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Big Beat MKE 2019

  • Jackalope Lounj 345 N Broadway Milwaukee, WI 53202 United States (map)

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Big Beat MKE Returns for 2019

Milwaukee (March 4th, 2019) - Milwaukee music website Breaking And Entering is thrilled to announce that our annual beat battle tournament, Big Beat MKE, is returning to the Jackalope Lounj at The Wicked Hop for its second season from May 2nd-June 20th, 2019. The tournament is an extension of the format of the Miltown Beatdown, a beat battle operated by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee personalities Jordan “Madhatter” Lee and DJ Bizzon from 2005-2015.

Big Beat MKE is a weekly competition that pits 16 Milwaukee music producers, spanning hip hop, EDM, and more, in a head-to-head tournament bracket to determine the Big Beat MKE champion. A beat battle consists of three one-minute rounds, where a producer plays or creates an original beat, and a winner is determined by a rotating panel of judges, including Milwaukee musicians, media personalities, and music influencers. Each of the eight nights of Big Beat MKE consist of two beat battles, as well as performances from Milwaukee hip hop artists.

“While this is a competition, there's a lot of great collaboration that happens with it.” said Allen Halas, owner of Breaking And Entering. “Milwaukee's artists and producers have an opportunity to come together and network at these events, as well as cheer each other on. It’s one of my favorite things that I've done with Breaking And Entering so far.”

To enter the tournament, producers are required to submit two original beats at between March 4th and Friday, April 5th. All of the initial submissions will be reviewed by a judging panel of local music influencers, and a final bracket will be randomly drawn from the 16 selected producers and unveiled on Monday, April 15th. Opening round battles will take place every Thursday from May 2nd to May 23rd, with the Quarterfinals following on May 30th and June 6th. Semifinal battles will take place on June 13th, and the Championship and Third Place battles on June 20th. All events are free to attend, and will take place at the Jackalope Lounj, adjacent to The Wicked Hop at 345 N. Broadway in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.

Sponsorship Inquiries: Please email before April 12th with "Big Beat MKE" in the subject line. Thank you.

We'll see you this May and June at Jackalope Lounj!

For all media inquiries please contact:

Allen Halas

Owner, Breaking And Entering

(414) 704-4568