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.
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
“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.”
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.
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