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.
Naborí brings its traditional and authentic salsa style to LIVE @ the Lakefront on July 13th. 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.
An acoustic-guitar-based singer/songwriter with Roots, Pop, & Americana song styling, Mark Croft is the classic ‘triple threat’; a skilled guitar player, a powerful and dynamic vocalist, and a talented songwriter and entertainer. markcroftmusic.com
7/27/16 Chicken Wire Empire
With varied musical influences such as Earl Scruggs, Jerry Garcia and Chris Thile, Chicken Wire Empire lights up audiences nationwide with their energetic bluegrass, Americana and folk inspired songs. Chicken Wire Empire is sure to get their audience up and moving with their interactive performances.
8/3/16 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 3rd. 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.
8/10/16 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.
8/17/16 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, featuring Westside Andy Linderman on harmonica, 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 Aug 17th. www.reverendraven.com
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.
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.