Busy week for Kenosha/Racine live music: Experience electrifying performances, jazz bands, and outdoor shows!

This is a conversational style article describing the busy week of live music in Kenosha and Racine.

Busy Week for Kenosha/Racine Live Music

Hey there, music lovers! Get ready for an exciting and jam-packed week of live music in Kenosha and Racine. From acoustic duos to jazz bands, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So grab your friends, put on your dancing shoes, and let’s dive into the electrifying world of music and entertainment.

Article 0: Big-name acoustic duo

Let’s face it. You’ve all stepped into a music venue at some point where a couple of people are sitting around playing acoustic guitars and trading links and stories. The quality of the evening all depends on who is sitting in those chairs.

What to Expect

What if the next time you do that, the two people are Whitesnake’s Joel Hoekstra and Devil City Angels’ Brandon Gibbs? The two have gotten together to form a powerhouse acoustic duo, playing limited shows in-between gigs with their big-name projects.

Music and More

Even though this is an acoustic duo, the music is surely not folksy. It’s high-energy music featuring songs from many of the bands they’ve performed in, along with original material. Those bands include Whitesnake, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Cher’s backing band, Foreigner, Night Ranger, Poison, and Devil City Angels.

Tour Stories and Ticket Information

Also, expect some tour stories, which are always good. The $20 tickets are hopefully still available at eventbrite.com/e/hoekstragibbs-live-at-mcauliffes-tickets-637007846617. Joel Hoekstra and Brandon Gibbs perform starting at 8 Thursday night, June 15, at McAuliffe’s Pub.

Pride Party

June is Pride Month and on Saturday, Pavle’s Lounge in Kenosha will be throwing “Pavle’s Pride Party,” with drink specials, swag, games, face painting, vendors, and, yes, music. Skrat & DJ Fox will provide the music. A drag show starts at 9 p.m.

Ribs and Live Music

Shout out to all the fathers out there. How about a change this year in how you celebrate? Instead of firing up the backyard grill and cooking ribs, you relax in a great setting and have a bunch of people do it for you? On Sunday, Racine’s Beachside Oasis will host its first Rib Cooking Contest. There will be rib plates available for purchase. Deep Pockets will perform at 3 p.m. just a step or two off Racine’s amazing beach.

Music and More for Dad

Here’s more Dad’s Day stuff to mention, this one in Kenosha. The Petrifying Springs Park Biergarten will be celebrating Father’s Day from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, June 18, by tapping Dad Shoes, a classic American lager brewed locally in Kenosha by Public Craft Brewing Co.

House Concert

This is an “act now” notice for an event happening next weekend. Guitar stud and multi-instrumentalist Jack Grassel and vocalist Jill Jensen are hosting a jazzy two-hour concert in their 1939 home in Racine. Home concerts are great for those who don’t like “venue” type shows.

Scat Cats in the House

The Scat Cats are back in town for a Friday night show at Sazzy B in Kenosha. The “Cats” in question here are singer Carole Crawford, multi-instrumentalist Andy Schum, and clarinetist and alto sax player John Otto. The players in the band are Chicago jazz heavyweights on their own, with others or as part of the band Cellar Boys.

Stephen Hull Experience

There are a lot of guitarists out there who have people saying they are the “real deal.” However, of all places to see one of the better of the young slingers out there, head to Racine’s Music on the Monument Friday and hear The Stephen Hull Experience. This man is very, very good.

Outdoor Show

So, you don’t want to hit a festival, but you want to relax outside with live music, huh? As long as I’m here, may I suggest the Sipos Young Band at Union Park Tavern in Kenosha in the outdoor biergarten?

Zoo Bash

A birthday party celebrating a century is a pretty big deal. The Racine Zoo’s 100th Anniversary Party is happening all day Wednesday. There’s plenty going on, so the entire family can party like animals.

Drum Circle on the Beach

Do you have some rhythm to you? Want to get out and show your stuff in a non-club environment? Then head out to the Full Moon Drum Circle Sunday night at the Kenosha Sand Dunes.


There you have it, folks. A week filled with incredible live music awaits you in Kenosha and Racine. From acoustic duos to jazz bands, there’s a musical experience for every taste. So get ready to tap your feet, sway to the rhythm, and immerse yourself in the vibrant music scene of these cities. Don’t miss out on the chance to create unforgettable memories with friends and loved ones.


1. Are all the events family-friendly?

Yes, most of the events mentioned in the article are family-friendly. However, it’s always a good idea to check the event details for any age restrictions or specific guidelines.

2. Are the outdoor shows weather-dependent?

Outdoor shows can be weather-dependent. It’s advisable to check the weather forecast beforehand and come prepared with appropriate attire, such as umbrellas or jackets, in case of unexpected weather changes.

3. Can I purchase tickets in advance for the concerts?

Yes, for some events, tickets may be available for purchase in advance. Check the provided links or contact the venues directly for ticket information and availability.

4. Is there parking available for the events?

Most venues mentioned in the article offer parking facilities. However, availability may vary,