Chicken Wire Empire


Presenting Sponsor: Fox Valley Savings Bank.

Summer Series Sponsor” Michels Corportation.

Platinum Sponsors: The Goldsmith, J.F. Ahern, Wisconsin Arts Board, National Exchange Bank and Trust, Bill & Karen Shaw, C.D., Smith.

Gold Sponsors: Culver’s Restaurants, Steve & Lynne Uecker, Lacey Sadoff, Uecker Witt Funeral Home, and Brothers Flader.

Silver Sponsors: The Carlone Family, Gallery & Frame, Mike’s Music, Kevin and Debbie Freund, Holiday Auto, Huberty, and JJET Travel.

Bronze Sponsors: Solberg Real Estate, Hometown Bank and von Briesen & Roper.

Friend Sponsor: McClone and Texture Salon.

Media Sponsor: Sunny 97.7.

Regional Ad Sponsor: Grande cheese. Listen to our ads on 91.1 The Avenue.

August 13, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Chicken Wire Empire began as a four-piece traditional bluegrass band. Half of the group is rooted in bluegrass and the other half is steeped in jamband music.  With the addition of Jon Peik (banjo), Ernest Brusubardis IV (fiddle), and Greg Brundage (guitar), a new sound was found in Milwaukee, and Chicken Wire Empire joined the roster of high energy jamgrass.


“The new Chicken Wire Empire record is a technically proficient, well-crafted mixture of modern original songwriting and time earned classics. They seem to have taken on some wonderfully exciting elements of modern progressive bluegrass while also retaining their original character, born of their greater Milwaukee town roots.” – Adam Greuel of Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

Thursday, August 13
Gates and Bar opens at 6 pm
Concert at 7 pm
$5 admission (Includes wristbandone fandana mask (while supplies last)


There are two entrances into the event — one at each end of the block on Sheboygan Street – Marr Street and Portland Street. Capacity is limited to 250 people to allow social distance so tickets at the door may not be available day of. Must purchase ticket ahead of time to ensure your spot. All patrons must be 21 and older to attend. Other changes include temperature checks at the gate, and all clear bags.

Anyone with the temperature over 100 degrees F will not be permitted inside the event. All bags and purses must be clear and will be checked as no carry-ins are permitted. Bag chairs are permitted but guests will be required to completely open them up before entering the event space. Hand sanitizer will be available for guests throughout the event and all patrons. Except those who rent Marguerite’s Lookout on THELMA’s top level, must remain in the street.


You understand that by purchasing this ticket and coming to a THELMA concert, you are assuming the risk of exposure to COVID-19 (or other public health risk). We are all in this together. If you show up and are showing symptoms or have a fever of 100 Fahrenheit or more, we will have to require you to leave immediately. You understand that THELMA is committed to keeping all patrons safe from the spread of the virus. A mask or face covering is required in all areas of the building.


Parking is free throughout the district on evenings and weekends. More information on parking here:
View more changes to 11 Thursdays of Summer HERE.
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