Totally tubular: Wally’s Music Fest is all about the ’80s


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

MILTON—Düde, the 1980s are coming back to Milton again this Jüne.

Wally’s Music Fest—the local rock festival with a focus on all ’80s music, all the time—returns for its second year June 2-3 at Schilberg Park.

And like a pair of acid-washed jeans after having some time to be broken in, organizers hope the music festival will get even better—and more rad—with age.

Wally’s Music Fest is named after Schilberg Park’s original major donor, Wally Schilberg. Nobody’s been able to prove whether Wally would have had a penchant for spandex, synthesizers and face-melting guitar solos, but the 3,500 people organizers say attended last year is proof the celebration struck a power chord of nostalgia.

This year’s fest brings back the same ’80s music theme as last year, but with more bands and two bigger main stages that will bring longer performances and a more fully gigged-out concert feel. It also includes a tent, and food and merchandise vendors.

Oh, and then there’s the actual music. Returning is Milwaukee-based Prince tribute band The Prince Experience, along with a slew of other ’80s rock and hard rock revivalists from Rock County, Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago.

Organizer Dani Stivarius, who is director of the Milton Area Chamber of Commerce, said the contract for bands playing the festival stipulates they must play a set list featuring at least 95 percent ’80s…

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