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. Nominated as the 2017 WAMI Jazz Artist of the Year, VIVO will be playing songs from their latest album release, This is the Time. VivoJazz.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. TheEmptyPockets.com
Named 2021 WAMI Blues Band of the Year, Jay Stulo has been playing the blues since the late 1980’s. He has toured the nation several times and released 5 CDs. Influenced by multiple genres, Jay is not a traditional blues artist by any means, and this is not your grandfather’s blues - versatile, high energy guitar, rock-tinged hooks, and gut-bucket vocals make for a show to remember. Joining Jay will be Chris Hanaway on bass guitar and Tom Hansen on drums and vocals.
A professional musician since 1978, Cathy Grier’s undeniably powerful voice and tasty Blues guitar affirms her place on the world stage. Part storyteller, part blues traveler, Cathy formed Cathy Grier + The Troublemakers in 2017 with a stellar lineup of Wisconsin’s top blues players. Their album I’m All Burn was in the top 100 for 2021 of the RMR Contemporary Blues Charts. CathyGrier.com
With varied musical influences such as Earl Scruggs, Jerry Garcia and Chris Thile, Chicken Wire Empire lights up audiences with their energetic bluegrass, Americana and folk inspired songs. Since their formation in 2014, Chicken Wire Empire has wasted little time establishing themselves as one of the hottest up and coming bands in the local and regional music scene. ChickenWireEmpire.com
The Blues Disciples have been singing the blues since 1990 with the intent of remaining true to the influences of the Chicago electric blues era of the '50's and 60's. They have forged a sound and band that has risen to the top of the Milwaukee Blues scene. Many years and changes have kept their music fresh, and relevant, while still remaining true to their Blues roots. BluesDisciples.com
Septeto Charambó is the modern version of the popular 80’s salsa band Conjunto Charambó. Combining charanga and bomba rhythms from the Caribbean, the band was reinvented in 2022 and now delivers their unique salsa dura sound, keeping the rich traditions of Milwaukee salsa alive for the return of LIVE @ the Lakefront.
Landy Cabrera is one of the new, fresh young voices to explode on the tropical salsa scene in the last 10 years. Heavily influenced by salsa greats such as Cano Estremera and Chamaco Ramirez, Landy has adapted a style that blends both traditional salsa with a new age edge. Born in Manatí, Puerto Rico, he now calls Milwaukee home.
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 dynamic experience. nattynation.com