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The Bay View Neighborhood Association (BVNA) is an all-volunteer organization that strives to improve the quality of life for Bay View residents and visitors. Our Mission is to connect neighbors for a better Bay View.  

The BVNA hosts a variety of events and projects that promote and improve our fine neighborhood.

Upcoming events

    • 01 May 2018
    • 04 Jun 2018
    • Humboldt Park Bandshell
    Nominate the Neighbor of the Night!  Do you have a neighbor who goes the extra mile for you?  Waters your tomato plants when you're on vacation?  Works extra hard to make Bay View a great place to live?  Tell us why you'd like to see them as the Neighbor of the Night, and the BVNA will give them VIP treatment in our one and only reserved area at Chill on the Hill! 

    To nominate the NOTN, you must be a paid member of the Bay View Neighborhood Association.  You can join us here:  Membership

    Please include their contact information, and if selected, we will get in touch to arrange the details and specific date they can attend Chill on the Hill.  You must be a member of the BVNA to nominate your neighbor.
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    • 02 Jun 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • South Shore Park

    Our friends at the BVGAYS are hosting their huge plant sale at South Shore Park!  

    • 05 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Humboldt Park Band Chalet

    In Milwaukee’s rising, lively and unique music scene, Lex Allen has found his artistic home and niche where he can flourish and grow as a singer. Lex Allen is a neo soul pop singer, similar to the likes of Pharrell Williams and Janelle Monae, who has been taking Milwaukee’s music scene by storm with his fluid, inclusive and empowering musical style. He has an incredible vocal range and dynamic style that can adapt to countless genres of music, which can be heard both through his solo work and on his features. Whether it be electronic, hip hop, soul or pop styles.

    Lex Allen excellently combines genres to create a signature sound that fits his wonderful voice like a glove. His powerful voice and music are only improved by his fearless and energetic live performance style. His fun-loving, youthful and engaging attitude help him connect with the audience on a much more personal level than most artists can achieve. Yet, at the same time, Lex performs with incredibly dramatic and theatrical stage presence that is sure to entertain and mesmerize audiences of all kinds. He has performed at popular festivals throughout Milwaukee, such as Summerfest, Brady Street Festival and Summer Soulstice, and showed off his immense talent while having tons of fun on the stage. Lex Allen is a rare artist in the way he leaves it all on the stage for who he believes to be incredibly important to his art: his devoted fans.

    Lex’s musical growth and skill have been chronicled by many popular publications and forms of media during his career. Within Milwaukee, Lex has been talked about in the city’s biggest publications. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Shepherd Express and Milwaukee Magazine have all written about Lex with glowing positivity. Outside of his home city, Fake Shore Drive and These Days of Chicago, and even nationally renowned Impose Magazine have recognized Lex’s talents. He has even received national radio airplay, with his song “Puppy Love” being played on v100, as well as many of his songs being played on Milwaukee’s local radio stations.

    Lex Allen is an empowering and fun-loving singer with infectiously danceable and lyrically relatable music that can reach a much wider range of people than most artists. He has already grown and gained popularity at an astounding rate for his relatively short time in music, and has unlimited potential for both mainstream and alternative appeal moving forward.

    • 12 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Humboldt Park Band Chalet

    Bandoleer Bacall are four nice, young, Wisconsin lads serving up their own brand of romantic phantasmagoria straight from the raspberry underground. They sing songs about French actresses, trees, and jackets with a touch of rock and roll, a dash of psychedelia, a splash of pop, and whatever else it takes to reach through the mirror. They’ve recorded two albums (available at and are currently working on a third. (WMSE) 

    Moth Light is an infectiously danceable blend of synth, female vocals, bass and drums crafting a poly layered sound.

    Imagine a soulful female singer backed by vocal harmonies, twangy acoustic guitar, mellow bass lines, warm piano vibes, and artistic percussion on a custom "jazz-style" kit. That is The Watchbirds. 

