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Miller Lite Beer Garden

From May through October, the Miller Lite Beer Garden on Navy Pier is Chicago’s go-to destination for free, live, outdoor music performances. During your visit, enjoy a large menu of beers, cocktails and frozen drinks, as well as beer-soaked brats, burgers, hand-tossed pizza and more. Best of all, there is no cover to enter, and all ages are welcome!

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Live on the Lake!: Free Music and Dance Series

May 26 – September 4 | Miller Lite Beer Garden

This summer, get your live music fix at Navy Pier. Live on the Lake!, the Pier’s free summer music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden, boasts a better-than-ever lineup in 2017, featuring a wide range of local talent.

This year, join us Sundays for performances from the Old Town School of Folk Music and Wednesdays for blues music presented by Buddy Guy’s Legends. Plus, Pier Dance returns on Thursday nights with cultural rhythms that will keep you moving and grooving all summer long.

View the full musical lineup below.

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Private Events

Host your next corporate party, special event or casual get-together at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier! Our spacious outdoor venue is an ideal location for parties of up to 400 guests. To learn more about hosting your private event with us, download our 2017 Private Events Guide, or contact us at beergarden@StefaniGroup.com or (312) 451-1692.

Performing at the Miller Lite Beer Garden

Thank you for your interest in performing at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier. Our submission deadline was March 1, 2017 and we are no longer accepting applications to perform this summer. Please check back later this year for how to book your band during the 2018 summer season.

Live on the Lake 2017 Schedule

Live on the Lake! Feat. Jamiah Rogers and Joanna Connor

July 26th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Jamiah Rogers and Joanna Connor

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free and open to the public! Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

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Joanna Connor
Blues – Rock
5:15pm – 6:15pm

No doubt you’ve seen it by now: That viral video of a woman onstage in a bright purple dress, playing one absolute scorcher of a slide guitar solo. That’s Joanna Connor in her home turf of Chicago, with the firepower she delivers to local crowds on a nightly basis.

Jamiah Rogers 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Three musicians on one accord. Doing what we love to do! Love Everyone, Play From The Soul, Speak To The People and they will embrace your gift!

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. The Little Queens and Tina Go-Go

July 27th

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. The Little Queens and Tina Go-Go

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free and open to the public! Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

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Tina Go-Go
Go-Go Dancing
7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Little Queens
Go-Go Dancing
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Live on the Lake! Feat. 97Nine and Mank N Sass

July 28th

Live on the Lake! Feat. 97Nine and Mank N Sass

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free and open to the public! Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

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Mank N Sass
Rock
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Jared Manker (Mank) and Sara Siders (Sass) team up for an acoustic funk/blues duo sure to steal hearts and blow minds.

97Nine
Classic Rock – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

97Nine is the Midwest’s premiere classic cover rock band playing songs from your favorite bands like Led Zeppelin, Rush, Yes, Van Halen and more! Their live show is unmatched in energy and talent, and provide the audience with an unforgettable rock experience.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Rocks Off and guests

July 29th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Rocks Off and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Free and open to the public! With special guests Soul Committee and Marvin “Maestro” Weathersby.

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Marvin “Maestro” Weathersby
Blues
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Marvin “Maestro” Weathersby is a Writer-Arranger-Producer-Musician of R&B, Soul, Blues, Jazz & Top 40.

Soul Committee 
R&B – Film Tribute
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

THE SOUL COMMITTEE performs 2-60 minute sets of R&B hits from the movie soundtrack of ’The Commitments’. The 12 piece band churns out the music drawn from the hit factories of the 60’s and early 70’s in places like Muscle Shoals, Memphis & Motown. It is undeniably some of the greatest and most popular dance and listening music of all time.

Rocks Off
Rolling Stones – Tribute Band
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

Rocks Off is Chicago’s premier and authentic Rolling Stones tribute, delivering the music, the look, and the attitude of the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band! Whether it be a deep album cuts or your favorite live version, Rocks Off captures the riffs, the groves, and the blazing Mick Taylor solo’s from their golden era and beyond.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Willy Dynomite and Los Vicios de Papá

July 30th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Willy Dynomite and Los Vicios de Papá

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free and open to the public! Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

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Los Vicios de Papá
Latin Ska
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Los Vicios de Papá drops immigrant beat with a passion for reggae, ska and cumbia. Our lyrics stem from our struggling & undocumented youth experience.

