One of the best parts of summertime in Ozaukee County is the plethora of outdoor concerts to attend. From Summer Sounds to Gathering on the Green, there's something for everyone. Here's the 2017 lineup:
Belgium Summer Nights LIVE Beginning Friday, June 1st from 6-9 p.m., Belgium's Community Park will feature live music and family fun for all, starting with Tuesday Afternoon and DocRube. Food and drinks are available for purchase, and sign up for kickball! Two more concerts are TBA on August 3rd and 31st.
Summer Sounds in Cedarburg The 16th Season of Summer Sounds kicks off Friday, June 15th, at Cedar Creek Park with Con Brio from San Francisco, and special guest, Mic Over Matter, and continues every Friday through August 17th. Each concert begins 6:30 p.m., and there is plenty of food and drink available on site, as well as a playground for the kids nearby. Bring a blanket or chairs, find your spot, and plan on an evening of fun!
GALA in the Park On Thursday nights at 6:30, beginning July 12th with the Altered Five Blues Band and running through August 23rd with Totally Neon, the Grafton Area Live Arts Concert Series will return to Veterans Park on the Milwaukee River. Popcorn and beverages will be for sale by the Grafton Lions, and John's Pizzaria will be serving food.
Shully's River Sounds in Thiensville will have free concerts on the first Thursday of each month from 6:30-10 p.m., rain or shine, with some delicious food available, made (of course!) by Shully's. June 7th is Five Card Studs, July 12th is the Alex Wilson Band, and August 2nd is the Eddie Butts Band. Attendees are encouraged to bring two non-perishable food items for Family Sharing's Food Pantry.
Live at the Triangle in Saukville's Veteran's Park will return with 6 free concerts this summer on Wednesday evenings from 7-9:30 p.m., beginning with Pack on June 13th, and ending with Our House on August 22nd. Food and beverages are available for purchase on site.
Gathering on the Green at Mequon's Rotary Park returns for its 23rd year on Friday, July 13th with American Authors, and Saturday, July 15th with Denis DeYoung and the music of Styx, and Lou Gramm, the original voice of Foreigner. New this year is a Battle of the Bands, with the top 5 Industry and local bands competing the weekend of the event.
Newport Shores in Port Washington has bands scheduled all summer long on their outdoor stage, right on the shore of Lake Michigan, beginning on June 2nd with Midlife Oasis, and going through September 22nd with the Shane Dar Band.
Beanies Summer Rock the Patio concert series happens every Sunday evening from 5:30-7:30 p.m. from June 24th to August 26th. Grab a famous Beanies Margarita, relax, and listen to some great tunes!
Climb the hill to the iconic St. Mary's church on Fridays from noon to 12:30 for the St. John XXIII Summer Music Series: Music on the Hill! The perfect accompianment to your lunch break, with an ecclectic mix of music from June 22nd to September 22nd.
Nines Live on the Sunset Deck is an outdoor concert series on Thursday nights from 7- 10 p.m. at the Nines American Bistro in Mequon. The series begins on June 7th with Marcell &Friends, and continues through August 30th with the Jackie Brown Trio.
Cedarburg Art Museum Beer Garden will have live music and food Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:30 p.m. beginning on June 14th and through September 13th, as well as during Strawberry Festival and Wine & Harvest Festival, and for a special Opening Reception on June 9th from 5-8 p.m. and a Beer Garden Party on July 3rd.
If you don't mind the drive, Sheboygan has the amazing Levitt AMP Sheboygan Music Series kicks off on Thursday, June 21st at 7 p.m. with Boogát. Most performances are Thursday evenings beginning at 7; however, the Series also incorporates the Midsummer Festival of the Arts on Saturday and Sunday, July 21st and 22nd, on the JMK Arts Center Festival Green.
Also not too far from Oz, the Homegrown Music Festival returns to Regner Park in West Bend on Sunday, July 8th from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m., with The Coulee Boys, Trapper Schoepp, The Freques, Faux Fawn, Redshift Headlights, Driveway Thriftdwellers, and Nickel & Rose. Parking is free, and a $10 donation is recommended.
To stay informed about all of the great live music happening in and around Oz, make sure to stay tuned to the Ozaukee Living Local Events Page, and subscribe to our Friday Newsletter!
By Kathy Lanser
If you’ve ever dreamed of performing for a live audience, the monthly Blueburg Café Open Mic Night – is for you. On Wednesday, September 6th, 2017 head to the Cedarburg Cultural Center’s Blueburg Café Open Mic Night and celebrate its five-year anniversary.
