PREVIEW: Arte Para Todos 2018

For the next four days, a majority of Milwaukee’s music scene will likely be playing at one venue or another, all in the name of a good cause. Arte Para Todos is a city-wide music festival that takes over one neighborhood at a time, with the proceeds from the events benefiting arts programs at partner schools. It’s a massive event that takes over Walker’s Point, Bay View, Harambee, Riverwest, and the East Side, and features a who’s who of local talent. While I encourage you to move around as much as possible, here are some of the sets that look the most appealing to me, personally.

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Thursday – Walker’s Point

Thursday features a number of interesting combinations of acts, including fun bills at The Local, Gibraltar, and Var Gallery, but if you’re picking just one show to go to that night, the opening of The Cooperage, aka the former Boone and Crockett, is the place to go. Any time that you can see hip hop from YL64 and a full De La Buena experience in the same night, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Friday – Bay View

The second night of Arte Para Todos has plenty of talented names popping up, including Von Alexander at Tonic, Klassik at Club Garibaldi, and Sundial Mottos at Puddler’s Hall. The most complete lineup from top to bottom, however, is at Frank’s Power Plant. J-Lamo, Future Plans, Bo & Airo, and Space Raft all look to be thoroughly entertaining sets, and is definitely worth your time.

Saturday – Harambee (Afternoon) and Riverwest (Night)

With over twelve hours of music there’s plenty of picks that look great on the festival’s “main day” (if there is one). During the afternoon, 4th Quarter has a great set of acts, with Simon Mustafa, Nastos, and Slow Walker. During the evening, both Riverwest Public House and Mad Planet are solid picks. Public House features $hunmillion$, Apollo Vermouth, Kenny Hoopla, Jaill, and the recently added Queen Tut to close out tonight. Over at Mad Planet, Amorelle, Shle Berry, Liam O’Brien’s Faithless Followers, and Abby Jeanne will provide a very entertaining night as well. Both are great samplings of great local music, and you can’t go wrong with either one.

Sunday – East Side

Sunday is a little bit more reserved, but if you attend the other three days of the festival, you’re ready for a relaxed day of music. However, that doesn’t mean that you should miss the finale of Arte Para Todos at the Back Room at Colectivo, featuring Phat Nerdz, and a major showcase of New Age Narcissism, featuring younger artists like Shaddye, and several representatives of Freespace all in one big setting. A great way to cap off the festival, especially considering that it all benefits the youth making big strides creatively in the city.

With all of that said, please, I beg you, move around on each night of Arte Para Todos. There’s so much to see and experience over the course of the next four days, and you likely can’t go wrong with any of the venues that you visit. Enjoy your city’s local music culture, and pick up a new favorite band in the process. Happy Arte Para Todos!

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