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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.

Special Events

New Orleans Suspects, Presented by Miller Lite

July 3rd

New Orleans Suspects, Presented by Miller Lite

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Opener: TBA
7pm – 8pm

New Orleans Suspects
New Orleans funk
8:15pm – 9:30pm

Formed in summer of 2011 in the wake of the breakup of The Radiators after 34 years. The band comprises some of the best, most highly respected players in New Orleans; Mean Willie Green, (Neville Bros since 1981 and session drummer for Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and many others); Jake Eckert, Guitar (The Dirty Dozen Brass Band); Jeff Watkins, sax (James Brown Band, Joss Stone Band); and CR Gruver, keys (The New Meters, Outformation).

The band combines original songs in the New Orleans style with hits and obscurities from the Allen Toussaint and Dr. John songbooks, as well as performing favorites from Radiators, Nevilles and Dirty Dozen repertoire.

USA Today said this of their performance at NO Jazz Fest: “Outstanding… proved adept at mixing swampy rock, funk and high-energy R&B into extended jams. It was a sound that could only have bubbled up from this city, and the Suspects put their own spin on the repertoire.”

Legendary Jazz Fest founder Quint Davis said, “The Suspects are deep tissue New Orleans Funk and have emerged as one of the banner New Orleans music groups; taking their place among the standard bearers of our music. And they rock! Rather, funk.

The band’s fourth album, their third studio album, Kaleidoscoped, was released in September, 2016 on Louisiana Red Hot Records, with national distribution through E-1. It’s receiving considerable AAA radio play and has been widely acclaimed. The album was produced by the band, including Grammy-winning engineer Jake Eckert and features guest performances by Tower of Power Horns, DJ Logic, Paul Barerre and Fred Tackett of Little Feat and Big Chief Juan Pardo. The album can be heard streaming here: https://soundcloud.com/new-orleans-suspects/sets/kaleidescoped

Live on the Lake 2017 Schedule

Live on the Lake! Feat. Morry Sochat & The Special 20s and Trayce Eileen

June 28th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Morry Sochat & The Special 20s and Trayce Eileen

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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Trayce Eileen
Jazz – Soul
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Tracye Eileen, a Chicago native blends her Gospel roots with a rich, sultry, soulful sound. She has the ability to captivate her audience by embodying the raw emotion of a tune, and has the vocal chops to channel this into a powerful performance. Tracye makes a personal connection with her audience, through her warmth and sense of humor and is backed by her own 5-piece band, “The PTR Band” made up of top Chicago-based musicians.

Morry Sochat & The Special 20s 
Blues – Swing
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

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.

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

June 29th

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! Feat. Trippin’ Billies and Dirk Quinn Band

June 30th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Trippin’ Billies and Dirk Quinn Band

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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Dirk Quinn Band
Funk – Jazz
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Dirk Quinn is the guitarist for a high energy funk/jazz band based out of Philadelphia that travels extensively throughout the US and Canada. Utilizing over a decade of steady performing, Quinn has developed a unique and progressive style – one that appeals to a wide variety of music listeners with fans ranging from the jam band hippies to the jazz snobs.

Trippin’ Billies
Dave Matthews Band – Tribute Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Bringing fans the music of The Dave Matthews Band for close to twenty years, Trippin’ Billies has become the gold standard for tribute bands. Based out of Chicago, the Billies have toured extensively throughout the U.S. performing at many of the same theaters Dave himself once graced.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Tinsley Ellis and guests

July 1st

Live on the Lake! Feat. Tinsley Ellis and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests Beggars Banquet and Hyperplane

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Hyperplane
Blues – Rock
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Hyperplane is a six-piece original alt/rock/blues combo from Chicago and its related western suburbs. Four of the six members released two CD’s as Joy Missile before adding Cheryl Rodey and Dave Huber in 2014 and releasing their first EP as Hyperplane in 2015.

Beggars Banquet 
Rolling Stones – Tribute Band
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Together for over 16 years, performing with all five member in authentic costume. The boys visually and aurally recreate the look and sound of “The Greatest Rock’N’Roll Band in the World”. Add some real excitement to your club, festival, concert or private function with Beggars Banquet.

Tinsley Ellis
Blues
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

Over the past 40 years, Tinsley Ellis has performed in all 50 states, across Canada, Europe, South America and Australia. He’s taken the stage in Russia, the Canary Islands and other destinations not on the traditional touring circuit. His vision for the future is to continue to release the type of albums that push the boundaries of Blues and to expand his touring radius.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. The Wandering Boys and Deep Fried Pickle Project

July 2nd

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. The Wandering Boys and Deep Fried Pickle Project

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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Deep Fried Pickle Project
Jug Band
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

In 2002 a mysterious green iceberg was discovered by a band of unemployed pirates in Lake Michigan. Frozen inside were the Pickle Boys, cold solid in a chunk of sour brine. The DFPP were hoisted aboard, chiseled free and re-animated by the ship’s crude pirate scientist chef using a combination of spirits and pickle juice. As the DFPP awoke from their icy slumber they started singing and have never stopped.

