Wisconsin Music Ventures

Building community through music, and music through community; patron-supported live music experiences featuring local musicians in distinctively Wisconsin settings.

Performance + Education + Wanderlust

Upcoming Events

Musicians, please visit this page to let us know how we can help you during this time of uncertainty due to COVID-19.

WMV at Christmas Tree Sale @ Zachariah's Acres
Nov 30 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
WMV at Christmas Tree Sale @ Zachariah's Acres

Wisconsin Music Ventures is teaming up with Zachariah’s Acres, to provide live music during a portion of their Christmas Tree Sale in the Town of Oconomowoc!

Celebrate the Christmas season at Zachariah’s Acres. Cocoa, crafts, and more. Pre-cut trees, wreaths, handmade crafts, market and more. 100% of proceeds benefit children with special needs.

Directions to Zachariah’s Acres: Go west on Hwy 16 towards Oconomowoc, take exit 176 for County Rd P/North
Brown Street & keep right at the fork. Continue driving north on Brown Street for 3.1 miles. Turn right on Servants’ Way.
(N74 W35911 Servants’ Way Oconomowoc, WI 53066 This address cannot be found in online map searches, please follow the directions listed)

The full event runs from 11:00 – 4:00; on this date The Insouciant Guitar will be playing from 1:00 – 3:00.

Find Us at Gallery 2622: A Rockabilly Christmas @ Gallery 2622
Dec 14 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Find Us at Gallery 2622: A Rockabilly Christmas @ Gallery 2622

No tickets required, but a recommended $10 contribution for CIVIC MUSIC MKE will be collected at the door. 

Join us for a fun and festive night with Bruce Humphries and the Rockabilly Rebels!

Food and drinks will be available. Proceeds from the event go to CIVIC MUSIC MKEsupporting music education and providing performance opportunities to young musicians. 

The love of rockabilly began for Bruce Humphries in 1983 after seeing the Stray Cats perform live.  “It was a life changing experience for me.  That crazy rhythm was incredibly intoxicating.  You just can’t sit still while listening to this music!” Bruce has played in a variety of bands and has performed with some legendary acts along the way.   The highlights in his career have been opening for the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Rosie Flores, Hank Thompson, Slim Jim Phantom, Lee Rocker and Hasil Adkins to name a few.  His latest band, Bruce Humphries and the Rockabilly Rebels, has been finding regional success with area festivals and local radio play.  Backed by guitarist Lorenzo Ripani, bassist Bret Baxter and drummer Kurt Weber this Milwaukee based band plays original high-octane rockabilly that is toe tappin’, knee slappin’ fun!

Many thanks to Gallery 2622 in Wauwatosa for hosting the event.

Find Us at Nō Studios: The Belle Weather @ Nō Studios
Dec 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Find Us at Nō Studios: The Belle Weather @ Nō Studios

Find us on the 4th Floor Rooftop Lounge for a fantastic hour of original music by string musicians/band The Belle Weather. The inspiring music pairs well with the view – you will not want to miss this.

The Belle Weather is a hurricane.

We are the heavy, rhythmic storm of an acoustic guitar, the deep pulse of an upright bass, and the soaring elegance of cello, violin, and voice.  We are the eye of the storm and the damage done – equal parts modern folk and indie rock – a fusion of inspired anthems and the art of simple storytelling.

Over the years, we’ve taken a great many influences and blended them into a sound that is uniquely our own.  We’ve built a reputation by approaching every stage we can find with a rare combination of gritty, sweat-drenched energy and honest, heart-felt sonic grace.  We love doing what we do, and feel very fortunate to have a fan base that is as musically adventurous as we’ve always tried to be.

Drinks will be available for purchase.

Find Us at Hangout MKE: UWM’s Canary Reeds @ Hangout MKE Cafe & Lounge Co.
Jan 18 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Find Us at Hangout MKE: UWM's Canary Reeds @ Hangout MKE Cafe & Lounge Co.

Canary Reeds is a Milwaukee based reed quintet dedicated to performing new music as well as standard repertoire. Canary Reeds participated in a masterclass with Fischoff Grand Prize-winning saxophone quartet Aruna this fall, and has enjoyed community performances in conjunction with area schools. The members of Canary Reeds are currently students at the University Wisconsin Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts and are coached by Dr. Nicki Roman.

  • Miko Roman, Oboe
  • Lauren LaFond, Clarinet
  • Valeri Nowak, Saxophone
  • Callahan Lieungh, Bassoon
  • Clay Steiner, Bass Clarinet
WMV Special: Love is In the House @ Story Hill Fire House
Feb 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Featuring the J. Ryan Trio and Peter Neumer, Saxophone
Light snacks included with each ticket purchase. 

Doors open at 6:00.

Peter Neumer serenades on solo sax from 6:00-7:00. Mix and mingle, get your drink from the bar and load up on tasty treats from My Family Roots Catering.

The J. Ryan Trio takes the stage from 7:00 – 8:30.

The J. Ryan Trio plays jazz standards and down home blues all with a soulful feel in and around Milwaukee with every last dollar raised from album sales and live performance going to charity.

Enjoy a night of romance-themed music at Story Hill Fire House – a new event space that is elegant, unique and historic.

*Seating is limited, and may sell out. It is best to purchase tickets in advance. 

An overview of our first six months in existence - giving you a taste of the variety of events we program, as well as the community-based environment we wish to create.