Seeing live music can be a transcendent mind-body experience, akin to getting a tattoo underwater or making out during an eclipse. Transcend boredom with today’s Groupon to HarborPark Jazz & Blues Festival at HarborPark’s Celebration Place in Kenosha. Gates open on Saturday, August 20 at 2:30 p.m., and seating is first-come, first-serve. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get two general-admission lawn tickets (up to a $50 value).
- For $75, you get two Texas Roadhouse VIP lounge tickets (a $150 value), including Texas Roadhouse fare and beverages.<p>
An annual tradition of superlative music, cuisine, and merry-making, 2011’s HarborPark Jazz & Blues Festival parades a lineup of past years’ favorites and next year’s classic performers. Grab a fellow audiophile and ride the sound waves of internationally renowned ivory-tickler Alex Bugnon. Bugnon headlines alongside Nelson Rangell, whose sax stylings set fest-goers’ hearts fluttering like so many beatniks’ snapping fingers. In the early evening, West Coast blues legend Len Rainey takes the stage with master guitarsmith Bill Macpherson and drummer Steve Rainey from the local band Real Deal to concoct a high-octane blend of Brazilian, African, country, rock, and jazz music. Nabori triumphantly reemerges for a second year of sizzling salsa beats, and KUSD Jazz All-Stars—a 20-piece high-school big-band ensemble from Kenosha—present the next generation of jumping, jiving, and occasional wailing.
Pairs of VIP ticketholders enjoy fare and refreshments from the Texas Roadhouse VIP lounge and the chance to pen heartbroken blues ballads on cocktail napkins using barbecue-sauce-stained fingers.
Kenosha Central Business District
54th St. and Ring Rd.
Kenosha, Wisconsin 53140