Jazz in the Park, one of Milwaukee’s most popular summer music festivals, welcomed warmer temperatures this week by releasing the much anticipated 2014 lineup. Four national acts and a number of favorite local groups highlighted the event’s 23rd season at Cathedral Square Park, which kicks-off on Thursday June 5th.
Founded in 1991, Milwaukee’s Jazz in the Park has become a mainstay destination for music lovers of all styles and creed. The completely free event attracts over 8000 people every Thursday night June to September, and even features a pre-show happy hour that raises money for Milwaukee non-profits and next year’s event.
The 2014 Jazz in the Park line up features an unprecedented four national touring acts and another nine groups from Milwaukee and the Midwest. Nabori, a ten-piece salsa band formed by members in Milwaukee and Chicago starts the festival on Thursday, June 5th before Dumpstaphunk’s brand of funky New Orleans sole begins the first of the four national tours on June 12th.
Nick Waterhouse (July 24th), Wicked Knee (August 7th), and Forq (August 28th) are the other tours making a summer stop in Milwaukee for Jazz in the Park. Forq’s Michael League holds some ties to the state, also playing alongside Wisconsin-native Mike Maher in the Grammy winning group Snarky Puppy.
The 2014 local lineup includes returning favorites like rock-reggae pioneers King Solomon (July 3rd) and longtime blues man Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Alter Boys (September 4th). Award winning jazz group the Paul Spencer Band makes their Jazz in the Park debut on June 26th after playing together for over 15 years at clubs on Milwaukee’s south-side.
Jazz in the Park begins at 5PM every Thursday night from June 5th to September 4th at Cathedral Square Park. Happy-hour provided by Budweiser and Stone’s Throw Winery goes from 5PM to 6PM. Music starts at 6PM.
2014 Jazz in the Park Lineup
5th – Nabori
12th – Dumpstaphunk
9th – Hood Smoke
26th – The Paul Spencer Band
3rd – King Solomon
10th – No Jazz in the Park (Bastille Days at Cathedral Square Park)
17th – AhVantSoul
24th – Nick Waterhouse
31st – Chicago Afro Latin Jazz
7th – Wicked Knee
14th – 5 Card Studs
21st – The Terry Sims Band
28th – Forq
4th – Reverend Raven and the Chain Smoking Alter Boys