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.

Find Us at Nō Studios: Steve Burks @ Nō Studios Rooftop Lounge
Aug 14 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Find Us at Nō Studios: Steve Burks @ Nō Studios Rooftop Lounge


This Nō Studios Unplugged session is in collaboration with Wisconsin Music Ventures and sponsored by 88Nine Radio Milwaukee – thank you!

Nō Studios believes that the current business interruption offers a chance to connect, enjoy and appreciate the value that artistic expression delivers in times of need. We present to you Nō Studios Unplugged – which will be delivered as a live streamed experience on Nō Studios Youtube + website homepage live. In addition, Nō Studios Unplugged experiences will be archived on the Nō Studios website at www.nostudios.com/community-wins.

Contributions are strongly encouraged and can be made through your RSVP and/or directly to the artists paypal – paypal.me/SteveBurksMusic


Steve Burks is a vocalist, emcee, keyboardist, songwriter, composer, producer, and remixer from Gary, Indiana, now residing in MKE. Performance highlights include 3 seasons with the House of Blues Music Forward Foundation in Dallas, and 8 years as a solo performer with the cruise industry.

Steve is 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.

Enjoy a LIVE performance with Steve Burks on Friday, August 14th at 6pm CST. RSVP encouraged!

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.

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:

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.