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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

Leinenkugel’s 150th Anniversary Feat. Lauren Alaina and The Cal Stage Band

August 25th

Leinenkugel’s 150th Anniversary Feat. Lauren Alaina and The Cal Stage Band

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden as we celebrate Leinenkugels 150th Anniversary!

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The Cal Stage Band
Country Rock
7:00pm – 7:45pm

The Cal Stage Band is a high energy country rock band, playing all your favorite country hits as well as some great rock tunes mixed in with originals.

Lauren Alaina
Country
8:15 – 9:30pm

Georgia native Lauren Alaina captured America’s hearts when she appeared on Season 10 of American Idol. On Jan. 27, Lauren followed up her No. 1 debuting first album with the release of the eagerly-awaited Road Less Traveled. Selected as one of Rolling Stone’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2017, the collection of 12 songs all written by the young star, includes Lauren’s first #1 hit and title track, “Road Less Traveled.”
 
Lauren has been nominated for several Teen Choice Awards and CMT Music Awards, and the singer/songwriter just received her first ACM nomination for New Female Vocalist of the Year.
 
The “sassy Southerner with killer pipes” (PARADE) has shared the stage with superstars including Alan Jackson and Carrie Underwood. She is currently on the Love Unleashed Tour with Martina McBride and Lauren heads out on the Huntin’, Fishin’, And Lovin’ Every Day Tour with Luke Bryan this summer.
 
Lauren regularly appears on the Grand Ole Opry, is one of Rdio’s Nashville Rising Artists, is a Spotify Spotlight on Country featured artist and is one of CMT’s Next Women of Country.
Leinenkugel’s 150th Anniversary Feat. Cowboy Mouth and Guests

August 26th

Leinenkugel’s 150th Anniversary Feat. Cowboy Mouth and Guests

3:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden as we celebrate Leinenkugels 150th Anniversary!

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AD3
Acoustic Trio
3:30pm – 4:30pm

AD3 Acoustic Trio is comprised of Adam Domain on vocals, featuring guest musicians on acoustic guitar and cajón, playing covers from varied genres.

Tom Fuller Band
Pop-rock
7:00pm – 7:45pm

Born and bred in Chicago, Tom Fuller’s music embodies the soul and creative energy of his hometown’s rich musical heritage.  Combining the melodic pop-rock sensibilities of Cheap Trick and a will to evolve worthy of Wilco, Fuller’s love of classic English bands such as The Hollies and the Rubber Soul and Revolver-era Beatles is also evident in his songs.  Tom Fuller is a top-notch singer-songwriter with an outstanding backing band that has rocked around the world, from London to Amsterdam to Paris to Hamburg and beyond that has resulted in a solid, loyal European and UK following and extensive radio play, besides his success back in the USA. 

Cowboy Mouth
Rock N Roll Gumbo
8:15 – 9:30pm

For over two decades, Cowboy Mouth has dished up its unique style of rock & roll gumbo, mixing a rowdy spirit reflective of the band’s hometown — New Orleans — with the fierce firepower of a group that lives on the road. These Louisiana natives have played more than 2,500 concerts and launched their signature song, “Jenny Says,” into the upper half of the Billboard rock charts. Above all else, they earned a well-deserved rep as a raucous, redemptive, live music experience.

Live on the Lake 2017 Schedule

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.

Leinenkugel’s 150th Anniversary Feat. Lauren Alaina and The Cal Stage Band

August 25th

Leinenkugel’s 150th Anniversary Feat. Lauren Alaina and The Cal Stage Band

7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden as we celebrate Leinenkugels 150th Anniversary!

Read More

The Cal Stage Band
Country Rock
7:00pm – 7:45pm

The Cal Stage Band is a high energy country rock band, playing all your favorite country hits as well as some great rock tunes mixed in with originals.

Lauren Alaina
Country
8:15 – 9:30pm

Georgia native Lauren Alaina captured America’s hearts when she appeared on Season 10 of American Idol. On Jan. 27, Lauren followed up her No. 1 debuting first album with the release of the eagerly-awaited Road Less Traveled. Selected as one of Rolling Stone’s Most Anticipated Albums of 2017, the collection of 12 songs all written by the young star, includes Lauren’s first #1 hit and title track, “Road Less Traveled.”
 
Lauren has been nominated for several Teen Choice Awards and CMT Music Awards, and the singer/songwriter just received her first ACM nomination for New Female Vocalist of the Year.
 
The “sassy Southerner with killer pipes” (PARADE) has shared the stage with superstars including Alan Jackson and Carrie Underwood. She is currently on the Love Unleashed Tour with Martina McBride and Lauren heads out on the Huntin’, Fishin’, And Lovin’ Every Day Tour with Luke Bryan this summer.
 
Lauren regularly appears on the Grand Ole Opry, is one of Rdio’s Nashville Rising Artists, is a Spotify Spotlight on Country featured artist and is one of CMT’s Next Women of Country.
Leinenkugel’s 150th Anniversary Feat. Cowboy Mouth and Guests

August 26th

Leinenkugel’s 150th Anniversary Feat. Cowboy Mouth and Guests

3:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Miller Lite Beer Garden

Join us in the Miller Lite Beer Garden as we celebrate Leinenkugels 150th Anniversary!

Read More

AD3
Acoustic Trio
3:30pm – 4:30pm

AD3 Acoustic Trio is comprised of Adam Domain on vocals, featuring guest musicians on acoustic guitar and cajón, playing covers from varied genres.

Tom Fuller Band
Pop-rock
7:00pm – 7:45pm

Born and bred in Chicago, Tom Fuller’s music embodies the soul and creative energy of his hometown’s rich musical heritage.  Combining the melodic pop-rock sensibilities of Cheap Trick and a will to evolve worthy of Wilco, Fuller’s love of classic English bands such as The Hollies and the Rubber Soul and Revolver-era Beatles is also evident in his songs.  Tom Fuller is a top-notch singer-songwriter with an outstanding backing band that has rocked around the world, from London to Amsterdam to Paris to Hamburg and beyond that has resulted in a solid, loyal European and UK following and extensive radio play, besides his success back in the USA. 

Cowboy Mouth
Rock N Roll Gumbo
8:15 – 9:30pm

For over two decades, Cowboy Mouth has dished up its unique style of rock & roll gumbo, mixing a rowdy spirit reflective of the band’s hometown — New Orleans — with the fierce firepower of a group that lives on the road. These Louisiana natives have played more than 2,500 concerts and launched their signature song, “Jenny Says,” into the upper half of the Billboard rock charts. Above all else, they earned a well-deserved rep as a raucous, redemptive, live music experience.

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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