STARRY NIGHTS SERIES
Mark your calendars for live music & dancing under the stars with our annual FREE outdoor concert series! One of our most popular Wilson Center summertime traditions, Starry Nights boasts performances by acclaimed local and regional artists across a wide range of genres including big band, Afro-Cuban, Latin jazz, bluegrass, polkas, and more—perfect for families and audiences of all ages. And don't miss our annual Classic Vehicle Night on July 12!
All performances begin at 6:30pm in our Gerlach/Haack Outdoor Theater. Audiences are welcome to pack their picnic baskets and lawn chairs.* Food and beverage vendors will also be available onsite for each concert.
*The Gerlach/Haack Outdoor Theater offers lawn seating only. Guests who would like chairs may bring their own. To ensure good sightlines for all audience members, pop-up tents are not allowed. Concerts take place rain or shine; in the event of extreme weather, concerts may move indoors to The Harris Theater. Please call our Box Office at 262-781-9520 with any questions.
STARRY NIGHTS 2019 ARTIST LINE-UP
June 28 • Jason Gillette & the Showtime Big Band
The swinging sounds of the big band return to Starry Nights, featuring Brookfield Central High School Music Department Chair and acclaimed woodwind artist Jason Gillette, members of Wisconsin Conservatory of Music's We Six, renowned saxophonist Sal Lozano, and acclaimed Broadway star and BCHS alumna Chelsea Krombach. PLUS! Arrive early & enjoy a special performance beginning at 6pm with Milwaukee's own multi-instrumentalist songwriting duo, Sara and Kenny. Click here to learn more!
July 12 • Starry Nights Cruisin’ at the Wilson Center with The Rockin’ Robins
Share the excitement of our automotive heritage with the whole family at our seventh annual Starry Nights Cruisin' at the Wilson Center, and enjoy the music of the ’50s and ’60s with Milwaukee’s own The Rockin’ Robins. Click here to learn more!
July 19 • The Squeezettes
The four-time WAMI award-winning Squeezettes are one of Wisconsin’s most unique attractions! Fronted by ex-burlesque chanteuse turned old school torch singer, the band plays an eclectic blend of “power polka” pop, rock, traditional polkas and waltzes, and tunes you never thought you’d hear played on accordion. Click here to learn more!
July 26 • Chicken Wire Empire
Contemporary tones blend with traditional roots in one of the hottest up-and-coming bands in the local and regional music scene, recently named by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as one of five Wisconsin bands to watch! Join us for a night of bluegrass style from the northern middle-west, with heartfelt harmonies and earthy acoustic tones that feel like home. Click here to learn more!
August 2 • De La Buena
Growing from a trio into a powerful 10-piece over the last six years, De La Buena has been electrifying audiences with their own brand of Afro-Cuban and Latin Jazz. Click here to learn more!
August 9 • Irish Fest Sound Sampler with Frogwater
Two beloved summer traditions combine as we celebrate our second annual Starry Nights’ collaboration with Milwaukee Irish Fest! Lift your feet, drinks, and spirits as we dance under the stars to the sounds of Limerick Partnership scholarship award winners Eadaoin Ni Mhaicin (harp, concertina) and Olivia Budd (fiddle), as well as Milwaukee’s renowned Irish music duo, Frogwater. Click here to learn more!
August 16 (Guitar Festival Celebration) • Troy Stetina Project
Join us for our final Starry Nights concert of 2019 as we take our seventh annual celebration of all things guitar outdoors for a free evening of live music! This year’s closing performance features the guitar-driven, genre-busting synthesis of the Troy Stetina Project. Click here to learn more!