“Summer’s Best” Free Concerts

May 11, 2016

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County Executive Chris Abele Announces
Parks’ “Summer’s Best” Free Concerts
Milwaukee, WI (May 10, 2016) – Today, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Parks Director John Dargle, Jr. announced the lineup for the “Summer’s Best” concert series. From June 2–September 14, the public can listen to more than 100 live performances in a variety of genres, at no charge, at 22 park venues throughout the County.

“With music as ‘the universal language of mankind,’ our concerts in the Parks bring together people of all walks of life,” said County Executive Abele. “We offer amazing cultural experiences to families, friends in the community, and visitors. Our FREE concerts give everyone the opportunity for a summer evening out—with views that can’t be beat!”

Concert-goers are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and picnic suppers.

The Parks Department will sell food and beverage items, including adult beverages, at Chill on the Hill at Humboldt Park.

At Boerner Botanical Gardens, visitors arriving after 6 p.m. on concert nights will receive free admission to the Botanical Gardens. Zilli Hospitality Group will sell food and beverage items at Concerts in the Gardens

Jazz in the Park at Cathedral Square is produced by a non-profit organization asking patrons to leave adult beverages at home. Wine, beer and cocktails are available for purchase at various Jazz in the Park beverage tents. All proceeds help offset the costs of the concert series.

For the full Summer’s Best concert schedule, visit countyparks.com and search “free concerts.” Links are provided for performance details.

For more information, call (414) 257-PARK (7275).
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2016 Summer’s Best Free Park Concerts Schedule

* Schedule subject to change. Shows go on, weather permitting. No rain dates.
Get updated schedules at: http://county.milwaukee.gov/ConcertsintheParks11320.htm

Boerner Botanical Gardens
Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners
Concerts in the Gardens
Sponsored by Wimmer Communities
THURSDAYS 6:30-8:30 PM (Special hours are noted)
Admission to the Gardens is free on concert nights after 6:00 pm

June 30* Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra *Special hours: 7:30-8:30pm
July 7 Naima Adedapo
July 14 Harmonic Maneuvers
July 21 Brewtown Brew Grass / Chicken Wire Empire
July 28 The Jimmys
Aug 4 Daryl Stuermer
Aug 11 Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound
Aug 18 Bella Cain
Aug 25 Generation – Sixties Experience
Sept 1 Greg Koch *Special hours: 6:30-9:30pm

Cathedral Square
520 E. Wells Street, Milwaukee
Jazz in the Park By East Town Association
THURSDAYS 5:00 -9:00 PM, Happy Hour at 5pm, Music starts at 6pm

June 2 Milwaukee Soul
June 9 Sonny Knight & The Lakers
June 16 The People Brothers Band
June 23 Jose Valdes & The Mambo Allstars
June 30 Leroy Airmaster with Junior Brantley
July 7 In Black N White
July 14-17 Bastille Days Programming
July 21 Blair Crimmins & The Hookers
July 28 Leftover Cuties
Aug. 4 Kelli & The Soulmates
Aug. 11 The Jimmys
Aug. 18 Chicago Tribute Anthology
Aug. 25 Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound
Sept. 1 Charles Walker Band
Columbus Park
7301 W. Courtland Avenue, Milwaukee
Wednesday, July 20: 6:30-8:30 pm
KIC Keep’n It Clean (K.I.C.)

Dineen Park
6901 W. Vienna Avenue, Milwaukee
Wednesday, Aug. 17: 6:30-8:30 pm
Cigarette Break

Gordon Park
2828 N. Humboldt Boulevard, Milwaukee
Thursday, June 16: 6:30-8:30 pm
Eddie Butts Band

Grant Park
100 E. Hawthorne Avenue (Picnic Area 5A), South Milwaukee – During Traveling Beer Garden™
Saturday, June 25: 6:30-8:30 pm
Well-Known Strangers

Humboldt Park
3000 S. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee
Chill on the Hill By Bay View Neighborhood Association
TUESDAYS 6:00-8:30 PM, Opening Acts: 6:00 pm, Main Acts: 6:30 pm

June 7 The Mosleys
June 14 Foreign Goods
June 21 Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (Presented by Habush Habush & Rottier)
June 28 AUTOmatic / Evan Christian and the Stinkies
July 5 American Legion Band
July 12 Soul Low & Paper Holland
July 19 Tigernite & Faux Fiction
July 26 Rocket Paloma / Atomic Spins
(Run for the Parks in partnership with the Park People of Milwaukee)
Aug. 2 Cavewives
Aug. 9 Thriftones / Cactus Brothers
Aug. 16 Jokers Henchman & Jon Burk’s Band
Aug. 23 Trolley & Indonesian Junk
Aug. 30 Midnight Reruns

Jackson Park
3500 W. Forest Home (Picnic Area 2), Milwaukee
August Nights Sponsored By North Shore Bank
THURSDAYS 6:30-8:30 PM

Aug. 4 Cache & the Pueblo Latino Orchestra
Aug. 11 Saturday June Band
Aug. 18 Mariachi Zamora
Aug. 25 Leahys Luck

Johnsons Park
Park Grand Opening Celebration
1919 W. Fond du Lac Avenue, Milwaukee
Thursday, June 23, 6:30-8:30 pm
Tony TNT Washington and his Explosive Divas – WITH A.W.E. TRUCK STUDIO 6-8pm

Juneau Park
Poetry in the Park
near the Solomon Juneau statue overlooking Lake Michigan
An outdoor reading series celebrating the written and spoken word.
2nd Tuesday, June–September, 6:30-8 pm

