This year we wanted to share the stories about the bands, so you can get a taste of who they are and the background about them!
For more than 20 years, BlackHawk has shared a unique sense of harmony with their voices, their songs and their fans. It’s a harmony that has sold over 7 million albums, scored some of the most distinctive country radio hits of the ‘90s, and still draws tens of thousands of fans to their electrifying live performances. Today BlackHawk continues to honor its past as it forges its future, and does it all with a commitment that takes their music – and the harmony – to a whole new level.
Hailing from Chicago, Eliminator has played from coast to coast for over 25 years recreating the complete ZZ Top concert experience at festivals, fairs, major motorcycle rallies, convention centers, bars, and casinos. Eliminator is regarded by major talent agencies, talent buyers, past clients, and our peers across the world, to be THE most authentic tribute to ZZ Top!
Since 1996, Chicago's Rhythm Rockets have been delivering 100 shows a year of their brand of vintage Rhythm & Blues, with songs influenced by the sax-driven bands of the late 1940s and early 1950's. In keeping with that style of music, the Rhythm Rockets' performances reflect the diversity of Jazz, Rhythm & Blues for which Chicago is famous for.
From original compositions to matchless arrangements of vintage classics, the Rhythm Rockets deliver danceable, high-energy music in an authentic stage show that appeals to audiences of all ages.
Look who's become the most requested band in Wisconsin! That's right, it's none other than the boys from Johnny Wad! This is the group you have been hearing about. Four lead vocalists, spine tingling harmonies, dual lead guitars and musicianship that will knock you out.
Johnny Wad recreates the best of the 80's and 90's with a can't miss party attitude. The band headlines just about every major festival out there, and there's good reason for it.
Bring on the boys from Johnny Wad. It's a party that will keep you up all night!
“The WhiskeyBelles is not your typical Milwaukee band. Not even taking into account the band’s entirely female populace, the outfit expertly toes the line of talented original act and more than capable cover band. Its upbeat and experienced melding of country, folk and Americana proves a welcome resident to dive bars and massive outdoor festivals alike. And at the tender age of two, the trio has managed to garner growing consideration from local promoters… not to mention a few Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) awards along the way.” - Tyler Maas, Milwaukee Magazine.
Music has been a major enjoyment in our lives since our teen years, and that joy has only increased over time. Having had
the opportunity to live through and absorb 5 decades of music, we’ve really come to appreciate the artists, the lyrics, the songs that truly have stood the test of time. Early influences like Elvis,
Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton set the musical stage for us, enhanced by the rich vocal harmonies of the Everly Brothers and the Beatles, and
followed up by the contemporary sounds of Joe Bonamassa, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, and Ed Sheeran.
The opportunity for us to collaborate in the Breakout Trio Acoustic Project is very exciting – each of us brings something musically unique in style, voice and approach, that when blended, is the Breakout Trio sound.
Contemporary songs destined to become classics continue to be written, and showcasing music past and present reinforces the relevance of the music in our lives back then and today. We’re convinced our audiences will enjoy the music as much as we do.
Last year was the biggest in the 32 year history of the event! Let's make 2018 even bigger!
Various businesses ave received their tickets and more will be distributed in the near future.
The raffle this year continues its format to recent years. Tickets are $2 each.
More prizes than ever!
Grand Prize $5,000
15 Prizes at $500 each
20 Prizes at $100 each
10 Prizes at $50 each
The prize winners will be drawn and announced after the final concert on Suday, August 12. (8pm).
Support the 2018 Riverfest by purchasing raffle tickets from local businesses as well as the many individuals working on the sale effort!
Auto Show Sunday, August 12 from 9am-4pm.
850 Labaree Street