Milwaukee County Parks.
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Plan Your Summer!

The 2017 Parks “Summer’s Best” Entertainment Guide is here

By - May 31st, 2017 09:40 am
Jazz In the Park. Photo by Dave Reid.

Jazz In the Park. Photo by Dave Reid.

Milwaukee, WI (May 24, 2017) – Over 100 free concerts, movie nights and events are scheduled in Milwaukee County Parks this summer – including the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra at Boerner Botanical Gardens, concerts at Grant Beach and a Thursday night traveling concert series.

As well as established concert series such as Chill on the Hill at Humboldt Park and Jazz in the Park at Cathedral Square, entertainment will include a new Traveling Tunes series, which will visit ten parks around the county on Thursday nights. A new concert series at Washington Park this summer will feature a different theme each night, including ‘beer and bass’ – with beer tastings and food trucks and  ‘roll with it’ night which offers a chance to skate with members of the Brewcity Bruisers roller derby team.

Milwaukee County Parks Director, John Dargle, said: “Milwaukee County Parks are central to why Milwaukee is so great in the summer –  you can enjoy beaches, beer gardens, water parks, golf courses, cycling trails, festivals and find live, local music almost every night of the week through the summer.”

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs to the events. Food and drink is available to purchase at some events, including “Chill on the Hill” at Humboldt Park and “Concerts in the Garden” at Boerner Botanical Gardens. Drink and carry-in policies vary among venues. For more information check concert websites or facebook pages.

For the full “Summer’s Best” concert schedule, including Poetry in the Park and Movie in the Park dates, visit  

2017 Milwaukee County Parks Summer’s Best Free Park Concerts Schedule
* Schedule subject to change. Shows go on, weather permitting. No rain dates.

Monday Night Concerts

Musical Mondays – Lake Park
At The Summer Stage 2975 North Lake Park Road, Milwaukee
Presented by Lake Park Friends
MONDAYS: 6:30-8:00 pm
July 3 Lakefront Brass Quintet
July 10 4th Street Elevator
July 17 Caribbean Eclipse
July 24 Alphonso Ponticelli Trio
July 31 Cream City Percussion
Aug. 7  Midwest Vocal Express
Aug. 14 Folias Music
Aug. 21 Becky Spice & Chad Larget with Jack Forbes Wilson
Aug. 28 The Rhythm Aces

Tuesday Night Concerts

Chill on the Hill – Humboldt Park
3000 S. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee
Presented by Bay View Neighborhood Association
TUESDAYS 6:00-8:30 PM, Opening Acts: 6:00 pm, Main Acts: 6:30 pm
June 6   D’Amato with Bay View High School and Parkside Drum Lines
June 13 Driveway Thriftdwellers
June 20 Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
June 27 American Legion Band
July 11  Abby Jeanne
July 18  Charles Walker Band
July 25  Devil Met Contention
Aug. 1   Colors of the Alphabet
Aug. 8   Max & the Invaders
Aug. 15 PILES
Aug. 22 Misha Siegfried and His Band
Aug. 29 De La Buena

Wednesday Night Concerts

River RhythmsPere Marquette Park
900 N. Plankinton Avenue, Milwaukee
Presented by Westown Association
WEDNESDAYS 6:00 -9:00 PM, Happy Hour at 5pm, Music starts at 6pm
June 14 Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson
June 21 Brother
June 28 Reverend Raven
July 12 Chicken Wire Empire
July 19 King Solomon
July 26 Charles Walker Band
Aug. 2  Saddlebrook
Aug. 9  De La Buena
Aug. 16 Thriftones
Aug. 23 Celtica Pipes Rock
Aug. 30 5 Card Studs

Wonderful Wednesdays – Lake Park
At The Summer Stage 2975 North Lake Park Road, Milwaukee
Concerts for Kids & Families Presented by Lake Park Friends
WEDNESDAYS: 6:30-7:30 pm
June 21 Jim Gill
June 28 Danika and Jeb
July 5 Paul Kaye
July 12 Twang Dragons
July 19 Cash Box Kings
July 26 Fox & Branch

Washington Park Wednesdays – Washington Park
1859 N. 40th Street , Milwaukee
Supported by: Washington Park Partners, Neighborhoods United for Washington Park,
Washington Heights Neighborhood Association, and Washington Heights Rainbow Association
WEDNESDAYS: 6:30-8:30 PM, Opening Acts: 6:00 pm
July 5   5 Card Studs
July 12 Clave Y Afinque
July 19 Dramatic Lovers
July 26 Cigarette Break
Aug. 2 Abby Jeanne
Aug. 9 New Age Narcissism
Aug. 16 Charles Walker Band
Aug. 23 Dead Man’s Carnival
Aug. 30 Foreign Goods & Tarik Moody the Diaspora Orchestra

