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Starry Nights, Wilson Center
June 28 @ 6:30 pm
An event every week that begins at 6:30 pm on Friday, repeating until August 16, 2019
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. All performances begin at 6:30 pm in our Gerlach/Haack Outdoor Theater. The Gerlach/Haack Outdoor Theater offers lawn seating only. Guests who would like chairs may bring their own. Food and beverage vendors will be available onsite for each concert; carry-ins are welcome. To ensure good sightlines for all audience members, pop-up tents are not allowed.
Delicious food and beverages are available for purchase from fine local cafes and caterers.
“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 big band, Afro-Cuban, Latin jazz, bluegrass, polkas, and more—perfect for families and audiences of all ages.”
STARRY NIGHTS 2019 ARTIST LINE-UP
June 28 • Jason Gillette & the Showtime Big Band
The swinging sounds of the big band return to Starry Nights, featuring Brookfield Central High School Music Department Chair and acclaimed woodwind artist Jason Gillette, members of Wisconsin Conservatory of Music’s We Six, and acclaimed Broadway star and BCHS alumna Chelsea Krombach.
WEATHER UPDATE FOR TONIGHT’S STARRY NIGHT’S CONCERT: Due to inclement weather, tonight’s free concert featuring Jason Gillette & The Showtime Big Band will be moved indoors to The Harris Theater. Seating will be general admission for the first 600 guests to arrive. Doors to the theater will open at 5:30pm, with a special pre-show performance beginning at 6pm featuring Milwaukee’s own multi-instrumentalist songwriting duo Sara and Kenny. The Showtime Big Band performance will begin at 6:30pm. This evening’s concert also will be piped out into the Kuttemperoor Grand Hall and Ploch Art Gallery through the sound system, and audiences are welcome to picnic on the floor of our Grand Hall, in our Ploch Art Gallery, or under The Burke Colonnade. (Please note that we unfortunately are unable to pipe sound out into the Colonnade.) A full bar will be available in the Grand Hall; beverages purchased onsite may be brought into The Harris Theater for the performance. Picnic dinners and treats purchased offsite may be enjoyed in the Grand Hall, Ploch Art Gallery, or the Colonnade. Food is not permitted in The Harris Theater; alcohol purchased off-site and non-service animals are not permitted anywhere inside our venue or in The Burke Colonnade. If you have questions, please contact our Box Office at 262-781-9520. Our Box Office is open this evening until 8PM. We look forward to welcoming you to Starry Nights!
July 12 (Classic Vehicle Night) • The Rockin’ Robins
Celebrate the Wilson Center’s seventh annual Starry Nights Classic Vehicle night with Milwaukee’s own The Rockin’ Robins, featuring music of the ’50s and ’60s.
July 19 • The Squeezettes
The four-time WAMI award-winning Squeezettes are one of Wisconsin’s most unique attractions! Fronted by ex-burlesque chanteuse turned old school torch singer, the band plays an eclectic blend of “power polka” pop, rock, traditional polkas and waltzes, and tunes you never thought you’d hear played on accordion.
July 26 • Chicken Wire Empire
Contemporary tones blend with traditional roots in one of the hottest up and coming bands in the local and regional music scene, recently named by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as one of five Wisconsin bands to watch! Join us for a night of bluegrass style from the northern middle-west, with heartfelt harmonies and earthy acoustic tones that feel like home.
August 2 • De La Buena
Growing from a trio into a powerful 10-piece over the last six years, De La Buena has been electrifying audiences with their own brand of Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz.
August 9 • Irish Fest Sound Sampler with Frogwater
Two beloved summer traditions combine as we celebrate our second annual Starry Nights’ 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 Eadaoin Ni Mhaicin (harp, concertina) and Olivia Budd (fiddle), as well as Milwaukee’s renowned Irish music duo, Frogwater.
August 16 (Guitar Festival Celebration) • Troy Stetina Project
Join us for our final Starry Nights concert of 2019 as we take our seventh annual celebration of all things guitar outdoors for a free evening of live music! This year’s closing performance features the guitar-driven, genre-busting synthesis of the Troy Stetina Project.
Thank you to the 2019 Starry Nights Sponsors: Jaguar Waukesha and United Performing Arts Fund – UPAF, Steinhafels Furniture, American Transmission Company, Annex Wealth Management, and Kathy and Stan Johnson.
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