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Kenosha County Parks Offering Free Concerts, Other Activities Throughout The Summer

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A pair of free, weekly concert series are now underway in Kenosha County Parks, with one of them now offering performances at an additional location.

The Bristol Woodstock series presents free music at 6 p.m. each Wednesday at Bristol Woods Park.

Each Thursday at 6 p.m., the Rhythm on the Lake series offers concerts at one of two locations. Performances will be at Silver Lake Park Beach each week through July 18, after which it will move to Old Settlers Park in Paddock Lake. Last year, the series was held exclusively at Old Settlers.

Both series feature acts representing a range of musical genres performed by acts from Kenosha County, the region, and beyond.

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“These free concerts are yet another way to enjoy our beautiful county parks this summer,” said Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman. “We’re pleased to offer free entertainment along with the many other attractions that make our parks so special.”

Both series launched the week of June 10, with performances by Nashville-based singer-songwriter Jed Harrelson at Bristol Woodstock and Madison-based reggae band Natty Nation at Rhythm on the Lake.

This week’s performances include local blues artist Ivy Ford at Bristol Woodstock on Wednesday and Milwaukee bluegrass band The MilBillies at Rhythm on the Lake on Thursday.

As part of this Thursday’s event at Silver Lake Park, a ribbon-cutting will be held at 5:30 p.m. to celebrate the recent addition of a new playground near the beach pavilion. Members of the public are invited to join Kerkman, Moore and others to dedicate this new space.

Kenosha County Parks Director Wyatt Moore said moving the first half of the Rhythm on the Lake series to Silver Lake Park provided the opportunity to bring programming to another scenic, lakeside setting. Regular beach entry fees are waived for concert goers beginning at 5:30 p.m. on performance nights.

“We’re happy to share these concerts with new audience members and beachgoers at Silver Lake Park, as well as Old Settlers Park,” Moore said. “For those who enjoyed the concerts on the band shelter in Old Settlers, we’ll be back in business there in late July through August.”

Concertgoers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs. At the Silver Lake Park Beach performances, concessions including food, alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages and other treats are available from the Flip Flops Concession Stand, which operates in the beach pavilion throughout the summer. Free popcorn is offered at Bristol Woodstock courtesy of the Pringle Nature Center.

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CONCERT SCHEDULE

Bristol Woodstock lineup:

June 19: Ivy Ford (blues)
June 26: Stokes and Plaisted (rock hits)
July 3: Kylar Kuzio (country/bluegrass)
July 10: Matt and Sadie (pop/classic rock/alternative)
July 17: Michael Grabner (country/folk/rock)
July 24: Violet Wilder Band (alt indie-folk)
July 31: Foocoustics (rock tribute)
Aug. 7: Lenny Bains Band (rock covers)
Aug. 14: Jonny T-Bird & the MPs (blues)

Rhythm on the Lake lineup:

June 20, Silver Lake Park: The MillBillies (bluegrass)
June 27, Silver Lake Park: The Roundabouts (blues/folk)
July 11, Silver Lake Park: The Incorruptibles (blues/rockabilly)
July 18, Silver Lake Park: Physical Graffiti (rock tribute)
July 25, Old Settlers Park: Relativity (rock and country covers)
Aug. 1, Old Settlers Park: Breaking Cadence (Top 40 covers)
Aug. 8, Old Settlers Park: Second Hand Stereo (rock covers)
Aug. 15, Old Settlers Park: Jonny Lyons and the Pride (decade rock ‘n’ roll)
Aug. 22, Old Settlers Park: Would You Kindly? (indie rock)

Park locations:

Bristol Woods Park, 9800 160th Ave. (Highway MB), Bristol
Silver Lake Park, 27000 85th St. (Highway F), Silver Lake
Old Settlers Park, 24100 75th St. (Highway 50), Paddock Lake

OTHER WEEKLY PARKS EVENTS

The concerts are being offered in addition to other free, weekly activities in Kenosha County Parks. These include:

Yoga in the Park: Free, instructor-led sessions presented by Hot Yoga Kenosha from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. each Monday through Aug. 12 in Area #4 at Petrifying Springs Park, 5555 Seventh St. (Highway A), Somers.

Movie Night in the Park: Movies shown at dusk each Friday next to the Biergarten at Petrifying Springs Park. Movie schedule includes:

June 21: “Honey, I shrunk the Kids”
June 28: “Barbie”
July 5: “A League of Their Own”
July 12: “Haunted Mansion” (2023)
July 19: “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”
July 26: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem”
Aug. 2: “Dungeons and Dragons: Honor Among Thieves”
Aug. 9: “Jurassic Park”
Aug. 16: “Wonka”
Aug. 23: “Back to the Future: Part II”

Sound Baths by Nerve-Ana: Indulge in the soothing sounds of crystal singing bowls and surrounding nature to take the time to relax and reset after a long week, in sessions to be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 21 and 28, in Petrifying Springs Park Area #4.

OTHER CONCERTS

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Kemper Center and the Anderson Arts Center is offering the Music at Twilight concert series — formerly known as Twilight Jazz — on various Tuesdays throughout the summer and early fall. Concerts begin at 6 p.m. on the lawn outside the Anderson Arts Center, 6603 Third Ave., on the following dates:

June 25: Southport Sound

July 9: Deep Pockets
July 23: Peacetree Allstars
Aug. 13: Yesterday’s Children
Aug. 27: Kal Bergendahl Project
Sept. 10: Empty Bottle Boys and One Shot Jane
Sept. 24: Georgia Rae Family Band

Lakeside Lounge concerts will be presented on the north lawn behind the Kemper Center, 6501 Third Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. on the following Wednesdays:
June 19: Colby, Ed and Tom on the Fiddle
July 17: Tom and Gary Show
Aug. 21: Stu the Piano Guy
Sept. 18: Jill Plaistad Band

Admission to both of these series is free. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

For more information about Kenosha County Parks activities, please visit parks.kenoshacounty.org, call 262-857-1869, or follow Kenosha County Parks on Facebook and Instagram.

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