|By KRISTEN KLAHN - Special to TimeOut||
June 5, 2014
Pack up the family, bring blankets and chairs and soak up the free
outdoor concerts put on by Brookfield’s Sharon Lynne Wilson
Center for the Arts as it presents its Starry Nights outdoor
are performed in the Wilson Center’s backyard at 19805 W.
Capitol Drive, Brookfield.
the center will put on a six-show series, said Jonathan Winkle,
executive director of the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts.
In the past, there have been as many as eight or nine
performances, Winkle said.
lot to consider when planning an outdoor event.
the series, which begins at 6:30 p.m. on Friday nights, the first
thing the Wilson Center looks at is the audience, Winkle said.
“You have to
take factors into consideration like free admission and the fact
that it’s an outdoor series. Then, you have to ask: ‘What type
of audience will be attending?’” he said.
outdoor series utilizes many local bands, that also factors in to
Winkle’s planning. The goal is to get different genres
represented within the six concerts, so that there is something
for everybody, he said. That means picking only the very best
groups to perform at a Starry Nights concert, Winkle said.
the series, which starts June 20, is Derek Byrne, an Ireland
native who now lives in Milwaukee, Winkle said.
“He likes to
play around with traditional Irish music and bluegrass gospel,”
Winkle said. “He plays with the interrelationships between the
local group that combines salsa, merengue, rhythm and blues, Latin
rock and jazz, as well as pop and funk influences, will play on
And, on July
11, the Wilson Center is bringing back a show that it put on last
year, which was a huge hit with the audience, Winkle said. The
Rockin’ Robins will be performing hits of the ‘50s and ‘60s
with a car show to accompany the classic music.
Nights Orchestra, one of the most collaborative performances put
on by the Wilson Center, hits the stage for its third year on July
18, Winkle said.
Robert J and
The Most, a band from Omaha, Neb., will provide its July 25
audience with blues, rock, reggae, jazz, funk and pop influences.
season wraps up on Aug. 1 with the Wilson Center Big Band, a
venture that’s been ongoing since 2008. It started out as an
experiment, but one that has proven to be successful.
“I put the
Wilson Center Big Band on during the Starry Night series to see
what would happen. I hand-picked the group not knowing how people
would respond,” Winkle said. “But, it has repeatedly been the
first or second most popular big band performance.”
Each show is
guaranteed to be upbeat, exciting and entertaining, Winkle said.
The concert is
free - money shouldn’t hamper people’s entertainment, Winkle
want to exclude people because of cost,” he said. “We’re not
going to limit people because of their pocketbook. The arts are