RHINELANDER - Musicians gathered at Nicolet College for a night of collaboration. The local band Boat Patrol set up the event.
Boat Patrol keyboardist Daleth Mountjoy wanted to showcase the great talent in Rhinelander. He also said its always fun to play with other people.
"We've got a lot of people that are doing some really cool things," said Mountjoy. "We can take what they're doing and add our own little flavor to it. So it's not just showcasing someone else. It's collaborating with these other musicians and taking their songs and making them into something new and something fun."
Mountjoy said he met many of the artists at the monthly ArtStart open mic series "In Progress" in Rhinelander. One of those artists is Nate Sheppard.
Sheppard said playing with others makes him a better musician. He also thinks the event is a great way for the musicians to support each other.
"It's awesome to collaborate together, to draw each other's audiences into the same space, to expose our friends to the music of these other artists and vice versa," said Sheppard. "It's just a great, collaborative experience for all of us."
Most of the musicians will be performing at Project North next weekend. The music and sustainability festival will be in downtown Rhinelander.
MILWAUKEE - For the first time in 53 years, summer in Milwaukee won't have a Summerfest.
The crown jewel for the City of Festivals, and the largest music festival in the United States, was canceled for the first time, due to the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday morning in a unanimous vote by the board of Summerfest's parent company, Milwaukee World Festival Inc.
"Given the information available today, and the uncertainty surrounding very large gatherings, we cannot in good conscience proceed with the festival this year," Don Smiley, Milwaukee World Festival CEO, said in a statement. "The immediate future presents multiple levels of risk for our fans, and we choose the side of safety."
Refunds for Summerfest general-admission tickets are available at summerfest.com through July 17. 2020 general admission tickets and passes will also be honored for Summerfest 2021. Summerfest officials said dates for next year will be announced in the coming weeks.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - City workers and local artists painted the words "Black Lives Matter" in enormous bright yellow letters on the street leading to the White House, a highly visible sign of the District of Columbia's embrace of a protest movement that has put it even further adds with President Donald Trump.
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