Milwaukee may not be a sprawling metropolis of entertainment like our neighbor Chicago, but it does not lack places where one can be in the center of the newest trend of music there is. Any music lover, looking for a spot to hang out with friends, listen to your favorite band or hear something new, needs to know where to go.
The Rave, also known as The Eagles Club, consists of a multiroom entertainment complex with a rich history of hosting bands and singers from across the globe. One different section includes The Rave Hall, referred to as “the flagship venue” of the building for its size and popularity, is considered one of the best and busiest venues in America, fitting up to 1500 patrons for a single show.
It welcomes every patron and hosts diverse acts, from John Mayer to Panic! at the Disco to alternative bands like Motörhead and Mudvayne. Many of the shows are for ages 13 and up, with a handful of shows during the year being 18 and or 21 and over.
Two concert venues such as The Riverside Theater and Turner Hall Ballroom are located in Milwaukee’s downtown theater district on Wells Street.
The Riverside is a large, beautiful historic building with the capacity of holding 1300 people. Built in the Roaring 20’s, you can still see its Vaudville roots in its crush red drapery and golden tassle decour. It gives the feel of stepping back in time but with the comfort of your facorite modern music.
The Turner Ballroom interior includes a ballroom with a balcony level, a restaurant and a beer hall which is ideal for ceremonies and weddings. Registered as a historic landmark, it too gives the feel of its history with its more worn, industrial feel. However, it is not comparable to the flashy showgirl like atmosphere of The Riderside. Today, both venues still provide an assorted array of choices to patrons from music concerts to comedy acts and theater productions.
Another, great but small, music venue new to the Milwaukee music scene is The Borg Ward Collective established in 2007 as a zero-profit community driven art space.
It hosts many types of shows from heavy metal, hard rock, punk, folk and hip hop. The Borg Ward also has a minimum of eight art gallery openings a year; sometimes two separate openings in a single month, such as Holly Berg’s Incubate. It hosts an annual collaboration with the Hope House to raise funds and awareness of the youth shelter.
According to Joe Smith, a member of the Borg Ward, it was created to provide not only a stage for musicians and four walls for visual artists, but as a fertile breeding ground for ideas and projects of any kind.
The Miramar Theatre is a music theater, which serves as an entertainment spot and a historic landmark. It has been the stage for an eclectic mix of entertainment, which has included live theater, film, music, sports and variety acts for the last 14 years.
Established in 1998 by William and Pamela Stace, the Miramar hosts jam bands, DJs, rock shows, burlesque, comedy as well as a variety of acts and performers, some on a permanent basis with a capacity of 325 people. Most of their shows are for all ages with ticket prices varying but are reasonable.
“We currently have Dead Man’s Carnival the 1st Friday of the month” says William Stance, part owner, “Featuring juggling, acrobats, strong men and many more.”
Music trends come and go just like youth, so take some time and enjoy the harmonious hot spots that Milwaukee has to offer.