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Celebrate summer with Madison area outdoor concerts

Celebrate summer with Madison area outdoor concerts

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Summertime means plenty of outdoor concerts throughout the Madison area. Here are some highlights:

Concerts at Olin Pavilion: 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, through June 3, Olin-Turville Park, 1156 Olin-Turville Court. Free music for all ages in the historic Olin Pavilion, sponsored by Friends of Olin-Turville. On the Web:

Oregon Community Band: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, June 3, 10, 17, 24 and July 1, Waterman Triangle Park, 101 Janesville St., Oregon. Free music; food for purchase, or bring a picnic. On the Web:

Summer Concerts at Warner Park: 6 p.m. Mondays, June 16, 23, 30; July 14, 21, 28. Free music sponsored by the North/Eastside Senior Coalition. Food available for purchase; bring a lawn chair. Details at 243-5252.

Marquette Waterfront Festival: June 7-8, starting at noon Saturday and 11:30 a.m. Sunday, until dusk, Yahara Place Park, 2025 Yahara Place. Eleven bands will perform during the 25th annual festival. On the Web:

Opera Unplugged: Free performances at the Dane County Farmers’ Market by Fresco Opera Theatre, dates TBD. On the Web:

Concerts at McKee: June 16, July 21 and Aug. 18. Free concerts at McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road in Fitchburg. Food and drink carts open at 6 p.m., youth performances are at 6:30 and headliners start at 7. On the Web:

Concerts on the Rooftop: 7-9 p.m. June 12, 19, 26; July 10, 17, 24 outdoors at Monona Terrace, 1 John Nolen Dr. Pack a picnic or visit the Lake Vista Cafe during free Thursday night concerts. On the Web:

Capitol City Band: 7 p.m. Thursdays, June 13-Aug. 29, Rennebohm Park, 115 N. Eau Claire Ave. Professional musicians perform marches, polkas, jazz and more at free shows in the park shelter. On the Web:

Isthmus Jazz Fest: June 20-21. Starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday, 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Memorial Union. Free jazz concerts all afternoon and evening on Union Terrace. On the Web:

Make Music Madison: June 21. Free, all-day, outdoor celebration of music in venues across Madison. On the Web:

Concerts in the Gardens: 7 p.m. Tuesdays, June 24-July 29, Olbrich Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave. Bring a picnic or buy from the Kiwanis hot dog/brat cart on the Great Lawn. $1 donation suggested. On the Web:

Concerts on the Square: 7 p.m. Wednesdays, June 25-July 30, King Street corner of Capitol Square. Free classical music performed by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and featured guests. On the Web:

Concerts in the Park: 6:30 p.m. June 27, July 15, Aug. 8, Wetmore Community Park, 555 North St., Sun Prairie. Family entertainment and food; bring chairs or picnic blanket. On the Web:

Drums on Parade: 7 p.m. June 28. Drum Corps International show featuring Madison Scouts at Breitenbach Stadium, Middleton High School, 2100 Bristol St., Middleton. Tickets $10-$40. On the Web:

Concerts in the Park: 6 p.m. July 10, 17, 24, 31. Free music in Harriet Park, 151 Mary Lou St., Verona. On the Web:

Back Porch Concerts: 7-8 p.m. Thursdays, July 11-Aug. 8 at the historic Dean House, 4718 Monona Dr., Monona. Bring lawn chairs or blanket for free weekly shows. On the Web:

Opera in the Park: 8 p.m. July 26, Garner Park, 333 S. Rosa Road. (Park opens at 7 a.m. day of show). Join thousands for a free concert by Madison Opera. On the Web:

Dane Dances: 5:30-9:30 p.m., Fridays, Aug. 1-29. Free dancing on the rooftop at Monona Terrace. On the Web:

Jazz at Five: 4:15-8 p.m., Aug. 6, 13, 20, 27 and Sept. 3, 100 block of State Street. Free Wednesday night jazz series features food plus local and national acts. On the Web:

— Compiled by Gayle Worland



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