Fab, Fun & Free: Global Union and Bay View Bash

Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood, a pretty cool place year-round, becomes the indisputable capital of cool on Saturday, September 21st, 2013. On this day, Bay View plays host to two fun, free festivals: Global Union and the Bay View Bash.

Now in its eighth year, the Global Union festival brings top-class bands from far-flung cultures together in Bay View’s Humboldt Park, and complements the musical offering with ethnic foods and crafts. This local park becomes an international crossroads, giving audiences amazing access to a world of diversity and creativity.

Humboldt Park’s big band shell and rolling lawns make it an ideal outdoor performance venue. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and settle in for an eye-opening, ear-opening, and mind-opening trip around the world.

Global Union runs from noon to 6pm. As ever, the musical line up brings together an intriguing cultural mix:

  • Qawal Najmuddin Saifuddin & Brothers – a Pakistani group performing ecstatic, hypnotic devotional music
  • Masonic Wonders – Milwaukee’s own gospel quartet and band, with another take on devotional music
  • Tal National – a unique West African guitar music group, wildly popular in their home of Niger
  • Nomadic Massive – an international hip hop collective based in Montreal

Meanwhile, a few blocks from Humboldt Park, the Bay View Bash will have taken over Kinnickinnick Avenue between Potter and Clement Avenues. Bay View Bash is Milwaukee’s biggest all-volunteer street festival, and it strives to be zero-waste, even giving its food vendors compostable plates. The annual celebration features local music, food, arts, and crafts. It runs from 11am to 10pm.

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