It’s Music to Your Ears This Summer in the Kenosha Area!

7/10/2018 - Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

Arts & Culture, Nightlife
Lincoln Park Live Music Series
concert, part of Twilight Jazz free outdoor concert series at Anderson Arts Center
Petrifying Springs Park Biergarten Oktoberfest
Peanut Butter & Jam Concert Series at Veterans Memorial Park
Kenosha Pops at Sesquicentennial Bandshell in Pennoyer Park
HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival

The Kenosha Area knows how to throw a great outdoor concert, whether country, jazz, blues, or nearly any other style! Numerous concert series (many are FREE) and single-day music events are held at various Kenosha venues throughout the summer months. Here’s a sampling of what’s coming to you live from the Kenosha Area this summer:

Kenosha Pops Concert Band: 2018 marks the 96th season for the Kenosha Pops Concert Band. With a different theme each week, concerts are Wednesdays at 7 p.m. through Aug 8. The concerts take place at Sesquicentennial Bandshell. Admission is free.

Jazz on the Roof: Mike’s Sportsbook & Meatbar is the venue for this music series that showcases some of the area’s finest jazz artists in an intimate rooftop lounge setting while featuring great drink and food specials. The lineup is: June 21 – vocalist Naomi Marie. July 19 – Lesser Lakes Trio. Aug 30 – Kal Bergendahl Project (KBP). Also live music on the roof every Sunday night. Admission is free.

Pike River Benefit Concert Series: Come enjoy an evening of live music at Hawthorn Hollow’s outdoor amphitheater nestled along the Pike River. The lineup is: June 22 – Armchair Boogie. July 13 – Matt Meyer & the Smooth Riders. Aug 17 – The Oscillators. $10 admission.

Twilight Jazz: This concert series is held on the grounds of Anderson Arts Center, with Lake Michigan as its backdrop. Here’s the lineup this year: June 26 – The Southport Sound. July 17 – The John Crawford Jazz Band. July 24 – The AHK Trio. July 31 – The KUSD (Kenosha Unified School District) Jazz All Stars. Aug 28 – Russ Johnson / UW-Parkside Student Jazz Combo and the Parkside Reunion Band. Admission is free.

Lincoln Park Live Music Series: The fourth season of concerts takes place in Kenosha’s iconic Lincoln Park flower garden. The lineup is: June 27 – Christopher’s Project Motown Revue. July 11 – King Solomon Reggae Band. July 25 – Mariachi Zamora. Aug 8 – Ivy Ford Blues Band. Aug 29 – Back to School Celebration. Admission is free.

Tuesdays At The Shell: This outdoor concert series is held on Tuesday evenings at the Sesquicentennial Bandshell. 2018 lineup: July 10 – Dropping Daisies. July 17 – Barrcasters. July 24 – Rust Belt. July 31 – Marie Martens and the Messarounds. Aug 7 – Ghosts in the Gravel. Aug 14 – Yesterday's Children. Aug 21 – Kai Anderson & The Pickups. Aug 28 – New Vinyls. Admission is free.

Peanut Butter & Jam Concert Series: The concerts occur twice each Thursday at Veterans Memorial Park. Here’s this year's lineup: July 12 – Felix and Fingers Dueling Pianos. July 19 – Anthony Rosano & The Conqueroos. July 26 – Big Al Wetzel Band. Aug 2 – The Moods. Aug 9 – Semple. Aug 16 – Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials. Aug 23 – Up All Night. Aug 30 – The Hat Guys. Admission is free.

Country Thunder Music Festival: The 2018 lineup includes Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Dierks Bentley, and Sam Hunt. They are joined by additional established acts and up-and-coming artists in Twin Lakes, July 19-22. This is a ticketed event.

Tribute Island Music Festival: The event on Simmons Island features the most celebrated tribute acts from across the Midwest playing a wide variety of the most popular music of the last half century. There will be 50+ bands on five stages, July 20-22. This is a ticketed event.

Taste of Wisconsin™: Enjoy more than 80 live musical performances on four music stages – along with over 40 food and beverage vendors, chef demonstrations, and kids’ activities. The 10th annual event happens along Lake Michigan, July 27-29. Admission is free.

Peacetree Music Festival: This is a gathering of peace, love, and music. The eclectic lineup includes Rust Belt, The Dillweeds, Mungion, Chester Brown, SLM, The Grass Is Dead, Old Shoes, and more. It takes place Aug 10-11 at the Sesquicentennial Bandshell. This is a ticketed event.

Kenosha County Fair: This takes place Aug 15-19; the music lineup includes KR Bluegrass Band, Gooroos, Burrow Creek, The Now Band, Doo Wop Daddies, Bella Cain, The Amazing Farm Boys, and Class of ’62. The music is included with fair admission.

HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival: On Aug 18, two powerful iconic groups will be performing at Kenosha’s lakefront. The Jazz headliner is the Lao Tizer Band. The Blues headliner is Chicago’s very own top guitarist, Wayne Baker Brooks, son of the late blues master Lonnie Brooks. This is a ticketed event.

Bands, Brews, & BBQ on the Beach: Formerly known as Grill Games, this event happens Aug 24-26 at Pennoyer Park. Admission is free.

Uke’s 115th Harley-Davidson Celebration: Harley riders and non-riders alike are invited to enjoy a variety of activities, Aug 28-Sept 3. Featuring food, bands, stunt shows, vendors, 2019 Harley-Davidson rides, and more. Admission is free.

Cheese-A-Palooza: This annual event features multiple stages of live entertainment, food eating contests, food vendors, family friendly activities, and more. It happens Sept 1-2. Admission is free.



The Petrifying Springs Biergarten hosts live music on Saturdays and select other days. Admission is free.

The Bristol Renaissance Faire features numerous entertainment stages. It’s open Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day Monday, July 7 – Sept 3. This is a ticketed event.

On Saturdays, Kenosha HarborMarket, a bustling European-style mixed market near Kenosha’s lakefront, features three music acts staged throughout the market’s footprint! Admission is free.


This is just a sampling, as many more events include music. For details on more events in the Kenosha Area, visit our online events calendar.


Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau Staff

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