Relive the 1980s Friday, May 31, and Saturday, June 1, at Wally’s Music Fest.
Taking the stage in Schilberg Park, two bands will perform Friday night and six bands will perform Saturday. Bands returning from last year include Dem Horney Funkers, Katie Mack & the Moan.
Wally’s Music Fest, designed to be "a mini Summerfest,” with two days of music, dancing, food and beer debuted in 2016.
The event is named after Wally Schilberg, a Milton businessman who owned R&W Heating. Schilberg also was an active member of the Milton FFA, and donated to the Schilberg Park land to the School District of Milton.
Funds raised at the music fest hosted by Milton FFA Alumni and the Milton Area Chamber of Commerce help support local non-profits provide host events for the Milton community and surrounding areas.
Here are the bands performing this year:
Friday, May 31
- 7-9 p.m. — Lola Montez
No subject matter is out of bounds for Nashville rock band Lola Montez. Fresh off the recording of their debut release, the band is intent on hitting a raw nerve with music fans far and wide.
Singer and frontwoman, Inga Rudin, toured previously with the band Naked Beggars, which featured Eric Brittingham and Jeff LaBar of Cinderella. Rudin says, “We like to hear each other out, not judge, and let the music flow.” This is echoed in the diverse sound of the group, also consisting of guitarist Blake Scopino and former Skinny Molly/Blackfoot drummer Kurt Pietro.
Punk riffs, brazen vocal belts and raucous drums deliver. Lola asserts plenty of muscle but with its pop sensibilities firmly in tow.
- 9-11:30 p.m. — The Kings of Radio
Kings of Radio is five-piece rock cover band playing big hair ’80s hits, with a splash of some newer songs thrown in for extra spice, that has been tearing up stages across southern Wisconsin for almost 10 years. The band is comprised of seasoned veterans from some of the areas most successful projects over the last 20 years. Kings of Radio, and its members, have played pretty much every festival, firemen’s dance, county fair, and club between Milwaukee and the far south western reaches of Wisconsin, as well as supported many national acts such as Queensryche, Warrant, Stryper, Winger and Geoff Tate’s Operation Mindcrime.
Saturday, June 1
- 1-2 p.m. — SoSo
SoSo is a band made up of three siblings from the Janesville area and often other guest musicians including their dad. Doing a variety of music (originals and covers) spanning the 1960s through today's pop, rock and country, SoSo has opened for regional bands such as Kings of Radio, Katie Mack & the Moan and Bellevue Suite. The band consist of Stephenie Clark (19 years old) on lead vocals, guitars and keyboards; Alex Walters (17) on keyboards & bass and Freddy Walters (15) on guitars; and their dad, Dan Walters on bass, guitars and vocals. When Alex was just learning to talk he could not say his sister’s name. He called her “SoSo,” it stuck and the name was born.
- 2:30 - 5 p.m. — Dem Horny Funkers
Once upon a time there was a hand full of Horny Funkers that came across the path of a few veteran rockers. After a couple drinks and some din din at BWW, wham bam thank you ma’am, Dem Horny Funkers was conceived. With the equivalent of more than 150 years in making sweet, sweet music, this nine-piece band that includes a four-piece horn section, bridges the gaps of funk, pop & rock in one unforgettable night of music.
- 5:30 p.m. TRaSH 80's
Four-member band has been playing in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin since 2002.
- 7-9 p.m. — Katie Mack & the Moan
Katie Mack & the Moan is a bar band. A greasy rock n roll bluesy juke joint bar band. The kind of band that takes pride in their song delivery and showmanship. A band that wants you to shake your ass. Get down. Get your groove on. COVERING: The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Nathaniel Rateliff, The Black Keys, The Black Crowes, Tom Petty, Elle King, CCR, Johnny Cash, ZZ Top, Bill Withers, Rufus King, Cream, Hall & Oates, David Bowie, The Hollies, Prince, The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers, Black Sabbath, Cinderella, Joe Walsh, etc.
- 9 p.m. — The Prince Experience
A trip back in time to the 1980s Prince & the Revolution, including “The Artist” Era. Gabriel Sanchez (Prince) deliverers a top-notch performance as “Prince.” The backing band/musicians, vocalist & dancers are some of the regional areas best. You’ll be swept back in time and dancing in the isles to some of Princes greatest hits: “1999,” “Purple Rain,” “Darling Nikki,” “Little Red Corvette,” “Diamonds & Pearls,” “Raspberry Beret” and more. Also performing during the show is Morris Day & The Time.
Tickets are $10 at the gate.
For more information, go to www.wallyfest.com.