Jazz in the Park Preview: Meet Unity

Explore your reggae roots with this band, coming to Jazz in the Park.

Milwaukee Magazine is once again thrilled to be partnering with East Town’s annual event series: Jazz in the Park. Check back every week for a preview of the event’s feature band. See all of our Jazz in the Park previews here.

August 23: Unity

Jazz in the Park once again rocks out this Thursday. The summer outdoor concert series welcomes Unity to perform on Thursday, August 23, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Cathedral Square Park. The original roots reggae group has been playing together since 2002, and they know music.

The Wisconsin-based group comprises founder, lead singer and rhythm guitarist Kai ‘Pita’ Katobalavu; bassist and vocalist Tim Perkins; drummer and vocalist Kelvin Ayres; keyboardist and vocalist Logan Pier; and lead guitarist and vocalist Anthony Robert Bessen.

Unity’s stage presence electrifies audience members with their positive party vibes and ultimate groove. Their music includes old roots, rock and reggae in addition to original medleys that combine reggae, funk, blues and more. Together, Unity has released five albums: Liberation, In The Beginning, Revival, Oceania and Sunset 7.

Listen for a Midwestern take on reggae and a cultural story of Fijan lead singer Katobalavu. Unity continues to travel around the Midwest playing at a variety of venues and stages. As they gain global attention, you will want to check them out while you still can.


You can also find the complete 2018 summer Jazz in the Park lineup here.



Caroline Blair is a digital marketing intern for Milwaukee Magazine. She just finished her sophomore year at Syracuse University studying magazine journalism and marketing. She grew up in Milwaukee and is excited to be spending her summer here interning at Milwaukee Magazine.