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Gary Witt

Gary Witt, Executive Director of the Pabst Theater Group.

Gary and his wife Susan have three children: Jeremy, Alex and Bailey.

 

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Deal Struck To Allow Pabst To Operate Historic Mansion as Venue

Deal Struck To Allow Pabst To Operate Historic Mansion as Venue

Attorney Mike Maistelman works with PTG, Alderman Robert Bauman and neighbors to craft agreement. Alderman otherwise fears demolition.

City Hall: Council Delays Decision On Whether To Allow Pabst Wedding Venue
City Hall

Council Delays Decision On Whether To Allow Pabst Wedding Venue

PTG bought Villa Filomena earlier this year, but downtown mansion has long drawn complaints from neighbors.

Murphy’s Law: Will Deer District Concert Halls Hurt City?
Murphy’s Law

Will Deer District Concert Halls Hurt City?

Will proposed venues bring more concerts to town or crush its current concert promoters?

Eyes on Milwaukee: Deer District Concert Venue Wins First Approval, Despite Objections
Eyes on Milwaukee

Deer District Concert Venue Wins First Approval, Despite Objections

Other concert venues fight Live Nation's entrance into Milwaukee market.

Pabst Theater Group Buys Wedding Venue

Pabst Theater Group Buys Wedding Venue

The Fitzgerald will be located in historic landmark, an 1874 mansion in Yankee Hill.

Unions, Senate Candidates Push New Labor Law

Unions, Senate Candidates Push New Labor Law

Union leaders and Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate rally Downtown for PRO Act.

Pabst Theater Group to Buy Villa Filomena

Pabst Theater Group to Buy Villa Filomena

The group, which operates five other venues in Milwaukee, aims to create a private event venue in a historic mansion

Back in the News: Soccer Stadium Will Need Public Subsidy
Back in the News

Soccer Stadium Will Need Public Subsidy

Developers estimate $160 million cost for development including hotel, apartments and concert venue.

Pabst Theater Group Workers Win Union Election

Pabst Theater Group Workers Win Union Election

94% of bargaining unit votes to be represented by union.

Murphy’s Law: The Battle For Downtown Concert Venues
Murphy’s Law

The Battle For Downtown Concert Venues

It’s Live Nation and the Bucks vs. Gary Witt and the Pabst. Which proposal will win?

Eyes on Milwaukee: Soccer Stadium, Concert Venue Planned For Downtown
Eyes on Milwaukee

Soccer Stadium, Concert Venue Planned For Downtown

6th and Michigan complex would transform Westown and impact local concert business.

Bernie Sanders Supports Pabst Unionization

Bernie Sanders Supports Pabst Unionization

Pabst Theater Group CEO Gary Witt donated to Sanders' presidential campaigns.

Pabst Theater Group Workers Want A Union

Pabst Theater Group Workers Want A Union

Workers at its five venues organizing with Milwaukee Area Service and Hospitality Workers.

Murphy’s Law: IRS Complaint Filed Against Summerfest
Murphy’s Law

IRS Complaint Filed Against Summerfest

Complaint challenges festival’s nonprofit status, claiming it now operates ‘as a commercial entity.’

Pabst Theater Group Adds Fifth Venue

Pabst Theater Group Adds Fifth Venue

PTG becomes exclusive booker and operator of Wisconsin Center's Miller High Life Theatre.

Philanthropist, Entrepreneur Michael Cudahy Dies At 97

Philanthropist, Entrepreneur Michael Cudahy Dies At 97

He co-founded Marquette Medical Systems, built Pier Wisconsin, was generous donor.

Civic Partnership to Present Milwaukee Mayoral Candidate Forum February 9th at Turner Hall Ballroom
Press Release

Civic Partnership to Present Milwaukee Mayoral Candidate Forum February 9th at Turner Hall Ballroom

Event hosted by the Pabst Theater Group, Milwaukee Press Club, WisPolitics.com, Listen MKE and Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

City Hall: Milwaukee Enacts (Soft) Mask Mandate
City Hall

Milwaukee Enacts (Soft) Mask Mandate

Largely ceremonial rule applies to publicly-accessible buildings and businesses, ends March 1.

The Pabst Theater Group reveals a remodeled artist green room backstage at the Riverside Theater
Murphy’s Law: Why Is Summerfest Helping Live Nation?
Murphy’s Law

Why Is Summerfest Helping Live Nation?

National ‘monopoly’ company’s proposed music halls in Third Ward target local companies.

Should Water Street Be Gun-Free District?

Should Water Street Be Gun-Free District?

Downtown stakeholders consider how Kansas City, Memphis, New Orleans handle bar district problems.

Cultural Institutions and Businesses in Milwaukee’s Hospitality and Performing Arts Industries Urge Milwaukee-area Residents to Get Vaccinated
Murphys Law: Music Venues Still Await Pandemic Aid
Murphys Law

Music Venues Still Await Pandemic Aid

Summerfest got $10 million in federal funding. The Pabst and thousands of other groups: nothing.

Plenty of Horne: Pabst CEO on Biden’s Visit to the Theater
Plenty of Horne

Pabst CEO on Biden’s Visit to the Theater

Gary Witt discusses preparing for the presidential visit, running an event venue during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Evers, Senate Agree on Pandemic Bill

Evers, Senate Agree on Pandemic Bill

Bipartisan bill goes back to Assembly, where leader says GOP will resist compromise.

