Please check the Times/Dates page for information on when your favorite performers will appear in this year's Festival.
Pianos for the stages provided by Hartland Music
The Youth Stage is the largest of the 3 stages at the Festival, measuring 24' x 24.' It can accommodate larger dance ensembles and community groups that perform from year to year. Nestled in the trees and adjacent to the children’s swings and playground at Fowler Park, the stage hosts a variety of local groups, with some entertainers being sponsored by area businesses. The performances appeal to the young...and the young at heart!
YOUTH STAGE ~ SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2016
10:00 AM Wildlife in Need Center (sponsored by Books & Company)
A representative of the Wildlife in Need Center will provide an education program featuring their educational animal ambassadors & to talk about their wildlife rehabilitation center.
11:00 AM Mainstage Academy of Dance
This dance academy, which performs the Nutcracker Ballet in the Lake Country area each year, offers Preparatory & Academy Program classes for ages 4-19. Its program is rooted in the Vaganova Russian System of Ballet & is taught by Artistic Director Eddy Bray.
12:00 PM Fanka Foli
This Wauwatosa drum group studies the music of West Africa as taught by master drummers such as Mamady Keita & Famoudou Konate. Fanka Foli, which means “energetic music,” will perform various rhythms to share a bit of the culture.
1:00 PM Lake Country Martial Arts Demonstration Team
This Hartland-based group will showcase the martial arts talents of many of its local students.
1:30 PM Hansing’s School of Dance
Dancers of all ages from this Oconomowoc dance studio will perform a variety of dances; fun, inspiring, and great entertainment!
2:30 PM Lake Country Racquet & Athletic Club ZUMBA
ZUMBA is a Latin-infused dance exercise. Come join the fun!
3:00 PM Lake Country Creative Ministry Puppeteers
These local puppeteers will perform to popular kids’ music that has a message of being a good friend & a good person. Kids 9 & up will express joy through the creative medium of puppetry.
3:30 PM Lake Country Ukulele
A new group to the Youth Stage; come see what fun it is to play a little ukulele!
YOUTH STAGE ~ SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2016
10:30 AM Snyder’s Stars
This recreational & competition group, coached by Berrin Snyder, will demonstrate how baton twirling helps develop hand-eye coordination skills as well as building confidence & performance skills in children. Members perform in local parades & events as well as get the opportunity to compete in local, state, & national competitions.
11:00 AM Ken Lonnquist (sponsored by Target Stores)
Quite the entertainer: “Madison’s Favorite Performer & Singer-Songwriter,” Wisconsin’s Children’s Performer of the Year, Parents’ Choice Recommended…and more! Come join in the musical fun & laughter.
12:00 PM TTP Dance Academy
Come see the TTP Academy share a new concept in teaching dance & the performing arts for all ages & abilities.
1:00 PM Dem (Trom) Bones
Come experience the amazing range of the trombone, as presented by various local "bone" brass players. Expect a mix of jazz, spirituals, be-bop, and classical music. The group was put together by music enthusiast Mark Gould.
2:00 PM Rhythm! Dancers from 5678 Dance! Studio
Rhythm! Dance Company is a non-profit traveling dance group from 5678 Dance! Studio in Oconomowoc. The dancers range in age from 12-18. They will perform a half hour show filled with ballet, jazz, hip hop, & theatrical dancing.
3:00 PM Teen Ringers Plus
These talented hand bell musicians come from First Congregational United Church of Christ of Oconomowoc. Teenagers plus “alumni” ringers will perform their unique sound for your enjoyment.
4:00 PM Family Tae Kwon Do Champions
New to the Festival, this family-friendly martial arts school located in Oconomowoc, Delafield, & New Berlin, offers classes for kids ages 4 & up plus adults of all ages. They focus on teaching confidence, discipline, & respect while learning self defense, improving fitness, & having fun!
An intimate setting with room for only 2 or 3 performers, the piano stage provides festival goers with an eclectic mix of music performed by local musicians. From Bach to boogie, and classical to pop, there’s something for the enjoyment of all music lovers at this venue.
PIANO STAGE ~ SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2016
10:00 Tale Spin
This group comprised of Ken and Amy Schmidt (guitar and accordion),Mykul Angelo (bass), and Kim McKisick-Monroe (vocals, violin), play all manner of Celtic, country blues, and other old-time toe tapping music.
11:00 Lynne and Mark Carlstein
Described as Oconomowoc’s own Lunt and Fontanne, Lynne (vocals) and Mark (piano maestro) perform a delightful musical hour of Broadway hits, jazz standards, and all time favorites.
12:00 Will Krieger
A real crowd pleaser, Will loves to entertain us with a great variety of covers, originals, Beatles, and Ben Folds. He has performed on the piano stage since he was 14.
1:00 Ellen McDonald
The owner of Hartland Music plays original stylings of your piano favorites.
