Heart(beats) of the City

Enjoy Beats & Eats Now Thru August

Heart(beats) of the City powered by MGIC

Every Wednesday at 12 PM, June 1 - August 31, 2022
Red Arrow Park
Heart(beats) of the City Milwaukee Downtown

MKE It Back to the heart of the city. As more and more employees return to their offices, the pulse of downtown has never felt stronger. In its inaugural season, Heart(beats) of the City powered by MGIC will rock Red Arrow Park every Wednesday through August 31, with beats and eats! Enjoy the area's best food trucks and local bands performing on the upper terrace starting at noon. So round up your coworkers and MKE It Back to where the beats are bumping! 

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2022 Concert Series

Chicken Wire Empire Milwaukee Downtown

June 1

Chicken Wire Empire
Food truck lineup: Big City BBQ, Da Udder Spot Ice Cream, Falafel Guys, Meat on the Street, Roll MKE, Romero's Taco Truck

Rooted in Wisconsin's jam band scene, Chicken Wire Empire began as a traditional bluegrass band. It was during an Old & In The Way tribute show that a new sound was formed in Milwaukee, and Chicken Wire Empire joined the roster of high energy "jamgrass" bands happening across the nation.

 

V Funk Milwaukee Downtown

June 8 - Rescheduled due to rain. NEW DATE IS MONDAY, AUG. 15 AT 12 PM

"V" Funk
Food truck lineup: AJ's Crunch and Munch, Big City BBQ, Clean Cruisine, Da Udder Spot Ice Cream, Falafel Guys, Pedro's South American Food Truck, Piña Mexican Eats, Tots on the Street

"Ain't Nobody"...that can..."Rock Steady" like the R&B funk band "V" Funk! Valerie Benton & the Boyz, aka "V" Funk, is a Milwaukee-based R&B funk cover band known for their high-energy performances.

Bobby Knapp Milwaukee Downtown

June 15

Rob Knapp & the Soul Patrol
Food truck lineup: Da Udder Spot Ice Cream, Fivestar Nacho, Slo' Motion BBQ

Rob Knapp & the Soul Patrol is an R&B/pop band based out of Milwaukee. They play original music and classic covers with an energetic new twist. This band's background in jazz and classical music adds an extra layer of musicality to everything they play!

 

Donna Woodall Group Milwaukee Downtown

June 22

Donna Woodall Group
Food truck lineup: Clean Cruisine, Da Udder Spot Ice Cream, Falafel Guys, Pedro's South American Food Truck, Piña Mexican Eats, Tots on the Street

With her unique blend of jazz, blues, soul, and pop, Donna Woodall presents lush, intimate vocals with every performance. Woodall established herself as a talented singer, bandleader, and songwriter in the Milwaukee music scene, with frequent performances at Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel, The Jazz Estate, and The Blu.

The Rumskis Milwaukee Downtown

June 29

The Rumskis
Food truck lineup: Clean Cruisine, Da Udder Spot Ice Cream, Falafel Guys, El Sazón Dominicano, Taco Barrio, That’s My Dawg!

In 2012, The Rumskis began their musical journey just outside of Milwaukee. With brothers Jon and Matt Hintz, they would draw from their eclectic influences of rock, blues, alternative, and country music, eventually writing three albums of original music and playing live shows throughout SE Wisconsin. 

Extra Crispy Brass Band Milwaukee Downtown

July 6

Extra Crispy Brass Band
Food truck lineup: Big City BBQ, Clean Cruisine, Da Udder Spot Ice Cream, Falafel Guys, El Sazón Dominicano, Pedro's South American Food Truck, Tots on the Street, Roll MKE

The Extra Crispy Brass Band plays New Orleans-style brass band music inspired by the great contemporary bands such as the Dirty Dozen, Hot Eight, Rebirth, and New Birth Brass Bands, as well as traditional outfits such as the Olympia and Mahogany Brass Bands.