For the past five years, Steve Brill, Master of Ceremonies, and John Mueller, Master of Sound, have run the Blueburg Café Open Mic Night with the assistance of Chris Pope. Guest emcee, Stephanie Erin Brill, was on board for the first three years of the Blueburg Café Open Mic Night, and Samantha Grady has acted as guest emcee for the past two years. Both the Master of Ceremonies and guest emcee will be passing the baton to the new hosts, to be announced Sept 6th.
All styles, talents, and formats are welcomed at the Open Mic. Talent on the stage may include poets, spoken word, comedians, singers, instrumentalists, singer-songwriters, etc. One song per artist ensures that everybody gets a chance to play. Performers may be young, mature, experienced or first timers. Many acts see this is as an opportunity to improve their talent by performing live in front of a large captive audience. Additionally, talent scouts representing area festivals, venues and businesses may be in attendance, and often reach out - offering opportunities on bigger stages. The Cedarburg Cultural Center (CCC) opens the doors at 6:15 p.m. every first Wednesday of the month from February thru December, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m..
Crowd favorites at the monthly Blueburg Café will be invited to compete in the Best of Blueburg Talent Competition showcase held in January. Winners receive cash prizes, gift certificates, and an invitation to perform at the Cedarburg Cultural Center’s First Fridays concert series.
Cornerstone Community Bank has been the Blueburg Café Open Mic Night Title Sponsor for four years, enabling free entry for all attendees. There is an opportunity to donate $2 and participate in a nightly drawing, with prizes donated by the Evening Sponsors: Bill Bauerband, Edward Jones Financial Advisor; Cedarburg Cultural Center; Nines American Bistro; Sprecher Brewing Co., Inc.; and, Write Stuff Resources.
After a successful first run under new management last year, the Port Washington Pirate Festival will return this first weekend in June to Port's lakefront, with some reliable favorites, as well as some new additions.
The free Festival kicks off on Friday, June 2nd, at 5 p.m. with the Buccaneer Bash in the beer tent, where there will be live music from the Celtic rock band, Hearthfire, from 7-11 p.m. Happy Hour is from 7-9 p.m. Meet and greet pirates, get something to eat at the Gruel Galley from 5-11 p.m., and do some early shopping at the Thieves Marketplace from 5-10 p.m., with a variety of vendors, including: Andrea Jones - author of the Hook & Jill saga, DaSue Dragon, Sea Ratt Pirate Booty, Aurora's Apothecary, and Captain Kut's Pirate Ware, as well as some modern vendors, such as LuLaRoe, Tastefully Simple, and L'Bri.
On Saturday, June 3rd, you can start the day off early with the ever-popular Breakfast with the Pirates at Newport Shores from 8-11:30 a.m. Reservations are suggested, and can be made by calling (262) 284-6838, but walk-ins will be seated as available. Newport Shores and the PW Pirate Festival cannot be responsible for the manners of the pirates, and it is strongly recommended that you do not touch their plates.
The Festival, itself, opens at 10 a.m., with favorite acts such as Cutlass Cooking, Knotty Bits, River Valley Colonial Fife & Drum Corps, Stellamani Caravan, and Pyrates of Portabello. There will be roaming pirates, and a bounce house for the kids, as well as a children's and adult's Costume Contest. The Tall Ship Denis Sullivan will be in the harbor for deck tours and sails, as well.
New to the Festival this year, but not new to Port, is the Cardboard Boat Regatta, which will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday. This popular event, which was once a part of Port's Maritime Heritage Festival, takes place in the harbor and features boats made from corrugated cardboard, sailing in both youth and adult divisions, with prizes for best design and construction, best theme and costumes, most spectacular sinking, and a people's choice award. Should Saturday get rained out, the Regatta will happen on Sunday.
On Sunday, the Festival opens for the final time at 10 a.m., with a Pirate Invasion on Scoundrel's Mound at 10:30, and a Parade at noon.
The Port Washington Pirate Festival is a fun, family-friendly event. Costumes are encouraged, and there is plenty to see and do for all ages, so swab the decks of your galleon, put on your eye patch, and be prepared to sail the seven seas in the city of seven hills!
The 2017 Winter Festival promises to be a warm one, which can be a bit of a problem when it comes to such traditional events as ice carving along main street and bed races on a frozen creek, but it certainly won't be the first time warm temperatures have foiled some of the Festival's best laid plans; luckily, there is so much to do, the event is successful each year, regardless of what Mother Nature throws at it.
