Music Slate Ramps Up for Memorial Day Weekend

After the sleepy months of spring, the county’s live-music scene perks up in a major way this weekend, with no fewer than 51 chances to take in live music from Southern Door to Washington Island. Here’s a glance at a few of the highlights coming your way for Memorial Day weekend. 

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The weekend kicks off with Zephyr Ciesar, who has rebooted her summer appearances at Twelve Eleven Wine Bar, where she’ll play an evening show.

In Sturgeon Bay, you can take in the eclectic sounds of Brigid’s Cross at Kitty’s, playing Friday and Saturday nights, or island tunes from Boat Drinks at Stone Harbor. 

Then up north, everyone’s favorite roots and reggae rockers return when Unity plays the Garage at Husby’s. 


If you have a ferry crossing in your weekend plans, head to Schoolhouse Beach for Rock the Raft Saturday afternoon, where live music is performed on the swim raft. 

On Saturday afternoon you can also check out polka legend Jerry Voelker and His Jolly Gents at Lakeside Park during Jacksonport’s Maifest celebration. Music continues on the Quiet Side in the evening at Island Fever with The Cherry Tones. 

Across the peninsula, Bacchus Lotus will rock the evening at the Alpine, and down in Sturgeon Bay, the Crankin’ Yankees play ’80s and ’90s rock at Stone Harbor Resort. 


Julien Kozak plays an afternoon set of folk-pop at Anchored Roots, and Fineline heads to the west shore of Sturgeon Bay to play ’80s rock at Waterfront Mary’s Bar & Grill.