The Wandering Boys 
Bluegrass
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Wandering Boys are a hard driving bluegrass band from Chicago, IL with rapid picking, clever arrangements and crisp four-part harmony.

New Orleans Suspects, Presented by Miller Lite

July 3rd

New Orleans Suspects, Presented by Miller Lite

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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Opener: TBA
7pm – 8pm

New Orleans Suspects
New Orleans funk
8:15pm – 9:30pm

Formed in summer of 2011 in the wake of the breakup of The Radiators after 34 years. The band comprises some of the best, most highly respected players in New Orleans; Mean Willie Green, (Neville Bros since 1981 and session drummer for Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon and many others); Jake Eckert, Guitar (The Dirty Dozen Brass Band); Jeff Watkins, sax (James Brown Band, Joss Stone Band); and CR Gruver, keys (The New Meters, Outformation).

The band combines original songs in the New Orleans style with hits and obscurities from the Allen Toussaint and Dr. John songbooks, as well as performing favorites from Radiators, Nevilles and Dirty Dozen repertoire.

USA Today said this of their performance at NO Jazz Fest: “Outstanding… proved adept at mixing swampy rock, funk and high-energy R&B into extended jams. It was a sound that could only have bubbled up from this city, and the Suspects put their own spin on the repertoire.”

Legendary Jazz Fest founder Quint Davis said, “The Suspects are deep tissue New Orleans Funk and have emerged as one of the banner New Orleans music groups; taking their place among the standard bearers of our music. And they rock! Rather, funk.

The band’s fourth album, their third studio album, Kaleidoscoped, was released in September, 2016 on Louisiana Red Hot Records, with national distribution through E-1. It’s receiving considerable AAA radio play and has been widely acclaimed. The album was produced by the band, including Grammy-winning engineer Jake Eckert and features guest performances by Tower of Power Horns, DJ Logic, Paul Barerre and Fred Tackett of Little Feat and Big Chief Juan Pardo. The album can be heard streaming here: https://soundcloud.com/new-orleans-suspects/sets/kaleidescoped

Live on the Lake! Feat. Wedding Banned and guests

July 4th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Wedding Banned and guests

2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests The Prissillas and Andrew Leahey & the Homestead

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Andrew Leahey and the Homestead
Rock & Roll
2:00pm – 3:30pm

Andrew Leahey & the Homestead make music for city highways and open horizons, for pop fans and roots rockers, for the heart as well as the heartland.

The Prissillas 
Rock – Cover Band
4:30pm – 5:30pm & 6:00pm – 7:00pm

The PriSSillas are a multi-talented and entertaining female cover band that promises full rich sound and high energy performances with unmatched professionalism and PriSSision. The PriSSillas offer a PriSStine mix of favorite hits spanning from the beginning of rock and roll through today’s popular music… Pop to Rock to Classic Rock to Country and more.

Wedding Banned
80s/90s Cover Band
8:00pm – 9:30pm & 9:45pm – 10:00pm

“The Greatest Wedding Banned on Earth.” Wedding Banned plays 80’s and 90’s music along with other guilty pleasures that take you back to great times in your life. Wedding Banned selects a bride and groom to get “married” on stage at most shows. Best of all, you’re invited to the reception! Hailing from Chicago, via Gas City Indiana, Wedding Banned has a unique show that combines music, audience interaction and comedy.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Quinn Sullivan and Anthony Moser

July 5th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Quinn Sullivan and Anthony Moser

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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Anthony Moser
Jazz – Soul
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Anthony Moser is a Chicago musician playing blues, folk, jazz and original tunes.

Quinn Sullivan 
Blues – Rock
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Quinn Sullivan has been a music professional for more than 75 percent of his life. He’s shared the stage with Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Los Lobos, The Roots, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi and Joe Bonamassa, and he opened for B.B. King, who later invited him to play his treasured “Lucille” guitar.

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Chicago House Music

July 6th

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Chicago House Music

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

Live on the Lake! Feat. Mr. Blotto and Sun Stereo

July 7th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Mr. Blotto and Sun Stereo

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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Sun Stereo
Electronic – Jam Band
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Sun Stereo delivers a hybridization of organic and electronic elements with infectious sing-alongs, electronic soundscapes, performance art, and a funk your face off horn and string section. Over the last 6 years, they have developed a fierce following and have established themselves as a truly original, must see live show.