    • 19 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Humboldt Park Band Chalet

    It’s possible to describe Mortgage Freeman’s sophomore album Streetcrusher in a single word: busy. Using one word to describe an album this bountiful, however, almost feels like an insult, since brevity has nothing to do with this record’s prog-addled vision. So instead let’s describe Streetcrusher as an audaciously manic, supersized, seam-bursting loaded baked potato of a record, an hour-long spectacle that crams so many voices, plots and twists into each song that it feels like a quadruple album that’s been compressed in a pressure cooker. It’s also a fundamentally zany album, and occasionally its nods to Rush, King Crimson and the like boarder on Weird Al-style genre parody territory, making it easy to lump Mortgage Freeman with the many other bands in the Milwaukee music scene that sometimes seem more interested in messing around than in writing serious songs. Ultimately, Mortgage Freeman aren’t mocking prog-rock—they’re celebrating it, and Streetcrusher is at its heart a love letter to the genre, in all of its heightened space-opera glory. To love prog, Streetcrusher reminds us, is to love how gloriously ridiculous it can be. (Shepherd Express) 

    Telethon is powerpoppunkrock for the modern kids. 

    Previously called Bum Ileum, John Griffin and Shae Lappen have released a three-song demo under their updated name, Bum alum. The duo, originally from Pierre, South Dakota, relocated to Milwaukee a few years ago.

    Dreamy, lilting cocoons of sound coupled with bombastic synth fill the short but sweet EP with psychedelic, experimental dance-pop. A little bit Hot Chip, a little bit Menomena, the looping beats, scratchy vocals, and chill atmosphere are contained within a tight mixing, allowing the tipsy, lighthearted nature of the songs shine through. Perfect for a lazy afternoon or a drive through the country, the forward-facing melodies create a momentum that constantly edges the bizarre and slightly strange while at the same time soothes the ears into a contented state.

    Although they haven’t played at a venue in a while — perhaps to focus on creating a full-length album — fans can still follow along for updates and more information over at their Facebook page. Give the demo a listen at their Bandcamp page. (WMSE) 

    • 22 Jun 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

    "Such a great workshop! My kids LOVED it!!! they loved meeting the KIDS - my boys were so proud of the music they wrote and my daughter loved learning the dance routine. What made it more special was seeing the performance and recognizing the KIDS they worked with and the KIDS recognizing them!" – Parent of a workshop participant

    What happens at a FREE "Realize your Dream" workshop session?

    KIDS lead an hour of growing FUNdamental skills in all aspects of the performing arts including dance, music composition, audition tips, tech station visits and a special talkback reflection on what sparks us to follow our ❤!

    Who is invited?
    The program is designed for ages 7-14, but all youth and parents are welcome to stay or observe.

    What time should we arrive?
    Best to arrive 10 minutes before the scheduled time to check in and be greeted by the KIDS

    * Can I bring my instrument and play with the band?

    We will be having some opportunities this summer for this! Please check out the schedule. These * visits will include a band clinic. Photos and video are typically taken at the outreach sessions. 


    • 26 Jun 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Humboldt Park Band Chalet

    Performing for more than 92 years at Humboldt Park, the American Legion Band is back. The Milwaukee American Legion Band is a non-profit organization consisting of talented and dedicated musicians from all over Southeastern Wisconsin. An award-winning group with a 90-year history, the Band specializes in traditional and patriotic Concert Band music – music that captures the very heart of American culture.

    • 03 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Humboldt Park Band Chalet

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    Lead by Yaniv Dinur: 

    • 10 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Humboldt Park Band Chalet

    Surgeons in Heat is an R&B-influenced indie rock band based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Current members are lead singer/guitarist Johnathon Mayer, bassist Ryan Reeve and keyboardist Bradley Kruse. Previous members include Shawn Kenneth Pierce (drums) Adam Gilmore (drums), Justin Kunesh (drums), Jake Brahm (guitar/keys) Kenny Monroe (bass), Tyler Ditter (guitar,bass), Ryan Rougeux (drums) and William Shultz (bass). They have released two full-length albums: the self-titled Surgeons in Heat, and the follow up, Disaster. Their third LP Bored Immortals is set for release this summer on Maximum Pelt and Shuga Records.

    When you're first introduced to the soulful & artistic sound of B~Free, it is but a mere taste of all the capabilities this young lady embodies. From her nostalgic presence of R&B/Soul to the pureness of her voice and heartfelt lyrics, there is no doubt that the singer-songwriter-producer-musician is sure to leave her mark on the music world and beyond.

