HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival

August 18, 2018

Gates open at 12:45 p.m. The festival kicks off at 1:15 p.m.
HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival

The HarborPark Jazz Rhythm & Blues festival, one of Kenosha's most festive lakefront music events, returns with two powerful iconic groups ready to bring waves to our beautiful Lakefront.

The lineup: The Jazz headliner is the Lao Tizer Band featuring guitarist, Chieli Minucci; saxophonist, Eric Marienthal; and violinist Karen Briggs. The Blues headliner is Chicago’s very own top guitarist, Wayne Baker Brooks, son of the late blues master Lonnie Brooks. Returning to the festival for another appearance is the talented Nabori Salsa, the powerful and highly talented Milwaukee/Chicago based Salsa band. Making their first appearance to Kenosha is Keelan Jones and the Urban Soul, a Waukegan based R&B group.

The festival kicks off at 1:15 p.m. with the popular “Cooking Studio” culinary class showcasing a variety of Summer recipes by the upscale Capital Grille Milwaukee restaurant. Join Chef Hans Cys, Executive Chef Partner of the Capital Grille Milwaukee as he prepares a melody of luscious summer recipes highlighted by sumptuous Lobster Crab cakes. The Capital Grille is a nationally known fine dining restaurant recognized for its dry aged steaks, fresh seafood and acclaimed world-class wine. The popular Cooking Studio is a state of the art mock kitchen built and donated by Kenosha's own Kitchen Cubes, LLC. The display will provide a more authentic presentation for the food aficionados as if they were at home. The Cooking Studio provides a gorgeous lakefront atmosphere to learn the tricks of the trade while enjoying a glass of wine or cold beer. The interactive cooking class offers a unique complement to the musical programming of the day-long event. The avid foodie or aspiring cooks should come prepared to learn, sample and enjoy from the popular upscale steak and seafood restaurant.

Aurora Health Care Wellness Services will combine forces with the Cooking Studio to present nutritional cooking tips and ideas for healthy seafood options. A registered dietician will be on hand to answer questions about nutrition, food preparation techniques and dietary tips for creating your own sumptuous seafood cuisine.

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

Tickets go on sale June 22 at Tenuta's Delicatessen & Liquors, Jack Andrea, and the Kenosha Community Foundation office, or visit the listed website to receive $5 online discount. General admission lawn seats are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate. The Texas Roadhouse VIP tickets are $85 (includes concert ticket, food, complimentary beer and wine).

Festival organizers will no longer allow patrons to bring in their own alcoholic beverages — including bottles of wine — to its popular summertime music event. The policy change reflects long-standing state laws which are governed by Wisconsin Statute Section 125.32 6a and our City issued temporary liquor license. We must abide by the law and not put our charitable status at risk. We look forward to increasing our wine offerings, so our attendees will have a range of quality choices and price points to choose from either by the glass or the bottle.

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.