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Global Union Returns for 9th Consecutive Year

Diverse Artists From Around the World Gather for Free, Day-Long Music Festival

By - Jul 23rd, 2014 11:45 am
La Yegros. Photo courtesy of Alverno Presents.

La Yegros. Photo courtesy of Alverno Presents.

Global Union turns Nine! This FREE festival of world music and culture returns to Milwaukee’s beautiful Humboldt Park (3000 South Howell Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53207) in Bay View for ONE DAY ONLY on Saturday, September 13, from noon – 6 p.m., rain or shine. 4 bands, 1 afternoon, 1 incredible park, 0 cost – Food and merchandise vendors will have items available for purchase.  Artists from Brazil, Argentina, China, Appalachia, Trinidad & Tobago, and Sierra Leone will travel to Milwaukee for the last, and best, party of the summer that celebrates individual expression and global commonality.  BMO Harris Bank is the event’s lead sponsor.

Global Union is a dog- and child-friendly event!  Please join us for interactive music and activities provided by Express Yourself Milwaukee in the Global Union Family Tent.

La Yegros: 12:30PM

Mariana “La Yegros” is a force of nature.  From the rainforests of Brazil, she uses electronica to bring the tradition of Cumbia into the 21st Century.


Wu-Force: 2:00PM

Abigail Washburn’s avant-Chinese-Appalachian-indie-Folk-Rock project, featuring Abigail on banjo and vocals, Kai Welch on piano, guitar, trumpet, looping station/vocals, and Wu Fei on guzheng (Chinese zither)/vocals.  (band camp has a great recording of one of their songs streaming)


Caplypso Rose w/Kobo Town: 3:30PM

The uncontested diva of calypso, the incomparable Calyhpso Rose is joined by Kobo Town, renowned for its fusion of calypso, roots reggae, and acoustic instrumentation with innovative production techniques, social commentary and indie rock attitude.  There is no video of the two performing together, but they will be a powerful combo.

Calypso Rose- music starts at 1:30 into the video

Kobo Town-

Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars: 5:00PM

Originally from Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital, the band formed in exile and spent three years “touring” throughout the refugee camps of Guinea.  This was all filmed by two American film makers who released the movie Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars alongside their first album, Living Like A Refugee,  in 2006, both to critical success.  A wild mix of Sierra Leone highlife, maringa, palm wine styles, baskeda and gumbe make music that is uplifting, highly danceable, and crazy fun.

This is a crowd pleaser, and a big name in the world of World Music.

Lead Sponsor: BMO Harris Bank.  Other sponsors include: The National Endowment for the Arts, Milwaukee Arts Board, Helen Bader Foundation, Transfer Pizzeria Café, 800-CEO-Read, Collectivo Coffee, Blue Moon, Direct Supply, Bob and Pam Klein.

Media Sponsors

WUWM 89.7 FM, 88.9 FM Radio Milwaukee, WMSE 91.7 FM, Milwaukee Record, Shepherd Express

Alverno Presents

Alverno Presents, the performing arts series of Alverno College, is celebrating its 55th year.  The series has innovated beyond our history as the longest running, continuous arts presenter in the city, to our niche of presenting contemporary dance, world music and jazz and an array of performance events. Alverno Presents shares the school’s mission by ensuring broad access to and participation in learning, experiencing and developing the arts for the learning community of Alverno, and our community as a whole.  For more information on Alverno Presents, special projects, media reviews and more, visit, contact Alverno Presents Managing Director at 414-382-6151, or e-mail

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