Willy Dynomite 
Soul
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Willy Dynomite sends shivers down your spine with an explosive sound sure to tilt your hips and leave a smile on your lips. Defying genre, this ten piece high-wire act walks the line between blues, soul, swing, funk, and reggae with a sophisticated stride.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Sheryl Youngblood and Nick Bell

August 2nd

Live on the Lake! Feat. Sheryl Youngblood and Nick Bell

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free and open to the public! Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

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Nick Bell
Blues
5:15pm – 6:15pm

he Nick Bell Band has performed at various venues and festivals across the country such as the 75th Sturgis Bike Rally in South Dakota, Buddys Guys Legends, The Arcada Theater, The Hard Rock Cafe, The Double Door Chicago, Chicago Blues Festival, The Mancow Show, New Life Radio, The Harmonica Collective, True Blues Radio, and countless others venues and festivals. See Nick in a venue near you!

Sheryl Youngblood 
Blues – Soul – R&B
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Growing up in a musically inclined family with her mother having her own female group “The Royal Harmonetts” and being a pianist and vocalist in the church, Sheryl was born into music. A 2015 inductee into the Blues Hall Of Fame, Sheryl began singing and playing various instruments in the church. In her teen years Sheryl started her own female group in the church called “Sisters” in which she wrote several of their songs and also wrote songs for the National Baptist State Convention.

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Euphony and guest

August 3rd

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Euphony and guest

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free and open to the public! Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

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TBD
Disco
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Euphony
Disco
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Euphony Band is a group of musicians and vocalists with a sound that is synonymous with the meaning of their name, “Smooth Harmonious Sounds”. If you want to experience a variety of music that will excite your senses, then the Euphony Band is the band for you.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Mike & Joe and Righteous Hillbillies

August 4th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Mike & Joe and Righteous Hillbillies

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free and open to the public! Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden.

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Righteous Hillbillies
Country
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Righteous Hillbillies are a rock ‘n’ roll band launching a revival of the Southern spirit of blues boogie, soul groove, along with the primal and visceral energy of rock ‘n’ roll power. Their hometown of Joliet, Illinois is not the likeliest headquarters for one of America’s best Southern Rock bands, but Righteous Hillbillies put the map of convention in the shredder a long time ago

Mike & Joe
Rock/Pop – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Mike and Joe is one of the nation’s most well renowned rock cover bands! The bulk of the setlist includes Rock hits from the ’90s through today, but occasionally they’ll throw in some tunes from the 70’s and 80’s as well! Covers include: The Foo Fighters, Maroon 5, Fallout Boy, U2, Blink 182, Mumford and Sons, Justin Timberlake, Fleetwood Mac, Sublime, Dave Matthews Band, Florida Georgia Line, Third Eye Blind, The Eagles, , Weezer, Jimmy Eat World and many, many more!

Live on the Lake! Feat. Bumpus and guests

August 5th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Bumpus and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free and open to the public! With special guests The Congregation and Subhi.

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Subhi
Jazz/Pop
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

My music, showcases a blend of my Indian roots and the prominent Jazz culture of Chicago. It was during my travels back and forth between Mumbai & Chicago that the songs were written; with lyrics in Hindi, the music is an interesting blend of pop, Jazz and everything in between.

The Congregation 
Soul/Pop
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Classic soul meets rock & roll in this dynamic eight-piece collective from Chicago. The Congregation features Gina Bloom, a singer whose raw and powerful vocals are underscored by Charlie Wayne’s dynamic guitar riffs, the band’s rock and soul rhythm section and the lively call and response of a three-piece horn section.

Bumpus
Soul/Funk
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

Bumpus and their powerful brand of soul music channels the uplifting energy of Sly & the Family Stone, the energy of James Brown and the reflective cool of Marvin Gaye. Led by singers James Johnston, Ava Fain and Tina Howell, they bring together funky big beats, deep bass, lush JB Horns and a heavy organ sound that results in a high-octane musical funk frenzy.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Typhanie Monique Quartet and The Lawrence Peters Outfit

August 6th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Typhanie Monique Quartet and The Lawrence Peters Outfit

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

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The Lawrence Peters Outfit
Country
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

The Lawrence Peters Outfit is a scrappy honky tonk band from Chicago, boasting a mutt pedigree as long as any you’ll find in the city’s country music scene. The group’s sound is deep-rooted in generations of country music tradition, with debts owed to Webb Pierce, Jimmy Martin, Hank Williams Sr., Harlan Howard, Dwight Yoakam and Ola Belle Reed.

Typhanie Monique Quartet 
Jazz
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

JazzTimes magazine describes vocalist Typhanie Monique as a “modern-day Sarah Vaughan with iridescent traces of Lena Horne.” Music lovers in her hometown of Chicago and throughout the Midwest know her as that region’s local favorite—warm, soulful and charismatic.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Breezy Rodio and Jimmy Nick

August 9th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Breezy Rodio and Jimmy Nick

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Jimmy Nick
Blues – Rock
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Jimmy Nick is an old-fashioned, guitar slinging blues prodigy who spent his teenage years being schooled by legendary bluesmen in the famous Chicago clubs of Kingston Mines, Rosa’s Lounge, and B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted.

