The Coffee House 50th Anniversary Celebration
The Coffee House, Wisconsin’s longest running acoustic music venue, will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 2pm-11pm at 1905 W Wisconsin Ave in Milwaukee.
A free-will offering of only $5 is requested to encourage new
and old friends to attend.
For complete information visit: http://www.the-coffee-house.com/50th-anniversary.html
The evening concert features folk legends Lou and Peter
Berryman, Bill Camplin, and Fox and Branch.
Other Milwaukee folk luminaries will share music and experiences throughout the day including David HB Drake, Jym Mooney, Sandy Weisto, Mud River Lee, Tom and Barb Webber, and many more.
The daytime events present intimate round-robin performances and workshops including The Coffee House Years, a historic overview of 50 years of performances, sessions on songwriting, humor, social justice, new artists, poetry and traditional music, followed by a pot-luck dinner from 6:00 - 7:30 PM. All are welcome and asked to bring a dish to share.
The Coffee House hopes this celebration will draw in the community they were charged to provide for, creating a safe, alcohol-free place for conversation and an appreciation of the acoustic arts so many years ago.
Established in 1967, The Coffee House has been an integral part of the Milwaukee creative scene for 50 years, making it one of the very oldest, continuous running folk venues in the country. Officially an outreach of Redeemer Lutheran Church, The Coffee House was born out of the troubled, yet hopeful times of the Sixties.
The Rev. Alan Davis, Rev. Chuck Witt, and Agnes Zeidler, Milwaukee’s former first lady, as well as a host of other church members and community activists, felt there needed to be a place: "To serve the community by being a place where persons may meet in unhurried conversation and where the questions, the issues, the interests, the hopes that lie within and around us may unfold in an atmosphere of openness and candor." (taken from the original mission statement). http://www.the-coffee-house.com/