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By Andy Argyrakis
From The Beach Boys to Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice, it's a multi-generational celebration
June 24, 2014
There are many different versions of a perfect evening, but practically everyone can agree that live music in a stunning setting is right towards the top of the list. For those near Wisconsin's Geneva Lake (or perhaps music lovers in Milwaukee and Chicagoland), the Music By The Lake festival once again offers a multi-generational gamut of concerts on the campus of George Williams College of Aurora University. Whether taking it all in from a seat in the pavilion or adapting a more casual vibe on the lawn, the summer concert series is amongst the Midwest's most anticipated with some sure fire standouts that span several styles.
Blood, Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice/ Saturday, June 28
With a four decade history that includes an appearance at Woodstock and beating out The Beatles' "Abbey Road" for an "Album Of The Year" Grammy, Blood, Sweat & Tears is nothing short of legendary. The rock/jazz/jam band may be best known for oldies like "Spinning Wheel," "And When I Die" and "Spinning Wheel," but are also attracting an entirely new audience now that season four "American Idol" powerhouse Bo Bice (the runner-up to Carrie Underwood) is serving as their lead singer.
BritBeat/ Saturday, July 19
There are tons of Beatles tribute bands across the globe, but BritBeat earns the distinction of being saluted by Newsweek as one of the very best in all of America. This particular show is centered around the Fab Four's 50th anniversary of invading these shores, complete with recreations of key moments spanning "The Ed Sullivan Show" to the group's final recording sessions in all their history-making glory.
Jim Witter's "Piano Men"/ Saturday, August 2
He's an acclaimed singer/songwriter in his own regard with two original albums on Curb Records, plus the popular country/Christian single "Forgiveness," but Jim Witter is just as well-versed on the extensive catalogues of Billy Joel and Elton John. Besides trading tunes from each popular piano player, his multi-media show traces headlines from the eras when each influential artist simultaneously ruled the world.
The Beach Boys/ Saturday, August 9
Mike Love and Bruce Johnston resume their roles leading "America's Band" through a set list sure to address all the essential seasonal subjects: girls, cars, surfing and the sun. Along with a harmony-heavy backing band, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers celebrate more than 50 years of hits, which include "Wouldn't It Be Nice," "Surfin' U.S.A.," "California Girls" and "Good Vibrations," to name a very small smattering.
Music By The Lake also features children's artist Laurie Berkner on Sunday, July 27 and patriotic singers Ladies for Liberty (with The All-Star SUPERband) on Sunday, August 17. For additional details, call 262-245-8501 or visit musicbythelake.com.