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Kenosha's outdoor music season heats up for the summer

Kenosha's outdoor music season heats up for the summer


As we head into July, the local outdoor music season continues to heat up. Admission to all these events is free.

Here’s what’s on tap:

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is performing its 97th season of summer concerts at the Sesquicentennial Band Shell in Pennoyer Park, 35th Street and Seventh Avenue. The Pops perform 7 p.m. Wednesdays through July 31. Each week features a different concert theme. Audience members should bring lawn chairs or blankets. Park benches are also provided at the band shell.

Also at the band shell this summer is Tuesdays at the Shell, a free concert series running July 9 through Aug. 27. Shows are 6 p.m. Tuesdays. The series is organized by Musicians Assisting Advancing Music. For the lineup, check the group’s website at

Twilight Jazz is back for its 16th season. Concerts are at the Kemper Center soccer fields, 6501 Third Ave. The popular Tuesday evening series will feature Chicago-based jazz singer Elaine Dame (July 9), the KUSD Jazz All Stars (July 23), the Southport Sound Big Band (Aug. 6) and Jack Plovanich and the UW-Parkside Reunion Band with vocalist Wayne Messmer (Aug. 20). Grounds open at 6 p.m.; the shows are 7 to 9 p.m. Concert-goers should bring lawn chairs. No seating is provided. 262-925-8040.

The 18th season of the Peanut Butter and Jam Concert Series features performances on Thursdays, July 11 through Aug. 29. Shows are twice a day — 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. in Veterans Memorial Park, 54th Street and Sixth Avenue.

The Lincoln Park Live Concert Series returns for its fifth season of Wednesday night performances in Lincoln Park, located at 22nd Avenue and Martin Luther King Drive. This year’s schedule includes Well-Known Strangers Band (July 17), James Yorgan Jazz Sextet (July 31), Ivy Ford Band (Aug. 7) and TSS, playing salsa and reggae (Aug. 28). Lincoln Park Live concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. The venue opens at 5:30 p.m.


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