‘The show will go on’*

* As long as the torrential rains that flooded Port’s Lake Street and nearby park — the venue for this weekend’s Paramount Music Festival — don’t return

VETERANS MEMORIAL PARK in Port Washington, the site of this weekend’s Paramount Music Festival, was underwater early Monday. After the floodwater receded, city crews went to work cleaning the park, and officials said that barring any rain later this week the show will go on. Photo by Sam Arendt
Ozaukee Press staff

Despite this week’s flooding in Port Washington’s Veterans Memorial Park, the Paramount Music Festival is expected to proceed as planned this weekend.

“The show will go on barring any more weird things happening,” organizer Kris Raymond said. 

An inspection on Tuesday showed the bandshell and the grassy area in front of it are in fairly good shape, she said, adding organizers were to visit the park again on Wednesday to check on conditions.

The messiest parts of the park are near the playground and the lakefront, she said, areas that aren’t central to the festival.

“Worst case scenario, if the ground’s too wet, we’ll put our food vendors on the blacktop,” Raymond said.

City Administrator Mark Grams acknowledged the park is sloppy in places, but said that street crews have been working to get rid of the debris and mud that were left by floodwaters.

“If there’s no rain or minimal rain the rest of the week, it should be fine,” he said. 

This year, the Paramount Music Festival moved to Veterans Park from Coal Dock Park, a change necessitated because the Harley Davidson 115th anniversary celebration made it difficult to obtain the tents  and other infrastructure needed for the fest, Raymond said. 

“We love Coal Dock Park, but Veterans Park is a beautiful park, too,” she said. “As long as we’re still in Port and we’re on the water, we’re OK.”

The 13th annual festival, which starts at 4:30 p.m. Friday and opens at noon on Saturday and Sunday, is free. It ends each day at about 10:30 p.m.

A wide variety of music will be heard throughout the weekend.

“We’re going back to the blues this year,” Raymond said, although other genres will be heard as well.

Friday’s lineup includes the Tommy Bentz Band at 5 p.m., the Blues Disciples at 6:30 p.m. and the headlining Led Zeppelin Show by Kashmir at 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the day kicks off with music by Jonny T-Bird & the MPS at noon followed by the Tallan Noble Latz band at 1 p.m., the Ivy Ford Band at 2:30 p.m., Katz Sass at 4 p.m., Rev. Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys with Westside Andy at 6 p.m. and the Altered Five Blues Band at 8 p.m.

Sue DaBaco will start the music on Sunday at 12:15 p.m., followed by the Jay Edward Band at 1 p.m., the Spectaculars at 2:15 p.m., Paul Filipowicz at 3:45 p.m., the Alex Wilson Band at 5:15 p.m., Aaron Williams and the Hoodoo at 6:45 p.m. and the Bel Airs at 8 p.m.

“I call them the blues Beach Boys,” Raymond said of the Bel Airs.

“There are a lot of Wisconsin favorites in this year’ s lineup,” she added.

VIP tickets, which include seating in a special tent and garden area, a meal each day and all beverages, are available. They cost $65 for Friday, $85 each for Saturday and Sunday or $200 for all three days.

The festival is known for its wide variety of adult beverages, and this year is no exception. 

On Friday, the festival will host “The Pour” from 6 to 8 p.m. For a fee, those attending may enjoy as many beverages as they like — a selection of roughly 30 beers as well as wines and sangria — and receive a special glass. The cost is $25 in advance or $35 at the festival.

There will also be two free after-parties during the festival — at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Sir James Pub in downtown Port and at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Seven Hills Pub and Grill at the Country Inn & Suites on Port’s north side. Big Al Dorn and The Blues Howlers will play at the event on Saturday.

Music isn’t the only attraction at the festival. The tall ship Denis Sullivan — Wisconsin‘s flagship — will be docked in Port for the weekend, offering cruises and deck tours.

And on Sunday, a Paramount progressive brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The brunch will start at Sir James Pub on Franklin Street, where participants will trade in their $15 voucher for a wristband that entitles them to dine at participating businesses.

The Paramount Music Festival is held by the Paramount Music Association, which is commited to preserving and promoting the history of music, commerce and technology as used by the Wisconsin Chair Factory for the Paramount Records label.  

For tickets and more information about the festival or brunch, visit www.paramountmusic.org.

For tickets and information about the Sullivan, call (262) 284-2406 or visit www.portexploreum.com/outings/denis-sullivan.


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