The Fond du Lac Symphonic Band will open the 31st Buttermilk Festival season on Wednesday, June 12, with “A Tribute to Rock and Roll.” Under the direction of Associate Conductor Jill Wagner, the concert will begin at 7:15 p.m. at the Wifler Performance Center in Buttermilk Creek Park.
Northsoul and Friends will be featured vocalists on several selections. Trevor Lindgren and Travis Worth, of the new local band Northsoul, will be joined by friends Noah Goebel and Andy Mueller. Trevor will be singing “The Rolling Stones on Tour,” including songs Paint It Black, Ruby Tuesday, and Satisfaction. Travis and Trevor will team up for “Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel,” including Sounds of Silence, Mrs. Robinson, Scarborough Fair, Feelin’ Groovy, and Bridge over Troubled Water. Noah will be rocking to “A Tribute to Elvis,” which includes Love Me Tender, Don’t Be Cruel, Heartbreak Hotel, Blue Suede Shoes, and Can’t Help Falling in Love. Andy Mueller will end the concert with a rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” made famous by Queen.
The band will open the concert with a band piece written in the rock style, titled “Rock Encounter.” It was written in 1974 when rock was in its second decade of popularity. Also included in the program will be music by the Beatles, Chicago, and medleys of tunes from the 1980s and 1990s.
Next on the Wednesday night series is the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on June 19, followed by the popular European ethnic band, Dorf Kapelle on June 26.
A food concession serving sandwiches, soda, and desserts, is available each Wednesday beginning at 6:00 p.m. In the event of unsuitable weather, the concert will be moved to the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds.
While all Buttermilk Festival concerts are free of charge, free-will offerings are received to help defray costs. For further information on the Festival, visit the Band’s website at www.fdlsymphonicband.com.