LIVE @ the Lakefront will feature a mix of genres from eight accomplished original musical groups from around the country. With Lake Michigan providing an incredible background for their performances, this series of free original sunset shows is sure to offer something special for all Milwaukee music fans. Concerts are held RAIN or SHINE with the performance moving indoors in the case of inclement weather.
7/12/17 Sam Llanas Band
Sam Llanas, formerly of the BoDeans, is an iconic American singer, acoustic guitarist, and songwriter. Best known for his unique and distinctively soulful voice, Sam returns to his roots adding a refined rock sound complimented by a full band performing July 12th for the opening night of LIVE @ the Lakefront’s 10th season.
Naborí came together in 2005 with one goal: create the best original salsa brava for the dancing public. Their carefully crafted lyrics and polished arrangements harken back to the traditions of the salseros of old, making Naborí part of the renaissance of this genre beloved by music fans worldwide.
7/26/17 Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson
Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson are an exciting addition to the indie-duo scene. Porter’s blistering guitar playing and rich songwriting provides the perfect architecture to support Nickerson’s lush vocals. The duo are excited to bring listeners Bonfire to Ash, their first album of original co-writes produced by Grammy Award-winner Ben Wisch.
8/2/17 Los Ciegos del Barrio
Literally translated as “The Blind Boys of the Neighborhood,” this multi-genre Latin music group composed of legally blind musicians from New York has been taking the nation by storm since 1997 with captivating original combinations of meringue, bachata, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton and rock.
8/9/17 Mad Rocksteady
Mad Rocksteady is a group dedicated to paying homage to the roots of Reggae music. When Jamaican artists took the energetic Ska offbeat rhythm of the late 50’s and early 60’s and slowed it down, they created Rocksteady music, the precursor to Reggae. Mad Rockstzady’s live show offers a mix of original Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae blended together seamlessly with their rich vocalists, horn section and percussionists.
8/16/17 Reverend Raven & the Chainsmokin’ Altar Boys
Bringing crowds to their feet in halls and clubs across North America, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys featuring Westside Andy Linderman on harmonica, play original Blues, straight up with a big dose of passion. With smoking grooves, hot harmonica, silky sax and stinging guitar, they’re poised to light up the lakefront.
VIVO is a contemporary Brazilian samba bossa nova jazz ensemble featuring famed Milwaukee saxophonist Warren Wiegratz, vocalist Pam Duronio, guitarist Tim Stemper, drummer Brian Dale and bassist Eric Hervey. Nominated as the 2017 WAMI Jazz Artist of the Year, VIVO will be playing songs from their 2015 CD release, This is the Time.
8/30/17 Natty Nation
Natty Nation has been keeping their unique reggae beats throbbing through the heartland since their inception in 1995. With original hard roots rock reggae & dub and messages of peace, love, community and spreading positive vibrations, every Natty Nation concert is a dynamic experience.