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June 13th: Micah & the OCD Big Band

Micah has been an active performer in the Midwest music scene for the last five years. His diverse songwriting takes folky storytelling, interlocking guitar parts, and passionate, soaring vocals and places them smoothly on top of a funky, jazz and world-infused rhythm section. Micah's writing draws on influences from Paul Simon to Radiohead and the Talking Heads.Read more

June 20th: Roxi Copland

Roxi Copland performs throughout the US, entertaining with an engaging combination of original songs and innovative jazz/pop arrangements of everything from Ella to the Offspring. Copland’s unique genre is probably best summed up in the words of one particularly eloquent reviewer as “a possibly schizophrenic but absolutely brilliant concoction of jazz, pop and soul.” She’s recently been described as “Norah Jones with bite”. Beautifully blurring the lines between jazz & pop, this talented singer/songwriter/pianist won’t disappoint. Read more

June 27th: Thriftones

Fronted by singer Matthew Davies, The Thriftones can best be described as folk with a generous helping of Americana roots. Davies has a real talent in crafting songs about darker ideas and images within our country, while his band backs these concepts up with a shadowy rockabilly beat. “Anywhere USA” has Davies giving his take on run-down small towns behind an almost carefree sound, while “Home” opens with a piercing harmonica that blends into picking guitars reminiscent of old country soul. One of Davies’ newer songs, “She’s Too Hip” branches out into a more ominous world of women with red lips and pistols in the glove box.

July 4th: Honey & The 45's

Sultry Chicago-bluesy meets hard-hitting harmonic invasion. Honey & the 45s, a Chicago-based five-piece band, tosses it up in the air and what lands is an eclectic collection of soulful surprises. New sounds, provocative lyrics, can't-stop-listening tunes, Honey combines elements of folk, blues, jazz, funk, and soul. With powerful vocals, pocket grooves and a sometimes playful, sometimes rockin’, sometimes somber sound, Honey & the 45s will leave you swooning for more. Read more

July 11th: Charlie Walker Band

Grounded in blues, the band has refined their sound into what can best be described as soul, a fusion of funk, r&b and Motown. They have been compared to a wide array of musicians (Sly and the Family Stone, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, George Clinton and Parliment Funkadelics, James Brown), but their music retains deep gospel influences and positive lyrical messages. Read more

July 18th: Archie Powell & The Exports

Has bemused cynicism and ennui ever been so fun? Archie Powell & the Exports have made a career of grafting prismatic power pop and sardonic, dark looks at the world outside into guileless songs with hooks galore. Archie Powell makes it look simple; he is incapable of writing an un-danceable tune, whether he turns a jaundiced eye on the culture of self-medication or whipping up a 3 minute heist story. Great Ideas in Action (out May 1, 2012) is the band’s third release of deceptively sophisticated songs. Blink and its killer catchy rock, blink twice and its social commentary that is sad, biting, funny but ultimately incredibly honest. Read more

July 25th: Kane Place Recored Club

"This relatively new Milwaukee six-piece is one of those groups whose performances always draw the “oh man, you missed a great show” afterglow. Unabashedly a jam band comprised of young, nerdy kids, the group brings high energy to indie soul, and often leaves band and crowd with less clothing than they came in with." -Seizure Chicken Read more

August 1st: Reverened Raven

Bringing crowds to their feet at the hardest to please and sophisticated night clubs in the Midwest, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Altar Boys play traditional blues, straight up with a big dose of passion. With smoking grooves, served up with hot harmonica and smooth stinging guitar they play original songs peppered with nods to Slim Harpo, Little Walter, Jimmy Rogers, Billy Boy Arnold, Junior Wells and the three Kings. Read more

August 8th: All Good Things

Folk by definition, All Good Things exemplifies an adherence to tradition. Twisting and bending the faithful genre as he see's see fit, John Petty puts a unique spin on the time-honored Americana sound, through a fresh batch of influences including alt rock, indie, folk, and pop. Read more


Start date: Thursday June 13, 2013

End date: Thursday August 22, 2013

Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Location: Catalano Square Third Ward

Address: 320 E. Menomonee St. Milwaukee, WI 53202

Cost: Free


Ayre in the Square is a local and diverse Milwaukee summer music series that takes place on Thursdays from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the Historic Third Ward's Catalano Square Park. It's always free and open to everyone.

The market runs from 4pm-8pm on Thursdays near the fountain. We'll offer dairy, oats, produce, flowers, and deserts.