The Rave

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The Rave
Former names Eagles Club (1927-1989)
Central Park Ballroom (1989-1994)
Address 2401 W Wisconsin Avenue
Location Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Capacity Eagles Ballroom: 1,500
The Rave Hall: 1,500[1]

Eagles Club
The Rave is located in Wisconsin
The Rave
The Rave is located in the US
The Rave
Coordinates 43°2′17.6″N 87°56′35.49″W / 43.038222°N 87.9431917°W / 43.038222; -87.9431917Coordinates: 43°2′17.6″N 87°56′35.49″W / 43.038222°N 87.9431917°W / 43.038222; -87.9431917
Built 1926
Architect Russell Barr Williamson, Immel Construction
Architectural style 19th and 20th Century Revival (1924, 1927, 1939)
NRHP Reference # 86002096
Added to NRHP July 29, 1986[2]

The Rave (formerly known as the Eagles Club and Central Park Ballroom) is a concert venue and landmark in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Rave hosts touring bands from around the globe.[3]


The building is divided into six venues, making it theoretically possible to have six different acts playing at the same time.

The Eagles Ballroom[edit]

Krewella performing at The Eagles Ballroom in 2013.

The Eagles Ballroom is the building's showpiece, featuring a 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) oval wooden dancefloor, originally installed when the building was constructed, in addition to a large, old-fashioned domed ceiling and a stage on one side.[4] Originally a ballroom, it has hosted everything from boxing matches to concerts to ethnic dances. There is a second floor, with a row of balconies around the oval, from one side of the stage to the other.

The Ballroom hosts the most popular acts, and its history includes Bob Dylan (six times), Sex Pistols, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Phish, Weezer, Morrissey, The Killers, The Offspring (nine times),[5] Bad Religion (five times),[6] The Grateful Dead, The White Stripes, Pantera, Fugazi, Matchbox Twenty, Green Day, Pierce The Veil, Shiny Toy Guns, Nine Inch Nails, Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Replacements, Paul Westerberg (solo), Social Distortion, Marilyn Manson, Megadeth, Maroon 5, Korn, Kings of Leon, The Smashing Pumpkins, The All-American Rejects, Atreyu, No Doubt, Lamb of God, Robert Plant, Velvet Revolver, Rihanna, James Blunt, Phish, Slayer, Sublime with Rome, Infected Mushroom, Benny Benassi, My Chemical Romance, Nick Jonas & the Administration, All Time Low, Ed Sheeran, Kesha and many others.

The Jonas Brothers performed their first major concert as a headliner here, and filmed portions of the show to use in the music video for their top ten single "When You Look Me In the Eyes."[7][8]

Jason Mraz also filmed an entire live DVD here, called Tonight, Not Again: Jason Mraz Live at the Eagles Ballroom.

The music video for CKY's song Close Yet Far was shot at The Rave.

Certain interview clips from All Time Low's 2010 DVD, Straight to DVD were filmed on the roof of the building.

The Rave hosted ECW events in 2000 such as Hardcore Heaven in May and various ECW on TNN episodes.

The Rave Eagles Grand Ballroom currently hosts Milwaukee based combat sports promotions North American Fighting Championship (NAFC) MMA & Knockout Kings Kickboxing.

The Rave Hall[edit]

The Rave Hall on the main level is a large concert-style venue, second in size only to the Eagles Ballroom below it. Most national touring artists that visit Milwaukee have played here, including John Mayer, Sevendust, GWAR, Regina Spektor, moe., Tiësto, Seaway, Chiodos and Bob Weir.[9]

The Eagles Hall[edit]

The Eagles Hall, previously called the Basement, (or the Underground) is a Miami-style venue built in the basement of the building. Featuring a unique hardwood floor, it is often rented by members of the public for wedding receptions. It has hosted acts like the Buzzcocks, Owl City, Muse, Nickelback, Boys Like Girls, Fugazi, 3 Doors Down, Gov't Mule, and Third Eye Blind.[10]

The Rave Bar[edit]

The Rave Bar is a small intimate club.[4] Numerous acts have made their Wisconsin debut here, including Dave Matthews Band, Nirvana, Les Claypool, The Features, Third Eye Blind, Smash Mouth, Blink-182, Creed, Pearl Jam, Red Is The Sea, Cody Hansen, Unlimited Production Music-UPM (featuring: Ewill, Rob, Killah and Prod) and Tantric.[11]

The Rave Vibe Room[edit]

The Rave Vibe Room was designed to feature up and coming bands, similar to The Rave Bar, while also catering to DJ's.[12]

The Penthouse Lounge[edit]

On the concierge level (2nd level) and comfortably holds a group of 200 or so with a full bar, table seating, and an optional stage. Notable events include the Trevin SkyDiving incident.

Eagles Club[edit]

The Eagles Club was named to the National Register of Historic Places on July 29, 1986.[2] The club is a significant example of 19th and 20th century Revival architecture, especially from 1924, 1927, and 1939.


  • The grand opening for the Eagles Building was September 13, 1927.

Since its construction in 1926, the Eagles Club has known several incarnations. Prominently among them, it housed the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, a notable organization whose considerable impacts on America’s cultural landscape remain in effect today. The Eagles pushed for the foundation of Mother’s Day, provided the impetus for a national Social Security program, and campaigned to eliminate job discrimination on the basis of age. Notable former Eagles include Theodore Roosevelt, Warren G. Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. The building now operates as The Rave / Eagles Club, a purveyor of music to Milwaukee for twenty years.


  1. ^ The Rave Eagles Club. Rent The Rave/Eagles Club
  2. ^ a b National Register Information System, National Register of Historic Places (search for "Eagles Club"). Retrieved May 23, 2011.
  3. ^ The Rave at, Retrieved June 8, 2007
  4. ^ a b The Rave/Eagles Ballroom Review, Retrieved June 8, 2007
  5. ^ "The Offspring - Tour". (Note: search for 'Milwaukee' in the Archive section). Retrieved December 29, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Bad Religion shows at The Rave". The Bad Religion Page. Retrieved October 9, 2010. 
  7. ^ The Eagles Ballroom, Retrieved August 7, 2008
  8. ^ All Music: The Jonas Brothers, Retrieved August 7, 2008
  9. ^ The Rave Hall, Retrieved August 7, 2008
  10. ^ The Eagles Hall, Retrieved August 7, 2008
  11. ^ The Rave Bar, Retrieved August 7, 2008
  12. ^ The Rave Vibe Room, Retrieved August 7, 2008

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