Longacre and other great local music at “Chill on the Hill” free concerts in Milwaukee

I’ve felt that the bands in this year’s roster for the Chill on the Hill concert in Bay View have been shining examples of Milwaukee’s better stuff. Two of these bands, Longacre and Conrad Plymouth, played at tonight’s Chill on the Hill concert in Bay View.

Longacre describes itself as creating “a musical blend, shadows and flickers of rock, world and pop influences. With lyrics built upon introspective angles, stories, and in-between places, their songs pull you in, provoking and compelling.”

See for yourself. This isn’t from last night’s concert, but it gives you a taste of the band’s capabilities:

(Yes, they’re from Milwaukee!)

Opening act Conrad Plymouth did a fine job as well. The bass playing really hooked me for that band. I’ll have to look around for their stuff.

Other dates in this year’s lineup that are notable to me include the opening act by God’s Outlaw, an “Outlaw Country band” that plays tunes in the spirit of Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, and so on. On 24 August, local bands Juniper Tar and Decibully will be performing. And on the 31st of August, Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound will be closing the “Chill” concert series for the second year in a row. While I’m sure many people are looking forward to that, I think it will be the first time I’ve seen Paul Cebar since he played as Paul Cebar & The Milwaukeeans on a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion that I saw in the early 1990s! Way, way too long, in other words.

While the best part of Chill on the Hill is some combination of the crowd, the kids, the grown-ups, the food vendors, and the dogs, you cannot overlook the fact that it is 100% free. Absolutely no charge, and yet we get some of the very best bands in Milwaukee coming through. Thank you to Milwaukee County Parks and the Bay View Neighborhood Association for making it possible!

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.