Milwaukee, WI— River Rhythms, downtown’s fastest growing music festival, kicks off the 2012 season tonight, Wednesday, June 13th with local sensation, Fresh Cut Collective. The free concert series takes place from 6:30-9pm every Wednesday until August 29th in Pere Marquette Park on Old World Third Street between State and Kilbourn.
The unique, eclectic sounds of Fresh Cut Collective will fill Pere Marquette Park tonight. Fresh Cut Collective is a homegrown band that fuses together different styles of music from hip hop to jazz to rock. They have headlined many sold out shows and shared the stage with national acts, such as: The Roots, De La Soul, The Cool Kids and Rhymefest.
River Rhythms will also play host to Milwaukee Sound Tracks Night tonight. Milwaukee Soundtracks is a collaborative effort between NEWaukee, ART Milwaukee, Night by You, Do414.com, Local Playlist, MKEBKE, Gozomos, Shindig & the Milwaukee Odyssey to spotlight and showcase Milwaukee’s music scene. River Rhythms will be the first venue stop by Milwaukee Soundtracks.
River Rhythms patrons will once again be able to carry-in alcoholic beverages during the 2012 season. Miller products, wine and soda will be available at the Westown Beverage tent with all proceeds going to benefit the free event. Patrons can enjoy food from Streetza Pizza, The Gouda Girls, Cousin’s Subs, Riversedge Catering and Laura’s Goumet Popcorn.
Jam packed with great performers like Brother, Madison County, Skerryvore and Pat McCurdy, this year’s line-up is sure to have something for everyone. The 2012 River Rhythms line-up is as follows:
June 13 Fresh Cut Collective
freshcutcollective.com Fresh Cut Collective’s musical pedigree allows the group to slink in and out of genres, feels and textures, fusing together a variety of musical forms from hip hop to classical to jazz to rock.
June 20 Brother brothermusic.com
Fusing signature vocals and guitar with the unique sound of the didgeridoo, the soaring high of the bagpipes, and the tribal percussion, Brother is wholly original!
June 27 Steve Cohen Blues Allstars with Junior Brantley & Greg Koch
Three of Milwaukee’s favorite musicians will join together for a night of blues.
July 11 Jeanna Salzer Trio & The Crooked Keys jeannasalzer.com
This 7-piece country show band based out of Madison will surely have the crowd on its feet!
July 25 Madisalsa
madisalsa.com Enjoy the Latin music of this 11-member band ensemble that is devoted to the musical traditions of Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
August 1 Milwaukee Battle of the Bands You be the judge as Milwaukee’s top amateur performers battle it out for another year at River Rhythms to win Downtown Employee Appreciation Week’s Battle of the Bands competition!
August 8 Trapper Schoepp & The Shades myspace.com/trapperschoepp
This Milwaukee based rock n’ roll quartet fuses its roots with pop and is surefooted and ready to rock!
August 15 Skerryvore skerryvore.com
Soul-gripping songs, blazing bagpipes, fiddles and accordions, electrically fused with the urban sounds of rock and funk- Skerryvore is a multi-award winning Scottish band creating a ‘nu-folk-rock’ fusion for the 21st century. August 22 Five Card Studs
fivecardstuds.com The Five Card Studs return to River Rhythms for a night of fun as they celebrate their seventeenth year as the “hardest working lounge band in the Midwest!”
August 29 Pat McCurdy patmccurdy.com
A local favorite makes his debut at River Rhythms to entertain the crowd with his off-beat sense of humor and songwriting skills.
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