Jazz in the Park presented by Boston Store and Columbia St. Mary’s announces 2014 lineup
New national acts and returning favorites for free outdoor concerts in the heart of downtown
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (March 31, 2014) – Jazz in the Park is returning for its 23rd season, bringing with it a fresh music lineup for free evening entertainment in the heart of downtown. The outdoor concert series takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. every Thursday evening from June 5 through Sept. 4 in Cathedral Square Park. This year, Jazz in the Park is shaking things up with new national acts alongside a mix of local performers and returning favorites.
Established in 1991, Jazz in the Park has become a summertime hot spot for Milwaukee music lovers with over 8,000 attendees each week. The series boasts live tunes in a variety of styles, including jazz, big band, funk, R&B, reggae and blues. With a convenient setting in the heart of downtown and happy hour drink specials for early birds, Jazz in the Park remains a popular way to start the weekend off early.
Jazz in the Park will welcome four new national groups this year, including New Orleans-native Dumpstaphunk, a quintet of lively vintage funk musicians with a modern edge, gracing the stage June 12. Breaking into the R&B scene in 2010 with his first hit single “Some Place,” Los Angeles-native Nick Waterhouse will lay down smooth rhythms on July 24. On Aug. 7, Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee will entertain attendees with their self-proclaimed “ragtime funk” arrangements. Forq, a group boasting two Grammy winning members, will play on Aug. 28 as the final national act of the season. Several popular Jazz in the Park performers will return this year, including AhVantSoul feat. Jon Pierre Gee & Kat Webb, King Solomon, Paul Spencer Band and Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys.
Jazz in the Park 2014 Schedule:
June 5 Nabori
June 12 Dumpstaphunk feat. Ian Neville
June 19 Hood Smoke
June 26 Paul Spencer Band
July 3 King Soloman
July 10 Bastille Days Opening Night
July 17 AhVantSoul feat. Jon Pierre Gee & Kat Webb
July 24 Nick Waterhouse
July 31 CALJE: Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble
Aug. 7 Billy Martin’s Wicked Knee
Aug. 14 5 Card Studs with Special Guest Jim Liban
Aug. 21 Terry Sims Band
Aug. 28 Forq feat. Adam Rogers, Henry Hey, Michael League and J.T. Thomas
Sept. 4 Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys
For more information on Jazz in the Park and the 2014 music lineup, visit www.easttown.com or call 414.271.1416.
Jazz in the Park is presented by Boston Store and Columbia St. Mary’s. Additional 2014 sponsors include: Madison Medical, BMO Harris Bank, Bud Light, International Autos Group, Gruber Law Offices LLC, WE Energies, Stone’s Throw Winery, Ellingsen Brady Advertising, MBM and Milwaukee County Parks System.
About Jazz in the Park
Jazz in the Park is organized by East Town Association, Inc., a nonprofit downtown Milwaukee business organization that has celebrated Jazz in the Park in Milwaukee since 1991. Proceeds from the concert series are returned to the community through neighborhood improvement programs and civic events such as the popular East Town Market and Bastille Days. Jazz in the Park is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.EastTown.com or call 414.271.1416.