The end to Waukesha’s Friday Night Live is in sight…
Remember the classic 1971 song, “American Pie” by Don McLean. The song is a tribute to the February 3, 1959, plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, that claimed the lives of rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson. The world lost a lot of great musicians and a lot of music that day.
Fast forward to the current day in the city of Waukesha, WI.
The words, “The day, the music…. died,” resonate as I foresee the bleak future for downtown Waukesha if city officials get their way. Every resident and downtown business owner in the city of Waukesha should be very concerned about this! Read today’s article in the Waukesha Freeman (below) and reach out to city officials with your concerns to save Friday Night Live and other downtown Waukesha events.
A little history…
Every summer for the past decade, at least, the streets of downtown Waukesha are closed down for a few hours. Live music on several stages draws hundreds and even a thousand or more people downtown every week. Parents, grandparents, children and youth amass to the historic downtown area to listen to live music, eat, shop, and experience the vitality that the great city has come to offer. Do I need to mention the amount of business revenue that is generated for merchants because of Friday Night Live alone? What would happen if it all went away? Do the sounds of crickets and the sight of empty storefronts come to mind?
Government, Politics and Business
It’s a cardinal rule that government should never get involved with running a business. Apparently leaders for the city of Waukesha are unaware of this fundamental principle? All they see are a couple very successful events and they are trying to devise a plan to capitalize on them.
When you read the Freeman article below, it becomes obvious that the actions of city officials are being skewed by dollar signs. Further, (I have facts to back this up) there’s a couple city officials, whom I plan to call out on a later date, that will stop at nothing to undermine and thwart the event organizers for the two largest events in our downtown:
- Waukesha’s Friday Night Live
- The Waukesha Farmers Market
The organizer of these very successful events is The Waukesha Downtown Business Association. City officials failed two times to take over the Farmers Market, now they want to tax Friday Night Live into non-existence.
If you are a city resident, business owner, or supporter of Waukesha’s Friday Night Live or Farmers Market, I urge you to contact city officials and voice your concerns:
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