Well, last weekend was the Cosmic Railroad Family Gathering — and we have another family affair this weekend. The 38DD Family Reunion starts at 2 p.m. Saturday. The long-running event combines comradeship, live music and a picnic atmosphere.
Held out on the far south side of Kenosha County, the party will feature live music by 38DD, Bastard’s Asylum , FSA, Rude Rooster, Elephino, waiting on john, R’n’R Over, Mr. Fixx and Boneyard. The music falls strongly into the rock and punk vein. Nothing too extreme, just feel good vibes. These are really good people to hang with and celebrate loving friends and good live music. BYOB and picnic, tailgate or bring a dish to pass. Hey, it’s family.
The 38DD Family Reunion starts at 2 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 3) at 3400 128th St in Pleasant Prairie.
All that (Twilight) Jazz
Twilight Jazz is back Tuesday evening at the Kemper Center soccer field. For those who haven’t attended yet this summer, the Anderson Arts Center is being renovated, hence the move to the soccer field across the street.
The live music for this week’s concert will be provided by the wonderful Southport Sound. You may have caught them at their monthly performances at Fusion or other local venues. The Southport Sound is an 11-member show band specializing in big band jazz, Latin and rock music. The members are some of the most accomplished players around. Expect a little of everything from Glenn Miller and the music of the Rat Pack to Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars and Earth Wind and Fire.
There is no reserved seating, so bring a blanket or lawn chair. There will be refreshments for sale. The performance runs from 7 to 9 p.m., with the grounds opening hour earlier. The concert is free.
Southport Sound performs starting at 7 p.m. (grounds open at 6 p.m.) Tuesday (Aug. 6) at Twilight Jazz, 6501 Third Ave.
Salsa in Lincoln Park
Live music returns to Lincoln Park Wednesday when Cache Milwaukee performs at Lincoln Park Live! The concert is free and open to the public.
The Milwaukee salsa band will perform starting at 6:30 p.m., with the grounds opening at 5:30. The concert will be held in Lincoln Park’s flower gardens just behind the Bruno Oribiletti Center.
Cache performs a wide swath of Afro-Latin Caribbean (Salsa Y Merengue) and Latin American music, ranging from traditional to contemporary, including original compositions. The combo offers up a bilingual performance. Cache members are known for their easy rapport with audiences and humor to go with the great pulsating music and rhythms. This will be a fun show to listen to — as well as a great opportunity to get up and dance.
Cache Milwaukee performs 6:30 Wednesday evening (Aug. 7) at Lincoln Park Live! in Lincoln Park, located east of 22nd Avenue at 70th Street.
Tynan at PB&J today
I’ve been remiss in writing up one of Kenosha’s trademark summer events, Peanut Butter & Jam.
Held every Thursday during the lunch hour and again at 6 p.m. alongside the streetcar path at the harbor, the free concerts feature some of the best area acts.
Performing today (Aug. 1) is one of Chicagoland’s favorite party bands, Tynan. The 10-piece band is driven forward by a hard charging horn section. You can expect to hear classics by bands like Chicago, Joe Cocker, the Blues Brothers and Motown hits, as well as the band’s own songs. The concert is located at Veterans Memorial Park with an 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. show and a 6 to 8 p.m. encore show. Refreshments are available for purchase.
(Note: The evening show will also feature the Parade of Sail official welcome to kick off Kenosha’s Tall Ships Festival.)
Tynan performs at 11:30 a.m. and at 6 p.m. today (Aug. 1) at Peanut Butter & Jams in Veterans Memorial Park, 625 52nd St.
Always check twice
Finally, my sincere apology to anyone who expected to catch The Oscillators at last week’s Taste of Wisconsin. I believe I may have been going off a website’s schedule from a previous year. I usually catch that, but somehow messed up. Always double check the venue/event’s website as well as the artist. I didn’t. Sorry.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If I do not know about it, I can not write it up. Thank you for all that you do to keep music live.
PHOTOS: Lincoln Park Live: Betsy Ade & the Well-Known Strangers
Betsy Ade & the Well-Known Strangers — a band made up of Ade on vocals, Cameron Fair on cello and piano, Brittany Lumley playing multiple instruments and backing vocals, Roger Gower Jr. on drums, John Kulas on the bass and Joe Adamek on lead guitar — played a two-hour set at the latest installment of Lincoln Park Live in Lincoln Park, 6900 18th Ave., on Tuesday, July 17.
Here are a roundup of photos of the band performing at the event.
Betsy Ade and the Well-Known Strangers, seen here performing in Lincoln Park earlier this summer, are playing at Laborfest on Monday.