Historically The East Side has been the epicenter of the creative movement in Milwaukee. Today the art, music and film scenes here continue to flourish, thanks in part to the presence of the UWM Peck School of the Arts, the Oriental Theatre, Black Cat Alley, the Summer Soulstice Music Festival, The Jazz Estate, Colectivo's Back Room and the many other arts and music venues in and surrounding our neighborhood.


Looking for live music? You're going to find several live music scenes packed into just a few blocks of this urban neighborhood. 

Jazz Estate
Milwaukee's premiere music lounge, the Jazz Estate has been hosting some of the best local and national jazz musicians for more than 40 years featuring live jazz on Thursdays and Saturdays with additional acts on other nights. Check out the calendar for more information on live shows.
Colectivo Prospect is home to the Live from the Back Room at Colectivo series, showcasing local and internationally touring artists presented by Pabst Theater Group. Purchase tickets and see a list of all upcoming Pabst Back Room events on the events calendar.
Von Trier
The most German of german bars with a drink menu that makes you want to sing, also features a live music series. Yes, it includes killer polka bands. Check the event calendar for the next Von Trier gig.
This venue deliberately takes it down a notch or two, priding themselves on being like ‘Cheers’. When they book music it’s to get Norm up and dancing.
Thursday evenings a jazz trio plays and it goes well with the pasta & pizza.
G-Daddy's BBC
Their Upper Level has a packed music schedule each weekend featuring a slice of every kind of music – all local and all fantastic.
Paddy's Pub
This is where everyone gets jiggy with it. One of Milwaukee's most authentic Irish pubs throws a righteous craic and draws a mix of generations with bands that you can jig to.
Live lunch time music!


You'll find art, film & theater in unexpected places on The East Side. For starters, that giant quiet building on Kenilworth, Prospect & Farwell is an art factory aka The Peck School of the Arts, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The Black Cat Alley is a new major arts destination and The East Side's very own street art gallery in a two-block private alley now an open gallery and public walkway between Kenilworth Blvd and Ivanhoe Place in the alley between the Oriental Theater on Farwell and Colectivo on Prospect. We've also got a film scene that includes a national gem: The Oriental Theater a popular host to the annual Milwaukee Film Festival.