Your Guide to the Best Music During Art-A-Whirl Weekend

Retribution Gospel Choir will be playing at 331 Club.

Retribution Gospel Choir will be playing at 331 Club.

Can you believe Art-A-Whirl has already been around for 20 years? As the Northeast arts festival grows, the surrounding community and venues have jumped at the opportunity to show off their own goods during the art-centric weekend, from music to beer and everything in between. The festival is strictly centered on visual arts and crafts made by NEMAA artists, but there are plenty of other unofficial events this weekend including live music, block parties, and more.

The sprawling schedule of events is a lot to take in over the course of the weekend. So we're providing a handy guide to the music taking place during Art-A-Whirl weekend. Check out the general information, musical lineups, and schedules below, and have some fun in Nordeast this weekend.

Art-A-Whirl 2015 takes place Friday May 15-Sunday May 17.

See also: The music of Art-A-Whirl, 5/17/14

331 Club

In a three-day musical lineup, Northeast music hub 331 Club is again the place to be. The venue is hosting music indoors and outside over the weekend, with 27 bands in all. Some highlights include the Blind Shake, Retribution Gospel Choir, and MaLLy.

MaLLy is scheduled for 331 Club on Sunday.

MaLLy is scheduled for 331 Club on Sunday.

Friday, May 15 Indoor Stage - 10 p.m. Mrs. Catbath The Traveling Suitcase (Oshcosh, WI)

Outdoor Stage 9 p.m. The Blind Shake 8 p.m. self-evident 7 p.m. Buildings 6 p.m. Hardcore Crayons 5 p.m. Swimsuit Area

Saturday, May 16 Indoor Stage - 10 p.m. CRANKSHAFT The Last Revel

Outdoor Stage 9 p.m. Mixed Blood Majority 8 p.m. Retribution Gospel Choir 7 p.m. Pink Mink 6 p.m. Fury Things 5 p.m. Flasher 4 p.m. Matt Latterell 3 p.m. Robert Skoro 2 p.m. Roe Family Singers 12 p.m. Zack Lozier Three

Sunday, May 17 Outdoor Stage 8 p.m. MaLLy 7 p.m. Southwire 6 p.m. We Are The Willows 5 p.m. The Pistol Whippin' Party Penguins 4 p.m. General B & The Wiz 3 p.m. Unknown Prophets 2 p.m. Orca Colony 1 p.m. The Lowland Lakers


A quick look at 612Brew's walls will show that they're supporters of local arts, with Adam Turman's murals serving a sizable piece of their brand. For their third annual "Art, Music and Beer" event, they've booked Chris Koza, Tiny Deaths, Ash St. John, and more. They will also feature the work of three visual artists as the bands play in their outdoor amphitheater tucked between Broadway and Central. Special cask beers will also be on tap.

Friday, May 16 Tiny Deaths Jon Jones The Fattenin' Frogs July Fighter Ash St. John

Saturday, May 17 Chris Koza Step Rockets Kingsview Nathan Miller Justin Halverson Jonny and the Palms The Tipsy Russell's Loons in the Attic

Anchor Fish & Chips

"Business in the front. Party in the back." Anchor will host live music on Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17. Hosted by Ian Rans, artists include Romantica, Southside Desire, and Gospel Machine. Music is outdoors, rain or shine, and starts at 2 p.m. each day.

Hosted by Ian Rans Saturday, May 16 2 p.m. John Swardson & Bad Blood 3 p.m. Tin Horns 4 p.m. Gabe Barnett & them Rounders 5 p.m. Valet 6 p.m. Gospel Machine 7 p.m. Southside Desire

Sunday, May 17 2 p.m. Total Gaze 3 p.m. Tea and Sympathy 4 p.m. Gramofone 5 p.m. The Stress of Her Regard 6 p.m. Romantica [page]

Bauhaus Brew Labs

This is the first Art-A-Whirl for the always entertaining Bauhaus Brew Labs. The brewery has an indoor concert from house band Viva Knievel planned, a parking lot bash on Saturday, and an arts and crafts sale on Sunday. Go96.3 DJ Barb Abney will host on Friday night, with the Saturday Music Extra-Vaganza, hosted by Go96.3's Jason Nagel, and featuring Black Diet, Black Market Brass, and more.

Mark Mallman will perform at Indeed on Saturday.

Mark Mallman will perform at Indeed on Saturday.

Saturday, May 16 Hosted by Jason Nagel (Go96.3) 3 p.m. BBGUN 4 p.m. Pho 5 p.m. Carroll 6 p.m. Van Stee 7 p.m. Black Market Brass 8 p.m. Black Diet 9 p.m. Night Lights (90s R&B Cover Band)

Dangerous Man ("NE Beer Garden")

In partnership with Electric Fetus, Chowgirls Killer Catering, Fair State Brewing, Sociable Cider Werks, and Northgate Brewing, Dangerous Man is opening up the parking lot for live music on Saturday alongside art vendors from Gumball Collective. Toki Wright and RONiiA are among the stellar performers. Sunday will feature lawn games and outdoor activities for the family. Wristbands to drink are $1, which is donated to Free Bikes for Kids.

