, Aug. 9, Aug. 23 and Sept. 13 from 6 to 8 p.m., and admission to the concerts is free to the public. The featured performers include local musicians Joe Wray, The Panoptics, Evan Christian, Trapper Schoepp and DJ Shawna. 


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“I think it’s very similar to the public market…it really creates a sense of community,” said Paul Schwartz, executive director of the Public Market, about hosting local musicians. 

The concert series will also have local vendors, food trucks and games. The vendors and activities will change on a week-to-week basis. There will also be a Draft & Vessel van that offers not only tapped beer and soda, but also retro arcade games. 

“We want to make it music focused, but we want to make it kind of multidimensional,” said Schwartz. 

In order to put on these concerts, the Public Market utilizes the space underneath the I-794 freeway. The concerts will take place across the street from the Public Market at 423 N. Water Street, adjacent to the Milwaukee River. 

“We feel that there’s value in trying to activate these spaces,” said Schwartz. 

According to Schwartz, the Public Market, Milwaukee Downtown and Business Improvement District #2 work to try and bridge the gap between the Third Ward and Downtown. He says creating a space to host music, food and fun that welcomes all is one way of doing that.