Now that summer is officially upon us, the status of most Milwaukee summer festivals, block parties, concert series, and other entertainment undertakings is starting to become more clear.
Some festivals made the difficult decision to cancel rather than face the uncertainty of this transitional summer. Others placed their faith in vaccinations decided to forge on with new safety protocols. And a few organizers have made drastic adjustments to what they’re doing this summer in an effort to bring people some entertainment as society waits for the pandemic to be fully behind us. Enderis Park Neighborhood Association can be counted in that third group.
Since 2005, Enderis Park Neighborhood Association has hosted the “Concerts On The Green” music series that brings live music to the neighborhood’s eponymous public park. Like most in-person events, the Concerts On The Green series was canceled in 2020. While the COVID-19 crisis is in a far better place than it was last summer, the organizing committee has decided to cancel this summer’s installment as well “due to continued health restrictions on food and gathering, and time constraints.” The statement also cites funding issues.
Though the series will have to wait until 2022, Enderis Park Neighborhood Association is going to bring the live music to the people with a pair of “Traveling Band” performances that will feature Milwaukee musicians performing mobile concerts throughout portions of the neighborhood. The MilBillies will be weaving through the eastern half of Enderis Park neighborhood on Thursday, July 22. De La Buena will perform for folks on the neighborhood’s western half on Thursday, August 5.
Organizers intend to bring Concerts On The Green back in “full force” next summer. Until then, break out those lawn chairs, Enderis Park residents. The MilBillies and De La Buena will be rolling by before you know it.