July 9 – De La Buena – sponsored by Direct Supply
Growing from a trio into a powerful ten-piece over the last thirteen years, De La Buena has been electrifying audiences with their own brand of Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz. Employing jazz harmonic sensibility and a deep-seated love of diverse cultures, De La Buena explores the textures and rhythms of Latin musics of the Americas with roots planted firmly in African Diasporic traditions…. a sophisticated Latin dance band with a touch of the psychedelic if you will.
July 16 – Tweed Featuring Gervis Myles Sponsored by Rose & Brad
Formed in late 2010, Tweed Funk garnered national attention with the release of 4 albums and dates throughout the Midwest, Northeast, and Southern United States. Singer Gervis Myles, 2013 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) Bass Player of the Year, Eric Madunic, Andrew Spadafora, a two-time WAMI winner for Brass/Reeds Player of the Year, Dave Schoepke, a 2009 WAMI Winner percussionist and Randy Komberec, a staple on the Milwaukee original music and cover band scene, round out the band.
July 23 – Screamin’ Cucumbers sponsored by Baird
The Screamin’ Cucumbers (Cukes) are a diverse Milwaukee area cover band formed in 2004 and have played just about every Milwaukee venue including Summerfest and State Fair. The Cukes have even taken their show on the road internationally and performed outside the US. The set list consists primarily of great danceable pop, rock and country tunes with a bit of an emphasis on the 80’s. If it’s upbeat, danceable, and fun it’s probably on the set list.
August 13 – Paul Cebar Sponsored by US Bank
Taking cues from the dance bands of western Louisiana (and his native Midwest,), the streets (and 45’s) of New Orleans, touring African and Caribbean combos and the soul, funk & blues of his youth coupled with early , teeth-cutting experience in the verbal hotbeds of the coffeehouse scene, Cebar is a masterful synthesist of rhythmic culture.
August 20 – King Solomon – sponsored by Hupy & Abraham S.C.
With over two decades of awesome live performances, this award-winning group of talented musicians deliver a style described as “Dancehall-Roots Reggae with a soulful vibe”. As a mainstay on the Southeastern Wisconsin music scene, King Solomon has managed to embrace the Caribbean cultured music we call reggae and bring it the forefront of the music scene in the area. The band has drawn huge crowds to venues, festivals, and private events.
King Solomon has also toured regionally and opened for such reggae greats as, Ziggy Marley, Stephen Marley, Damian Marley, Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Burning Spear, Matisyahu, Maxi Priest, and Third World.