Proposed Liability Shield for Businesses and Health Care Providers That Violate Covid-19 Requirements Would Hurt Victims and Slow Wisconsin’s Return to Normal
New Year’s Eve Livestream Benefit Concert by Yacht Rock Powerhouse The Docksiders To Raise Funds For Struggling Milwaukee Venues, Artists, Stagehands
Evers Announces $78 Million in COVID-19 Business Grants

Evers Announces $78 Million in COVID-19 Business Grants

Grants will go to businesses that didn't qualify during previous rounds.

Milwaukee Hospitality Leaders to Headline Newsmaker Lunch Hour
75 Businesses Demand a City Mask Mandate

Contribution to Cavalier Johnson of $50

75 Businesses Demand a City Mask Mandate

75 Businesses Demand a City Mask Mandate

Pabst Theater Group, Colectivo, Fiserv Forum, Bartolotta join call for action.

Will Milwaukee Get DNC in 2024?

Will Milwaukee Get DNC in 2024?

This year's convention may involve few visitors. Can city push to therefore get 2024 event?

Pabst Theater Group Creates Employee Relief Fund

Pabst Theater Group Creates Employee Relief Fund

More than $34,000 has already been donated to support over 200 employees.

Tavern at Turner to Open in Time for Bucks Inaugural Game at Fiserv Forum
Press Release

Tavern at Turner to Open in Time for Bucks Inaugural Game at Fiserv Forum

Revitalization of iconic dining venue in Turner Hall is a collaboration with Pabst Theater Group

Eyes on Milwaukee: First Streetcar Heading to Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

First Streetcar Heading to Milwaukee

Left Pennsylvania plant, will arrive by on March 26, mayor announces.

Jim Gaffigan to Perform First Comedy Show at Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center in Milwaukee
City Panel Okays Big Westown Upgrades

City Panel Okays Big Westown Upgrades

Re-doing Grand Theatre for MSO, new Bon Ton contract, major street upgrades.

Murphy’s Law: Symphony Move Huge for Downtown
Murphy’s Law

Symphony Move Huge for Downtown

A big win for the orchestra and Downtown, with a minor impact on Marcus Center.

House Confidential: Gary Witt’s House of Rock
House Confidential

Gary Witt’s House of Rock

Actually, you'd never suspect the hip Pabst leader owns this old-style, Prospect Hill home.

Pabst Theater Foundation Works to Assure Continued Success, Preservation of Pabst Theater

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $400

Pabst Theater Foundation Works to Assure Continued Success, Preservation of Pabst Theater
Press Release

Pabst Theater Foundation Works to Assure Continued Success, Preservation of Pabst Theater

To help ensure the longevity of the Pabst Theater building, on Friday the Pabst Theater Foundation was reorganized to better enable it to focus on preservation of the National Historical Landmark.

Alverno Presents to Close Its Doors at the End of the Current Season

Contribution to Tom Barrett of $100

Alverno Presents to Close Its Doors at the End of the Current Season

Contribution to Nik Kovac of $50

Alverno Presents to Close Its Doors at the End of the Current Season
Press Release

Alverno Presents to Close Its Doors at the End of the Current Season

“Uncovered” Series Will Continue Through Partnership with The Pabst Theater Group

Plenty of Horne: New Era for Riverside Theater
Plenty of Horne

New Era for Riverside Theater

Cool new retro marquee unveiled. And an ongoing project will upgrade the entire theater.

Murphy’s Law: Is Abele Dumping the Marcus Center?

Contribution to Robert Bauman of $50

Murphy’s Law: Is Abele Dumping the Marcus Center?
Murphy’s Law

Is Abele Dumping the Marcus Center?

Its takeover by new “Super District” running Bucks arena looks fishy.

Plenty of Horne: Will Historic Building in Third Ward Be Saved?
Plenty of Horne

Will Historic Building in Third Ward Be Saved?

Third Ward review board defers decision on Historic Designation. And Milwaukee now has a Croatian sister city.

Plenty of Horne: In Defense of Historic Tax Credits

Contribution to Nik Kovac of $50

Plenty of Horne: In Defense of Historic Tax Credits
Plenty of Horne

In Defense of Historic Tax Credits

National Trust for Historic Preservation's leader comes to town, where her speech to a crowd filled with notables dramatized the need for state to maintain the current credits.

Friday Photos: Streetcar Signing Is Quite a Celebration

Contribution to Robert Bauman of $100

Friday Photos: Streetcar Signing Is Quite a Celebration
Friday Photos

Streetcar Signing Is Quite a Celebration

The mayor, business leaders and pols toasted the streetcar in Cudahy's Irish Pub, with Michael Cudahy on hand.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bike Share Launching in 2014

Contribution to Robert Bauman of $100

Eyes on Milwaukee: Bike Share Launching in 2014
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bike Share Launching in 2014

Phase I of bike share program will have at least 28 stations and 250 bikes, thanks to a federal grant.

Murphy’s Law: Can Wisconsin Avenue Be Saved?
Murphy’s Law

Can Wisconsin Avenue Be Saved?

A city task force hopes to revive the street but the obstacles are many.

Plenty of Horne: Pabst Leader’s Salary Far Below Smiley’s
Plenty of Horne

Pabst Leader’s Salary Far Below Smiley’s

Pabst boss Gary Witt makes less than a third of what Smiley makes. Ald. Bauman questions this.

Eyes on Milwaukee: A Historic Milwaukee Celebration
Eyes on Milwaukee

A Historic Milwaukee Celebration

Plus: A national green award for The Brewery; and bringing fruit trees to Walker's Point.