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Natural Awakenings Milwaukee

Colors & Chords Fundraiser Pairs Musicians, Artists

Colors & Chords, an event that celebrates music and art by pairing bands with prominent local artists live onstage for a 30-minute set, is being held on November 22. Student and family VIPs are welcomed at 5 p.m., doors open at 6 p.m. and the show begins at 6:30 p.m. Held in the historic Turner Hall Ballroom, this event merges musical craftsmanship with an individual artist’s interpretation of the music. Money raised at the event will go toward Islands of Brilliance (IOB), a nonprofit organization that uses art and technology to reach youth ages 8 to 18 on the autism spectrum.

Musicians performing this year are The Quilz; Marielle Allschwang and The Visitations; Mike Benign Compulsion; and Dramatic Lovers. The participating artists are Danielle LaMere, Chris Willey, Blake Himsl-Hunter and Mutope Johnson. The event also includes multiple participatory art, music and technology installations staged in the balcony; an interactive virtual reality experience of the Hoan Bridge and Milwaukee’s inner harbor; the Zen Den children’s area; and local food from Blue’s Egg, Glorioso’s, Zamboni’s Rotisserie Grill and Jake’s Burger. There will also be a Beer for a Year raffle, a silent auction and art merchandise available for purchase.

Admission: $50 adults; $30 children under 17; IOB students admitted free. Location: 1040 Vel R. Phillips Ave., Milwaukee. For more information, visit Note the security and bag policies listed on