It’s not yet summer yet, but the outdoor festivals are starting to bloom.

Speaking of which, this weekend marks the return of Bloomin’ Bands at the Moose Club grounds on 30th Avenue.

The musical party raises funds for the Downtown Kiwanis Club and Foundation’s Make-Over Project, which provides home modification help to physically disabled children. All of the bands and artists are donating their talents to help out.

The bands on Friday start at 5 p.m. with Green Acres, followed in order by Nouveau, Jacob’s Grounded, Empty Bottle Boys and One Shot Jane and ending with Smoking Guns, starting at 9 p.m.

Saturday’s lineup starts at 3 p.m. with a performance by the Kenosha Conservatory of Music. Following that group are Personality Crisis, MEEKER, The Chevelles … The Final Tour, Lake Effect, R&R Over Now and, at 9 p.m., TRIP. This is a free event, and the cause is great. Fingers crossed that the weather cooperates.

Bloomin’ Bands starts at 5 p.m. Friday (June 14) and 3 p.m. Saturday (June 15) outside at the Moose Lodge, 3003 30th Ave.

Metal music at R’Noggin festival

I don’t throw enough love toward R’Noggin Brewing and the special events they have. On Saturday, you can catch the Second Annual Noggin’ Fest at the brewery.

From 5 to 10 p.m., you will be able to enjoy freshly brewed beers while listening to four local metal acts.

Starting things off at 5 p.m. is Sturtevant-based metal act Crowning the Tyrant. Following up at 6:15 p.m. is local metal act Siren of Sorrow, who specialize in the brutality of old-school death metal, grinded together with extreme metal and hardcore riffs. Milwaukee’s H1Z1 raison d’être is to not be pigeonholed into any one style of music. They say their sound is “always going to include a form of crushing heavy metal but always with elements of other musical styles and sounds and inspirations.” They perform at 7:30.

Wrapping things up at 9 p.m. is Kenosha band Product of Hate. The thrash/groove metal band has had chart success as well as endorsements and critical praise.

Noggin’ Fest runs 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday (June 15) at R’Noggin’ Brewing, 6521 120th Ave. (on the east frontage road off I-94).

Saturday cookout

I saw a Facebook events post about a Father’s Day Tribute Cookout with live country and “easy” music. It didn’t say if there are live bands, but the gent associated with this usually does live music. The event runs from 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday (June 15) out at 3400 128th St. in Pleasant Prairie.

Bring drinks and a chair and feel free to bring a lunch, tailgate or bring food to pass at the Mess Tent.

Outside at tg’s

One of Kenosha’s beloved eateries/live music joints will be opening up its outdoor area this weekend.

On Saturday, you can catch the tg’s Beer Garden Opener Party along with some live music. The opening band for the outdoor season is The Roundabouts. At first I didn’t connect the band name with anyone, but a quick look shows The Roundabouts to be a formidable force. Band members include Rick Branch and Terry Peterson of Acoustic Soul, along with Chris Sipos and Jimmy LeRose.

Branch is a longtime excellent performer on the scene, and Peterson is a guitar shaman (with all due respect to Mike Hoffman). Sipos himself is a guitar whiz bang performer. Add in “The Human Jukebox” LeRose and you have a huge crop of songs to harvest and the men with the goods to bring them to magical life. The garden opens at 3 p.m., with live music starting at 8 p.m.

The Roundabouts perform starting at 8 Saturday night (June 15) at tg’s, 4120 Seventh Ave.

Art and music

Milwaukee is often called Festival City because of all of the great summertime parties. Kenosha can pretty much lay claim to that moniker as well.

There is a new event hitting our city this weekend and continuing every third Sunday of the month into fall.

The Kenosha ArtMarket is a laid-back, juried art fair that will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every third Sunday from June through October in Union Park (bordered by 45th and 46th streets and Seventh and Eighth avenues).

Featuring original art for sale by area artists, acoustic music and live performances, there is plenty for adults to do. If the kiddies aren’t into it, there are fun things there for them as well. If you need a drink or food, the Union Park Tavern is right across the street and will be serving Sunday brunch.

The live music entertainment for June 16 will be provided by the Jill Plaisted Band. They are a band that appeals to a wide range of ages and tastes. Up next is the German brass band The Hungry Five, performing noon to 2 p.m.

The markets are sponsored by Lemon Street Gallery in conjunction with Re:Vision Art Gallery, ArtWorks Kenosha, Union Park Tavern and all the Union Park area businesses.

The Jill Plaisted Band performs from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday (June 16) at Kenosha ArtMarket in Union Park. The Hungrey Five play from from noon to 2 p.m. The market is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every third Sunday of the month, June through October. Admission is free.

Thanks, dad

Happy Birthday on Sunday and happy Father’s Day to my da, George, who died a handful of years ago. War hero, professional baseball player (Cubs minor leagues), Little League coach and more. You are missed.

That’s it for this week. Bands, artists and venues, please send me your calendars, gig listings, bio links and anything else you think might be useful to me to write up your show.

Email me at If I do not know about it, I can not write it up. Thank you for all that you do to keep music live.