    Amanda Huff is a multi-genre musician, currently living and working in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A composer for the Milwaukee film scene, as well as one-seventh of the jazz group "Strangelander", Amanda pulls from a multitude of styles to inform her solo project "Selfish Skin", a triad of the cinematic, jazz, and electronic.

    • 17 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Humboldt Park Band Chalet

    His artistry, dazzling technical command, and sensitivity have brought Stanislav, "Stas," Venglevski, a native of the Republic of Moldova, part of the former Soviet Union, increasing acclaim as a virtuoso of the Bayan. A two-time first prize winner of Bayan competition in the Republic of Moldova, Stas is a graduate of the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow where he received his Masters Degree in Music under the tutelage of the famed Russian Bayanist, Friedrich Lips. In 1992 he immigrated to the United States.

    Stas is an Accordionist, a Musician, an Arranger, an Entertainer and a Teacher. Stas' repertoire includes his original compositions, a broad range of classical, contemporary and ethnic music. He has toured extensively as a soloist throughout the former Soviet Union, Canada, Europe, and the United States, including numerous performances with Doc Severinsen, Steve Allen and with Garrison Keillor on the Prairie Home Companion Show. Additionally, he has performed with symphony orchestras throughout the United States. He performed the world premiere of Concerto No. 2 by Anthony Galla-Rini and also the world premiere of Bayan and Beyond, composed for Stas by Dan Lawitts.

    Allen Cote-fronted paLABra, is a foursome designed to crank out some of Cuba’s best known standards with funky classic rock flair. The Latin rhythms and fun energy of the band puts smiles on the faces of everyone in the room. Not experts on Cuban standards, we can’t honestly say we know any of the songs played, aside from “Quizas, Quizas, Quizas”—the theme from the BBC sitcom Coupling. (MilwaukeeRecord)

    • 24 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Humboldt Park Band Chalet

    They GuanUs is a Mexican/American Fusion Reggae Band. Buena Vibra/Musica.

    The Hot and Dirty Brass Band has been bringing visceral performances to the Midwest since it's debut in Milwaukee 2017. The band's stage presence and energy is fueled by their desire to share the uplifting and inspirational spirit of music with others. The Hot and Dirty Brass Band maintains an increasingly busy schedule and strives to share their music with people everywhere. Their goal is to make the world a better place through the experience of music and inspire audiences to enjoy life in a positive way.

    • 31 Jul 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Humboldt Park Band Chalet

    Camel Tow Truck is described as hard rockin’ hillbilly for punk semi-drivers. Equal parts punk, blues, country and metal instill the tracks with a compelling mix of elements true to the experience of a Mack truck crashing into a fast food drive thru for after show catering.

    Have you heard of “The Unheard Of”? If you haven’t, Jim Galaxy (aka Jim Kavel) of Mayville and the rest of the band are hoping you’ll check out The Unheard Of's new self-titled album, which was released on the Sony label last week Jan. 16, 2018. “The Unheard Of” is a psychedelic rock band that was formed in 1984 in the Milwaukee area. After a few line up changes. Jim Galaxy, Frank Milligan, Melicio Montymeyer III and Mark Dietrich played gigs throughout the Midwest and developed a steady following. They released their first album on an independent Milwaukee label and sold it mainly at their shows. “There was this band from Milwaukee called Plasticland and they sold records overseas in the ‘80s and I thought it would be interesting to try that,” said Galaxy. “I gave a friend some records to send over there and we heard back that they wanted more. “The next thing I know, our music was being distributed to magazines and they were writing that they liked it. People ordered more and then record labels from other countries wanted to release our music. So we have one album out on a French label and three of them out on an Italian label.” Galaxy has a scrapbook filled with fan letters and music reviews from European countries that he had translated. “My address was printed on the albums and people contacted me from all over Germany, Italy and France,” he said. Of the original band, Galaxy is the only surviving member. The others succumbed to substance abuse, although none of them died as members of The Unheard Of , as they all moved on to individual projects, “That was the lifestyle back then and I didn’t indulge like the other's" said Galaxy

    Two and Half Stars is punk n' roll featuring a song called "Prius Lady"

    • 07 Aug 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Humboldt Park Band Chalet

    Join us for Kids and Family Night!

