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Freeman Friday Night Live
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Monday, June 4, 2012
High school musicians create their own stage during the opening of Freeman Friday Night Live.
It started with a single instrument and when people stopped to watch him, the rest of the Waukesha orchestra students, including West, North, South and Central, joined in during a flash mob at Clinton and East Main streets during the kickoff from Freeman Friday Night Live. Check out the video, and if you have pictures of the flash mob, add them to Patch!
Saturday, June 2, 2012
Downtown Waukesha event brought thousands as people listened to live music and checked out the Gibson guitars.
Downtown Waukesha is officially a Gibson GuitarTown. The opening of GuitarTown coincided Friday night with the opening of this season’s Freeman Friday Night Live in downtown Waukesha. The 10 10-foot-tall fiberglass guitars that were decorated by area artists were on display throughout the downtown area. FFNL runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. weekly every Friday through October. Have Photos From Freeman Friday Night Live? Add them to this article!
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Gibson executives and musicians will be gathering in downtown Waukesha this weekend to check out the artistic guitars.
The long-awaited weekend is here. Waukesha GuitarTown is being unveiled this weekend in one big celebration, starting tonight with a private formal gala and kicking off publically during Freeman Friday Night Live. The 10 10-foot-tall Gibson guitars are paying tribute to inventor and music legend Les Paul, who is a Waukesha native. The large guitars have been decorated by area artists and will be placed at various locations throughout the downtown. The kickoff event begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Five Points in downtown Waukesha, which is being set up as the main stage. The Les Paul Trio will take the stage at 6 p.m. and the Sam Llanas Band will play with Richie Furay and Rusty Paul at 8:30 p.m. Here is the rest of the schedule for …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Freeman Friday Night Live, a weekly music event that involves closing the streets in downtown Waukesha, begins this Friday.
Despite city leaders reviewing the street closure ordinance the past few months, Freeman Friday Night Live will be allowed to block off the streets during the weekly music events. Because Waukesha aldermen did not change the ordinance, the event organizers – the Waukesha Freeman and the Downtown Business Association – are able to move forward with the events. The Freeman Friday Night Live organizers have permission to close the streets from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays from June 1 to Oct. 1, according to the city’s engineering department. Some downtown stakeholders had tried to change the city's street closure ordinance with some saying the weekly music event was not managed well and that it was too frequent. Thousands come downtown each …
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Until a new ordinance is adopted, Freeman Friday Night Live still can run as it has in past years.
Changes to the city’s street closure ordinance stalled yet again Monday night when members of a Common Council committee weren’t ready to make a decision after they had been provided with copies of a proposed ordinance only just before the meeting. Since the ordinances haven’t changed, Freeman Friday Night Live, a weekly music event in downtown Waukesha, can go on as it has in recent years. A downtown task force has recommended, though, that the event sponsors provide liability insurance for events involving street closures. The aldermen on the Ordinance and License Committee wanted more time to review the proposed ordinance and to ask city staff questions about the changes. However, there was no one from the city attorney’s or the city …
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Weekly Freeman Friday Night Live concerts could last until 9 p.m. but event organizers will need insurance under recommendations of an ad-hoc committee.
Stages should be allowed to play music until 9 p.m. but Freeman Friday Night Live organizers should obtain liability insurance, according to recommendations given to city staff by the Downtown Taskforce Ad-hoc Committee Monday evening. “We have done this for 10 years and the last several years have been incredible in terms of attendance,” said Roger Igielski, president of the Downtown Business Association – the group that runs the event. There are limited changes to the popular music event that lasts from June to the end of September, despite attempts of one Waukesha alderman to limit the events, potentially twice a month. Alderman Eric Payne cited reasons such as the use of the community police officers who maintain a presence downtown …
Monday, January 23, 2012
Some fear that a proposed ordinance that is being circulated could put an end to popular weekly summer music events.
A spirited debate about potential changes to the city’s street closures ordinance – changes that some fear will spell the end for a popular weekly music event in downtown Waukesha – broke out Monday night but no action was taken by the Ordinance & License Committee as Mayor Jeff Scrima has a work group to address some of the issues that are related to street closures. Alderwoman Kathleen Cummings had asked the committee review the street closure ordinance to “define the duties and responsibilities of organizers of Special Events that requests a street closure,” a City Hall document states. “All this is is a vetting process,” Cummings said. However, an example ordinance has been presented among community members that could restrict street …
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Majority of downtown stakeholders agrees with closing streets for music event. Waukesha Police Department is closing off the streets for safety reasons.
Fifty-nine percent of downtown stakeholders who were surveyed about their feelings toward the street closures for Freeman Friday Night Live reported they believe the streets should be closed for the event, according to data released by the Waukesha Business Improvement District Thursday morning. The BID’s Board of Directors will review the survey in November after the summertime music event has concluded for the year. Sixty-six people responded to the survey, including 13 building owners, 33 business owners, two churches or non-profit organizations, five residents, six artists and seven additional individuals with unidentified affiliations. “I appreciate the board’s willingness to take time to thoroughly review and interpret the survey …
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
With a few changes to request at committee level, the Waukesha Common Council will decide Aug. 4 if the bar can extend premises to Main Street for Freeman Friday Night Live.
Magellans, a bar and pizza place that sponsors a stage in downtown Waukesha for Freeman Friday Night Live, might be allowed to serve alcohol in the fenced in area near the stage in front of the building. The Ordinance & License Committee voted three to two to approve the extension of premises for Magellans during its meeting Monday night. The request will have to go before the Waukesha Common Council at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 4. Owner Dan Italiano was requesting the approval for July 29 and Aug. 5, 12 and 19 during Freeman Friday Night Live. It appeared that the request was going to again be denied the by the committee – it was not approved two weeks ago – but one alderman had a change of heart during the meeting after several business owners and …