Rhythm Kings Milwaukee Downtown

July 13

Rhythm Kings
Food truck lineup: Da Udder Spot Ice Cream, Falafel Guys, Slo' Motion BBQ, Roll MKE, Jive Turkey, Piña Mexican Eats

The Rhythm Kings have entertained throughout the Midwest for over 20 years. Featuring several WAMI award winning musicians they always put their audience first. The Rhythm Kings' music style includes R&B, rock, disco, jazz, blues, reggae, and the hits of today and yesterday!

Hoppers Luck Milwaukee Downtown

July 20

Hopper's Luck
Food truck lineup: Da Udder Spot Ice Cream, Falafel Guys, Pedro's South American Food Truck, El Sazón Dominicano, Slo' Motion BBQ, Roll MKE, Jive Turkey, That’s My Dawg! Hot Dog Cart  

Hopper's Luck is a local indie rock band with a tropical Wisconsin twist! Having roots in funk, jazz, and reggae, the group draws from a diverse mixture of genres to create a unique and spontaneous experience for every performance.

Kojo Milwaukee Downtown

July 27

KOJO
Food truck lineup: Clean Cruisine, Da Udder Spot Ice Cream, Falafel Guys, Meat on the Street, Pedro's South American Food Truck, Piña Mexican Eats, Slo' Motion BBQ, Roll MKE, Jive Turkey

KOJO was formed to create a blend of Caribbean music: Calypso, Soca, reggae, ska, dancehall, Cajun, La Comet, Candance, some Latin sounds, pop, R&B, and rock. The members are from the islands of St. Lucia, Jamaica, and Milwaukee.  

Cream City Players

 

August 3 - Postponed due to rain

Cream City Players
Food truck lineup: Piña Mexican Eats, Meat on the Street, Pig Tailz, Kona Ice, Slo' Motion BBQ, Da Udder Spot, El Sazón Dominicano, Jive Turkey      
  

The Cream City Players are a group of musicians based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin that specialize in funk fusion and neo-soul. 

 

Heart(beats) of the City Milwaukee Downtown

August 10

The Eddie Butts Band
Food truck lineup: Piña Mexican Eats, Meat on the Street, Roll MKE, Pig Tailz, Kona Ice, Falafel Guys, Double B's BBQ, Jmakin Jamaican Kitchen & Grill, Da Udder Spot     

The Eddie Butts Band delights audiences at festivals, concerts, night clubs, weddings, and many other corporate and private entertainment events throughout the Midwest, delivering an exciting blend of R&B, pop, jazz, and more.  Eddie is well known as a premier vocalist, and when you combine his smoky baritone with the highly-praised musicianship and vocal talents of this polished and professional band, it is easy to see why the Eddie Butts Band is considered a must-see — and must have — favorite.  

Downtown Employee Appreciation Week

August 17 

NO EVENT: Downtown Employee Appreciation Week lunchtime giveaway at Schlitz Park 

Join us for our greatest homecoming. Downtown Employee Appreciation Week is back to reward downtown Milwaukee’s dedicated workforce with a week of incentives. The fun-filled week features daily giveaways, office challenge games, employee discounts and much, much more. For more information, click here

Extra Crispy Brass Band Milwaukee Downtown

August 24

Extra Crispy Brass Band
Food truck lineup: Piña Mexican Eats, Meat on the Street, Roll MKE, Falafel Guys, Jmakin Jamaican Kitchen & Grill, Da Udder Spot, Kona Ice, Jive Turkey, Clean Cruisine   

The Extra Crispy Brass Band plays New Orleans-style brass band music inspired by the great contemporary bands such as the Dirty Dozen, Hot Eight, Rebirth, and New Birth Brass Bands, as well as traditional outfits such as the Olympia and Mahogany Brass Bands.

Donna Woodall Group Milwaukee Downtown

August 31

Donna Woodall Group
Food truck lineup: Pig Tailz, Kona Ice, Falafel Guys, Jmakin Jamaican Kitchen & Grill, Da Udder Spot, Clean Cruisine, Jive Turkey, Troublemakers' Cocina 

With her unique blend of jazz, blues, soul, and pop, Donna Woodall presents lush, intimate vocals with every performance. Woodall established herself as a talented singer, bandleader, and songwriter in the Milwaukee music scene, with frequent performances at Saint Kate - The Arts Hotel, The Jazz Estate, and The Blu.

 

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