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.
7/10/13 Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
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 10th. www.reverendraven.com
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.
Quirky and charismatic, The Empty Pockets deliver brash Rock & Roll music with unrelenting hooks, soaring vocals, honest lyrics and carefully crafted songwriting. Their driving rockabilly grooves are thick with rhythm and blues, and their thoughtful melodies and harmonies in classic pop structures have played on Triple-A and Hot AC radio stations nationwide, peaking at #25 on the Mediabase AC Chart.
7/31/13 Los Ciegos del Barrio
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 July 31st. 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.
Naborí brings its traditional and authentic salsa style to LIVE @ the Lakefront on August 7th. 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
8/14/13 Finbar MacCarthy
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 14th with his tasteful combination of Irish music, comedy and rock and roll.
8/21/13 Grace Weber
Internationally acclaimed indie soul performer and Milwaukee native, Grace Weber 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 2011, which quickly hit #8 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter charts, Weber has garnered a sizable fan base from coast to coast.
8/28/13 R.A.S. Movement
Coming to LIVE @ the Lakefront August 28th R.A.S. Movement is one of the country’s hottest reggae bands. With Jah Dwayne Tafari leading one 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.