Breezy Rodio 
Blues – Soul – Reggae
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Breezy Rodio is an up-and-coming Bluesman. His understanding of music coupled with his impressive guitar skills allows him to create a truly unique sound. Breezy began building an audience quickly playing with local bands in New York. Within a year, he decided it was time to go for broke. He moved to Chicago intending to take his career to the next level.

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Fat Babies and Nicolle Wood

August 10th

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Fat Babies and Nicolle Wood

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Nicolle Wood
Hot Jazz
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Fat Babies
Hot Jazz
8:00pm – 9:00pm

The Fat Babies are an eight piece jazz band interpreting classic styles of the 1920s and 30s.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Stache and Pearls Mahone

August 11th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Stache and Pearls Mahone

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Pearls Mahone
Country/Dance
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Pure Vintage Ameripolitan – Western Swing, Country, Rockabilly. With a voice like the solid gold stars of yesteryear, Pearls Mahone brings nostalgic sounds to modern times.

Stache
Pop/Rock – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Stache! gets people on the dance floor, playing everything from today’s pop hits to the 70s and 80s anthems you’ve been loving for years. Their set-list is filled with perennial rock and dance favorites from across the radio dial.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Boy Band Review and guests

August 12th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Boy Band Review and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests Lovewhip and MER’s Showcase

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MER’s Showcase
Singer/Songwriter Circle
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

MER invites Chicago’s finest artists to partake in a “songwriters in the round” session. This stripped down format gives front men/women a chance to step back from their bands and deliver their stories and music as they were originally contrived. Catch this unique vibe and enjoy the sincere delivery of Chicago’s most dedicated songwriters!

Lovewhip 
Funk/Dance
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Lovewhip is a dance band that jams. Playing a party-starting mix of psychedelic rock, reggae, dance-pop, and world music, the Boston Award-Winning group whips up infectious original songs for those who love shaking that booty on the dancefloor!

Boy Band Review
Boy Band – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

Bringing harmonies, dancing, and energy, Boy Band Review has captured the hearts of fans with their #boyband shows that transport audience members back in time to the days of frosted tips and hunky front-men professing their undying love. Playing all the hits from: ’NSYNC, New Kids On The Block, Backstreet Boys, and more.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Bones Jugs and Cielito Lindo

August 13th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Bones Jugs and Cielito Lindo

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Cielito Lindo
Mariachi
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

This family group (5 siblings and their father) performs “mariachi”, the traditional music of Mexico, as well as the occasional a cappella & English pop song. Since moving with their 9 person family to Chicago, these vibrant young performers have produced their own album and performed for the Chicago Bulls, the National Museum of Mexican Art, WGN TV, & Old Town School of Folk Music

Bones Jugs 
Jug Band
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

An Americana variety show from Urbana, IL featuring ragtime, dixieland, string band, jugband, early blues, swing and more. With quirky songwriting, blazing xylophone, and a plethora of other instruments and noisemakers, Bones Jugs is sure to bring a smile to your face!

Live on the Lake! Feat. Sam Cockrell Band and The Blue Coast Band

August 16th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Sam Cockrell Band and The Blue Coast Band

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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The Blue Coast Band
Blues
5:15pm – 6:15pm

The Blue Coast Band takes their traditional sensibilities of this music and puts their own spin in it. Years of working with blues greats as well as rock and rollers, gives them the freedom to intuitively mix things up. Their stamp on the music is one that is not over the top, but at the same time definitely not in a retro bag. It’s an honest interpretation.

Sam Cockrell Band 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

When there has been a fourteen-year gap between a bluesman’s second and third album, the imagination can supply all sorts of explanations, but singer-songwriter-bassist Sam Cockrell hasn’t been incarcerated, or strung out, or selling dubious products, or even out of the music biz.

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Cecy Santana and guest

August 17th

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Cecy Santana and guest

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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TBD
Bossanova
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Cecy Santana
Bossanova
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Live on the Lake! Feat. Hairbangers Ball and Ginger Road

August 18th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Hairbangers Ball and Ginger Road

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Ginger Road
Country – Cover Band
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Ginger Road is one of Chicago’s premier modern Country bands regularly appearing at top Country music venues throughout Chicagoland, Nashville, TN and byond. Blending a hard rocking, exuberant style with faithful interpretations of the latest Country hits by artists such as Luke Bryan, Jason Aldeen and Florida Georgia Line and crowd-pleasing classics by the likes of Garth Brooks and Johnny Cash, Ginger Road is here to Rock This Country!