    If you are a local non-profit, community group, or school, please join us at Chill on the Hill!  We are offering one free night for you to bring your tent, table, and chairs to promote you efforts to our guests.  Please bring along a kid-friendly event as part of your booth!

    You must pre-register to participate.

    Thank you for participating in Chill on the Hill's Kids and Family Night!  We have some great music on stage starting at 6pm with Slimabean, MYSO Jazz Band, and Colors of the Alphabet.   We are located at Humboldt Park Band Chalet, 3000 S. Howell Ave.  Actual entrance to the Chalet is on Park Road.  

    Here are a few things you'll need to know about having a booth at Chill:

    1.  No vehicles are allows on the Hill.  Please drop off your gear at the "Sponsor Drop Off" area on Park Road behind the Band Chalet, next to the Babe's Ice Cream Truck.  We will have volunteers  to help check you in and carry your gear to your spot on the Hill. Parking is available on the street or on the grass lot for $5.

    2.  Hill spots are available on a first come first serve basis, and they will start about half way up the Hill. 

    3.  Please be set up and ready to go no later than 5:45pm.  

    4.  You need to bring your own tent, table, chairs, and anything you need for your booth.  No power is available.  

    5.  Per Milwaukee County Parks, no selling or financial transactions allowed at Chill on the Hill. 

    6.  Please provide a kid friendly event for your booth.  We'd appreciated it if it was environmentally friendly, too!  Please, no balloons.

    7.  Chill ends around 8:30pm, but you can break down your booth when you feel you are done.   Again, volunteers will assist you in bringing your gear to the drop off area. 

    Enjoy the evening, and please let me know if you have any questions!

    • 07 Aug 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Humboldt Park Band Chalet
    Negative/Positive are Girls Rock graduates that are still rocking. This night features young musicians from the Milwaukee area including a group of self-proclaimed writers and a group from Fernwood Montessori school. 
    • 14 Aug 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Humboldt Park Band Chalet

    Xposed 4Heads is a party band that puts on a high energy, witty show that is compared to a mash up of the B52'sand Devo, which features the Star Girls, two aliens that have come for peace and dancing.

    In 2012, the group had a chance to re-group when they played the Lest We Forget festival. Since that time X4 has had numerous releases in the synth pop and art rock genres. Special guests have included No Wave legend James Chance, Tuxedomoon co-founder Blaine Reininger, Grammy Winning trumpeter from the Klezmatics Frank London, Deborah Evans from the Flying Lizards and Al Mothersbaugh for Massive Hotdog Recall..

    Mining a dark-wave-meets-electro-mod vibe that should go down smoothly with past Codebreaker fans (or, let’s face it, anyone with a discriminating taste in any of the aforementioned subgenres), Schwarm and Heck vamp it up on their debut self-titled EP, released back in October. The EP mixes originals like “Take Me To Your Leader” and “Say Anything” with covers like Devo’s “Girl U Want” and Materiel Issue’s “Valerie Loves Me.” Then there’s the icy-cold “Robot Love,” an original tune that has been given the full video treatment by director Nicolaus Ortiz. (MilwaukeeRecord)

    • 21 Aug 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Humboldt Park Band Chalet

    Dan's Organ Trio borrows elements from the tradition established by past organ greats such as Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack Mcduff, Jimmy McGriff, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charles Earland and Don Patterson, but creates their own sounds that draw from influences beyond the jazz world. On any given night one can expect to hear original arrangements of past popular songs ranging from the rock group The Zombies to the theme from Star Wars.

    Mitch Shiner began playing drums at age eight, and has been studying percussion since age nine. For Mitch, music has as always been about connecting with an audience. Whether on stage or on a recording, his vibrant, high-energy style permeates every performance.

    Shiner, drummer and vibraphonist, graduated from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Bachelors degree in Jazz Studies. In addition, he received a prestigious Performer’s Certificate for completion of an outstanding senior recital. Mitch studied under Professors Steve Houghton and Michael Spiro.

