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Special WFFNL welcomes back familiar local favorites
Winter edition part of annual Waukesha JanBoree

BY TOM BADGER - Special to TimeOut

January 16, 2014


WAUKESHA - When Rick D’Amore was asked to perform at a special Waukesha’s Freeman Friday Night Live, the Milwaukee-area singer had a few questions.

As a regular entertainer at the popular summertime free music series in downtown Waukesha, D’Amore is used belting out Frank Sinatra and others on warm summer nights. On Friday, his show comes indoors during a special “winter edition” of Waukesha’s Freeman Friday Night Live.

The special event is a part of opening night of the city’s annual Waukesha JanBoree.

“That’s a relief,” D’Amore said, after learning the show would go on indoors at Mia’s Restaurant, 800 Clinton, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. “I love coming out to Waukesha on Fridays during the summer and playing on the streets. It’s an event like no other. It’s always fun performing in front of so many friends - both old and new.”

This year marks the fourth year that WFFNL has helped kickoff JanBoree weekend. The special edition is intended to give its warm-weather fans a chance to reconnect with friends and musicians in January.  

Several of the summer stages in downtown Waukesha will have stages set up inside, including Martha Merrell’s Books/Cuddles, 234 W. Main St., who will host Big Kenny and the 3Ds.

“The same classic act that rocks summers returns for this special edition of Freeman’s Friday Night Live,” said Norm Bruce, president of the Waukesha Downtown Business Association and owner of Martha Merrell Books. “Janboree allows you to spend time outdoors before coming in to warm up with some foot-stomping, crowd-pleasing songs to get you thinking about summer nights before you know it.”

In 2013, Mark Hannon of Hannon’s hosted a summer stage for the first year. He jumped at the opportunity to host a performer for the special WFFNL winter edition. Alyssia Dominguez will be inside Hannon’s, 357 W. Broadway, starting at

9 p.m.

“Being a part of such as great event is a no-brainer,” Hannon said. “We’re looking forward to hosting one of the area’s top female performers. Alyssia played here this past summer and she is becoming a local favorite.”

Elsewhere, The Steaming Cup will have bluegrass music from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. with the Front Porch Boys, and The Blue Light Scene will kick out high energy rock, pop and county at Magellan’s on Main from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

For more information, call 262-547-1060.