Milwaukee, Wisconsin is a beautiful city situated against the shoreline of the mighty Lake Michigan, one of the five midwestern Great Lakes. It suffers a relatively harsh winter, giving it all the more reason to celebrate the vibrant summertime!

You can catch live music outdoors pretty much any day of the week during the Milwaukee summer, with gigging bands filling festival slots and local venues.

Many of those shows feature cover bands, and Milwaukee has some exceptional acts in that respect. Here are five Milwaukee cover bands you won’t want to miss, and should most certainly consider booking for your own private events year round.

5 Card Studs



What began as a “just for kicks” one-time show on a New Years Eve grew into an entertainment juggernaut that has played hundreds of shows to thousands of people for nearly twenty five years, garnering devoted fans from around the country.

Taking hit songs that made the late 60’s and 70’s great, the 5 Card Studs breathe new life into them for a new generation to get down to for years to come!

The 5 Card Studs live experience is an exciting and unique blend of what made the days of the original Superstar fantastic. They mix the moxie of an old school Vegas-style show lounge performance, the on-set celebrity hijinx from a classic TV game show, the onstage danger of classic arena rock and roll, and ALL the boogie bang of Studio 54.

Whether performing in a small club, at an outdoor festival, a wedding, corporate or other private event, they’re one of the most highly sought after live bands of the past two decades.

Find out for yourself why there’s no other experience like the 5 Card Studs!


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Failure to Launch

IMG_8460-768x512Winners of numerous local awards, Failure to Launch is a popular high-energy cover band that has been playing together for over 15 years.

You can expect to see a dynamic show of some of the most upbeat and danceable pop, rock, hip-hop, and country music of the past 50 years!

Starting from modest beginnings in their parents’ basements, they’ve grown from playing their first show at Whitnall High School’s Battle of the Bands to rocking out for huge crowds at Summerfest, Oktoberfest, and everything in between!

Flaunting a diverse repertoire of songs, they make sure there’s something for everyone in the audience.

With hits ranging from the 60’s all the way up to current top 40, FTL truly plays EVERYTHING: from A[dele] to [Jay]Z!

You’re sure to experience an unforgettable show!


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Ivory Tower


Ivory Tower is a classic rock and roll band established with the idea that vocal harmonies are key to the success of any enjoyable outing, playing primarily top performer hit songs. Most bands can play “music” – very few bands have exceptional vocals. Ivory Tower is certainly the exception, with every member singing and harmonizing.

The six piece group consists of a keyboard player/vocalist along with two guitars, bass, lead female singer and a drummer. Classic music from the Beatles, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, the Stones, CCR, CSNY, Fleetwood Mac, all contribute to the mix.

Newer music from four-non-blondes, Haelstorm, Fleetwood Mac, KT Tunstall, Gloria Gaynor and others are added continuously. They even play several country western songs, and have on occasion thrown in a polka number or two!

Notably, their set is devoid of profanity, and if you’re looking for hip hop you’ll need to look elsewhere.

Ivory Tower is a surefire recipe for a good time.

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The Eddie Butts Band


The Eddie Butts Band delights audiences at festivals, concerts, night clubs, weddings, and countless other corporate and private entertainment events throughout the Midwest, delivering an exciting blend of R&B, pop, jazz, and more.

Eddie is well known as a premier vocalist, and when you combine his smoky baritone with the highly-praised musicianship and vocal talents of this polished and professional band, it is easy to see why the Eddie Butts Band is considered a must-see, must-have, favorite.

The winner of numerous Wisconsin Area Music Awards (WAMI) including Best Adult Contemporary Artist, Best R&B Artist, Best Pop Artist, Best Blues Artist, and Best Percussionist, Eddie’s live show features spectacular musicianship and a diverse repertoire of stellar hits.

You won’t want to miss The Eddie Butts Band.


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Brewtown Beat


Brewtown Beat is definitely shaking up Milwaukee’s party band scene, playing a great mix of Ska & Reggae, plus well-known Alternative, Pop, and Rock songs like you’ve never heard them before.

With full horn section, multiple vocalists, diverse song list, and a fun live presentation, the band has been winning over audiences and club owners since their debut performance. Whether you’re dancing, drinking, or just hanging around, you’ll enjoy the sweet horn sounds and steady grooves.

The Brewtown Beat entourage continues to hit the most popular venues and festivals in Southeastern Wisconsin, including recent appearances at Locust Street Festival, Summerfest, Bastille Days, State Fair, and Milwaukee Boat Line.

Song List includes music from: Bob Marley, Toots & The Maytals, The Clash, The Specials, English Beat, Madness, Men at Work, The Cure, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Sublime, No Doubt, 311, Reel Big Fish, Cake, The Killers, Weezer, Vampire Weekend, The Black Keys, Imagine Dragons, and more!

Whatever style you’re after, they’re sure to entertain!


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Enjoy The Music!

Whether you’re trying to catch a live band at one of Milwaukee’s many street festivals, or hoping to book entertainment for your own private event, these five acts are sure to bring it. Check them out on BookLive’s extensive platform and directory now.