Thursday Night Concerts

Jazz in the Park – Cathedral Square
520 E. Wells Street, Milwaukee
Presented by East Town Association
THURSDAYS 5:00 -9:00 PM, Happy Hour at 5pm, Music starts at 6pm
June 1 Extra Crispy Brass Band
June 8 Clave Y Afinque
June 15 The Rhythm Rockets
June 22 Legends of Milwaukee Jazz
June 29 Alma Afrobeat Ensemble
July 6 The Blues Disciples
July 13 Bastille Days Programming – July 13 – July 16
July 20 Christopher’s Project
July 27 Paul Spencer Band
Aug. 3 Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal
Aug. 10 Salsa Manzana
Aug. 17 Fresh Faces of Milwaukee Jazz Featuring Foreign Goods & Roxi Copland
Aug. 24 Incendio/ Terra Guitarra
Aug. 31 Streetlife Featuring Warren Wiegratz/Vivo

Concerts in the Gardens – Boerner Botanical Gardens
Whitnall Park, 9400 Boerner Drive, Hales Corners
Presented by Milwaukee County Parks, Sponsored by Wimmer Communities
THURSDAYS 6:30-8:30 PM (Special hours are noted)
Admission to the Gardens is free on concert nights after 6:00 pm
June 22* Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
*Special hours: 7:30-8:30pm
June 29 Cold Sweat & The Brew City Horns
July 6 Tweed Funk
July 13 The 52nd Street Band
July 20 The Kyle Feerick Band
July 27 Concord Chamber Orchestra
Aug 3 Well-Known Strangers
Aug. 10 Bella Cain
Aug. 17 Platinum
Aug. 24 Deacon Blues
Aug. 31* The Jimmys
*Special Hours 6:30- 9:30pm

Thursday Traveling Tunes
Thursday night traveling concert series presented by Milwaukee County Parks
THURSDAYS: 6:30-8:30pm
June 15: Eddie Butts Band – Gordon Park, 2828 N. Humboldt Boulevard, Milwaukee
July 13: AhVantSoul with Jon Pierre Gee & Kat Webb, Lindbergh Park, 3629 N. 16th Street, Milwaukee
July 20:  Eddie Butts Band, Columbus Park, 7301 W. Courtland Avenue, Milwaukee
July 20 Piano Brew, Mitchell Boulevard Park, 5115 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee
July 27: Davis Family Band, Johnsons Park, 1919 W. Fond du Lac Avenue, Milwaukee
Aug. 3: Keep’n It Clean (K.I.C.), Smith Park, 5462 N. 33rd Street, Milwaukee
Aug. 10: Blue Grass Allstars, Sheridan Park, 4800 S. Lake Drive (Picnic Area 1), Milwaukee
Aug. 10: Saturday June Band, Jackson Park, 3500 W. Forest Home (Picnic Area 2), Milwaukee
Aug. 17: Christopher’s Project, Dineen Park, 6901 W. Vienna Avenue, Milwaukee
Aug. 17 Tweed Funk, Mitchell Boulevard Park, 5115 W. Bluemound Road, Milwaukee
Aug. 24: Cigarette Break, Moody Park, 3629 N. 16th Street, Milwaukee

Music in Mitchell Park
524 S. Layton Boulevard, Milwaukee
THURSDAYS: 6:30-8:30 pm
Aug. 3   ABRAXES Band
Aug. 10 Nabori
Aug. 17 Eddie Butts Band
Aug. 24 Twister Army
Aug. 31 El Teca y los Buitres de Guanajuato

Friday & Saturday Night Live Music

Visit the Traveling Beer gardens, South Shore Terrace Kitchen & beer Garden or Whitnall Park Beer Garden for live music.

National Night Out Celebrations

Monday, July 31: 6:30-8:30 pm Our House. Wedgewood Park, 7201 W. Wedgewood, Milwaukee
Tuesday, Aug. 1: 6:00-8:00 pm Nabori, Kosciuszko Park, Kosciuszko Community Center 2201 S. 7th Street, Milwaukee
Tuesday, Aug. 1: 6:00-8:30 pm Kelli & the Soulmates, Lincoln Park, 1301 W. Hampton Ave., Milwaukee
Saturday Aug. 12: 11:00am-6:00pm Valerie B. & the Boyz, King Park, 1531 W. Vliet Street, Milwaukee

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