|My nephew at the parade|
After the parade and some family time, we headed towards Henry Maier Festival Park, but before reaching it, we decided to grab a bite and have a little fun and, boy, did we find it at Barnacle Bud's! It seemed we weren't the only only ones looking for fun because Bud's was packed. They had two musicians performing out on the front deck: a singer/guitarist and a washboarder/percussionist. The guitarist I recognize immediately from nearly 25 years ago when he performed with Hat Trick, a band that specialized in the sounds of New Orleans. We were big fans of this band and saw them often. (I see there is a Hat Trick band still performing around Milwaukee, but I have no idea if it is an iteration of the same band that we enjoyed decades ago.) Anyway, the band needed a little extra percussion and they recruited Kay to join them with a washboard, and then later with a cowbell. Kay really hammed it up and it was great. All in attendance seemed be enjoying themselves too.
After Bud's we made our traditional pre-Summerfest stop to O'Lydia's for a beer or two. The theory is, have drinks off of the festival grounds where they're a lot less costly. The problem with that theory is, once you're a little tuned up, you make bad decisions at the fest and buy expensive beers anyway.
There was no act on the grounds that seemed enticing. And after a walk around the grounds, my thought was proved correct.. Most stages were manned by DJ's. And try as I might, I just don't get millenials' enthusiasm for DJ's. I mean, they're not the real artist and the house, dance-beat style is so formulaic. At every stage you could hear the DJ cohorting "1, 2, 3... GO CRAZY!!" or something similar.
|Mowgli shooting Polaroid|
With that we decided to call it a day and head back home to Wauwatosa to enjoy the fireworks display with friends and family. My wife's occupied today, but I'm going to make my way to the grounds this afternoon. I've got my eye on Kyle Megna & The Monsoons, an original music Wisconsin band that's a big hit at Mile of Music.