Enjoy music all day in Kenosha with Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival

More music in downtown Kenosha at Fusion after the Festival

Above, Waukegan’s own Ivy Ford will be performing her own brand of classic blues starting at 4:15 p.m. Saturday at Harbor Park. – Jay Stephen

by Tina Johansson

One of Kenosha’s favorite music events returns with a powerful mix of New Orleans style jazz, straight ahead jazz and true hometown Chicago-style Blues.

The popular and annual event takes place Saturday, August 20 at Harbor Park (a.k.a. Celebration Place), 5501 Ring Road, Kenosha along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

All the fun happens On the Snap-on stage starting with food creations. It moves on to music with local favorite the Kenosha Jazz All-Stars Tribute Band. Visitors will enjoy Chicago NuBlu Band featuring daughter of legendary Buddy Guy. Then comes amazing entertainer Ivy Ford and her band from Waukegan. The show will end on a good note featuring sounds from the entergetic Grammy awared winning Rebirth Brass Band.

Here’s what’s going on:

  • 1:30 p.m.   – Cooking demonstration with Chef Daniel Bonanno and special guest Chef Pierre Tyson. Learn how to make Jerk Chicken and Barbecue Chicken the right way! The chefs will top off the savory dishes with a medley of grilled fruit.
  • 3 p.m.  – Kenosha Jazz All-Stars Tribute Band. Ken Wiele founded the band in 2011 to provide a summer jazz experience for exemplary students. The band performs a broad range of big band repertoire including music from jazz legends like Count Basie, Les Hooper, Matt Harris, Bob Mintzer, Gordon Goodwin and Wynton Marsalis.
  • 4:15 p.m. – The incomparable local favorite, “Miss Ivy Ford” brings classic, yet refreshingly new sounds of the blues. Just 23 years old, Ford is earning her chops in the music industry. She has grown by leaps and bounds with her performances and the preservation of the art of entertainment and live music. Opening for Buddy Guy and playing alongside current blues great Toronzo Cannon, she fronts her own bands and handles her cherry red, Epiphone-339 with great skill. Ford respects the roots of blues music while putting her own sassy spin on it.
  • 5:45 p.m. – NuBlu Band featuring the powerful vocals of Carlise Guy, the dynamic daughter of seven-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy. The group pairs a tight rhythm section led by mark Maddox on lead guitar and Dan Henley on drums. The band’s genre includes blues, R&B, pop, and Motown. This band has performed across the country and around the world, from festivals in Brazil to intimate nightclubs of Chicago.
  • 7:30 p.m. – Rebirth Brass Band returns to headline Harbor Park festival. Formed in 1983 by the Frazier brothers, the band has evolved from playing the streets of the French Quarter to playing festivals and stages the world over. The band is committed to upholding the tradition of brass bands while extending themselves in the realms of funk and hip-hop to create their signature sounds. In the wake of often stringent competition among New Orleans brass bands, Rebirth is the undisputed leader of the pack.

Tickets for the event are on sale at Tenuta’s, Andrea’s, the Kenosha Community Foundation office, Brat Stop Cheese Mart or visit www.mahonefund.org. General admission lawn seats are $25 in advance and $35 at the gate. The Texas Roadhouse VIP lounge tickets are $85(includes concert ticket, food, complimentary beer and wine).

Fusion. Kenosha
Fusion is located in downtown Kenosha at 5014 Seventh Avenue. – KenoshaFusion.com

While you are in town for the Harbor Park Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival, why not extend your stay for some more great music at Fusion in downtown Kenosha.

  • 8 p.m. – Doug James and the Pocket come to Fusion for an evening of unplugged Blues and Soul. The band is presented by Fusion and the Kenosha Performing Arts Association.

In 2010, former Chicago Dee Jay Doug James recruited a veteran band of Chicago musicians to form Doug James and The Pocket. Since then they’ve been tearing through Chicagoland with shows at the House of Blues, Buddy Guy’s legends, the Hard Rock Cafe, Reggies, Harlem Ave Lounge, the Chicago Blues Fest, Ribfest and other venues.

Fusion is at 5014 Seventh Avenue in Kenosha. Tickets are $10 at the door. For more information call 708.217.8030.


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