Jazz in the Park returns May 31 with diverse lineup

Posted at 4:39 PM, Mar 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-19 17:39:22-04

Jazz in the Park is returning for its 27th season in Cathedral Square Park on May 31 with a diverse music lineup.

The Thursday night, weekly concerts go until August 30. East Town Association, Inc. organizes the music series that is free and open to the public.

According to East Town's news release, the music lineup will feature an array of genres from jazz, funk, Americana, reggae, blues, Latin, and pop-meets-soul.

The season begins with Jazz Orgy, a Fox Valley-based band that'll play contemporary jazz. The tunes switch to Cuban charanga the next week on June 7 with Charanga Agoza from Madison. Another Madison group, The People Brothers Band, performs blues music on June 21.

On July 26, The Right Now will share their pop-meets-soul sounds and breezy-brass. This band is based out of Chicago and is nationally-recognized.The season concludes with Chicago Tribute Anthology.

The full schedule:

  • May 31: Jazz Orgy
  • June 7: Charanga Agoza
  • June 14: Hot & Dirty Brass Band
  • June 21: The People Brothers Band
  • June 28: We Six
  • July 5: Sweet Sheiks
  • July 12-15: Bastille Days
  • July 19: Jay Edward Blues Band
  • July 26: The Right Now
  • August 2: Cache MKE
  • August 9: Mike Mangione & The Kin
  • August 16: Steez
  • August 23: Unity
  • August 30: Chicago Tribute Anthology

Kim Morris, executive director of East Town Association said, "Music has become increasingly genre-bending over the years, and Jazz in the Park is evolving along with it.”

Jazz in the Park began in 1991. Each week, over 6,000 people attend the summer concerts. Not only do the concerts feature great music, but there are plenty of food and beverages to purchase from local vendors.

Money from the concerts goes back to the community with neighborhood improvement programs and other events.

For more information, visit East Town's website.