People gather Friday evening to admire the 10-foot
guitars created by Waukesha art students. Four giant
guitars and many playable guitars were painted by
students throughout Waukesha.
Friday night’s first Friday Night Live music festival of the
season was one of the most successful in recent memory,
according to organizers and shop owners downtown.
people flocked to downtown Waukesha to hear a variety of music
from nine stages on the inaugural night of the festival’s 2014
were basically full of people,” said Norm Bruce, president of
the Downtown Business Association, the organization that puts on
the weekly Friday evening event.
owners were also thrilled with the first edition of the
festival, which runs every Friday evening between now and the
end of September.
was spectacular. From my point of view, we had more people than
we have ever seen on a Friday evening,” said Karen White, owner
of Little Swiss Clock Shop.
“We saw so
many new faces come in and visit our store. We’re always open on
Friday evenings year-round, but some Friday evenings it can get
a little lonely in here. During the time of Friday Night Live,
things are really perked up.”
Pallo performs as part of the Les Paul Trio Friday night
during the GuitarTown event at Waukesha’s Friday Night
festival isn’t just nice for business owners. For many,
Friday Night Live is important for their bottom line.
“We rely on
our summers and our Friday Night Lives here,” said Katie
Schultz, manager of Bangles and Bags. “That’s what keeps us
night, the third phase of Waukesha GuitarTown kicked off with a
custard social honoring the students from the 27 public and
private schools that helped design and paint their own Les Paul
The four large
and 26 regulation-sized guitars were displayed under a colossal
tent downtown on Friday night, but Bruce said not to worry -
that wasn’t your last chance to check out the one-of-a-kind
pieces of art.
night we’ll have three schools whose guitars will be featured,”
Bruce said. “It will be their special night of attention.”
night, guitars from Waukesha North High School, Prairie
Elementary School and Meadowbrook Elementary School will be
featured in downtown Waukesha.
* Couldn’t make it to Waukesha’s Friday Night
Live last week? Check out the sights and sounds of the first
event of the year here:
* Hear our full conversation with Jim Wysocki,
Les Paul’s longtime friend, here: