South Milwaukee to Offer 19 Weeks of Outdoor Musical Entertainment
Starting June 3, the Downtown South Milwaukee Market will nourish not only the body but the soul with a full range of musical acts.
The South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center has partnered with the Downtown Market to offer the Summer’s Music at the Market series from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday for 19 weeks.
“It’s a tremendous collection of artists that will be upping the market, our downtown and our city every week starting in June,” Mayor Erik Brooks said on his blog.
Brian Morrison, music director for South Milwaukee Downtown Market, said that despite the cancellation of the first part of the show last year due to the pandemic, it was still popular.
“Last year has been one of the biggest for attendance,” he said. “It has helped this year explode with more sponsors and supporters.”
Budget and location
Morrison, a musician himself, has been in charge of the event for four years and said he has grown a lot. This growth, in turn, increased the budget for the event.
“As a musician, I felt a little bad asking people to play for next to nothing,” Morrison said. Since its inception, the budget has almost tripled to an average of $ 300 per week.
The range has several financial sponsors, including Cousins Subs, DB Tax & Wealth, Moran’s Pub, Eberhardy & Eberhardy LLP, Classic Cargo International Inc., South Milwaukee Downtown Market, Molthen-Bell & Son Funeral Home and Brian Morrison.
There is no cover charge to attend market concerts near Milwaukee and 11th Avenue.
The downtown market offers fruits, vegetables, flowers, jewelry, art and more. More details can be found at www.smmarket.org/events.
The market space is currently under study for a large plaza-type development to further enable residents to enjoy music and other amenities. Morrison said he viewed himself and the people involved in the musical series as “pioneers” to make more use of the space.
“Personally, I like the fact that they’re going to invest in community space,” Morrison said.
Morrison said he’s trying to book a variety of acts starting in February for the summer series. Some of the acts he looks forward to the most are The MilBillies, a new band at the event; the Madtown Mannish Boys, a Madison band sponsored by the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center; and the Sweet Sheiks, which Morrison described as “kind of bluegrass, kind of pop.”
“I try to book at least four, if not more, new acts every year,” Morrison said, adding that interested acts can reach across the Downtown Market Facebook Page.
Morrison said everyone he contacted was interested in signing up. The acts will occur towards the rear of the elevated stage with their own microphone and equipment as a precautionary measure in the event of a pandemic.
“They are completely separated from the crowd,” he said.
The full program
June 3: Professor Pinkerton’s Irrelevant Quartet
June 10: The Bluegrass All Stars
June 17: Sweet sheikhs
June 24: Blues addiction
1st of July: Rohn larson
July 8: The Shuga Blu Band
July 15th: Jack Reed Group
22nd of July: Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin ‘Altar Boys
July 29: The MilBillies
5 August: Sarah day
August 12: The Hungry Williams
August 19: Flamenco Siempre
August 26: Tom Sorce Band with Carol Hanzel
September 2: Soulfoot Mombits
September 9: Madtown Mannish Boys
September 16: Matthew davies
September 23: Extra crisp fanfare
September 30: She’s right, I’m on the left
October 7: Val Sigal