WMSE’s 12th Annual Backyard BBQ returns to Humboldt Park on August 27th

Soul Rock Band – Seratones to headline

Tell your friends the place to be on Saturday, August 27 is Humboldt Park for WMSE’s 12th Backyard BBQ! Presented by Lakefront Brewery, this yearly event promises great food, drink, and obviously great music! This free show is fun for the whole family!

“We wanted to once again bring you an incredibly vibrant headliner along with a great cross section of music from Milwaukee’s very vibrant music scene,” said Tom Crawford, station manager. “We feel incredibly lucky to have Seratones as our headliner and know the local support will only heighten an incredible evening of music.”

And now, for this year’s amazing lineup, from opener to headliner:

The Hungry WilliamsJoined together by a love of early swingin’ rock and roll, the Hungry Williams play music that puts a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Legendary Midwest drummer and leader John Carr has assembled a group of like-minded R&B gurus who deliver the goods. Lead singer Kelli Gonzalez belts it out of the park with sass and charm, while the rest of the core group including Mike Sieger on bass, Joe Vent on guitar, and Jack Stewart on keys make it jump all night long. With a sax section adding grease to the skillet, the Hungry Williams rock, swing, jump, and stroll at every show, making sure everyone takes some time to leave their worries behind and have some fun.

Paper HollandDrawing from the pop sensibility of acts like Death Cab For Cutie, the sparkling guitars of The Cure and the mild experimentalism of Tame Impala, Paper Holland create rhythmic and driving music with elegant horn arrangements, memorable hooks and skillful musicianship.

Guerrilla GhostGuerrilla Ghost is the brainchild of two like minded individuals. This isn’t simply a melding of genres; this hip-hop filtered through the anger and aggression of punk and metal. The result is something propulsive and forceful that demands the listener’s attention.


SeratonesSeratones urge you to move joyfully in the moment, and parsing that movement through astrology, Black feminism, and Afrofuturism proved redemptive for Haynes. “The really valuable part of the creative process is being present in challenging times, being able to tap into something that people need to hear versus something that is just for the sake of it,” she says. “There’s this American ideal of the pursuit of happiness, but I don’t want to chase happiness. I want bliss and wholeness. This world we’ve created, that we were able to discover through working through ourselves—I want to sit in this world longer.”

WMSE’s Backyard BBQ is made possible thanks to the support of Lakefront Brewery, Maxies, Brady Street Futon, MSOE, and Milwaukee Parks. For more information, go to

“Anti-established” in 1981, WMSE 91.7 FM – Frontier Radio has grown into Milwaukee’s truest and longest standing music radio institution. A financially independent department of Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), WMSE – with a 24-hour free-form format representing every musical genre in one form or another – has been primarily funded by listening supporters and community partners since 1997, genuinely earning the station the motto Community-Powered Independent Radio.