Wisconsin Music Ventures

Building community through music, and music through community; patron-supported live music experiences featuring local musicians in distinctively Wisconsin settings.

Performance + Education + Wanderlust

Upcoming Events

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Jun
27
Sat
2020
Colonnade Cafe Concerts at the Wilson Center: Bruce Humphries @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Outdoor Colonnade
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Colonnade Cafe Concerts at the Wilson Center: Bruce Humphries @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Outdoor Colonnade

It’s National Great Outdoors Month, and what better way to celebrate than by spending time on the beautiful grounds of the Wilson Center with our specialty espresso bar partner Roast Coffee Company and our Colonnade Concert partner Wisconsin Music Ventures! Treat yourself or a loved one to a trip to our Burke Colonnade Café as Roast Coffee Kiosk serves delicious coffee and espresso drinks, and check out free performances featuring some truly incredible Milwaukee-area musicians!

Bruce Humphries

The love of rockabilly began for Bruce Humphries in 1983 after seeing the Stray Cats perform live. “It was a life changing experience for me. That crazy rhythm was incredibly intoxicating!”

Bruce has played in a variety of bands and has performed with some legendary acts along the way. His current band, Bruce Humphries and the Rockabilly Rebels, have just released their debut album and have been finding regional success with area festivals and local radio play.

Colonnade Cafe Concerts at the Wilson Center: String Theory @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Outdoor Colonnade
Jun 27 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Colonnade Cafe Concerts at the Wilson Center: String Theory @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Outdoor Colonnade

It’s National Great Outdoors Month, and what better way to celebrate than by spending time on the beautiful grounds of the Wilson Center with our specialty espresso bar partner Roast Coffee Company and our Colonnade Concert partner Wisconsin Music Ventures! Treat yourself or a loved one to a trip to our Burke Colonnade Café as Roast Coffee Kiosk serves delicious coffee and espresso drinks, and check out free performances featuring some truly incredible Milwaukee-area musicians!

String Theory Guitar Duo
Featuring an eclectic blend of various genres, String theory creates a novel and entertaining show with their guitar artistry. They offer a variety of interesting music created from their own arrangements of jazz standards, blues, and classic rock.

Jun
28
Sun
2020
Colonnade Cafe Concerts at the Wilson Center: Justin Jagler @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Outdoor Colonnade
Jun 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Colonnade Cafe Concerts at the Wilson Center: Justin Jagler @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Outdoor Colonnade

It’s National Great Outdoors Month, and what better way to celebrate than by spending time on the beautiful grounds of the Wilson Center with our specialty espresso bar partner Roast Coffee Company and our Colonnade Concert partner Wisconsin Music Ventures! Treat yourself or a loved one to a trip to our Burke Colonnade Café as Roast Coffee Kiosk serves delicious coffee and espresso drinks, and check out free performances featuring some truly incredible Milwaukee-area musicians!

Justin Jagler
Armed with rock ‘n’ roll zeal and rhythmic guitars, Justin Jagler delivers soulful roots music across America’s heartland and beyond. Through songs like “Stay Freaky, Giannis” and “Harvest Time,” Jagler’s relentless songwriting and nimble voice pay homage to folk tradition and explore the lives of 21st-century characters.

Colonnade Cafe Concerts at the Wilson Center: Jake Stanzer @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Outdoor Colonnade
Jun 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Colonnade Cafe Concerts at the Wilson Center: Jake Stanzer @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Outdoor Colonnade

It’s National Great Outdoors Month, and what better way to celebrate than by spending time on the beautiful grounds of the Wilson Center with our specialty espresso bar partner Roast Coffee Company and our Colonnade Concert partner Wisconsin Music Ventures! Treat yourself or a loved one to a trip to our Burke Colonnade Café as Roast Coffee Kiosk serves delicious coffee and espresso drinks, and check out free performances featuring some truly incredible Milwaukee-area musicians!

Jake Stanzer
With heavy roots in blues, ragtime, and Celtic music, Jake Stanzer brings his passion for music and fingerstyle guitar to audiences all over Southeastern Wisconsin. Whether you find him serenading a wine tasting, or rocking the stage with his emotive, blues-tinged licks in the bands Whiskey and The Devil or J.R. & The Strangers, Jake’s playing guarantees to satisfy your musical soul.

Jul
5
Sun
2020
Sunday Brunch Surprise Concert #5 @ Online (Zoom)
Jul 5 @ 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Sunday Brunch Surprise Concert #5 @ Online (Zoom)

Join us for a Sunday brunch-time performance, online! Enjoy a mimosa, Bloody Mary, coffee and/or brunch food of your choice in the comfort of your own home while we provide a live music experience for you.

Audience members will be able to ask questions of the artist, converse with each other along the way (using Zoom chat), and see each other all in one place – almost as if we were at a concert together. Register through this Eventbrite link so that we know how to send you the Zoom invite.

Zoom invites to the concert will be sent around by 11:15 AM on the day of the event. 

Although we won’t give away the name of the musician performing until you arrive to the concert, we’ll give away additional clues via social media between now and Sunday. See you at the #WMVSundayBrunchSurprise!

Sunday Brunch Surprise Concert #5 Clues: 

  • This musician had his first music video premiere on national television.
  • This musician recently won Best Male Vocalist in Shepherd Express’ Best of Milwaukee.
  • This musician has multiple nominations from WAMI, including Singer/Songwriter of the Year and Best Country Artist.
  • This musician’s latest release was a finalist for Independent Release of the Year by 88nine Radio Milwaukee, and his music has been played on various radio stations throughout Wisconsin.
  • This musician has opened for numerous national artists, including Old Dominion, Judah & The Lion, Ike Reilly Assassination, Jana Kramer, Charlie Worsham and many more.

Past Sunday Brunch Surprise performers, in order of appearance: 


An overview of our first six months in existence - giving you a taste of the variety of events we program, as well as the community-based environment we wish to create.