Enjoy bluegrass music with Above the Town at Wisconsin Lutheran College's Summer Arts in the Park

June 19, 2006

MILWAUKEE - Above the Town, Milwaukee's newest contemporary bluegrass ensemble, will blend traditional sounds with Celtic influences, jazz and swing on Thursday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m. for Wisconsin Lutheran's Summer Arts in the Park free, outdoor concert series. Above the Town provides the perfect mix of old and new, performing music by masters of bluegrass as well as original music.

Above the Town is a collection of some of the top freelance musicians in the Milwaukee area. Jerry Loughney, fiddle, mandolin and vocals, is a five-time Wisconsin State Fiddle Champion as well as an accomplished classical violinist performing with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and other area ensembles. Brian Baker, bass and vocals, lends his talents to many styles of music from classical to jazz and contemporary music. Bill Brenckle, guitar and vocals, is featured on recordings of finger-style guitar in bluegrass groups. Jon Peik, banjo, mandolin and vocals, is a member of several bands including Nob Hill Boys and Blue Eagle. Madison's Nob Hill Boys was recently featured on Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion."

Summer Arts in the Park takes place at 8800 West Bluemound Road on the campus courtyard located between Bluemound Road and Wisconsin Avenue at 89th Street. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.  Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket.  The concert will be held indoors if raining. For further information, please call the box office at (414) 443-8802 or visit the website at

Since 1996, the Wisconsin Lutheran College Center for Arts and Performance has been providing a comprehensive program of performing and visual arts and educational and community events for students and the people of southeastern Wisconsin.