For anyone who has traveled to downtown Waukesha for one of the Friday Night Live events this summer, you may have noticed that something was a little different. Was it as obvious to you as it was to me that Friday Night Live has truly evolved into a huge musical event that draws hundreds (perhaps even 1,000’s) of people every week?
Unfortunately, I’ve had other commitments and couldn’t make it to every one of the 18 scheduled events this summer. Luckily, I have made it on a few occasions over the summer. The first indication that this year’s events were extremely popular was made clear by my struggle to find parking. With more than 1,300 available parking spots in the immediate downtown area, one would think that parking should not be an issue. It was challenging to say the least. Maybe it’s because I’m one of those people who like to park as close as possible to my destination. After many laps around the streets adjacent to downtown, eventually I deferred to pay for a spot in the city parking structure on Wisconsin Avenue which ironically was practically empty. Nevertheless, the small investment to park was well worth the short walk to the crowded, music-filled streets just a couple of blocks away.
Tonight as I approached the downtown crowds, the atmosphere had a sort of nostalgic and bittersweet glow that shown through the smiles of the people I saw. Kind of like when I was a kid and it was the last day of the county fair, it was fun and exciting, but it was growing to the end of another season and next year seemed so far away.
Tonight I talked to a couple of the local downtown business owners and they agreed that 2012 was a great year for Friday Night Live. I also had the honor of shaking hands with Mayor Jeff Scrima, whom I saw all the times I was there. It’s nice to see the Mayor at these and other events.
I also listened to the soothing music of Spring City Grass whom was playing on the stage outside of Cuddles & Martha Merrell’s. It was a beautiful September evening and a graceful conclusion to this year’s Freeman Friday Night Live.
Although there is no “one” person who can claim credit for organizing the event, what many people do not realize is that the Waukesha Downtown Business Association is the “entity” in charge of Friday Night Live, and credit should go to them and all of the individuals who volunteer their hard work to make this happen. If you attended the event you deserve credit as well. Each and every one of the fans and citizens who attend Waukesha Friday Night Live deserve credit because without you there would be no Friday Night Live. Likewise, all the business sponsors of the stages or otherwise deserve recognition.
Thank you all and we look forward to seeing you again in 2013.
August 03, 2012 Freeman Friday Night Live Lineup
The first week of August means that we have reached the threshold of the dog days of summer and hopefully some cooler weather. Cooler evening temperatures offer a great opportunity to get out, so why not stop down to Freeman Friday Night Live tomorrow in the heart of historical downtown Waukesha for some great entertainment, food, and fun.<
Entertainment for Friday, August 03, 2012 includes the Eric Barth Band performing by Allô! Chocolat, G Man Music (Mike & Kathy) performing by Cuddles & Martha Merrell’s, Ian & The Dream performing by Rockin’ & Poppin’ on Broadway, Front Porch Boys performing by The Steaming Cup, People’s Park & Almont Gallery, Peter D’Amore performing by Mia’s on Clinton, and The Western Starlanders performing by Magellan’s on Main.
Ordinary Hero’s Fundraiser
Friday, August 3rdalso marks the launching of the Ordinary Hero’s Fundraiser.
In response to the shootings at the midnight showing of “The Dark Knight Rises,” Ordinary Hero’s wants to show the world that real heroes exist, not just villains. Ordinary Hero’s is putting on a fundraiser for those affected by the Colorado shooting, and encouraging people in both our own city of Waukesha and the world that anyone can be a hero.
The fundraiser is partnering with downtown Waukesha businesses who are generously donating their time, money, and support. The stages at Friday Night Live will advertise the cause as the night goes on. There will be two “Ordinary Heroes” booths set up in which volunteers will be collecting donations and encouraging citizens to be a hero.
For more information and updates about this fundraiser, please visit the Ordinary Hero’s Fundraiser Facebook page.
Despite the fact that today is Friday, July 13, 2012 and many people have a superstition and suffer from “paraskevidekatriaphobia” (the fear of Friday the 13th), the Waukesha Freeman Friday Night Live will press on. Just like any other Friday, we invite you to come to beautiful historic downtown Waukesha and enjoy a cool evening on the town.
Tonight’s schedule is filled with great musical entertainment and fun for everyone.
At the Allô! Chocolate stage you will find C2K, a Christian rock bank that formed back in 2006.
At the Cuddles & Martha Merrell’s stage you will find Theiss & O’Connor, a folk and Irish band that formed back in 1967.
At the Rockin’ & Poppin’ on Broadway stage you will find Jazz Express, a big band group comprised of teachers, computer technicians, engineers, artists, account executives, band instrument repair technicians, small business owners, and stock brokers that formed back in 1979.
At the The Steaming Cup, People’s Park & Almont Gallery stage you will find Tony Memmel, passionately playing Americana / Indie / Rock music styles.
At the Mia’s on Clinton stage you will find Peter D’Amore, an acoustic loop-guitarist whose playlist includes songs from Elvis, Dave Matthews, Eric Clapton, and more!
Finally, at the Magellan’s on Main stage you will find The Cathouse Drifters, a high energy, roots rockin’ band that pays tribute to the country influenced sounds of the 40′s, 50′s and 60′s.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the show tonight!
Waukesha Freeman Friday Night Live Welcomes You!
This website has been developed to provide a schedule of the bands and locations that they are playing for people who wish to attend the event which runs from June – October in downtown Waukesha from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
Every attempt has been made to provide accurate dates and times, but as with anything, things happen and some times schedules may be shuffled or changed altogether. As such, if you have a favorite performer you plan to come and watch and you suspect they just may not be playing as scheduled, please feel free to call (262) 544-8030 for more information.
Have a great time!