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Indaba Nights, a brand-new outdoor summer concert series, has a music and dance-filled July planned. The Milwaukee Ballet, Florentine Opera Company, Skylight Music Theatre and a host of local performers will light up the Indaba Band Shell, 2450 W. North Ave., on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
The band shell, located at St. Ann Center for Intergenerational Care-Bucyrus Campus, offers a covered, wheelchair-accessible audience space, plus lawn seating. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food trucks will also be at the venue. The series runs every Wednesday through August 25.
The July entertainment lineup includes:
6:30 The Festival City Symphony String Trio—violinists Ellen Willman and JoAnn Haasler and cellist Marti Kriefall—will play a mix of music, including classical, pop, ragtime and show tunes.
7:30 Sorry, We’re Open, an acoustic-based rock group influenced by the likes of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and the Rolling Stones, takes pride in their unique arrangements of classic songs that invite audience participation.
6:30-8:30 Nite N’ Day Band offers an evening of soulful, swinging music—from Aretha Franklin to Billy Holiday and Lionel Richie to The Temptations. Sit back and enjoy the R&B and Motown sounds of Bobby Jiles, playing sax and piano and vocalizing with Julie Thompson on bass and JC on guitar.July 21:
6:30 The Florentine Opera Company explores the natural world through songs from around the globe. The Opera’s concert residents will share music inspired by the flora and fauna of summertime.
7:30 Skylight Music Theatre Soul Review features powerhouse vocals from a trio of Skylight favorites—Raven Dockery, Keith James Sievert and Shawn Holmes, performing hits from Motown, Top 40 and music theatre.
6:30 Milwaukee Ballet’s Ballet Beat dancers star in scenes from classical ballets and breathtaking contemporary dance. The Company shares the stage with local artists including Catey Ott Thompson, Cyenthia Vijayakumar, Yaya Kambaye and Roxy Fair of Xalaat Africa Drum and Dance for Life, as well as local poets.
7:30 Starz Dance Academy will be on its toes tonight. The award-winning dance training program for youth, headquartered in Muskego, brings its ballet troupe to the stage for a spirited performance.Performers from the Festival City Symphony, Florentine Opera Company, Skylight Music Theatre and Milwaukee Ballet are presented in partnership with the United Performing Arts Fund’s UPAF Connect.
A mobile vaccination tent, operated by the Wisconsin National Guard, will be on site to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine and answer questions about its effectivity and safety. In observance of COVID-19 safety guidelines, guests who haven’t been vaccinated are asked to wear a mask and to practice social distancing on the grounds.
To get regular updates on the summer performance season, visit StAnnCenter.org/Indaba; or Facebook.com/IndabaBandShell. For more information, contact Gloria Miller at 414-210-2428.