June 14: John Koethe, Ann-Marie Blanchard, Nick Demske, Mikey Murry
July 12: Brenda Cardenas, KJ Prodigy/Kavon Jones, Glenn Shaheen, Peter Burzynski
August 9: Chuck Stebelton, Timothy Yu, Carina Gia Farrero, Freesia McKee
September 13: Renaissance Theaterworks’ BR!NK (play-reading and Q&A)

Kosciuszko Park
National Night Out Celebration
At The Community Center, 2201 S. 7th Street, Milwaukee
Tuesday, Aug. 2: 4:00-8:00 pm
Maracujaz Brazilian & American Jazz – 6:00-8:00 pm – WITH A.W.E. TRUCK STUDIO 6-8pm

King Park
Back to School Celebration
At The Community Center, 1531 W. Vliet St., Milwaukee
Saturday, Aug. 13: 11am- 6pm
Valerie B. & the Boyz Band – 2:00-4:00pm

Lincoln Park
National Night Out Celebration
1301 W. Hampton Ave., Milwaukee
Tuesday, Aug. 2: 5:00-9:00 pm
KIC Keep’n It Clean (K.I.C.) – 6:30-8:30 pm

Lake Park
At The Summer Stage, 2975 North Lake Park Road, Milwaukee

Musical Mondays
By Lake Park Friends
MONDAYS: 6:30-8:00 pm
July 11 Avec Le Bois
July 18 Tim Burr
July 25 Betti Xiang
Aug. 1 Harmonious Wail
Aug. 8 Collegium Ladyes
Aug. 15 Patrick Ball
Aug. 22 Grandsons Of The Pioneers With The Vintage Mix Quartet
Aug. 29 The New South Rampart Street Paraders With Lisa Edgar

Wonderful Wednesdays – Concerts for Kids & Families
By Lake Park Friends
WEDNESDAYS: 6:30-7:30 pm
July 6 Extra Crispy Brass Band
July 13 Ms. Jen and the Jellyfish
July 20 The Tritonics
July 27 Altered Five Blues Band
Aug. 3 The Mood Swing Orchestra
Aug. 10 Charles Walker Band
Aug. 17 Fox and Branch

Lindbergh Park
3629 N. 16th Street, Milwaukee
Thursday, July 14: 6:30-8:30 pm
AhVantSoul with Jon Pierre Gee and Kat Webb – WITH A.W.E. TRUCK STUDIO 6-8pm

Mitchell Park / The Domes
524 S. Layton Boulevard, Milwaukee
THURSDAYS 6:30-8:30 PM
Sponsored By Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative

July 7 Abraxes – WITH A.W.E. TRUCK STUDIO 6-8pm
July 14 Eddie Butts Band
July 21 UIC Latin Orchestra
July 28 The Differentials


Mitchell Boulevard Park
5115 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee
6:30-8:30 PM
Supported By Story Hill Neighborhood Association

Thur., July 21 SHAG
Thur., Aug. 18 Saturday June Band
Wed., Sept. 14 Milwaukee Metropolitan Voices

Moody Park
2200 W Burleigh Street, Milwaukee
Thursday, Aug. 25: 6:30-8:30 pm
Christopher’s Project – WITH A.W.E. TRUCK STUDIO 6-8pm

Pere Marquette Park
900 N. Plankinton Avenue, Milwaukee
River Rhythms By Westown Association
WEDNESDAYS 6:00 -9:00 PM
Happy Hour at 5pm, Music starts at 6pm

June 8 Shonn Hinton & Shotgun
June 15 Soul Low
June 22 King Solomon
June 29 The Rad Trads
July 6 Dave McElroy
July 13 New Age Narcissism
July 20 52nd Street
July 27 Cajun Strangers
Aug. 3 5 Card Studs
Aug. 10 Liam Ford Band
Aug. 17 Cache
Aug. 24 Justin Adams
Aug. 31 Pay the Devil
Sheridan Park
4800 S. Lake Drive (Picnic Area 1), Milwaukee
Thursday, August 11: 6:30-8:30 pm
Supported By Sheridan Park Friends
The Bluegrass All Stars

Smith Park
5462 N. 33rd Street, Milwaukee
Thursday, August 4: 6:30-8:30 pm
Christopher’s Project

Washington Park
1859 N. 40th Street , Milwaukee
Wednesdays at the Shell
WEDNESDAYS: 6:30-8:30 PM, Opening Acts: 6:00 pm
Supported by: Washington Park Partners, Neighborhoods United for Washington Park,
Washington Heights Neighborhood Association, and Washington Heights Rainbow Association

July 6 Kids From Wisconsin
July 13 Groove Therapy – WITH A.W.E. TRUCK STUDIO 6-8pm
– with Brewcity Brusiers Community Picnic
July 20 Nabori
July 27 KT’s Universal Love Band – WITH A.W.E. TRUCK STUDIO 6-8pm
Aug. 3 Terry Sims Band
Aug. 10 Extra Crispy Brass Band – WITH A.W.E. TRUCK STUDIO 6-8pm
Aug. 17 Kelli and the Soulmates – WITH A.W.E. TRUCK STUDIO 6-8pm
Aug. 24 The Davis Family Band – WITH A.W.E. TRUCK STUDIO 6-8pm
Aug. 31 Peter Mulvey – WITH A.W.E. TRUCK STUDIO 6-8pm
Wedgewood Park
National Night Out Celebration
7201 W. Wedgewood, Milwaukee
Supported by: Friends of Wedgewood Park
Monday, Aug. 1: 6:30-8:30 pm
Our House