Message from the community: Music concert season heats up in July


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Indaba Nights, a brand new outdoor summer concert series, has planned a July filled with music and dance. The Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera Company, Skylight Music Theater and a host of local artists will light up the Indaba Band Shell, 2450 W. North Ave., Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The group’s hull, located at the St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care-Bucyrus Campus, offers covered, wheelchair-accessible public space, as well as seating on the lawn. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food trucks will also be on site. The series runs every Wednesday through August 25.

the July entertainment program includes:

July 7:
6:30 The Symphonie Festival City String Trio— Violinists Ellen Willman and JoAnn Haasler and cellist Marti Kriefall — will perform a mix of music, including classical, pop, ragtime and show tunes.

7:30 Sorry we are open, an acoustic rock band influenced by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and the Rolling Stones, pride themselves on their unique arrangements of classic songs that invite audiences to participate.

Sorry we are open

July 14th :
6.30-8.30 a.m. Nite N ‘Day Group offers an evening of moving and uplifting music, from Aretha Franklin to Billy Holiday and Lionel Richie to The Temptations. Sit back and enjoy the R&B and Motown sounds of Bobby Jiles, playing saxophone and piano and vocalizing with Julie Thompson on bass and JC on guitar.July 21:
6:30 The Florentine Opera Company explore the natural world through songs from around the world. Residents of the Opera concert will share music inspired by the flora and fauna of summer.

The Florentine Opera Company

7:30 Soul Critic of Skylight Music Theater features powerful vocals from a trio of Skylight favorites – Raven Dockery, Keith James Sievert and Shawn Holmes, performing hits from Motown, Top 40 and musical theater.

Skylight Music Theater Soul Review – Photo by: Mark Frohna

July 28:
6:30 The rhythm of the Milwaukee Ballet the dancers perform in scenes of classical ballets and breathtaking contemporary dances. The Company shares the stage with local artists including Catey Ott Thompson, Cyenthia Vijayakumar, Yaya Kambaye and Roxy Fair of Xalaat Africa Drum and Dance for Life, as well as local poets.

Ballet rhythm

7:30 Starz Dance Academy will be on guard tonight. The award-winning dance training program for young people, headquartered in Muskego, brings its ballet troupe on stage for a lively performance. Artists from the Festival City Symphony, the Florentine Opera Company, the Skylight Music Theater and the Milwaukee Ballet are presented in partnership with the United UPAF Connect of the Performing Arts Fund.

A mobile vaccination tent, operated by the Wisconsin National Guard, will be on hand to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine and answer questions about its effectiveness and safety. In compliance with COVID-19 safety guidelines, unvaccinated clients are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing in the field.

For regular updates on the summer show season, visit; or For more information, contact Gloria Miller at 414-210-2428.


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