A guide to all things country music around Milwaukee this summer


With the weather warming up, there’s nothing better than a cold beer and some country music – and this summer there’s going to be a whole lot of both. Would it really be Wisconsin if we didn’t have this?

Here’s a list of live country music on stage throughout the summer, alongside a few bars that provide the perfect place to get your cowboy playing.

North Nashville
1216 Brady Street East, (414) 246-1010
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This soon-to-open bar will bring a taste of Nashville to Wisconsin. With appetizers like pulled pork fries and fried chicken sandwiches, the menu might steal the show, but the real star is the live stage that brings upbeat country music to Brady Street. The grand opening takes place June 15-18 and kicks off with some great concerts including Bella Cain, the Jackie Brown Band and the Blacktop Kings. Stay up to date on who’s playing when on their shiny new website.

Red Rock Lounge
1227 N. Water St., (414) 431-0467
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Located on downtown Water Street, Red Rock Saloon offers a menu with plenty of beer and bar food to start the night off. As Milwaukee’s only rock and country fusion venue, they host live music from all genres every Friday, even featuring local artists. Check their website to find out who is playing and when.

Living room
131 Jackson Street North (414) 837-5790


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Steps from Summerfest, this new location in the former Campground 131 space offers a unique combination of northern woods and the Wild West. Saloon features weekly live music primarily in the country genre, but also spotlights folk and bluegrass. Local singers and songwriters are even encouraged to join this great new place for Milwaukee musicians to thrive. Updates on who is taking the stage and when can be found on their Facebook page.

Conway’s Smokin’ Bar & Grill
2127 W. Wells St., (414) 344-1262

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Known for their smoked wings and ribs, Conway’s certainly won’t disappoint. The bar hosts free bluegrass acts, and every third Wednesday of the month they host an open jam. The delicious smells of the smokehouse are a must if you find yourself in the neighborhood, which is just a few blocks from The Rave!

La Rave – Eagles Club
2401 W. Wisconsin Ave., (414) 342-7283


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Speaking of The Rave, this iconic venue has been around for almost a hundred years and is a hotspot for music in the city with six different performance spaces inside. The stage hosts all sorts of acts in all sorts of genres, but in recent years The Rave has regularly lassoed its way to country acts – with Tyler Farr and Justin Moore some of the most notable vocalists bringing their shows there as well. live this coming summer. For the latest up-to-date listings, visit The Rave website.

thunder country
2305 Lance Drive, Twin Lakes
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Roll down your windows and sail into Country Thunder July 21-24 to see headliners like Florida Georgia Line, Morgan Wallen, Chris Young and Lee Brice. Just an hour from Milwaukee, the festival offers a great opportunity to see country stars and go camping if you’re into that sort of thing.

Gathering on the green
11124 N. Cedarburg Rd. #290, (262) 242-6187
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This Wisconsin nonprofit festival is held in a beautiful outdoor venue and features local food trucks for attendees to snack on. The concerts will be on stage July 7-10, featuring some of the headliners including Bruce In the USA, Roots & Boots and Danny Gokey. Bring a blanket and a flannel to relax on the lawn while the music plays.

Wisconsin State Fair
640 S 84th St, (414) 266-7000
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The State Fair is always a summer staple if you’re looking to have a good time — and as always, this year’s lineup includes plenty of country music. Toby Keith and Alex Miller will take to the grounds on August 4 for a 7:30 a.m. show on the main stage, but don’t overlook the dozens of local and cover bands around the State Fairgrounds playing the hits.

friday june 24

  • 10 p.m. – Dustin Lynch at the UScellular Connection Stage

Saturday June 25

  • 7:30 p.m. – Phil Vassar at Uline Warehouse
  • 10:15 p.m. – Zach Bryan at the Miller Lite Oasis

Saturday July 2


  • 2:00 p.m. – Boy Named Banjo at Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard

Thursday July 7

  • 6:15 p.m. – Niko Moon at the UScellular Connection Stage
  • 9:30 p.m. – John Fogerty at the BMO Harris Pavilion

Friday July 8

  • 5:30 p.m. – Jameson Rodgers at the Generac Power Stage

Saturday July 9

  • 5:30 p.m. – The Marshall Tucker Band at the Uline Warehouse
  • 7:30 p.m. – Thomas Rhett with Ryan Hurd and Rhett Akins at the American Family Insurance Amphitheater

And those are just a few of the star country artists heading to the Big Gig. For the full list of Summerfest shows — including even more country music — check out the schedule here.

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