Hairbangers Ball
80s Metal – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Hairbanger’s Ball has entrenched themselves as one of the most sought after “80’s Hair Rock Tribute Bands” in the United States after years of performing sold out shows from coast to coast, all while exuding the same expert musicianship and flair for the theatrical as their idols. With over 16 years in existence, Hairbanger’s Ball has been a mainstay in music for longer than some of their celebrity counterparts, and routinely perform over 150 shows a year.

Live on the Lake! Feat. AJ Ghent Band and guests

August 19th

Live on the Lake! Feat. AJ Ghent Band and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests Billy Strings and Unity

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Unity
Reggae – Roots – Rock
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Kai “Pita” Katobalavu, the lead singer of Unity the Band, was born in Suva City, the capital of the Fiji Islands. In Fiji, there was no formal music curriculum in the schools. By listening to and singing native songs, Kai taught himself to play a wide range of instruments including a wooden drum, called the lali.

Billy Strings 
Bluegrass
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Whether sharing stages with acoustic music royalty, crisscrossing the nation playing as a solo artist or performing high-energy, jaw-dropping sets at festivals, the reaction to Billy Strings tends to come in two varieties: “Who is this guy?” and “That kid can play!”

AJ Ghent Band
Indie – Rock – Blues
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

AJ Ghent constructs an indie-rock sound howling from the church to the blues. His style can be defined as fresh, nostalgic, electrifying and rootsy, fusing the sounds blues, funk, r & b, hip-hop and a sprinkle of EDM together into a genre he likes to call, NEO BLUES.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Lamajamal and Booty Movement Coalition

August 20th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Lamajamal and Booty Movement Coalition

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Booty Movement Coalition
funkhousejazzworldhiphop
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Lamajamal 
Gypsy Surf
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The group developed in 2004 when 5 musicians joined together to musically explore their influences of Middle Eastern, North African, and Balkan music. In 2007 Lamajamal released the album “Gypsy Surf”, an edgy interpretation of Balkan and Arabic classics done on guitar, drum set, oud, clarinet and electric bass.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Wayne Baker Brooks and Melody Angel

August 23rd

Live on the Lake! Feat. Wayne Baker Brooks and Melody Angel

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Melody Angel
Blues – Rock
5:15pm – 6:15pm

First off, Melody Angel is her real name, she was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. Melody Angel is a self taught guitarist, who loves Rock N’ Roll and plans on doing both for the rest of her life. Here’s just a few of her influences: Prince, Michael Jackson, Jimi Hendrix, Chuck Berry, Slash, Santana, and Big Mama Thornton.

Wayne Baker Brooks 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Wayne Baker Brooks is considered one of todays top guitarists who’s signature style combines powerful vocals with liquid fire guitar playing that honors his rich blues heritage yet effortlessly expands the boundaries of the genre.
Born and raised in Chicago, IL amongst the most prolific blues legends and blues masters in the world, Wayne Baker Brook’s blues roots may run deeper and wider than the Great Lakes themselves. 

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Euphony and Snoopy King

August 24th

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Euphony and Snoopy King

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Snoopy King
Steppin
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Euphony
Steppin
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Euphony Band is a group of musicians and vocalists with a sound that is synonymous with the meaning of their name, “Smooth Harmonious Sounds”.
If you want to experience a variety of music that will excite your senses, then the Euphony Band is the band for you.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Abraham Mellish and Lint Trappers

August 27th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Abraham Mellish and Lint Trappers

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Lint Trappers
Bluegrass
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

The Lint Trappers have built their sound from modern America’s foundational music: acoustic blues, pre-war jazz, vintage country, early gospel, string band and bluegrass, with a grit that places it firmly in the Chicago tradition. You are unlikely to see more reso-phonic guitars on one stage, and the instrumentation can rotate to include mandolin and fiddle, while upright bass and washboard form the solid rhythm section.

Abraham Mellish 
Folk
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Abraham’s life journey has spanned the globe, which is evident in his sound. At his core, Abraham is a storyteller in the folk tradition with a lyrical breadth that fully encompasses a universal human experience steeped in Liberian roots. Driving bass notes juxtaposed with intricate finger picking establishes an African tinged rhythm that serves as a vehicle for Abraham’s message of oneness, reflection, and peace.

