Area music fans filled Bernard’s Country Inn in Stevens
Point on Saturday for The Hometown Get-Down, a sold-out concert that featured
local bands and entertainment.
The event included local bluegrass group Horseshoes &
Hand Grenades, who coincided the concert with the release of their new album “This
Also featured were Madison bands including funk act The Mustache and reggae
veterans Natty Nation. The festivities
were kicked off by local indie-folk rockers The Hi-Matics who featured a
revamped lineup as well as new material.
Tickets were sold out before doors opened, with many
concertgoers buying theirs online. The event hosted over 450 attendees.
ballroom had been rarely utilized as a concert hall in the last few years, and
has mostly been a host to weddings or holiday brunch events.
The large, open atmosphere left many concertgoers
satisfied in terms of space and sound quality.
“I thought the sound was really good, a lot better than
some of the other shows I’ve seen around here,” said Mike Braunsteuter, a UWSP
Student and local music fan.
“And while it seemed like they might have been able to
sell a few more tickets, it was nice to have it a little less crowded so everyone
had room to move around and dance,” said Braunsteuter.
Adam Greuel, lead singer of Horseshoes & Hand
Grenades is also a student and led the production staff in setting up and
promoting the concert, and considered it a success.
Greuel said that while the local music scene has faced
some challenges lately, this event served as a way to bring everyone together,
and he hopes that Bernard’s will act as a local venue more often, and even
bring regional acts to the area.
“I think it’s pretty common knowledge that the Stevens
Point music scene is growing in terms of talent and bands. There seem to be
new, good acts flying up every week. But
with that, unfortunately there has been a decline with Clark Place and a few other
venues closing in the last few years.
This concert was part of a push to get the music scene more active
again, and to bring everyone together,” said Greuel.
Greuel said that the best part was seeing friends have
a good time together and facilitating a place for new friends to be made.
“One cool thing about music is that it tears down
walls, and disassembles the cliques that people get into. You start bumping
into people that you only see once in a while, and afterwards, people open up
and become friends with,” said Greuel.
Graham Prellwitz, lead singer of The Hi-Matics said
that this was a great way to continue the push they’ve made to get their name
out and get recognition in Stevens Point.
“We are lucky to have a lot of good friends who came to
support us, and we had a lot of older, community types talk to us after the
show who told us they liked our throwback sound,” said Prellwitz.
Prellwitz said that it was refreshing to get attendees
to come for the music, and that the venue had a great old fashioned charm outside
of the bar scene that most concerts have.
“Places like this, with a country, north woods
traditional feel are really cool. And when we get kids and concertgoers here,
it shows that not every concert has to be in a bar or nightclub,” said
The Madison bands were selected because of their ties
to Stevens Point. Natty Nation has been
playing in Stevens Point for over nearly twenty years, and has been a concert
and festival staple in Wisconsin, and The Mustache featured numerous University
of Wisconsin – Stevens Point alumni from the Department of Music.
Horseshoes and Hand Grenades’ new album “This Old Town”
is available to listen and purchase at their new website, hhgmusic.com.