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HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival is one of Kenosha’s favorite music events and returns this year with a powerful mix of New Orleans style Jazz, straight ahead Jazz and true hometown Chicago Style Blues.
The Snap-On Stage will feature the encore performance of the energetic, Grammy award winning Rebirth Brass Band, Chicago based NuBlu Band, the Ivy Ford Band from Waukegan and of course local favorite the Kenosha Jazz All-Stars Tribute Band.
Lineup & Schedule, straight from their website (times subject to change):
1:15 p.m. It begins with The Cooking Studio at 1:15, where you can join local co-host Mary Radigan of Sazzy B’s and Chef David of Chef David’s Catered Events as they join forces for a delightful culinary presentation from the Bayou. The Cooking Studio allows the gourmet foodie, aspiring cooks, and food aficionados a gorgeous lakefront atmosphere to learn the tricks of the trade in a mock Kitchen environment.
2:45 p.m.: Natty Nation opens the main stage at 2:45pm with the inaugural Caribbean presentation of Reggae music. JAH Boogie and his band’s tight but fluid, rootsy but funky, beautiful but gritty, righteous but real vibration is clear to anyone listening on stereo or live in concert. It’s almost impossible not to dance at a Natty Nation show, where their message is simple: Spread the positive vibration!
4:15 p.m.: Terry James and the Blue Flames will energize the audience at 4:15pm. Watch and listen as singer, guitarist and songwriter, Terry James, creates a mixture of soulful, rockin’ blues and R&B that blends the style of Taj Mahal, Jimi Hendrix, BB King, and Buddy Guy – Just to name a few.
5:45 p.m.: CNJ Latin Jazz Quintet will open up for headliner Euge Groove at 5:45pm. Between the drums, the four-string electric upright bass and six-string bass guitar, congas, percussion and vibraphone, CNJ provides an energetic combination of rhythm and melody to many Latin/American jazz classics and contemporary music!
7:30 p.m.: Euge Groove will perform as the main evening act. Euge selected Kenosha as part of his highly anticipated, current national tour. “His spellbinding, high energy stage presence and his melodic smooth jazz saxophone sounds coupled with the new Caribbean Island music will be sure to entertain the audience and send vibrations throughout HarborPark Celebration Place” –Dr. Bryan Albrecht, President Mahone Fund Board.
General admission lawn seats for the HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival are $25 in advance or $35 at the gate. Texas Roadhouse VIP Lounge tickets are $85 each (includes concert ticket, food, complimentary beer and wine). Ticket outlets: Kenosha Community Foundation (600 52nd St #110), Tenuta’s Deli (3203 52nd St.), Andrea’s (2401 60th St.), and Brat Stop Cheese Mart (12304 75th St.). You can purchase tickets online here.
The HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm and Blues festival is produced by the volunteer efforts of the Mary Lou & Arthur F Mahone Fund, a non-profit organization. They DO NOT encourage alcoholic carry-ins and ask that patrons continue to support our efforts by purchasing premium wine and beer from our beverage garden. All proceeds benefit their Career Exploration Organization scholarship program. The mission of the Mahone Fund is to provide educational opportunities for economically and academically deserving youth and to support healthy lifestyle initiatives in communities of color.
This takes place at Celebration Place in HarborPark, and is a rain or shine event. You can access HarborPark, which is right along the lake in downtown Kenosha, via Highways 32, 50, and 158. Downtown Kenosha is about eight miles east of I-41/94.