Racine & Me: Music on the Monument, Harbor Market & Public Art Project

Racine & Me: Music on the Monument, Harbor Market & Public Art Project

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RACINE, Wis (CBS 58) -- There are a lot of free events in Racine to enjoy this summer!

Music on the Monument provides families with free live music every Friday & Saturday in Monument Square. 

The Downtown Racine Corporation is once again hosting free live music from a variety of genres on Monument Square every Friday and Saturday all summer long 4:30pm-7:00 pm through August 27. Tables and chairs will be provided. Beer and soda available for purchase.

“We are excited to be able to offer so much free live music, from so many diverse genres. It’s a great opportunity for visitors and residents to explore downtown, go shopping and have dinner at one of our amazing restaurants.” – Kelly Kruse, DRC Executive Director

Music on the Monument lineup:
Chicken Grease – Soul/Funk July 15th – The Jimmy LeRose Band – Classic Rock July 22nd – Stoned Blues Band – Blues July 29th – High Stakes Band – Soul/R&B August 5th – Ghost in the Gravel – Acoustic Rock/Traditional (til 6pm) August 12th – Touch of Grey – Classic Rock August 19th – KR Bluegrass – Bluegrass August 26th – Lake Effect – Jazz

Saturday Sounds on the Square lineup:

July 9th – The Incorruptibles – Rock-a-Billy/R&B July 16th – Stone Theory – Original Rock & Blues July 23rd – Mean Jake – Classic Rock/Country Blues July 30th – Squad 51 – Classic Rock August 6th – Rust Belt – Country Rock August 13th – Rocky Rose – Contemporary/Original August 20th – Fender Bender – Classic/Guitar Rock August 27th – Family Affair – R&B

In the event of heavy rain, concerts will be cancelled without a makeup date. Stay tuned on the Downtown Racine Facebook page for weather announcements. Parking can be found at the Lake Avenue Ramp (300 Lake Avenue) and the McMynn Ramp (120 7th Street) for only $2 all day. Metered street parking is also available.

For more information about Music on the Monument and Saturday Sounds on the Square, visit racinedowntown.com.

People can also check out the Harbor Market. 

Weekend fun and festivities will kick off a day earlier in Racine this summer, now that the Downtown Racine Corporation and Kenosha’s Original HarborMarket have joined forces to launch the Racine HarborMarket on the last Thursday of each month, beginning June 30.

The unprecedented collaboration brings the award-winning European-style outdoor market that has been a Kenosha fixture for 20 years to Racine’s Monument Square, a city treasure that has been a site of community celebration for more than 180 years.

The inaugural event will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 30. Subsequent Racine HarborMarkets will be held at the same times July 28, Aug. 25 and Sept. 29.

“Adding an event like this diversifies further the festival footprint of our city,” said Kelly Kruse, executive director of the Downtown Racine Corporation. “Having the fun of the Racine HarborMarket on Thursdays gets our summer weekends off to an early start.”

Kenosha HarborMarket Executive Director Andrea Forgianni agreed that the synergy of the two communities coming together will be memorable.

Last but not least, there is a Public Art Project to check out!

For the 21st consecutive year, the Downtown Racine Corporation has unveiled a public art project in Downtown Racine. This year’s project features wooden Amish-built rocking chairs. Twenty-six artists were selected to adorn the chairs with their creativity and these unique rockers are scattered throughout Downtown Racine.

Similar to last year’s public art project that featured bistro sets, there will be a self-guided scavenger hunt that people are encouraged to participate in at their leisure all summer long. The scavenger hunt is fun and appropriate for all ages. Each rocking chair has a question that relates to the chair’s artistic design. Any person wanting to participate will be awarded a $5 Downtown gift card (valid at over 100 locations) for answering at least 15 of the questions correctly.

Of the 26 rocking chairs, eighteen will go up for an online public auction at racinedowntown.com from September 1 – 10, 2022. The other eight will continue to be displayed year after year in downtown.

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