Lots of Free Entertainment Options at the JanBoree

Jan. 21, 2010

The Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry announces the 25th annual Waukesha JanBoree will be chock full of entertainment for all festival goers from 1 to 100. The JanBoree takes place Jan. 22-24, 2010 throughout Waukesha County and presents festival-goers with the opportunity to explore all that Waukesha has to offer. Among the offerings, singers, performers, and dancers as well as a pub crawl for adults through downtown Waukesha.


“There's something for everyone to do,” said Sue Harter, JanBoree city coordinator. “This year we’re pleased to have Michael Feldman join us with his national radio show "Whad' Ya Know" and the return of Disney up and coming stars "Jonnie & Brookie."


On Friday, Jan. 22, winners of the Radio Disney Next Best Thing Contest Jonnie & Brookie return to the JanBoree for an encore performance. The girls will jam to today's kid friendly music at the North High School Auditorium, 2222 Michigan Ave. with two shows, 5:30 and 7:00 p.m. Free tickets are required for this event and available at the Waukesha Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Dept., 1900 Aviation Drive, and Martha Merrell's Books, 231 W. Main St.


Relive the summer magic with an encore performance of Freeman Friday Night live. Enjoy four stages of free live music in downtown Waukesha. Stages are located at: El Ranchito, 257 W. Broadway; Martha Merrells Books/Cuddles, 231 W. Main St.; RedStone Pub & Grill, 225 South St.; and The Steaming Cup, 340 W. Main St.


Michael Feldman brings his national radio broadcast to Waukesha on Saturday, Jan. 23, from 10 until noon at Shattuck Auditorium, 101 N. East Ave., located on the Carroll University Campus. "Whad' Ya Know?" is a two hour comedy/quiz/interview show that currently broadcast on 300 U.S. public radio stations. Attend and you'll get your chance to play the "Quiz" and win prizes. Advance tickets are $15 for seniors and students, adults are $20. At the door, tickets are $20 for seniors and students; $25 for adults.


Kids and families alike will enjoy A.C.T. LIVE, a sketch comedy show featuring children at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. at the Waukesha Civic Theatre. Free tickets are available at the door.


Join the Radio Disney Street Road Show, also on Saturday, at the Schuetze Recreation Center, 1120 Baxter St., for Disney themed give-a-ways, games and fun, all Disney Style. You'll dance, you'll sing, and have the time of your life. Enjoy the performance by Anita's Dance Center and then rock out with Disney from 1 until 2:00 p.m. This is a free event.


Head over to the E.B. Shurts Environmental Center, 810 W. College Ave., for the musical stylings of Ken Lonnquist as he presents "A Blizzard of Songs and Laughter!" The whole family will enjoy Ken's improvisational skills with songs like My Mother's Snoring, Vicious Fishes, and High Top Tennies. There are two free performances at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m.


For a huge dose of local comedy, check out Fish Sticks at the Waukesha Civic Theatre, 264 W. Main St. This comedy troupe brings the tenderest, flakiest, funniest, squeaky clean improv comedy for the whole family to enjoy. Show times on Sat. are 4 and 7:00 p.m. Adults are $8, students and seniors are $6. Order your tickets by calling 262-547-0708.


To round out Saturday evening, teens can head to Waukesha North, for the JanBoree Jam. The student generated bands offer rock, pop and alternative rock music from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Entertainment is for students 12 years and older and entry is $8.00 per person, $6.00 in advance. Please bring a nonperishable food item for donation to the Food Pantry of Waukesha.


For the adults, the JanBoree offers the Saturday Night Life Pub Crawl beginning at 8:30 p.m. Downtown Waukesha businesses will have extended hours, entertainment and beverage specials. Don't miss these crawl stops: Generations at Five Points, 294 W. Main; House of Guinness, 354 W. Main; Magellan's, 370 W. Main ; People's Park, 337 W. Main ; RedStone Pub & Grill, 225 South St.; and Sprizzo Gallery Caffe, 363 W. Main. Check out the lighted ice sculptures along the way!


On Sunday, Jan. 24 take in the Waukesha Civic Theatre's Winter JanBoree Variety Show. Enjoy singing, comedy, and so much more as the Talent Search Finalists perform their hearts out. Performance is 1 until 3:00 p.m. and tickets are $5.00 at the Box Office or the Waukesha Parks, Recreation, & Forestry Dept.


At the Country Springs Ballroom from 1 until 4:00 p.m. it's a blast from the past with a Polka Jam with Steve Meisner. Tickets are $7.00 in advance, $8.00 at the door. Beverages will be available for purchase.


For more information on the Waukesha JanBoree, call the hotline at 262/548-1703 or log on to the JanBoree website at www.janboree.org.

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