This year's theme is Mardi Gras, so masks and beads will abound. The event kicks off at 8 a.m. on Saturday, February 18th, when the ice carvers will begin work on their blocks of ice, located along Washington Avenue, in front of participating businesses. Stroll main street, where local businesses often have their own events and specials, and a host of artisans, food vendors, and other attractions, such as wagon and camel rides, are scattered from Cedar Creek Park to Cedar Creek Settlement. Follow the Parade at 1 p.m. to the Bed and Barrel Races. Make sure to stop in the Community Center for the Chili Contest from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. and, while you're there, make and take a project with the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts and check out the Upstairs Marketplace. If live music is your thing, stop into the Cedarburg Cultural Center for their Cool Notes Musical Talent Competition from 1:30-5 p.m.
New this year is the grand opening of the Cedarburg History Museum, Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce & The Cedarburg Visitors Center during Winter Festival! Doors will be open Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 12- 4 p.m. Cedarburg’s newest treasure houses the former General Store Museum, the Rappold-Dobberpuhl historic photograph collection, as well as a current exhibit on historic toys. During Winter Festival, guests can enjoy complimentary, local Cedar Crest ice cream in the old-fashioned ice cream parlor.
On Saturday night, Cool Brew & Tunes returns from 7-9 p.m. at the Community Center with the Dueling Pianos, Craft Beer Tasting, and Appetizers from local restaurants. Tickets are $30 per person, and you must be 21 to attend.
On Sunday, start the festival with a Pancake Breakfast from 8-11:30 at the Community Center, and then head off to the Egg Hunt at 10:30, Dog Weight Pull between 10 and 4, and the 2nd Annual Dodgeball Tournament in the Community Center from 2-4 p.m.
This will be the Winter Festival's 43rd year, and each year it seems to grow a little bit bigger; whether it's your first time to the Festival, or your 43rd, you're sure to experience something new. For more information, call 262-377-9620 or 888-894-4001, or visit the Festivals of Cedarburg website at http://www.cedarburgfestival.org/winter-festival or their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/FestivalsOfCedarburg/.
By Kathy Lanser
If you missed the opportunity to dance at The Peppermint Lounge discotheque, here is your change to “twist the night away!” On any given night in the early 1960’s the Peppermint Lounge was the “it” dance spot for The Beatles, Truman Capote, Greta Garbo, Judy Garland, Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy, Norman Mailer, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, and others. The Twist wasn’t just a dance – it was the start of a social revolution. Since couples danced apart, ladies no longer needed to follow the man’s lead, and the Peppermint Lounge was where it was all happening.
On January 28th at 7 p.m., the Cedarburg Cultural Center has curated an evening of dance until you drop, rockin’ music that will recreate that era of dance with “Freddy’s Dance Party at the Peppermint Lounge!” featuring Freddy and the Blifftones and special guest, David “Bones” Boyles, plus other surprise, cameo performances.
“Freddy’s style brings back the old days when we danced to The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, and Chubby Checker,” said David “Bones” Boyles, Producer of The Peppermint Lounge. “When Freddy plays you can’t sit down! His connection to music is so deep -- crooning, laughing, crying --all from the heart!”
The evening, which is a fundraiser for Music Programming at the CCC, includes a Cash Bar, Silent Auction, and 50/50 Raffle. Costume or Cocktail attire is encouraged. Tickets are $25/person, or reserve at VIP table for four for $200, which includes a bottle of wine. RSVP by January 20th by callign (262) 375-3676, or in person at the Center Box Office, located at W62 N546 Washington Ave. in Cedarburg.
The Peppermint Lounge is sponsored by Commerce State Bank, Newman Chevrolet, and Cedarburg Place. The Non-Profit CCC is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment of the Arts.
For questions or more information, please contact the Cedarburg Cultural Center at 262-375-3676 or visit www.CedarburgCulturalCenter.org.
Now in its third season, the First Fridays concert series at the Cedarburg Cultural Center (located at W62 N546 Washington Avenue in downtown Cedarburg) will continue to bring the feel of a summer outdoor concert series indoors for the colder months to audiences of all ages. This series provides an opportunity to fulfill the CCC mission of providing a gathering place for the community, while providing a space to showcase emerging artists, as well as established, WAMI Award-winning bands.
