Lake Park Friends
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In 2015, Lake Park Friends is proud to present the 18th season of         Musical Mondays. Presenter Thallis Drake has arranged another wonderful roster of musicians to make Monday a day to look forward to in the summer.


Wonderful Wednesdays is a series of seven concerts geared for children and their families. These presentations will be held on Wednesdays beginning June 24 and ending August 5. Gillian Gosman is the volunteer organizer of the Wednesday concerts. For current updates, check out the WW concert Facebook page: LPF Wonderful Wednesdays.

Each presenter is listed below with a photo, a brief description and a link to the website (click on the name to go to the website).



For a printable schedule of the 2015 concerts, click here


Concerts will go on, rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will move indoors to the Marcia Coles Community Room, which is in the lower level of the Lake Park Pavilion, beneath the Lake Park Bistro Restaurant (3133 E. Newberry Blvd.).

Musical Mondays concerts are from 6:30-8 p.m. The Wonderful Wednesdays concerts are just one hour in length, from 6:30-7:30 p.m.


These concerts are FREE and open to the public. These enjoyable concerts are presented in cooperation with Milwaukee County Parks, with a generous donation from the Coles Family Foundation.

All concerts take place at the new Lake Park Summer Stage, just south of the playground and tennis courts.



July 6 - Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra


Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra

Our 18th season opens with echoes of a 1900's band shell concert with fox trots, polkas, and ragtime music reminiscent of the era's parasols and picnics in the park.


July 13 - Stas!



Bayon accordionist-extraordinaire, Stanislav Venglevski returns to dazzle us once again with his cornucopia of compositions, classics, tangos, and old Russian folk tunes.


July 20 - Randy Sabien & Don Stiernberg


Randy Sabien and Don Stiernberg

Wisconsin's funky fiddler and Chicago's mandolin master join forces to amaze us by their virtuosity and amuse us with their zany takes on some all-time jazz favorites.


July 27 - Philomusica



In residence at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, this stellar string quartet returns yet again to share its favorite repertoire with Musical Mondays' discerning audience.


August 3 - Paula Dewey Cabot with Connie Grauer & Kim Zick


Paula Cabot

Milwaukee's long-time favorite songstress returns to bewitch us once again with the treasury of songs on her recording with local WAMI winner musicians.


August 10 - Claudia Schmidt


Claudia Schmidt

This enduring recording artist, folksinger/composer and raconteur returns to Lake Park to enchant us once more with her guitar, dulcimer, distinctive voice and insightful lyrics.


August 17 - John Thulin Trio


John Thulin, Daves Bayes and Jeff Hamman

"What d'ya Know" aficionados need no introduction to the musicians Michael Feldman features regulary on his Saturday morning broadcast over National Public Radio.


August 24 - Milwaukee Chamber Choir


Milwaukee Chamber Choir

J. Mark Baker brings us the area's newest vocal ensemble featuring Elizabethan madrigals, American folk hymns and selections from the Great American songbook.


August 31 - Aaron-Hetzel Quartet


Rick Aaron

Flutist Rick Aaron and pianist Mike Hetzel promise a tasty "kitchen sink concert" drawing on their 3 decades of performing Klezmer music, pop tunes and favorite jazz standards.




June 24 - Ms. Jen and the Jellyfish


Ms. Jen and the Jellyfish

Ms. Jen will have audiences up and moving to the "kindie rock" musical stylings of the Jellyfish, featuring songs and teachers from Music for Aardvarks-Milwaukee.


July 1 - Adam and I


Adam and I

Adam and I is a fresh, young duo from Nashville, Tennessee, with the unique energy of Americana and the sounds of the 50's and 60's.


July 8 - South End Blues Band


South End Blues Band

A five-piece ensemble covering roots blues artists as well as present-day blues, R&B, and original blues-rock with down and dirty guitar, and a wailing blues harp, a rock solid rhythm section, and gritty vocals.


July 15 - Liverpool '64


Liverpool '64

An unforgettable musical and visual experience! The band performs all of the great, early Beatles hits, dressed as John, Paul, George and Ringo.


July 22 - Cash Box Kings


Cash Box Kings

This authentic Chicago blues band is a regular headliner at the windy city's greatest blues establishments and they bring the classics along with their own material for a show that is fast and fun!


July 29 - Extra Crispy Brass Band


Extra Crispy Brass Band

An eight-piece ensemble playing New Orleans-style brass band music, incorporating street funk, traditional jazz, and the Afro-Caribbean traditions.


August 5 - Fox & Branch


Fox & Branch

Fox & Branch are nationally-recognized, family-focused performers of traditional and original folk music who teach, engage, and inspire their audiences.