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Starry Nights, Wilson Center
August 10 @ 6:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:30pm on Friday, repeating until August 10, 2018
Starry Nights is a series of free outdoor concerts performed at the Gerlach/Haack Outdoor Theater on Friday evenings in the summer. Gather your family and friends, pack your lawn chairs and picnic baskets, and find your perfect spot in the Wilson Center’s beautiful backyard.
Delicious food and beverages are available for purchase from fine local cafes and caterers.
“Mark your calendars for live music & dancing under the stars with our annual FREE outdoor concert series! One of our most popular Wilson Center summertime traditions, Starry Nights boasts performances by acclaimed local and regional artists across a wide range of genres including classic rock, Afro-Cuban, Latin jazz, bluegrass, country, and more—perfect for families and audiences of all ages. And don’t miss our annual Classic Vehicle Night on July 13!”
STARRY NIGHTS 2018 ARTIST LINE-UP
June 29 @ 6:30PM • B.T.W.
Join us as we kick off our 2018 Starry Nights concert series with a ten-piece classic rock band featuring a driving four-piece rhythm section, a four-piece smokin’ horn section, and a sweet vocal duo that will blow the roof off of any venue.
July 6 @ 6:30PM • Jason Gillette and the Showtime Big Band
The swinging sounds of the big band return to Starry Nights! A collaborative celebration of Greater Milwaukee-area professional musicians led by Brookfield Central High School Music Department Chair and acclaimed woodwind artist Jason Gillette, this timeless concert is perfect for audiences of all ages.
July 13 @ 6:30PM • The Rockin’ Robins (Classic Vehicle Night)
Celebrate the Wilson Center’s sixth annual Starry Nights Classic Vehicle Night with Milwaukee’s own Rockin’ Robins, featuring music of the ’50s and ’60s. (Vehicle show entry begins at 4PM, no pre-registration required. Entry is limited to the first 300 vehicles. Learn more at www.wilson-center.com/
July 20 @ 6:30PM • CNJ Latin Jazz
It’s a night of hot Latin Jazz under the stars! Featuring original compositions, Latin favorites, and re-invented jazz standards, CNJ Latin Jazz blends rhythms and harmonies from the Caribbean Islands with an exciting and intense front line of guitar, vibraphone, and trumpet.
***VENUE UPDATE FOR JULY 20TH STARRY NIGHTS CONCERT: Due to the forecasted weather for today, this evening’s Starry Nights Outdoor Concert Series will be moved indoors to The Harris Theater. The performance will begin at 6:30 PM, and doors to the theater will open at 5:45 PM. Seating will be general admission for the first 600 guests to arrive, and we ask that seats not be saved for guests who are arriving later. The concert also will be piped out into the Kuttemperoor Grand Hall through the sound system, and audiences are welcome to picnic on the floor of our Grand Hall. A full bar will be available and food vendors will be set up in the Colonnade; beverages purchased onsite may be brought into The Harris Theater for the performance. Picnic dinners and treats purchased from our vendors may be enjoyed in the Grand Hall or the Colonnade; no food will be allowed into the theater. BYOB and pets (with the exception of service animals) are not permitted inside the Colonnade, Grand Hall, or theater. Please contact our Box Office with any questions at 262-781-9520.***
July 27 @ 6:30PM • Armchair Boogie
Featuring a “newgrass” feel that’s not afraid to delve into the realms of folk or country, Armchair Boogie packs the traditional essence of bluegrass with an extra oomph guaranteed to bring even the saddest uncle to the dance floor.
August 3 @ 6:30PM • Whiskey Belles
Celebrate the sounds of summer with Milwaukee’s own WAMI award-winning all-female traditional country and Americana trio! The Whiskey Belles are known for their take on classic and obscure vintage-country, Americana, folk-revival, and roots-country tunes, with witty originals sprinkled in.
August 10 @ 6:30PM • Irish Fest Sound Sampler
Two beloved summer traditions combine as we celebrate our final Starry Nights of 2018 in collaboration with Milwaukee Irish Fest! Lift your feet, drinks, and spirits as we dance under the stars to the sounds of Limerick Partnership scholarship award winners Aisling Lyons and Martha Guiney, as well as one of Milwaukee’s favorite Irish music trios, athas.
All performances begin at 6:30pm in our Gerlach/Haack Outdoor Theater. Audiences are welcome to pack their picnic baskets and lawn chairs; food and beverage vendors will also be available onsite for each concert. The Gerlach/Haack Outdoor Theater offers lawn seating only. To ensure good sightlines for all audience members, pop-up tents are not allowed. Please call our Box Office at 262-781-9520 with any questions.
Thank you to our 2018 Starry Nights Sponsors, including our Presenting Sponsors Jaguar Waukesha and United Performing Arts Fund – UPAF; our Supporting Sponsors Steinhafels Furniture and The Corners of Brookfield; and our Show Sponsors American Transmission Company, Baird The BV Group, and Milwaukee Irish Fest.
- August 16 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm