LIVE @ the Lakefront will feature a mix of styles from eight of the area’s most accomplished musical groups. With Lake Michigan providing an incredible background for their performances, this series of free acoustic sunset shows is sure to offer something special for all Milwaukee music fans.
Naborí brings its traditional and authentic salsa style to LIVE @ the Lakefront on July 11th. In 2005, the founding members of Naborí, Wichy Ayala, Robert Figueroa, and Tony Ayala, combined with some of the finest musicians in Milwaukee and Chicago to pursue one goal: create the best original Salsa Brava for the dancing public. Their carefully crafted lyrics and polished arrangements hark back to the traditions of the salseros of old, making Naborí part of the renaissance of this genre beloved by music fans worldwide. www.myspace.com/naborisalsa
Bringing crowds to their feet in concert halls and clubs across North America, Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys play original blues, straight up with a big dose of passion. With smoking grooves, served up with hot harmonica, silky sax and stinging guitar they play LIVE @ the Lakefront July 18th. www.reverendraven.com
Coming to LIVE @ the Lakefront July 25th only a year after Naima Adedapo’s inspired American Idol performance, R.A.S. Movement is one of the country’s rising reggae bands. Together with Jah Dwayne Tafari on their album “Just JAH Works” they combine Reggae, Roots, Dancehall, Dub and Lover’s Rock. Artistic dance and non-stop movement fuse together harmoniously with the band of veteran performers to create balanced energy. www.reverbnation.com/rasmovement
Literally translated as “The Blind Boys of the Neighborhood”, this incredible multi-genre Latin music group composed of legally blind musicians plays LIVE @ the Lakefront on August 1st. Based in New York since 1997 and recording since 2000, their original combinations of meringue, bachata, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton and rock have been featured on three albums, received national airplay and hit #1 on MP3.com. Led by Alvin Suarez on lead guitar and vocals, with Derek Christopher Suarez on bass, Machete on keyboards and harmonica, Jaime Diaz on rhythm guitar and bass, Jimmy Fontanez on percussion and Angel Dueno on guira and timbales. www.losciegosdelbarrio.com.
Grace Weber brings her internationally acclaimed indie soul to LIVE @ the Lakefront on August 8th. A Milwaukee native, Grace started performing at 10-years-old with the City Youth Gospel Choir. Over time she’s deftly melded those early roots in soul and gospel with a modern pop sensibility to forge a musical identity of her own. Since the release of her debut album “Hope & Heart” in September, which quickly hit #8 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts, Weber has garnered a sizable fan base from coast to coast. She has performed for “Showtime at the Apollo” in Harlem, the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Kennedy Center and the Today Show, and a track included in a Starbucks playlist. www.graceweber.com
A native of Dublin, Finbar first started playing local pubs at 12-years-old and has since traveled the world extensively entertaining audiences with his Irish flair in such far flung places as the Nordic Concert Hall in the Faeroe Islands and Irish Emporium in Morocco. He moved his family to the US in 1992, settling in Saukville, WI, and has performed regularly throughout the country ever since, including every Irish Fest since 1992. Now based in South Carolina, Finbar returns to Milwaukee for LIVE @ the Lakefront August 15th with his tasteful combination of Irish music, comedy and rock and roll.
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 different experience. Jah Boogie and his band’s tight but fluid, rootsy but funky, beautiful but gritty, righteous but real vibration spread positive energy to anyone listening to their music. www.nattynation.com
D’CalleSon brings their unique Latin Urban Salsa, combining Salsa, Jazz, Fusion and Rock, to LIVE @ the Lakefront on August 29th. With a dozen professional musicians, each brings years of performance experience from all over the globe dedicated to creating original music in song as well as image. The rhythms, harmonized voices, and brass section guarantees a high energized performance. www.myspace.com/dcalleson