Mr. Blotto
Jam Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Mr. Blotto is Chicago’s original jam band playing over 3000 shows since 1991. A dozen original CD releases and groovy covers keep the crowd rocking and grooving all night, hungry for the next show.

Live on the Lake! Feat. The Magic Lightnin’ Boys and guests

July 8th

Live on the Lake! Feat. The Magic Lightnin’ Boys and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests Charlie Wheeler Band and Alex Kates & Late Night Elixer

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Alex Kates & Late Night Elixer
Roots Rock
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Alex Kates, a native of Jamestown, NY, has traveled the country from coast to coast with his music for over two decades. Having mainly played solo as a singer-songwriter, Alex developed “Alex Kates Band” and the cover oriented “Kates Brother’s Band” (both with his brother Billy Kates on drums), sharing the stage with Rusted Root, The Royal Southern Brotherhood, and the Spin Doctors to name a few.

Charlie Wheeler Band 
Blues Rock
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The hills of Northern PA are an unforgiving place. Hailing from a small town called Ridgway, PA, the CWB exudes a toughness and desperation that can only be cultivated in the working class environs from which they hail. Their driving brand of hard driving groove-rock is reminiscent of the Black Crowes and The Allman Brothers Band, coupled with the blunt force of Pearl Jam.

The Magic Lightnin’ Boys
Blues – Rock
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

Rooted in the Blues with a touch of swamp funk. The Magic Lightnin’ Boys deliver eclectic rock n’ roll with a shot of adrenaline and a nod to the past.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Growler and Sanctified Grumblers

July 9th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Growler and Sanctified Grumblers

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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Sanctified Grumblers
Americana
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Chicago’s Sanctified Grumblers formed in the Spring of 2009 when Rick Sherry (Devil in a Woodpile) and Eric Noden started writing songs together. Using only acoustic instruments, they usually play as a trio with either Beau Sample (upright bass) or Mike Hogg (sousaphone).

Growler 
Modern Bluegrass
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Formed in early 2015 with a lineup of both esteemed veteran pickers and hotshot newcomers, Growler is bringing a welcome vitality to the growing Chicago bluegrass scene.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Brother John and Melody Angel

July 12th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Brother John 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

Melody Angel is not a stage name, its the name on my birth certificate. I was born and raised on the south-side of Chicago. I started singing at 7 yrs old, and when I was 13 my mama bought me, my first guitar from the local pawn shop. I dedicated my every day and night to teaching myself to play. Once I learned 5 Jimi Hendrix song’s I put my first band together and I never looked back.

Brother John 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

Brother John has been a resident musician at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago for 25 years. He has played with Eric Clapton, Steve Miller, the Black Crowes, and acquired ringing endorsements from many other musicians of renown.

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Jugo De Mango

July 13th

Live on the Lake! Pier Dance Feat. Jugo De Mango

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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Dance Instruction
Latin Fusion
7:00pm – 8:00pm

Jugo De Mango
Latin Fusion
8:00pm – 9:00pm

Live on the Lake! Feat. Rod Tuffcurls &the Bench Press and Laura Joy

July 14th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Rod Tuffcurls &the Bench Press and Laura Joy

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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Laura Joy
Folk/Pop
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Laura Joy is an NPR featured, award-winning, nationally touring artist with an eclectic song list of popular tunes (60s – Today’s Top 40) and original music. Laura Joy and her band have been known to quell dark, angry bars full of ornery old Irishmen. With comparisons that range from Joni Mitchell to Natalie Merchant, Laura’s percussive finger picking and buoyant voice have graced audiences from as far as the Sun Belt to the streets of Manhattan.

Rod Tuffcurls and the Bench Press
Pop/Rock – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:00pm & 10:30pm – 11:30pm

Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press is an exciting cover band from Chicago, entertaining crowds at clubs, festivals, weddings, and other events all across the Midwest since 2008. Their unique song repertoire include hits ranging from Hall & Oates to Taylor Swift, Queen to The Beatles, and Wilson Phillips to Elton John! You may even hear some of our off-the-wall choices from Les Miserables, The Golden Girls, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and classic Disney movies!

Live on the Lake! Feat. Nick Pontarelli and guests

July 15th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Nick Pontarelli and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests The Right Now and MER Showcase

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MER 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!

The Right Now 
Soul – Pop
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Right Now’s pop-meets-soul sound is more than a vehicle for Stefanie Berecz’s captivating voice. The celebration of thoughtful, catchy songwriting and intricate arrangements evokes a subtle sophistication in the tradition of Quincy Jones’ 70s and 80s masterpieces. Since 2009 the band has toured much of the United States and released two acclaimed albums, racking up placements in television, national commercials, and the multi-million-selling video game Watch Dogs.

