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
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
16
Sun
2020
Sunday Brunch Surprise Concert #8 @ Online (Zoom)
Aug 16 @ 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Sunday Brunch Surprise Concert #8 @ 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 #8 Clues:

  • From Arkansas.
  • Wrote first song at 13.
  • First band was named after a song by the band Cake.
  • Just released a new song on Spotify.
  • Believes Sriracha is a staple condiment.

 

Past Sunday Brunch Surprise performers, in order of appearance:

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
6
Sun
2020
Sunday Brunch Surprise Concert #9 @ Online (Zoom)
Sep 6 @ 11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Sunday Brunch Surprise Concert #9 @ 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 #9 Clues:

  • Mother is from Tokyo, Japan
  • Former member of indie-rock band I’m Not A Pilot
  • Ran two half marathons last year and can’t wait to run more once COVID ends
  • Co-Founder of MusiConnect
  • Won a WAMI for Song of the Year in 2019.

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.