It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, we’re not talking about Christmas, New Year’s or the city’s steady string of summer festivals. Rather, the unofficial title of Milwaukee’s favorite day belongs to another event bearing the “Fest” suffix, which grants citizens an eight-hour respite from the winter doldrums and forces people outdoors for one unforgettable day of February fun. Over the last three years, Burnhearts’ Mitten Fest has helped combat cabin fever for thousands of people in a two-block stretch on Bay View’s Potter Avenue with a wintry mix of live music, food, beverages, and charity.
Past Mitten Fests brought about performances from Call Me Lightning, Jaill, The Fatty Acids, Whips, Canopies, Greatest Lakes, Heavy Hand, and others beneath the heated tent set before throngs of bundled-up beer- and brandy old fashioned-swilling attendees. This year’s Mitten Fest Facebook event says a combined 5,500 people are either going or “interested,” despite nary a musical act being mentioned. Now within a month of the 4th annual Burnhearts Mitten Fest, Milwaukee Record—the official media sponsor of Mitten Fest—is proud to announce the eclectic and altogether awesome musical lineup that will take the stage (listed headliner to opener) on Saturday, February 6.
Between-band DJing by Chris Schulist
As if the stacked cast of musicians isn’t enticing enough, Burnhearts will serve rare and limited beers from Central Waters and Founders, Korbel old fashioneds, and ginger brandy (plus a full bar inside). Goodkind, Honeypie, Gypsy Taco, and Valentine Coffee Roasters will offer food and non-alcoholic beverages. Cortney Heimerl (Hover Craft, Maker Market) will enlist a varied grouping of local vendors for an art and craft fair. As always, Burnhearts will also accept cash and non-perishables for Hunger Task Force along with clothing donations.
We’ll see you there, Milwaukee! Bundle up.