Lisa Bonvissuto

NEWaukee’s Friday Nights of Fun

Koss Lunar Series offers music, cocktails and great views of the sun setting and moon rising over Downtown.

By - Jun 17th, 2014 09:29 am
Koss Lunar Series. Photo from NEWaukee.

Koss Lunar Series. Photo from NEWaukee.

Friday nights this summer, on the rooftop patio of the Milwaukee Athletic Club, a group of young professionals will be found unwinding after a long workweek. Starting June 20th and running until September 5th, the Koss Lunar Series will draw crowds of 200-300 people for an evening of entertainment.

The series, created by NEWaukee and sponsored by Koss, will be in its third year this summer. NEWaukee’s founder, Ian Abston, envisions this as a place where people can head after work, where they can “roll up their shirt sleeves,” and relax. There are networking opportunities for those interested, but otherwise guests can simply enjoy the music, the sunset and great views of Downtown from the rooftop, and the cocktails being served.

The event features all local musicians and DJs. According to Abston, the musical selection will be comprised of “unique flavors” that people have not necessarily heard of, all intended create a fun environment. Live music will be performed from 6-8 p.m., and a DJ will step in from 8-11 p.m.

This year there will be an added event to get the crowd excited. A new partnership with Video Villains means that video projections will be staged on the rooftop, including a video game screen where attendees can face off in classic Nintendo games.

Abston says that the idea originally developed as a way to bridge the generation gap between young professionals and the executives typically found at the Milwaukee Athletic Club. The event allows the two groups to mingle in a more social environment, rather than always “over desks,” he says.

Admission is free for all NEWaukee members, and becoming a member is as easy as signing up for their electronic newsletter.

Each evening will also have a community partner. Urban Milwaukee is the community partner on August 29th.

The musical lineup for the summer is:

June 20, 2014

Music: Cherry Ball and DJ Romke
Sponsor: Associated Bank
Community Partner: MKE Young Lawyers Association
*Video Villains Performance*

June 27, 2014

Music: Lex Allen and DJ Nick Magic
Community Partner: Innovation in MKE (MiKE) Flying Car

July 4, 2014

Music: Lousy Trouts and Tarik Moody

July 11, 2014

Music: Mutts and Le Freak
Sponsor: UW Oshkosh Alumni
*Video Villains Performance*

July 18, 2014

Music: The Young Revelators and Poizon Ivy
Community Partner: MilwaukeeHome

July 25, 2014

Music: Myles Coyne and DJ Bizzon

August 8, 2014

Music: Esh The Singer and DJ Mohammad Shah

Community Partner: WGirls Milwaukee

August 15, 2014

Music: Milwaukee Hot Club and DJ Kaos

Community Partner: Young Enterprising Society

August 22, 2014

Music: Conundrum and DJ Fortune Fenner

Sponsor: GRAEF
Community Partner: PMI-Milwaukee

August 29, 2014

Music: Futureporn/Jay Anderson and DJ Jimmy Cababa
Community Partner: Urban Milwaukee

September 5, 2014

Music: The Delta Routine and DJ Romke
Community Partner: Historic Milwaukee Inc.

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