Save the Date for the Festival

August 16th and 17th, 2014, 10am - 5pm


Save the date for the Festival– the third full weekend of August.

Saturday, August 16, 2014 and Sunday, August 17, 2014 in Fowler Park. It runs from 10AM until 5PM. rain or shine. 

2014 Schedule in progress - descriptions below are from 2013

Youth Stage

The Youth Stage is the largest of the 3 stages at the Festival, measuring 24' x 24.' It can accommodate larger dance ensembles and community groups that perform from year to year. Nestled in the trees and adjacent to the children’s swings and playground at Fowler Park, the stage hosts a variety of local groups, with some entertainers being sponsored by area businesses. The performances appeal to the young...and the young at heart!

Saturday, August 17 

10:00 am
Lake Country Martial Arts
Based in Hartland, Wisconsin, this center for martial arts training for children & adults offers a variety of classes & summer camps. Students will demonstrate several aspects of the martial arts, including forms, board breaking, weapons demonstrations, & self defense. 

10:30 am    

Fanka Foli
Back for its fourth year at the Festival, this Wauwatosa-based drumming group studies the drum music of West Africa.  "Fanka Foli" means "energetic music" and in Africa, music is part of the way of life and is played for various reasons.

11:30 am    

Hansing's School of Dance
Dancers of all ages from this Oconomowoc-based dance studio will perform a variety of dances for your enjoyment.

12:00 pm   

1:00 pm 

Instrument Petting Zoo
(sponsored by Hartland Music)
Try out an instrument at the Youth Stage & see what music you can make!

2:00 pm    

MainStage Academy of Dance
This Dousman-based dance academy with Artistic Director Eddy Bray return to the Festival, to share their talents and message that dance is for everyone. A diversity of dance styles will be performed, which may include classical ballet, modern, contemporary, and hip-hop.

3:00 pm    

Wildlife in Need Center
(sponsored byBooks  & Company)
This local non-profit offers rehabilitation to Wisconsin wildlife with the intent to release them back to their native habitat. Come see some animals currently in their care.

4:00 pm    

 Zumba is a fun, Latin-inspired exercise dance with easy-to-follow choreography. Come join Sharon Klug, a licensed Zumba instructor, lead the crowd in partying your way to fitness!

Sunday, August 18 
Lark Music Studio
Some voice students of Lynne Carlstein will perform classical & Broadway songs they have learned during the summer voice program, "Singin in the Summer." 

11:00 am    

This local center provides recreational gymnastics classes for children from 20 months up to high school. A Tai Chi and gymnastics demo will shared and you just may be able to participate up on stage!

11:30 pm

Snyder's Stars
Recreational & competitive baton twirling & pom pom groups will perform some of their routines.

12:00 pm 

To The Pointe Performance Dance Company
A full performing arts training school, To The Pointe offers classes in dance, theatre, & voice. It sponsors the non-profit Lake Country Dance Theatre.

1:00 pm 

Ken Lonnquist
(sponsored by Target Stores)
Wisconsin songwriter Ken Lonnquist is back to share more of his unique songs and ditties to "tickle the funny bone."

2:00 pm 
Replay Jazz 
First time on the Youth Stage, this ensemble, made up of local musicians who are passionate about their music, will play everything from classic big band originals all the way through rockin' jazz fusion artists.  Replay Jazz will guarantee to awaken your senses & enlighten your spirit to dance! 

3:00 pm

Rhythm! Dance Company
This local non-profit dance group from 5678 Dance! Studio has dancers ranging from 12 to 16.  They will share a variety of dance styles: ballet, jazz, hip hop, and theatrical dancing.

4:00 pm

Teen Ringers
These talented hand bell musicians come from First Congregational United Church of Christ of Oconomowoc.  Intermediate and high school students as well as "alumni" ringers will perform their unique sound for your enjoyment.

