The Fort Atkinson Area Chamber of Commerce and Fort Atkinson Summer Charity Concerts are delighted to offer a revised version of the Fort Atkinson End-of-Summer Party, this year titled Rhythm “Remix”, which will be held on Saturday, August 21, throughout the city.
The Rhythm on the River committee met in March to make a final decision on hosting this popular event, now in its 18th year. All agreed that it was important to have a post-pandemic festival, as long as the health and safety of residents and visitors were not threatened.
In the end, the committee decided to offer a daytime musical event spread across multiple venues to encourage small group gatherings and more family-friendly activities while providing a fun summer celebration.
This year’s free event features six venues with regional musical talent scheduled in each throughout the day. Venues include the Café Carpe, Jones Market, Tavern on Rock, Riverwalk Plaza overlooking the River Rock, Rotary Pavilion along the Glacial River bike path, as well as performances at Barrie Park Bandshell by local students from Fort Atkinson. The variety of performers ensures quality entertainment for all musical tastes.
The live music program includes:
Jason Petitt at Riverwalk Plaza, 10 a.m. to noon; 1Fort Schools scene at Barrie Park, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Noah Hittner at Jones Market, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Derek Ramnarace at the Rotary Pavilion, noon to 2 p.m .; John Gay at Café Carpe, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Two polecats at Tavern on Rock, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Ad Hoc Trio at Riverwalk Plaza, 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Dowsers at Jones Market, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 7000 apart at the Rotary Pavilion, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Driftless at Café Carpe, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Altar Boy Picnic at Tavern on Rock, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Jason Petitt is an energetic acoustic solo musician and guitarist who has performed and performed for most of his adult life. His style brings together elements of reggae, funk, rock and blues, creating an original musical sound as well as a wide range of covers performed in a refreshing way.
Influenced by everything from folk-rock to hip-hop, Noah Hittner has recorded and released several albums that blend singer-songwriter, acoustic, rock, urban and electronic styles into a singular Acoustic-Tronic genre. Noah plays around with the use of a looper pedal and various effects, creating an extremely entertaining full tape sound.
Derek Ramnarace is a Baraboo singer and songwriter bringing an earthy, simple and rich flavor to the scene. Derek is known for his relaxed approach to creating textured arrangements to emphasize the emotionally raw delivery of his introspective and heartfelt lyrics. Addressing topics of love, loss, failure and redemption, his songs are informed by his struggles.
Singer-songwriter John Gay brings a grainy, contemplative sound to his American-Country-Christian style. In 2017, John began performing his solo acoustic set at various venues in Southeastern Wisconsin, playing original music with covers of his favorite artists such as Jason Isbell, The Lumineers, Chris Stapleton, and Zach Williams.
Two Polecats is made up of Jesse and Angela, two musicians who play and sing all of the Madpolecats’ favorite songs and more. Two polecats adapt their songs to the desire of the crowd; there’s a good chance they’ll play a song that’s surprising to hear from a tenor guitar and violin.
Ad Hoc Trio is made up of Steve Borchardt, Perry Baird and Christien Ellestad. As solo musicians and members of various musical groups in the region over the years, the three are very familiar with local audiences performing folk, pop, country and traditional songs accompanied by acoustic guitar, mandolin and violin.
The Dowsers is a trio embodying an eclectic mix of acoustic rock, pop, blues and jazz.
Amelie Eiding and Jon Kresin are a husband and wife pop duo called 7000apart – a reference to the 7,000 miles from her room in Stockholm, Sweden, to her dorm room in Kentucky during their years of dating. This indie-pop duo aims to create music that resonates with others, creating joy at every moment.
The Driftless is a Cambridge-based band specializing in classic country, bluegrass, rock and folk by bringing reimagined music with soul to all listeners. The five-person group consists of Dave Kratovil, Will Peters, Mark Hansen, Joe Lundsten, Matt “Huck” Gent, Jake Kemler and Jim Fitzgerald. Incredible vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, 12-string guitar, mandolin, percussion, and bass guitar all pop into the performances.
Altar Boy Picnic is a group of four local musicians including Gerry, DJ, Jacob and Bruce, who share an eclectic mix of B-side material from favorite artists ranging from the 60s to today.
Additional music can be provided by local bars and restaurants in the evening for what the organizers call “Rythm After Hours”. A food court, children’s activities, and an event passport with local business promotions are also included in the celebration.
A full calendar of summer events and activities is available on the Chamber’s website at www.fortchamber.com. The Fort Atkinson Room, located at 244 N. Main St., is open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.