2:00 Tim Clausen
Growing up in the Fowler Park neighborhood, Tim is a self-taught jazz and blues pianist rooted in the great stride-piano tradition. Music sample at www.timclausen.com
3:00 Stan Markus
Stan and his classical guitar put on a mesmerizing program of beautiful melodies.
4:00 Jeff Leonard and Rick Grothaus
Jeff (guitar and vocals), and Rick (clarinet) put on a delightful hour of folk, blues, jazz, and cowboy tunes.
PIANO STAGE ~ SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2016
10:00 The Milwaukee Guitar Quartet
The finest classical music will be performed by this quartet comprised of Jason Behr, Scott Emmons, Stan Markus, and David Weller.
11:00 Robin Chandler
Robin sings songs that seek soul: music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and today. Ain’t it good to know you’ve got “Show” and “Folk” tune friends?
12:00 Ellen Figuiera and Sandra Huenink
WHAT MOVIE WAS THAT FROM? Mother and daughter team is delighted to return to the Piano Stage! They will be performing light classics that have made it to movie Sound tracks—or if they haven’t yet, they should have. Enjoy!
1:00 Mayden Voyage
This vocal trio is comprised of Rebecca Rehorst, Dawn Riesing, and Mare Edstrom. Their music consists of old hymn spirituals, Andrews sisters, folk/Country, and classical solos and duets.
2:00 Lynne and Mark Carlstein
Lynne and Mark return to perform more decade favorites of the 20th Century.
3:00 Eric Andersen
Now a full time musician in Reno, NV, Eric returns to his hometown to thrill his friends and fans with his favorite original compositions. He started performing on the piano stage while in High School.
4:00 Malik Staude
A sophomore at OHS, Malik loves being on stage, and his piano skills were discovered as he played behind The Streetcar Named Desire.
The Pavilion Stage lies adjacent the park's stone pavilion building, and offers shelter rain or shine. The stage features national, regional and local entertainers, some sponsored by local businesses and non-profit organizations. The Awards for Best in Categories and Best and Show are presented here annually on Sunday, at 1pm.
Emcee provided by the Oconomowoc Toastmasters Club
Mark Brewer, Donna Christenson, Joan Genske, Rick Gutsche, Mark Haagensen, Philip Heinle, Adam Plummer
PAVILION STAGE ~ SATURDAY, AUGUST 20, 2016
10:00 am Tabula Nova
Tabula Nova Ensemble is a trio comprised of flute, clarinet and guitar.The group composes and arranges their music, which they perform at various events throughout the area.
11:00 am Bill Hill
Bill plays finger style guitar and sings jazz standards from the 1930's to the 1950's.
12:00 pm Vic Pagano
An iconic American style, Vic has been entertainingus for many years with Ragtime at its best.
1:00 pm La Belle Winds
Blending the distinct sounds of flute, oboe, clarinet, horn & bassoon, La Belle Winds has been providing entertainment at special events since 2009. Their music will range from Mozart to Haydn to classic hits from the 1920's - 40's, and inspirational favorites such as Amazing Grace.
2:00 pm Lucas Jaeger
A gifted vocalist, and violinist who just graduated from Kettle Moraine HS. He will perform classic songs, and music with his violin and viola. Sure to be a crowd pleaser!
3:00 pm Robin Chandler
Summertime...and the livin' is easy when Robin performs her songs under the Pavilion Stage tent! We’ll be enjoying "Show" & "Folk" tunes with our new friends.
4:00 pm Civic Broadway Singers
Under the direction of Abby Lorenz, Broadway classics are brought to life by this crowdpleasing ensemble.
PAVILION STAGE ~ SUNDAY, AUGUST 21, 2016
10:00 am Bill Peebles
Bill has been the Sunday morning opening act for decades. His smooth piano style, andcrowd favorites are sure to get the day startedon a bright note.
11:00 am Lake Country Orchestra
Lake Country Orchestra (LCO) is a full size symphony orchestra, made up of talented musicians of all ages who reside in the Lake Country area. Directed by Gail Schrader-Hoffman
12:00 pm Jeff Leonard
Jeff is a finger-style guitarist and vocalist who will entertain us with a mix of folk, jazz and blues.
1:00 pm AWARDS CEREMONY
2:00 pm A Little Bit of Heaven
This crowd favorite brass band has been entertaining Festival goers for many years.They will perform for us a program of classic band music.
3:00 pm Ken Lonnquist
Our Target sponsored artist returns with his unique blend of musical poetry, creativity, imagination and wit.
4:00 pm Will Krieger
Will has played on one of the Festival stages since he was 14 and now teaches music in Kettle Moraine School District.
Most of the groups that perform on the three entertainment stages do so on a gratis basis. We invite new entertainers interested in performing to fill out the application below. Applications will be considered from January through May for the following August.