2023 HarborPark Jazz: Chicago Style Steppin’ w/ DJ Kel-C


This year, the HarborPark Jazz, Rhythm & Blues Festival will host a Chicago Style Steppers Contest. This is a fun competition designed to entertain and expose the audience to the art and performance of Chicago Style Steppin’. The first-place winner will receive $250! The following information is offered for potential contestants:

Contest Rules:

  • You must buy a ticket to the festival to enter the contest
  • Couples can sign up on-site during the day of the event
  • Sign-up will begin when the doors open
  • Sign-up will close 30 minutes before the Chicago Style Steppin’ portion of the event (3:30 pm)
  • Each couple will be issued a number at signup
  • The judges will pull 15 random numbers and those couples will compete
  • There will be three, three-minute rounds of dancing
    a. The first round all 15 couples are on the floor. Judges will narrow down to the top 5
    b. Top 5 couples will compete and judges will narrow down to top 3
    c. Top 3 will dance and the audience will help rank 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners
  • Couples will be judged based on the following criteria:
    a. Showmanship – Be creative, show your moves, and enjoy the dance
    b. Musicality and Expression – Musical interpretation is important Demonstrate that you understand the music’s temp0, rhythm, and melody
    c. Entertainment – This is for the crowd. Show them what you’re working with!

2023 HarborPark Jazz: Music Act – Landy Cabrera

Landy Cabrera

SALSA • 2:00PM

Landy Cabrera is one of the new, fresh young voices to explode on the tropical salsa scene in the last 10 years. Heavily influenced by salsa greats such as Cano Estremera and Chamaco Ramirez, Landy has adapted a style that blends both traditional salsa with a new age edge. Born in Makati, Puerto Rico, he now calls Milwaukee home.

2023 HarborPark Jazz: Music Act – Stephen Hull Experience

Stephen Hull Experience

BLUES • 5:30PM

Stephen Hull gives the blues community exciting evidence that the future of music is in good hands. Born in 1999, a native of Racine, Wisconsin, Stephen Hull started playing blues at age 14 and never stopped, taking cues from Albert King and B.B. King as he developed his sweet, soulful guitar sound. Balancing that with his absolutely stellar lead vocals and infectiously buoyant personality, Stephen has been rising fast in the blues clubs of Chicago and venues across southeastern Wisconsin. Appearing in blues magazines such as Living Blues (U.S.) and Blues & Rhythm: The Gospel Truth (UK), Stephen has been interviewed by a myriad of media including Lake Effect (broadcast on Milwaukee’s NPR). From the Chicago Blues Fest to the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, The Stephen Hull Experience is making headlines.

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Wednesday, August 23 @ 6:00pm

DJ Cash has 20+ years of experience as a mobile DJ, specializing in weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, sporting events, celebrations, family and high school reunions, awards ceremonies and private parties. His DJ repertoire includes various music genres.

Cigarette Break

Wednesday, August 9 @ 6:45pm

Bass player Tim Ricketts and spoken word artist Derrick Harrell met in 2001 in a class at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Harrell invited Ricketts to sit in on a studio session with Harrell’s hip-hop trio that was unnamed at the time. That session led to the decision for Ricketts to create a studio album with Harrell, as the trio’s principal bass player.

A year later, Ricketts joined a group of musicians with Harrell’s trio to form the group Black Elephant. Now powered by three vocalists, Harrell, rapper Damion Ellzey and singer-songwriter Element Everest, Black Elephant set the profile of one of Milwaukee’s most celebrated hip-hop bands. Overwhelming amounts of requests began to pour in for Ricketts and his group of musicians to perform gigs outside of Black Elephant’s genre of music. As a result, Tim went on to form the group Cigarette Break-named after Harrell quoted “She”, a Saul Williams poem. “The one she calls, On her cigarette break. Not the cause of it” Derrick said the newly formed group sounded like the feeling he got on a His Cigarette Break.

Cigarette Break has been among one of the city’s most progressive acts in contemporary music. From their 2002 debut until the present, they have performed with several well known, national recording artists such as Conya Doss, Silm of 112, Eric Roberson, Tye Tribbet, Pamulla Williams, Tank, RL, and many more. Lead by Ricketts, Cigarette Break continues to perform at festivals, weddings, and clubs around the nation and is quickly becoming the most prolific and requested live music group in the city of Milwaukee. Comprised of Five musicians, occasionally joined by others: Drummer Olen Franklin, Guitarist Darrien Williams, Keyboardist Eric Lock, Saxophonist Tobias Canon, and Bassist Timothy Ricketts


Wednesday, August 9 @ 6:00pm

Ryan Dj Rino Guerrero. Born and raised in Kenosha. I am an open format dj, that can read the crowd and understand the right song to play at the right time. I have 25 plus years’ experience. I’m very well known in the Kenosha community and I’m very outgoing and sociable. I’ve DJ’ed countless events, some of which include quinceñeras, weddings, corporate events, school dances, bars, clubs, hosting karaoke etc. There is not an event too big or too small that I won’t partake in.

DJ Tim Hess

Wednesday, July 19 @ 6:00pm

Tim Hess is a local DJ, specializing in old school, throwbacks and early 2000s top 40. He started working in the early 90s by DJing local high-school dances, weddings, private parties and corporate events. He was the in-house DJ at Coins Sports Bar and is currently hosting the monthly 80s Dance Party at 24’s Rumor’s Lounge in Kenosha.

DJ Mr262 

Wednesday, August 30 @ 6:00pm

Celebrity DJ Mr262 currently co owns a radio station WCQB 99.fm distributed on iheartRadio he also toured with Grammy Award Winning Artist from being in the Music Industry for 25 years. Djmr262 has been nominated and won DJ Humanitarian Awards to having over 10million streams and plaques.

The Kal Bergandahl Project

Instrumental Jazz-Funk

Wednesday, August 23 @ 6:45pm

The Kal Bergendahl Project (KBP) is a six-piece instrumental jazz-funk band. The vibrant unit features some of the area’s most familiar jazz faces displaying extraordinary musicianship and technical precision. Blending free-flowing funk and memorable melodies; the ensemble is driven by a stellar horn section. Groove and melodic hooks are weaved in their deeply focused musical landscape of Jazz-Funk, R&B and Soul. The group’s latest release “Parallels Ch. IV” is available on all streaming platforms.


Natty Nation


Wednesday, July 19th @ 6:45pm

Natty Nation, a Madison based group, opens the main stage at 2:45pm with the inaugural Caribbean presentation of Reggae music. Natty Nation is a collection of professional musicians from Madison, Milwaukee, Chicago & Minneapolis lead by JAH Boogie (lead vocals and bass) & musical director Aaron Konkol. Natty Nation with over 2 decades of performance experience has backed up reggae legends Lee “Scratch” Perry, Chaka Demus & Pliers and shared the stage with Ziggy, Damian, & Stephen Marley. JAH Boogie and his band’s tight but fluid, rootsy but funky, beautiful but gritty, righteous but real vibration is clear to anyone listening on their stereo or live in concert. It’s almost impossible not to dance at a Natty Nation show where their overall message is simple: spread the positive vibration.