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

Musicians, please visit this page to let us know how we can help you during this time of uncertainty due to COVID-19.

Aug
1
Sat
2020
Colonnade Cafe Concerts at the Wilson Center: Steve Burks @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Outdoor Colonnade
Aug 1 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Colonnade Cafe Concerts at the Wilson Center: Steve Burks @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Outdoor Colonnade

Wisconsin Music Ventures is partnering with the Wilson Center to feature live music at their Colonnade Café! We have gotten beautiful weather lately and what better way to enjoy it than by spending time on the beautiful grounds of the Wilson Center with specialty espresso bar partner Roast Coffee Company?

Treat yourself or a loved one to a trip to the 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!

Steve Burks

Steve is a native of Gary, Indiana, home of the Jacksons. He’s a graduate of the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. Steve has worked as Associate Instructor, IU Soul Revue, African American Arts Institute, Indiana University; choir teacher, Dallas Independent School District; vocalist, House of Blues Music Forward Foundation; vocalist, Carnival Cruise Lines, Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises, Holland America Line; general music teacher, St. Anthony Middle School, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; vocalist, Seasons 52 Restaurants; and a gospel vocalist at various churches in the US.

Aug
15
Sat
2020
Colonnade Cafe Concerts at the Wilson Center: Stas Venglevski @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Outdoor Colonnade
Aug 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Colonnade Cafe Concerts at the Wilson Center: Stas Venglevski @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Outdoor Colonnade

Wisconsin Music Ventures is partnering with the Wilson Center to feature live music at their Colonnade Café! We have gotten beautiful weather lately and what better way to enjoy it than by spending time on the beautiful grounds of the Wilson Center with specialty espresso bar partner Roast Coffee Company?

Treat yourself or a loved one to a trip to the 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!

Stas Venglevski

Stas is an Accordionist, a Musician, an Arranger, an Entertainer and a Teacher. Stas’ repertoire includes his original compositions and a broad range of classical, contemporary and ethnic music. He has toured extensively as a soloist throughout the former Soviet Union, Canada, Europe, and the United States, including numerous performances with Doc Severinsen, Steve Allen, and with Garrison Keillor on the Prairie Home Companion Show. Additionally, he has performed with symphony orchestras throughout the United States.

Aug
22
Sat
2020
Colonnade Cafe Concerts at the Wilson Center: Jay Matthes @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Outdoor Colonnade
Aug 22 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Colonnade Cafe Concerts at the Wilson Center: Jay Matthes @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Outdoor Colonnade

Wisconsin Music Ventures is partnering with the Wilson Center to feature live music at their Colonnade Café! The weather has been beautiful lately and what better way to enjoy it than by spending time on the beautiful grounds of the Wilson Center with specialty espresso bar partner Roast Coffee Company?

Treat yourself or a loved one to a trip to the 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!

Jay Matthes

Jay Matthes is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His original music has been featured on local, regional and national radio and television, most notably The Country Network where the music video for his song “The Light” is currently in rotation. Jay was nominated for Singer/Songwriter of the Year by Wisconsin Area Music Industry in 2015, 2016 and 2017, and recently won Best Male Vocalist in Shepherd Express’ Best of Milwaukee. He plays over 100 shows a year, and has shared the stage with national acts Old Dominion, Judah & the Lion, Jana Kramer, and many more.

Sep
5
Sat
2020
Colonnade Cafe Concerts at the Wilson Center: Kristen Kieckhaefer @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Outdoor Colonnade
Sep 5 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Colonnade Cafe Concerts at the Wilson Center: Kristen Kieckhaefer @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Outdoor Colonnade

Wisconsin Music Ventures is partnering with the Wilson Center to feature live music at their Colonnade Café! Take advantage of what’s left of our delightful weather at the beautiful grounds of the Wilson Center with specialty espresso bar partner Roast Coffee Company.

Treat yourself or a loved one to a trip to the 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!

Kristen Kieckhaefer

Kristen Kieckhaefer is a Milwaukee singer/songwriter whose voice carries soulful hints of Adele and Norah Jones. She performs covers from a variety of eras along with a few originals sprinkled in, and accompanies herself on piano and ukulele. Learn more at kristenkieckhaefer.com/music, follow her on Instagram at kristen_kieckhaefer, and be on the lookout for her first album coming out soon!

Sep
12
Sat
2020
[CANCELLED due to inclement weather] Colonnade Cafe Concerts at the Wilson Center: Dave Ciccantelli @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Outdoor Colonnade
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
[CANCELLED due to inclement weather] Colonnade Cafe Concerts at the Wilson Center: Dave Ciccantelli @ Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Outdoor Colonnade

Wisconsin Music Ventures is partnering with the Wilson Center to feature live music at their Colonnade Café! Take advantage of what’s left of our delightful weather at the beautiful grounds of the Wilson Center with specialty espresso bar partner Roast Coffee Company.

Treat yourself or a loved one to a trip to the 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!

Dave Ciccantelli

If you’ve followed live music in Southeastern WI at all, chances are very good that you’ve seen Dave perform at some event. He is an in demand, seasoned professional with many shows at a multitude of high-profile venues including Summerfest, WI State Fair, Milwaukee Zoo A La Carte, and too many clubs and smaller festivals to mention. AKA “Dave Cincinatti”, he has spent most of his musical life as lead guitarist, keyboardist and backup vocalist with local bands like Man Alive, Full House, Barry’s Truckers, Modern Giants, Annie B and the Complication, the Marcel (Guyton) Experience, the Rhythm Kings, The Bystanders, Plumb Loco, Katie Mack & The Moan and a host of others. Now he steps into a solo role as both a guitarist & keyboardist. His playlist covers music of the Beatles, the Eagles, Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Bruce Hornsby, Peter Gabriel, Elton John and many others. Dave treats every show as an opportunity to reach out & make his listeners feel special & appreciated. Because to him, they ARE! He will entertain you and rock you up…REAL GOOD! Think you can keep up? Too much fun!


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.