    • 28 Aug 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Humboldt Park Band Chalet

    Trapper Schoepp is a young man who’s befriended a strange and diverse cast of characters during his 24 years. That small army of rogues and rebels, drifters and dreamers, soldiers and schemers populate his songs, their tragedies and comedies, their lives and deaths recalled in his finely etched musical vignettes.

    Voted Best Live Act in Milwaukee (Milwaukee Magazine, 2017), it’s been 4 years since Zach Pietrini showed up on the Milwaukee music scene. Despite being a Chicago transplant, The Zach Pietrini Band has become a recognized name around town playing featured spots at Summerfest and Bastille Days. At the forefront of the Americana resurgence in the north country, Pietrini quickly distinguished himself with his fearless vulnerability, prolific writing, and dynamic live show. “Pietrini’s skill is crafting the kind of Americana that gets right into you with a beguiling friendliness” (88Nine Radio Milwaukee).

    Mike Mangione has been writing what American Songwriter Magazine calls “Orchestral Folk Music” for the better part of nine years. Using classical instrumentation and harmony, his music exudes heartfelt roots to take you to a place of spiritual awakening. His new project, Mike Mangione & The Kin, is a family affair and builds off of the sonic texture he has become known for, adding new voices to the pallet.

    Mike and Tom Mangione, brothers hailing from Chicago, were raised rooted in the blues and folk tradition. Their band mates, sisters Monique and Chauntee Ross, are classically trained multi-instrumentalists, who were brought up in a traveling family missionary band from Milwaukee. Collectively, there songs tell the beautiful story of hope through despair. The style is as unique as the musicians that made it and as familiar as family. Like a reunion of sorts, It ebbs and flows with emotion while remaining honest and close to the heart.

    • 17 Oct 2018
    • 21 Oct 2018
    • Humboldt Park Pavilion

    All Events Held At Humboldt Park Pavilion.

    Join us for the premier fall festival in Bay View! Help us to carve 800+ pumpkins that will be displayed for all to see! Live bands, food, drinks, magic, hay rides... it's all here!

    Pumpkin Carving

    We bring the pumpkins; you bring your creativity! Note: Pumpkins are the property of The Bay View Neighborhood Association and should not be removed from the Pumpkin Pavilion until Sunday!

    Schedule TBD:  More details to come

    Wednesday, October 17th 

    5-9 pm - Pumpkin Carving

    Thursday, October 18th

    5-9 pm - Pumpkin Carving

    Friday, October 19th

    6-9 pm - Hay Rides, $5 Per Person
    6:30 pm - Bay View High School Drum Line
    7 pm - Grand Lighting Of The Pumpkins
    7-10 pm - BAND TBD
    7:15 pm - Tom Burgermeister Magic (2 Shows)
    8 pm - Prismatic Flame

    Saturday, October  20th

    3 pm - Registration Opens For Great Pumpkin Chase
    4 pm - The Great Pumpkin Chase 1/4 Mile Kids Run
    4:30 pm - The Great Pumpkin Chase 5k
    5 pm - Spooky Story Time
    5:30 pm - The Chronicles of Capitan Mars: Space Ranger
    6-9 pm - Hay Rides $5 Per Person
    6 pm - Tom Burgermeister Magic (3 Shows)
    7-10 pm - BAND TBD
    8 pm - Prismatic Flame

    Sunday, October 21st

    8 am - Clean Up Begins

    • 27 Oct 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Bay View
    Night Time Trick or Treat in Bay View is from 5-8pm on the last Saturday of October.  If you are participating, please turn your porch light on!

    The area that this applies to is Bay St. On the North, Howard on the South, Chase/Howell on the West, and the Lake on the East.

    • 26 Oct 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Bay View
    Night Time Trick or Treat in Bay View is from 5-8pm on the last Saturday of October.  If you are participating, please turn your porch light on!

    The area that this applies to is Bay St. On the North, Howard on the South, Chase/Howell on the West, and the Lake on the East.

    • 31 Oct 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Bay View
    Night Time Trick or Treat in Bay View is from 5-8pm on the last Saturday of October.  If you are participating, please turn your porch light on!

    The area that this applies to is Bay St. On the North, Howard on the South, Chase/Howell on the West, and the Lake on the East.

Help keep our beaches clean! Check out our page for a schedule and pictures from our most recent clean-up.

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