Saturday, May 16 1 p.m. Bunny Clogs 2:05 p.m. Communist Daughter (Johnny & Molly acoustic) 3:10 p.m. What Tyrants 4:15 p.m. Monica LaPlante 5:20 p.m. Pornonono 6:25 p.m. Stereo Confession 7:30 p.m. RONiiA 8:45 p.m. Toki Wright & DJ Willie Shuas

Fair State Brewing Cooperative

While they're a part of Saturday's party at Dangerous Man, Fair State is also hosting a beer garaden live music event on Friday with Gramma's Boyfriend, Zoo Animal, and others, from 5-10 p.m. Friday through Sunday there will be mini golf holes designed by NE brewers and, of course, art exhibitions. Friday, May 15: 5 p.m. J.E. Sunde 6 p.m. JiLL 7 p.m. Sun Gods to Gamma Rays 8 p.m. Zoo Animal 9 p.m. Gramma's Boyfriend

Grumpy's NE

Sims will be at Grumpy's NE on Saturday.

Sims will be at Grumpy's NE on Saturday.

Featuring a Posters and Pints Pop-Up Art Show, the Aardvark Records Traveling Record show, and art displays in the bar, there will also be the traditional outdoor music featuring the likes of Sims, Grant Hart, Eleganza, Cactus Blossoms, and more (including a to-be-announced guest).

Music starts on Saturday at 12 p.m.

Hosted by Barb Abney (Go96.3) Uncle Bob From The Midwest The Mill City Devils Dumpster Juice Animal Lover Private Oates (A Tribute to Hall & Oates) Eleganza! Farewell Milwaukee Special Surprise Guest (announced the week of the event) Grant Hart The Cactus Blossoms Sims

Indeed Brewing

Indeed, fresh off a Best Brewery award from City Pages, is hosting its third Art-A-Whirl party under the name "Whirlygig." There will be plenty of beer, and there will be live music in an outdoor stage near the railroad tracks. The three day musical lineup includes performances from Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Grant Hart, Mark Mallman, Paul Metzger, and many more. They will also host the MN Brewery Running Series on Sunday

Friday, May 15 6 p.m. Driftwood Pyre 7 p.m. Little Man 8 p.m. Slim Cessna's Auto Club

Saturday, May 16 1 p.m. The Ventures Cover Band 2 p.m. Mike Gunther 3 p.m. Rich Mattson & The Northstars 4 p.m. Sam Cassidy 5 p.m. Erik Koskinen Band 6 p.m. American Scarecrows 7 p.m. Nato Coles & The Blue Diamond Band 8 p.m. Rupert Angeleyes 9 p.m. Mark Mallman

Pink Mink will play 331 Club on Saturday.

Pink Mink will play 331 Club on Saturday.

Sunday, May 17 1 p.m. Steve Palmer 2 p.m. Peter Lang 3 p.m. Ben Weaver 4 p.m. Paul Metzger 5 p.m. Grant Hart [page]

Psycho Suzi's Motor Lodge

Tiki bar Psycho Suzi's is hosting a variety of activities on Saturday, with the spacious patio, the 3rd annual Puppy Fashion show, and live music from 5-10pm. 2:30 p.m. Puppy Fashion Show 5 p.m. Lonesome Dan Kase 6:15 p.m. The Sex Rays 7:30 p.m. L'Assassins 9 p.m. Dead Bundy & the Neat Neat Neats

The Sample Room

The Sample Rom is hosting music Friday and Saturday in a range of styles that are acoustic to lightly amplified. Some notables include Loons in the Attic and Chris Holm. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Friday, May 15 6:30-7:45 Elizabeth Ghandour 8:15-8:45 Nathan Scott Phillips 9-10 Stone Grove

Saturday, May 16 4-4:45 Chris Holm 5:15-6:00 INFINITIES 6:30-7:15 Loons in the Attic 7:45-8:30 Elizabeth Ghandour & the Heighburners 9-10 Grolar Bears

Toki Wright is to perform outside of Dangerous Man Brewing

Toki Wright is to perform outside of Dangerous Man Brewing


Stanley's is hosting its second annual Beer & Bacon festival, and there's a cover for this one, but the bacon and beer imbibing ends at 5 p.m., so the music is still accessible to all live from the outdoor parking lot.

Saturday, May 16 4:30-6:30 p.m. Hitfaced 6:45 p.m. Bacon eating contest 7-10 p.m. Tim Sigler

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