Nick Pontarelli
Jazz
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

The Nick Pontarelli Band has made their mark on the Chicago music scene with a fresh take on all of the greats, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Frankie Valli, Bobby Darin, Elvis, Neil Diamond and many more. Satisfying their audience is their number one goal at every show. Nick and the bands unique ability to entertain while engaging their audience keeps the crowd excited and dancing all night long.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Dill Costa and Volo Bogtrotters

July 16th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Dill Costa and Volo Bogtrotters

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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Volo Bogtrotters
Old Time String Band
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

The Volo Bogtrotters, long one of the Midwest’s favorite old-time string bands will again bring their double and triple fiddle power to Navy Pier. Featuring veteran Old Town School instructors Steve Rosen and Paul Tyler, fiddlers Chirps Smith and Fred Campeau, guitarist Jim Nelson, and bassist Tony Scarimbolo.

Dill Costa 
Brazilian
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

The Seasoning and Swing of Brazilian Music! The mixture of different styles can be heard in the melodious voice of Dill Costa. Her repertoire ranges from classic 1940′ era samba to the cool 1960’s Bossa Nova hits of Antonio Carlos Jobim and Joao Gilberto to the modern Brazilian pop of Caetano Veloso, and others Brazlian artists.

Live on the Lake! Feat. Joe Moss and Rob Blaine

July 19th

Live on the Lake! Feat. Joe Moss and Rob Blaine

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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Rob Blaine
Blues
5:15pm – 6:15pm

Great rockin’ blues band. Rob was the winner of The Albert Collins Award as best guitar player at the 2011 International Blues Competition.

Joe Moss 
Blues
7:00pm – 8:00pm & 8:30pm – 9:30pm

A guitarist since the age of 10, Moss was given his passport into the blues world by Buddy Scott, who noticed him at a jam session at Rosa’s Blues Lounge in Chicago. Soon, Moss was playing seven nights a week as a member of Buddy Scott’s Rib Tips Band. Moss’s guitar skills, quickly, became notorious on the local scene and he became an in-demand sideman. In 1996, Joe started his own band and has never looked back since.

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

July 20th

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. Rendition and Wax Works

July 21st

Live on the Lake! Feat. Rendition and Wax Works

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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Wax Works
Rock
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

WaxWorks is a Chicago based band. Rock met jazz and funked and made a soulful, sound-child capable of bouncing many booties.

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

RENDITION is one of Chicago’s most entertaining cover bands. RENDITION plays hundreds of shows each year, from clubs and colleges, to festivals and private events. Mixed with a HIGH ENERGY stage show and an extensive song list, RENDITION appeals to a wide range of audiences. From Alternative to Dance, Country to Rock or Classic to Rap, RENDITION does it all. If you have not seen them yet, you are in for an amazing event!

Live on the Lake! Feat. Dr. Bombay and guests

July 22nd

Live on the Lake! Feat. Dr. Bombay and guests

2:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

With special guests Breezy Rodio and The Strapping Owls

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The Strapping Owls
New Orleans Soul
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Nicholas’s soul grabbing voice, dynamic guitar and heartfelt lyrics are driven forward with Larry’s melodic, supportive drumming and Fred’s groove making, funky sousaphone. A power trio for the ages, like you’ve never heard before.

Breezy Rodio 
Blues – Soul – Reggae
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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.

Dr. Bombay
Pop/Rock – Cover Band
9:00pm – 10:10pm & 10:25pm – 11:30pm

Calling Dr. Bombay! – DB is one of Chicago’s premiere party cover bands that rocks the house with a heavy dose of 70’s and 80’s dance classics, as well as contemporary hits.

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Brother El & The Present Elders and Lindsay & the Lights Go Out

July 23rd

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Brother El & The Present Elders and Lindsay & the Lights Go Out

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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Lindsay and the Lights Go Out
Folk Pop
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

Lindsay Weinberg’s soulful voice and colorful lyrics evoke the boisterous energy of Chicago summer, the dim corners of a cabaret, and the bright lights of Broadway. Fueled by joyous melodies, rich horns, and a driving rhythm section, the sound is at once incandescent and insightful.

Brother El & The Present Elders 
Electronic
5:30pm – 6:30pm & 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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 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 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 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

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 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 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 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 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

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

Free music and dance series in the 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

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Free music and dance series in the Miller Lite Beer Garden

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

Cielito Lindo is a family group that focus on “Mariachi” and the traditional music of mexico. These musicians (ages 10-14) use their powerful voices & play guitar, vihuela, guitarron, and trumpet.

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 Big Angry Fish

August 27th

Live on the Lake! Old Town School of Folk Music Feat. Abraham Mellish and Big Angry Fish

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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Big Angry Fish
Rock
2:00pm – 3:00pm & 3:30pm – 4:30pm

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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