HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival

August 17, 2019

Gates open at 12:30 p.m. The festival kicks off at 1:15 p.m.
HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival

This festive lakefront music event is celebrating its 15th anniversary.

Music Lineup:

  • 2:30 p.m.: Natty Nation, Wisconsin’s most popular Reggae band out of Madison
  • 4 p.m.: Milwaukee’s hottest R&B band Christopher’s Project with Joe (the Crooner) Jordan
  • 5:45 p.m.: Nora Jean Bruso Blues Band
  • 7:30 p.m.: Internationally acclaimed Saxophonist Paul Taylor

After a five-year hiatus, the Arts & Crafts Village returns to the HarborPark festival showcasing a broad mix of juried fine art, paintings, prints, photographs, sculpture, jewelry, handmade clothing, fine crafts and a lively art-making tent aimed at families with young children. Artisans will showcase their talent in a variety of mediums on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. Art pieces, prints and merchandise will be available for purchase. The Kenosha Art Association is partnering with the event to produce the Arts & Crafts Village.

To celebrate the 15th Anniversary, the Mahone Fund is partnering with the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin to host the BEST Chicken Cook-off competition between the Kenosha Firefighters Local 414 and Racine Firefighters Local 321. The popular interactive “Cooking Studio” – starting at 1:15 p.m. – will provide a gorgeous lakefront atmosphere to witness the BATTLE for the BEST Firehouse Chefs in SE Wisconsin & taste some succulent side dishes. Fans will also learn the tricks of the trade from their favorite Kenosha or Racine firefighter.

Chef Danielle Weybright, Executive Chef of Grease & Honey Restaurant Group serves as the Culinary coach for the teams and Chef Brian Quinn of the Gateway Culinary Arts program Elkhorn campus will join her to assist the teams at the event.

Each Fire Department team consists of one head chef and two sous chefs. The head Chef for Kenosha’s team is Jeff Weidner and Racine’s head Chef is Sam Fucile. Each team will simultaneously prepare their top-secret picnic style recipes and one side dish. The contest will be judged entirely by audience participation. The winner will be announced after the Natty Nation Reggae performance. The runner up Firehouse team will prepare a special meal for the 2019 BEST Firehouse Chefs and their families at the Gateway Technical College Culinary Arts Program Kitchen – Racine Campus.

Both Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian and Racine Mayor Cory Mason have placed a friendly wager on this competitive the Firehouse Cook-off.

Advocate Aurora Health Care Wellness Services will combine forces with the Cooking Studio and both Firefighters Unions to present nutritional cooking options and kickoff the Stop the Bleed Campaign. Kristen Bennington, a registered dietician, will be on hand to answer questions about nutrition, food preparation techniques and dietary tips for creating your own sumptuous cuisine. As part of their Wellness Services, Advocate Aurora will have a booth to highlight the Stop the Bleed Initiative. Gateway Technical College will be on hand to showcase their Firefighter Technician and Culinary Arts Program.

Besides listening to quality music throughout the day, patrons will be able to purchase raffle tickets for the 50/50 raffle and participate in the very popular Silent auction and “Wine Pull” raffle, giving supporters the opportunity of winning top quality bottles of wines and fun prize packages.

Tickets are on sale at Tenuta's Deli, Jack Andrea, and the Kenosha Community Foundation office. Visit the listed website to receive $5 online discount.

General admission lawn seats are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate.

Kids 10 & under receive free admission.

The Texas Roadhouse VIP tickets are $85 (includes concert ticket, food, complimentary beer and wine).

All proceeds benefit the Mahone Fund. The mission is to provide educational opportunities for economically and academically deserving youth and to support healthy lifestyle initiatives in communities of color.

Rain or shine event.

Alcoholic carry-ins strictly prohibited.

If you have any questions, email