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SNYDER: ‘Comma Song’ creator performing in Kenosha

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Back in May, we caught up with former Kenoshan Lucas Dix — a graduate of Bradford High School — who moved to Portland, Ore., and joined the busy music community there in 2008. He’s also a middle school teacher.

As a school project in 2014, the hip-hop specialist wrote “The Comma Dance” and posted the video on YouTube.

The rap music video features a group of sixth-graders at Rowe Middle School singing about everyone’s favorite punctuation mark.


SNYDER: ‘Comma Song’ creator performing in Kenosha

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Back in May, we caught up with former Kenoshan Lucas Dix — a graduate of Bradford High School — who moved to Portland, Ore., and joined the busy music community there in 2008. He’s also a middle school teacher.

As a school project in 2014, the hip-hop specialist wrote “The Comma Dance” and posted the video on YouTube.

‘Celebrate America’ at Kenosha’s lakefront

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Kenosha’s “Celebrate America” celebration continues today, bringing loads of free entertainment to the lakefront.

The Marine Pops Stage in Wolfenbuttel Park has Lou Rugani and the Pat Crawford Quintet from 1 to 4 p.m. and the Kenosha Pops Concert Band — with guest vocalist Miss Kenosha Kiersten Gonzales— from 7 to 9:30 p.m. The Continental Band, directed by Brittany Sebetic, performs at 6:15 p.m.

Peanut Butter & Jam starts 14th season Thursday

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The sounds of summer are set to return to the lakefront with the annual Peanut Butter & Jam concert series.

A performance by the Blooze Brothers on July 9 will kick off the series in Veterans Memorial Park, 54th Street and Sixth Avenue.

The final days of Summer(fest)

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Summerfest is going out with a bang.

Nearly at the end of its 48th season, “The World’s Largest Music Festival” serves as southeastern Wisconsin’s principle celebration of music, culture and summer.

GET OUT: Area packed with holiday entertainment

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This is it: Ground zero for Fourth of July celebrations.

Today and Saturday are packed with concerts, eating contests, canines diving into a pool and a former contestant on “The Voice” performing in her hometown.

Kids from Wisconsin performing July 3

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Kids from Wisconsin, a swing choir and stage performance troupe that has been around for 46 years, is performing 5 p.m. today (July 3) in HarborPark.

The free outdoor show takes place on the Shoreline Stage, at Second Avenue and the harbor, as part of this weekend’s “Celebrate Kenosha” events at the lakefront.

St. Elizabeth festival is before the fireworks

Summer in this area means it’s church festival season, with events happening most weekends.

Taking advantage of its harborside location, St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 4816 Seventh Ave., hosts its parish festival on Saturday (July 4). The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on the church grounds and features children’s games, live music, food and beverages and raffles.

Racine Concert Band opens season Sunday evening

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The Racine Concert Band begins its 92nd season of free concerts at the Racine Zoo with a 7:30 performance Sunday evening (July 5).

Music Director Mark Eichner, who has led the band since 2002, will conduct a program of patriotic music and medleys of American folk and theater music.

I-94 festivals: Taste of Chicago, Bastille Days head slate next week

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Food, glorious food!

There will be plenty of it Wednesday (July 8) through July 12 at Taste of Chicago in Grant Park, 337 E. Randolph St.

GO BRIEFS: Summer ballroom dance is Aug. 8 at Kemper Center

The Kemper Center is hosting a “Summer Fling Ballroom Dance” from 7 to 10 p.m. on Aug. 8 in the Simmons Auditorium, 6501 Third Ave.

Tickets are $15 at the door and $10 in advance.

QUICK SPINS: Lambert stalls, Taylor soars on new releases

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Adam Lambert, “The Original High” (WB)

www.adamlambert.com, $14.99

MUSIC MATTERS: ’Tis the season for outdoor music, so enjoy!

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With the big holiday weekend here, today’s column is once again covering a lot of outdoor events.

Sure, you can support the clubs that are hosting live music this weekend and throughout the coming week. In fact, I highly recommend that decision. It’s just that a lot of outdoor series are just beginning or continuing.

Get ready for July 4th with our ‘Pops Quiz’

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The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is doubling up this week, with concerts tonight in Pennoyer Park and Saturday night in Wolfenbuttel Park.

“We’re playing two different programs, though you can expect to hear some of the same pieces both nights,” says Craig Gall, the band’s conductor.

An insider’s look at The Big Gig

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The 48th annual Summerfest is underway, as thousands of happy fest-goers already know. Hundreds of acts have rocked out from the marquee stages to the small kiosks along the lake, and countless treats and beverages have been consumed.

Haven’t been to The Big Gig yet?

SNYDER: Bikes, bands, floats ... and stiltwalkers

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Are you ready to cheer on 24 floats, five school marching bands and local pageant queens?

If you answered yes, you’re all set for today’s Kenosha Civic Veterans Parade.

ON THE BEAT: Meet Kenosha’s piano man

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Michael “Stu” Stoinski, 42, decided to leave “corporate America” in 2004 and pursue the life of a full-time musician. Today, he plays the piano for audiences on any given night throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.

Stoinski says he reads the crowd and begins the night with songs he chooses, but it quickly turns into requests from the audience. Stoinski plays by ear, so if he’s heard the song, he can play it.

GET OUT: Go Fourth!

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Break out your best red, white and blue clothing and accessories: The Fourth of July is nearly upon us and with it comes parades, fireworks and festivals.

So fire up those sparklers (those are still legal, right?), strike up the bands and prepare to be awed by fireworks displays.

GO BRIEFS: Kenosha Night at the Kingfish set for Sunday at Simmons Field

The Kenosha Kingfish will host the Kenosha Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for Visit Kenosha Night Sunday (June 28) at Simmons Field, 7817 Sheridan Road.

The baseball game starts at 5:05 p.m.; the Kenosha Kingfish host the Mankato MoonDogs.

Coins hosting benefit for Steve Hoff

A benefit for Steve Hoff starts at 4 p.m. Saturday (June 27) at Coins Sports Bar, 1714 52nd St.

On April 5, Hoff was injured in a rollover accident that caused a traumatic brain injury. He is an Air Force veteran and the father of four children.

MUSIC MATTERS: Local music ranges from Twilight Jazz to Punx on the Pier

Believe it or not, not all outdoor concert series are filled with rock and country acts. In fact, there are some where you can bring in your own lawn chair and plop down in a great lawn setting, buy some great libations and listen to some excellent jazz music.

Yes, jazz music.

QUICK SPINS: Montgomery Gentry album continues a very bad trend

Montgomery Gentry, “Folks Like Us” (Blaster)

www.montgomerygentry.com, $14.99

At the shell tonight: Two bands, plus a lot of hot beef

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Audience members attending tonight’s Kenosha Pops Concert Band will get to hear two bands for the price of one.

Before the Pops Band starts playing at 7 p.m., the band’s guest — the Hartland Community Band, directed by Jack Schulze — will perform a program starting at 6:30 p.m.

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