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.
8/2/17 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 August 2nd. 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.
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. Winner of the 2015 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 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.