“Milwaukee’s Original Date Night” in Cathedral Square Park celebrates over 30 years with jazzy new lineup

(Milwaukee,WI): “Milwaukee’s Original Date Night,” Jazz in the Park, celebrates over 30 years of the free outdoor music series starting Thursday, June 1. Each week during the summer through Aug. 31, Cathedral Square Park will feature a different band beginning at 5:00 p.m. With 12 acts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! 

The summer concert series will open with the 2023 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Nominees, The Group, with openers Kavon Cortez Jones and The Next Paperback Hero. The Group plays the “funkiest jazz on the planet,” with several members inducted into the WAMI Hall of Fame. Other notable performers include No. 3 Billboard Blues Chart winner Altered Five Blues Band on June 15, Afro-Latino group CNJ Latin Jazz on July 6 and newer collective Funk Club Wagon on Aug. 10. Jazz in the Park is again pleased to partner with Fresh Coast Jazz Festival, performing Aug. 3, and the Milwaukee Jazz Institute, created by dedicated jazz musicians and supporters to help continue the legacy of jazz in Milwaukee, who will play on Aug. 17.

View the full 2023 lineup below:

  • June 1: The Group with openers Kavon Cortez Jones & The Next Paperback Hero
  • June 8: B.D. Greer & The Gents
  • June 15: Altered Five Blues Band with opener Tommy Odetto
  • June 22: Urban Empress and The Urbanites
  • June 29: Christopher’s Project
  • July 6: CNJ Latin Jazz
  • July 27: Bill Bonifas and Friends
  • Aug. 3: Fresh Coast Jazz featuring The Jazz Men
  • Aug. 10: Funk Club Wagon
  • Aug. 17: Milwaukee Jazz Institute: WE SIX
  • Aug. 24: CachMke. featuring Salsabrositas Rumba Caliente
  • Aug. 31: The Kal Bergendahl Project (KBP) + “Come Together” (The Beatles Soulfully Reimagined)

VIP Experiences

OnMilwaukee will offer Jazz in the Park VIP Experiences, with three packages available for each night of the series. The experiences for up to eight people include two bottles of wine from Door Peninsula Winery, a picnic table ‘backstage’, a charcuterie board by Charcuter-Me, treats from Sweetly Baked and access to a private bathroom. Tickets for the VIP Experience can be purchased here.


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