As the name suggests, the First Friday concert series happens on the first Friday of each month, from October through May, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. In the 2016-2017 season, guests will be greeted to a singer-songwriter performance at 6:00 p.m., followed by the featured band at 7:00 p.m. First Fridays provides a kid’s craft hour and space to hula hoop from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. In addition, dinner will be available for purchase from featured food trucks. Other activities include a local handmade art show and monthly art exhibit. The lights go down and the party turns up as the headliner takes the stage, and the Center’s full cash bar and dance floor multiply the fun.
First Fridays will showcase a variety of musical styles, including Americana, Blues, Caribbean, Country, Jam, Funk, Pop, Reggae, Rock, R&B and Soul. The series is free of charge to CCC members and children under 5. Non-member general admission is $5 at the door. The 2016/17 season includes:
October 7 Mic Over Matter 90’s Pop
November 4 Kyle Feerick Band Folk Rock
December 2 WhiskeyBelles Roots Americana
January 6 Alex Wilson Band Blues
February 3 FM Rodeo Country
March 3 City Block Classic Rock
April 7 Kojo Caribbean & Reggae
May 5 The People Brothers Band Rhythm & Soul
“We are so excited to present First Fridays for third year in a row, and we love to see people of all ages come together for this monthly event. Whether it’s date night or a night out with the kids, First Fridays has a little bit of something for everyone!” said CCC Executive Director, Stephanie Hayes.
The Cedarburg Cultural Center and US Bank present First Fridays, with additional support from Fromm Family Foods, Festivals of Cedarburg, Executive Search Partners-ESP, Visual Image Photography, Olsen’s Piggly Wiggly and, after party sponsor, The Stilt House.
For questions or more information about “First Fridays,” please contact the Cedarburg Cultural Center at 262-375-3676 or visit www.CedarburgCulturalCenter.org.
About the Cedarburg Cultural Center:
The CCC is a not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) with a mission to provide a gathering place to celebrate community, the arts and local heritage. All galleries, classrooms, and restrooms of the Cedarburg Cultural Center are wheelchair accessible. The CCC is free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 – 4 p.m. The CCC is closed on Monday.
As a kid growing up on the south side of Chicago, Joe DeLucia experienced the music industry first-hand. His father, an Italian immigrant, had his own record label in 1955, recording rock bands, blues singers, songwriters, big bands, and country singers. "I remember driving many miles with him as we delivered the records (45 rpm vinyl) to radio stations across Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana. His biggest 'hit' was a recording of Edgar Allen Poe's Annabel Lee put to music and sung by The Coeds. It rose to #21 on WLS's Silver Dollar Survey!"
When DeLucia arrived in Wisconsin in 1975, he started a music career of his own. "It started at the Sunday open mic at the Gasthaus in the basement of the student union at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. As I got more confident, I got paid gigs at such places as the Blue River Cafe, the 19th Street Coffeehouse, Numero Uno's on Oakland, Prima's on Downer (where I first started promoting local musicians), Marquette University and UW Milwaukee. I made a recording in 1979, a 45 rpm record, and received airplay in Milwaukee."
A wife, kids, and home put his music career on the back burner for many years, until 1991, when DeLucia moved his father in with his family, rediscovering all of those old 45 records, and realized how important music was to him. With many of his old haunts gone, DeLucia decided that he would have to create a place for singers and songwriters on his own.
In 1992, with the help of musician friends, DeLucia started the Wisconsin Singer Songwriter Series in a partnership with the Cedarburg Cultural Center, where it remained for 16 years until, for financial reasons, the concert series was moved to the Unitarian Church North in Mequon, where it continues today.
For twenty-five years, WSSS has been a successful, non-profit, volunteer-driven organization, with all of the proceeds of the event going to the artist fees and operating expenses. The small army of loyal volunteers, along with sponsorship from North Shore Bank, the law firm of DeWitt, Ross & Stevens, and Muermann Engineering, as well as DeLucia's passion for original, lyrical oriented music, has made WSSS an incredibly popular indoor concert series; so much so that DeLucia no longer has to find artists to perform; instead, they come to him, and the hardest part is choosing who gets in.
The concerts are held throughout the fall, winter, and spring at the Unitarian Church North (13800 N. Port Washington Road) in Mequon. The doors always open at 7 p.m., and the music begins at 7:30; soda, coffee, and homemade treats are available for purchase. Ticket prices vary (student prices are $10 at all times), but are less expensive if bought in advance, and season passes and mini-package deals are available for purchase through September 24th.