Piano Stage

An intimate setting with room for only 2 or 3 performers, the piano stage provides festival goers with an eclectic mix of music performed by local musicians. From Bach to boogie, and classical to pop, there’s something for the enjoyment of all music lovers at this venue.

Saturday, August 17

10:00  a.m.     
Tail Spin
Celtic, Classic, and Contemporary songs performed by Ken and Amy Schmidt (guitar,accordion), Mykul Angelo (bass), and Kim McKisick-Monroe (violin) 

11:00  a.m.     
Lynne and Mark Carlstein
Heard described as Oconomowoc's own Lunt and Fontanne, Lynne (vocals) and Mark (piano maestro) perform a delightful musical hour of Broadway hits, jazz standards, and all time favorites. 

12:00  p.m.
Ellen McDonald
The owner of Harland Music performs her original stylings of your piano favorites.    

1:00  p.m.
Will Krieger
Will is a music major at UW Whitewater.  His favorite thing to do in the whole world is play piano and sing, from the old (Beatles) to the more contemporary Ben Folds.  He's played on the piano stage since he was 14.    

2:00  p.m
Tim Clausen
Growing up in the Fowler Park neighborhood, Tim is a self taught jazz and blues pianist, rooted in the great stride-piano tradition.  Music sample at

3:00   p.m. 
Stan Markus
Classical guitar artistry as Stan plays smoky flamenco to mystical Erik Satie.

 4:00  p.m. 
Jeff Leonard and Rick Grothaus
Jeff (guitar and vocals) and Rick (clarinet)  perform an eclectic mix of blues, jazz, folk, and delightful Songs that tell a Story.    

Sunday August 18
10:00  a.m.
Robin LeClaire
Robin sings songs that seek soul;  music from the 60's, 70's 80's, and today, with acoustic guitar.

11:00  a.m.
Monte Liebman, pianist / 
Maria Zellmer, vocalist
Monte and Maria have graced the Piano Stage for nearly 30 years by performing his original compositions.

12:00  p.m.
"Put 'em together and what have you got?!"
Featuring Kelly Riordan, clarinet, and Ellen Figuera on piano, performing show tunes and jazz standards.

1:00 p.m.
Patrick Sheedy
Patrick, who can play just about any genre, and play it well, will entertain us with an hour of his favorite pieces.

2:00  p.m.
Armonia (Sheila Larkin, Karen Haskell, Michelle Hoyt) creates layered harmonies in an eclectic blend of world, old jazz, folk-rock, and original songs.

3:00  p.m.
Lynne Carlstein, vocals / 
Mark Carlstein, piano
The Carlsteins return for another hour of rich, passionate, and soulful music.

4:00  p.m.
Will Krieger
The Festival comes to a close with Will doing his Grand Finale!

The Pavilion Stage

The Pavilion Stage provides a wide variety of premiere adult musical entertainment, mostly through local volunteer acts. The stage holds larger choral groups as well as dancing troupes. Each year, members of the The Wisconsin Philharmonic play at noon on both days of the festival.

Most of the groups that perform on the three entertainment stages do so on a gratis basis, and are yearly favorites.  Hence, we do not often have openings for new acts.  However, if you would like to be considered by the Entertainment committee, you are welcome to fill out the application below, and we will keep your name on file should an opening appear.

Saturday, August 17, 2013
10:00 Bill Peebles 

11:00 Vic Pagano, Jr.

12:00 Wisconsin Philharmonic 

1:00 LaBelle Winds

2:00 Milwaukee Guitar Quartet
- Stan Markus (Nancy)

3:00 The Genesee Ridge Band

4:00 Davey and David Harrison

Sunday, August 18, 2013

10:00 Jeff Leonard

11:00 Ken Lonnquist  - Sponsored by Target Stores

12:00 Easy Days
John Gibson Wisconsin Philharmonic

1:00 Awards Ceremony

2:00 Civic Broadway Singers

(no pass needed) Abby Lorenz

3:00 Don Nedobeck
Jazz Trio-  tentative

4:00 Rebecca and Briana Sawyer