UW-Platteville, Platteville Main Street create music opportunities
PLATTEVILLE, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is collaborating with the Platteville Main Street Program to expand opportunities for the public to enjoy free, live music this summer.
The Platteville Main Street Program, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the restoration and preservation of the historic character of downtown while pursuing traditional economic development strategies, will be hosting its annual Music in the Park series starting on June 21. This nine-week series offers free music to the community at City Hall Park. Local music groups perform Thursday nights from June 21 through August 23 from 6-8 p.m. The bands this year include The Wundo Band, Boxcar Social, City Band, Aquatic Hitchhikers, Classic Big Band, Basin Street Boys, Renegade, Lonely Goats and Fever River String Band.
In addition to this series, Platteville Main Street is coordinating with the UW-Platteville Summer Arts Festival through a set of three additional concerts. These three concerts will be held at the UW-Platteville Patio outside of the lower level of Ullsvik Hall. The Music on the Patio series will begin at 7:30 p.m. on June 1, June 27 and July 25 and include the following musical groups: Basin Street Boys, The Wundo Band and Tristan Hirsch and Friends.
Outdoor music began in Platteville before Platteville Main Street began hosting the series seven years ago. Originally, the series was run by the City of Platteville. Jack Luedtke, director of Platteville Main Street, has helped coordinate the outdoor music opportunities for the past seven years.
“The program is possible thanks to funding from the city and major sponsors,” Luedtke said. “We have always been able to make the opportunity free for everyone.”
The Music in the Park series has evolved to the nine-week series since Luedtke began working on the program, and he looks forward to the new collaboration opportunities with UW-Platteville. Last year, Platteville Main Street co-promoted a concert held at UW-Platteville, and Luedtke worked with Barry Ellis, director of bands at UW-Platteville, to bring children attending a summer music camp to one of the Thursday night events. Along with giving children the opportunity to experience live music, Luedtke hopes to reach other audiences in the community.
“We want the program to be an entertainment vehicle that anyone can bring their families to and enjoy music in the community without having to pay out money for tickets,” Luedtke said. “This program has become a source of entertainment all throughout the summer by encouraging people to go to the park, enjoy a picnic, have free music and bring family members.”
In further collaboration this year, Platteville Main Street will host UW-Platteville Night during the performance in the park on July 12. Luedtke said that Platteville Main Street wants to share and show their appreciation for the university’s recent efforts to work together.
“The collaboration with UW-Platteville is a big step forward in keeping this program moving,” Luedtke said. “The support that we have had over the years from UW-Platteville and various merchants in town have been essential, and we hope to continue working with them as the program moves forward.”
Written by: Dalton Miles, Student Writer, Communications, email@example.com
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