WSSS just released their 25th Season Line-up:
Saturday, September 24 - Reggie Harris & David Roth - advance/at the door $17/$21
Friday, October 7- Ronnie Cox & Band - advance/at the door $18/$22
Saturday, October 22 - Anne Hills - advance/at the door - $16/$20
Friday, November 4 - WSSS Song Contest - admission $5 anytime
Saturday, Nov. 5 - Michael Hough, David Tamulevich, Jan Krist & Matt Wattroba - advance/ door $17/$21
Saturday, November 19 -Julie Rust - advance/at the door $15/$19
Friday, December 9 -Jon Vezner & Don Henry - advance/at the door $17/$21
Saturday, January 21 - Bonnie Koloc - advance/at the door $18/$22
Friday, February 10 - Dan Navarro - advance/at the door $15/$19
Friday, March 3 - Brother Sun - advance/at the door $18/$22
Friday, April 7 - Joe Crookston - advance/at the door $15/$19
Saturday, April 29 - Johnsmith w/ Dan Sebranek - advance/at the door $16/$20
Friday, May 5 - Claudia Schmidt & Sally Rodgers - advance/at the door $17/$21
If you are a music lover, the WSSS is the place to be. "Our venue is a listening room, and is casual and family friendly. It is also a wonderful opportunity to purchase CD's of artists that you would normally not find at the stores," says DeLucia. "For these past 25 years, I have met musicians/songwriters of such rare quality and character, who share the same mission: to share the love of lyrics and music with everyone!"
For more information, visit the Wisconsin Singer Songwriter Series Facebook Page.
When people hear the words "orchestra" or "ensemble," the first thought that comes to mind is probably classical music; the works of Mozart, Bach, or Beethoven. Not everyone realizes that there are, in fact, modern-day composers, and that some very notable composers have come out of Present Music in Milwaukee's Third Ward.
Founded in 1982 by Kevin Stalheim, internationally acclaimed Present Music commissions, performs, records, and tours the music of living composers, and has been responsible for over 55 new works from composers around the world by working closely with the world's most exciting and significant composers, while supporting the creation of new ones through the Creation Project.
This year is PM's 35th Season, and they're opening with MADE FOR MILWAUKEE; a celebration of the music premiered by Present Music with works that made local and national history by Michael Torke, Kamran Ince, Jerome Kitzke, and Sean Friar. Guests will then be a part of another world premier: Ryan Carter's On a Better Filtering Algorithm.
There will be activities for the whole family prior to the concert, beginning at 6:30 p.m., including PM's 35 year history through pictures, music, and maps; musical experiments with the staff of Betty Brinn's Be A Maker Space, finding your inner DJ with composer Ryan Carter's interactive app, iMonkeypants, and outdoor dining with local food trucks. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Stick around after the concert to party with Milwaukee's own glam-rock superstars, TIGERNITE, and enter to win a certificate for a Blacksmith 101 Workshop from the Milwaukee Blacksmith.
Made For Milwaukee takes place at the Helene Zelazo Center for the Performing Arts, located at 2419 E. Kenwood Boulevard in Milwaukee. Learn more by visiting the Present Music website (http://presentmusic.org) or by visiting their facebook page. Subscribe to the 2016-17 season or purchase single tickets.
Since 1999, Tom "Mel" Stanton and his friends have been creating "great times for great causes;" raising money for numerous non-profits throughout Ozaukee County. One of their great times, Melapalooza, is returning for the 4th year this weekend, July 15th through the 17th, at Centennial Park in Grafton.
One part softball tournament, one part music festival, Melapalooza will host 14 softball teams and 8 bands over the course of the weekend, with proceeds benefiting All My Friends Playground, a volunteer based charity that is looking to build an all-inclusive playground for children of all abilities to come and play together at Centennial Park. The park was spearheaded by Ozaukee resident, Diane Dyer, who is the President of Living Life with Autism. Her daughter, Cassie, was the inspiration for the park.
Event hours are 5-10 p.m. on Friday, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Mel's famous pulled pork sandwich, along with brats, burgers, hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase, but the music is free:
Friday, July 15th
5:30-7:30 p.m. Some Assembly Required
8:00-10:00 p.m. Dr. Woo
Saturday, July 16th
1:00-2:30 p.m. Serious Jones
3:00-5:00 p.m. Ozaukee County Jam Band
5:30-7:30 p.m. Piano Brew
8:00-10:00 p.m. Rhythm Method
Sunday, July 17th
noon-1:30 p.m. South End Blues Band
2:00-4:00 The Mission River Band
For more information, visit the Mel's Charities Facebook Page or go to www.melscharities.org.