Live on the Lake! Feat. NuBlu Band and Morry Sochat & The Special 20s

August 30th

Live on the Lake! Feat. NuBlu Band and Morry Sochat & The Special 20s

5:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Morry Sochat & The Special 20s 
Blues – Swing
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Morry Sochat & The Special 20s play Chicago Blues mixed with swing and vintage rock n’ roll. They put on an energetic show that will get you moving and cheering for more.

NuBlu Band 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

This high energy group pairs a tight rhythm section led by Mark Maddox on lead guitar, Dan Henley on drums, with the powerful vocals of Carlise Guy, the dynamic daughter of the Legendary seven-time Grammy award winner, Buddy Guy. The three are the foundation of the band. They perform a wide range of genres, Blues, R&B, Pop, and Motown, their soulful sound is enough to make any audience get up and dance. It’s always a party when NuBlu is on stage.

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Chicago Samba and Edilson Lima

August 31st

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Chicago Samba and Edilson Lima

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Edilson Lima
Samba
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Chicago Samba
Samba
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Chicago Samba, a Midwest-based music and dance ensemble, offers the authentic sounds of Brazil mixed with the flavor of carnaval. They play a unique mix of Brazilian popular song styles, including: Samba, Bossa Nova, Brazilian Jazz, Olodum, Forró, Chorinho, among others Batucada, an exciting all-percussive jam session that brings any audience to its feet to dance along with the group – just like Carnaval “Mardi-gras” in Brazil.

Live on the Lake! Feat. 16 Candles and Bassel & The Supernaturals

September 1st

Live on the Lake! Feat. 16 Candles and Bassel & The Supernaturals

5:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Bassel & The Supernaturals
Soul
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Bassel & The Supernaturals combines neo-soul and funk with captivating lyrics about love, loss, and a war in Syria that has affected Bassel Almadani’s family along with 10,000,000 others. The soulful Syrian-American vocalist and his ensemble raised over $11,000 during the preorder campaign for their full-length album, Elements (2017), with over $3,000 in donations for humanitarian aid in Syria.

16 Candles
80s – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Established in 2003, 16 Candles makes it their personal duty and pleasure to bring all the great 80’s songs you love to life in full force. Their attention to detail and commitment to entertainment captivates audiences and inspires new ways of dancing and thinking. The members are 5 fun-loving guys with a simple love for the music of years gone by and a mission to fuse nostalgia and style to create a sight/sound spectacular unlike any other.

Live on the Lake! Feat. The Town Pants and guests

September 2nd

Live on the Lake! Feat. The Town Pants and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests The Crane Wives and Mountain Deer Revival

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Mountain Deer Revival
Bluegrass
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

With an original, genre-expanding sound, few musicians can compare to the originality of this Kansas based band. Twins, Jake and Jason Coffey and band members Dale Shuey, Matt Ohm and Connor Edmundson’s music manages to successfully close the gap between Country Rock, Americana and Bluegrass, while maintaining an honest, independent tone. The band reaches beyond talent, by writing with creativity and performing with passion. With great focus being placed on their lyrics and the feeling of their songs, Mountain Deer Revival’s music is as much a state of mind as it is a sound.

The Crane Wives 
Indie – Folk
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Crane Wives is a female fronted indie rock group from Grand Rapids, Michigan. The band features three-part vocal harmonies, narrative lyricism, and a passion for songcraft that creates organic music that is equally accessible and innovative. Each live show features contagious energy as well as original music that ranges from whisper quiet ballads to danceable grooves.

The Town Pants
Celtic Roots Rock
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

With a decades worth of headlining Roots and Celtic festivals to selling out nights at rock venues The Town Pants own brand of Celtic roots rock rebel spans five albums so far, backed up with a legendary live show that’s garnered them fans internationally from New York to Norway.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Bitter Jester Battle of the Bands – Finalist Showcase

September 3rd

Live on the Lake! Feat. Bitter Jester Battle of the Bands – Finalist Showcase

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

From 2pm-8pm in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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For the third year, Navy Pier hosts the Best of the Bitter Jester Battle of the Bands in a showcase concert! These talented young musicians from across Chicagoland battled it out in June & July to earn this coveted performance slot on the Pier. More Information.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Bella’s Bartok and Simpleton & Cityfolk

September 4th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Bella’s Bartok and Simpleton & Cityfolk

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Simpleton & Cityfolk
Folk – Alternative
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Bella’s Bartok
Bohemian Folk Punk
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Circus punk powerhouse Bella’s Bartok infuses klezmer punk with pop sensibilities into a spectacle that can’t help but compel you dance! With an aura of theatricality, Bella’s Bartok shows not only entertain, but they invite you to partake in the wild party they are having on stage, to involve yourself in the spectacle. Quite simply put- this is the band you should never miss, ever.

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