Save the Date for the Festival

August 19th and 20th, 2017, 10am - 5pm

Entertainment

2017 Entertainment Schedule IN PROGRESS

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

Youth Stage

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 19, 2017

10:00 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 and laughter.

 

11:00 AM       Wildlife in Need Center
(Sponsored by Books & Company + Lorleberg's True Value Hardware & Rental)

A representative of the Wildlife in Need Center will provide an education program featuring their educational animal ambassadors and to talk about their wildlife rehabilitation center.

 

12:00 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!

 

1:00 PM          Lake Country Racquet and Athletic Club ZUMBA

ZUMBA is a Latin-infused dance exercise. Come join the fun!

 

1:30 PM          Fanka Foli

This Wauwatosa drum group studies the music of West Africa as taught by master drummers such as Mamady Keita and Famoudou Konate. Fanka Foli, which means “energetic music,” will perform various rhythms to share a bit of the culture.

 

2:30 PM          Jhankaar Indian Dance Troupe

New to the Festival, this group of dancers will introduce 3 variations of dance styles in India: Garba, a circular, traditional dance, Semi-classical and Bollywood classical, with specific hand and body gestures, and Modern Bollywood, with lots of exhilarating hip movements!

 

3:00 PM          Mainstage Academy of Dance

Under the direction of Artistic Director and owner Eddy Bray, the dancers today will showcase the well-rounded dance experience that Mainstage offers. Home to the Lake Country Nutcracker Ballet, this coming October the academy will be offering performances of Dracula, in collaboration with the Oconomowoc Arts Center.

 

4:00 PM          Family Tae Kwon Do Champions

Returning for its second year to the Festival, this family-friendly martial arts school offers classes for kids ages 4 and up plus adults of all ages. They focus on teaching confidence, discipline, and respect, and having a great attitude. A free demo will be offered up on the stage for any interested audience members.


YOUTH STAGE ~ SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017

10:30 AM       Oconomowoc Varsity Dance Team
This group of dancers come from Oconomowoc High School. They will perform on the grass, adjacent to the youth stage.

11:00 AM       Will Krieger

First time to the Youth Stage (but a veteran of the other Festival stages), Will is a music teacher at Magee Elementary School in the Kettle Moraine School District. He loves to teach kids music, and he loves to perform. Today he will be playing strictly Disney music, so feel free to sing along!

 

12:00 PM        TTP Academy & Lake Country Dance Theatre Troupe

Formally To The Pointe, the TTP Academy is a community-centered group of dance educators who offer training and academy-level programs at a reduced rate through area community centers. Dancing is for all ages and abilities and is accessible to more people!

 

1:00 PM          Snyder’s Stars

This recreational and competition group, coached by Berrin Snyder, will demonstrate how baton twirling helps develop hand-eye coordination skills as well as building confidence and performance skills in children. Members perform in local parades and events as well as get the opportunity to compete in local, state, and national competitions.

 

1:30 PM          Summer Ringers

A multi-generational handbell choir from the First Congregational United Church of Christ, these musicians ring on a 5 octave set of bronze handbells made in Pennsylvania. Come enjoy listening to some inspiring music! 

 

2:30 PM          Rhythm! Dancers from 5678 Dance! Studio

Rhythm! Dancers is a traveling dance group from 5678 Dance! Studio in Oconomowoc. The dancers range in age from 12-18. They will perform a show filled with ballet, jazz, hip hop, and theatrical dancing. There may be time for some audience participation as well!

 

3:30 PM          Lake Country Ukulele Club

Back for its second year to the Youth Stage, come see what fun it is to play a little ukulele!

 

4:30 PM          Lark Studio

Lark Studio, run by Mark and Lynne Carlstein, provides professional voice instruction and vocal coaching to singers of all ages. Emphasis is placed on building strong vocal technique and performance skills.




 

Piano Stage

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 19, 2017

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   Cora Hougard
Cora will be a freshman at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities studying biochemistry and pre-med.  She has been taking piano from Ellen Dixon for 10 years and has performed in the Lake COuntry area during her high school career.

 

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     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.

 

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 20, 2017

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! Get ready to play Name That Tune...Really!! Enjoy!

 

1:00     Jacob Rankin
Jacob, 2014 OFA scholarship recipient, is returning o the Piano Stage to share a variety of songs on guitar.  Selections will consist of covers and original pieces.

 

2:00     Lynne and Mark Carlstein
Lynne and Mark return to perform more decade favorites of the 20th century.

 

3:00     Vic Pagano
With complete precision, Vic plays the iconic classic Ragtime by Scott Joplin and others.

 

4:00     Malik Staude
A junior at OHS, Malik loves being on stage, and his piano skills were discovered as he played behind The Streetcar Named Desire.

 

 

 

The Pavilion Stage

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 19, 2017

 

10:00 am Robin Chandler and Friends

Summertime...and the livin' is easy when BFF's perform their songs under the Pavilion Stage tent!  We'll be enjoying "Show" & "Folk" tunes with our returning friends.


11:00 am Ken Lonnquist

Our Target sponsored artist returns with his unique blend of musical poetry, creativity, imagination and wit.


12:00 pm Civic Broadway Singers

Under the direction of Abby Lorenz, Broadway classics are brought to life by this crowdpleasing ensemble.


1:00 pm Clouded Violets

Jack Middleton, 2016 OFA Scholarship winner, and his friend Molly Rich have a performance style that is relaxed acoustic.  They will perform a mix of covers and originals.

2:00 pm Jeff Leonard

Jeff is a finger-style guitarist and vocalist who will entertain us with a mix of folk, jazz and blues.

3:00 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.

 

4:00 pm TBD

 

PAVILION STAGE ~ SUNDAY, AUGUST 20, 2017

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 started on a bright note.


11:00 am Five's Company

Five's Company is a quintet comprised of flute, clarinet, and guitars.  The group composes and arranges their music, which they perform at various events throughout the area.

12:00 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 big band music.


1:00 pm AWARDS CEREMONY



2:00 pm Easy Days

Returning by popular demand, this Barbershop Quartet will entertain us with their mix of classic and contemporary tunes.


3:00 pm Jeff Leonard

Back for an encore performance.  Jeff is a finger-style guitarist and vocalist who will entertain us with a mix of folk, jazz, and blues.


4:15 pm Markus Manouche

This father/son jazz duet (Stan and Vic Markus) is inspired by genius jazz gypsy Guitarist 'Django Reinhardt.' Gypsy jazz originated in France in the 1930s.  Django remains and inspiration to guitarists from all generations.



 

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.

ENTERTAINMENT APPLICATION