When summer comes to Oz, the music begins. Live music. Outdoors. Family friendly. I can't think of a better way to spend a summer evening. Here's the lineup for the summer concert series:
Summer Sounds On Friday nights, beginning at 7 p.m., Cedar Creek Park comes alive with music lovers of all ages. Bring a blanket or chairs. Food and drinks are available to purchase, or bring your own. The playground next to the newly finished band shell is the perfect place for when the kids get bored, or take a stroll along Cedar Creek while the music plays.
Freeport Music Festival On Friday in June 24th, July 22nd, and August 19th, the band shell at Veteran's Park on the shores of Lake Michigan is the place to be. The music starts at 7 p.m. with an opening act, followed by the headliner at 8:30. There is a variety of food and soft drinks for sale, as well as beer and wine choices available for purchase from the Port Washington Yacht Club, or bring your own. There is also a playground for the kids to blow off some steam.
Live at the Triangle This concert series in the heart of downtown Saukville happens on Wednesday nights from 7-9:30 p.m. throughout the summer. Food and beverages are available to purchase at the park, and every concert is "Cruise Night," so bring your hot rod if you've got it!
GALA in the Park Concert Series Starting Thursday, July 7th and continuing through Thursday, August 25th, the Grafton Area Live Arts presents concerts from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. (or later for some). Concerts are held in Veteran's Memorial Park in Grafton along the Milwaukee River. Food is available to purchase from John's Pizzaria of Grafton, and the Grafton Lion's Club sells popcorn and beverages.
The Patio at Newport Shores Newport Shores is the only restaurant on the lakefront in Ozaukee County, and there outdoor stage sees an amazing lineup of artists all summer long, including an Open Mic Night every Thursday evening.
Of course, there are a variety of festivals happening throughout Oz over the summer, and live music is always on the agenda!
Gathering on the Green This yearly concert at Rotary Park in Mequon focuses on fun for the whole family, and usually attracts pretty big name artists. This year, the headliner is none other than Huey Lewis and the News on Friday, July 15th, while the Kids From Wisconsin and the Starliner Big Band will take the stage on Saturday the 16th. Families can get in free with a food donation on Saturday this year, and the evening culminates with the Green's signature musical fireworks!
Hot Rods N Blues On the last weekend in June each year, Rods-n-Relics Car Club hosts a car, truck & motorcycle show at Lime Kiln Park in Grafton, Wisconsin called Hot Rods ‘N Blues. This year, The Incorruptibles kick off the event with a set from 11:00am-1:00pm on Sunday, June 26th. Headlining the event is the “Braille Blues Daddy” Bryan Lee. His set is from 1:30pm-3:30pm.
Strawberry Festival You'll find music every which way you turn at this annual event in downtown Cedarburg, happening the weekend of June 25th and 26th, but especially at the Gruber Law Office Main Stage next to the Festival Food Court which will feature rockin’ fun cover bands like Our House and Life in a Tree.
Grillin' in Grafton This annual festival takes place at Lime Kiln Park, along the Milwaukee River, the first weekend in July, and is billed as Wisconsin's number one BBQ Festival. A BBQ competition, parade, fireworks, and plenty of live music is on the agenda.
Fish Day Billed as the "World's Largest One Day Outdoor Fish Fry," Fish Day in Port Washington is celebrating its 52nd year this July 16th. The music headliners are of a Country Music type, featuring Josh Thompson, WAMI award winner Nora Collins, and Road Crew.
Ozaukee County Fair One of the last free fairs in the Midwest, the Ozaukee County Fair is an excellent place to catch some live music. Happening August 3rd through the 7th, the Fair kicks off its 157th year with the likes of the Charlie Daniels Band, the Whiskeybelles, and Pat McCurdy, among others. With five stages of music, you're sure to find something you like.
Luxembourg Fest An ethnic festival like no other, Luxembourg Festival in Belgium takes place August 12th through the 14th at the Belgium Community Park. You don't have to be a Luxembourger to attend (though it probably helps). A parade, fireworks, car show, kid's zone, craft fair, live music (featuring the headliner, Uprising, on Friday night), and more are sure to please even the non-Luxembourgers among us.
Paramount Blues Festival The festival comes to Port Washington's Coal Dock Park this year, over Labor Day Weekend, and is sure to be a hit. The list of musical talent is long, and continues to grow. This should be the perfect end to a long and glorious summer of live music in Oz.