You simply can’t talk about Milwaukee concerts without mentioning the grandest of them all: Milwaukee Summerfest, an 11-day marathon that features more than 800 acts and happens to be the largest music festival in the world. But there are plenty of musical things to do in Milwaukee throughout the year, thanks in large part to thriving local concert venues such as the Riverside Theater. If you’re looking for the next big thing in underground rock, head to the Cactus Club in Bay View, where bands such as Interpol and The White Stripes cut their teeth before stepping into the mainstream.

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