The Bodega, a free public market, returns to historic Breese Stevens Field. The first event scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 30th has been rescheduled due to inclement weather for Thursday, July 27th. A growing vendor lineup, an increased investment in entertainment and a wide variety of food carts will highlight the 2017 series.
The Bodega features farmers, artisans, antique dealers, and craftsmen selling locally sourced goods and produce. Far from an average farmers market, The Bodega will also feature live music, new interactive displays, a 60’ inflatable zip line and free yard games to ensure a family-friendly event for all. A wide variety of local beers and wine will also be available for purchase.
There will be five Bodegas in 2017, the first three dates have been confirmed and are listed below:
Thursday, May 18 4:00-8:00 PM
Thursday, June 8 4:00-8:00 PM
Thursday, July 27 5:00-9:00 PM
Thursday, August 31 5:00-9:00 PM
Thursday, September 21 5:00-9:00 PM
Thursday, May 18 – Live music featuring F. Stokes. F. Stokes will headline the music stage on May 18th. The Chicago, Illinois native will perform two sets, one as his traditional character of F. Stokes, with rap music styled after Kanye West and Patti Smith. The second set will feature Rappin’ Ricky, a character that will empower, educate, and excite kids (and adults) of all ages and is the star of a children’s book written by Stokes. Stokes, whose real name is Rodney Lucas, appeared as a rap coach on MTV’s Made, which aired in 2013. He has released two studio albums, Death of a Handsome Bride in 2009 and Fearless Beauty in 2013. He is currently putting together an EP of remixed Arrested Development hits, including Mr. Wendal and Everyday People. He has played the Montreal Jazz Fest and Voodoo Fest and has worked with many artists, including Bastille and Jillionaire of Major Lazer.
Thursday, June 8 – Live music featuring GGOOLLDD. GGOOLLDD isn’t like other bands – a group as inspired by the shimmery decadence of Queen as they are by the primal yowl of Black Sabbath as they are by the madcap of joy of Yeah Yeah Yeahs. They formed on whim, decided to play their first show mostly as an excuse to host a killer party, and they eschew the traditional gotta-get-a-record-deal game in favor of playing a lot of shows and releasing their own material. That sense of whimsy blended with resolute autonomy is all part of the signature GGOOLLDD aesthetic. And it feeds into their sound – that core tension in GGOOLLDD between winging it and great artistry.
“I’m not going to lie, I’m great at writing a hook,” front woman Margaret Butler says, and is quick to point out that her bandmates are “amazing,” musicians. “But if you ask me what I do, I’m going to tell you that I’m a performer before I tell you that I’m a musician.”
Thursday, July 27 – Live music featuring Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press as well as Plugged In & The Scrap Metal Horns. “Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press is like the cover band that’s never seen a cover band.” — Said a smart, observant man.
Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press is an exciting cover band from Chicago, entertaining crowds at clubs, festivals, weddings, and other events all across the Midwest since 2008. There unique song repertoire include hits ranging from The Beatles to Madonna, Queen to Miley Cyrus, and Wilson Phillips to Dave Matthews Band! You may even hear some of their off-the-wall choices like Les Miserables, Golden Girls theme song, and Wrigley’s gum commercials!
Rod Tuffcurls and The Bench Press combine excellent musicianship, bone-crushing 3-part vocal harmonies, and a contagious stage energy that will keep you dancing!
Plugged In & the Scrap Metal Horns is a Madison area cover band with unique range and talent. The band was born out of a passion for great music and fun events. They will get you moving to their versions of Cake, Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats, Grace Potter, Stevie Wonder, Sister Sparrow, Chicago, Bruno Mars, Santana, and more. Leave work early and rediscover the joy of horn-rock.
Thursday, September 21 – Live music featuring Okee Dokee Brothers. As childhood friends growing up in Denver Colorado, Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing were always exploring the outdoors. Whether it was rafting down their neighborhood creek or discovering hiking trails through the Rocky Mountains, Joe and Justin were born adventurers. Now, as the GRAMMY® Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers, they have put this passion for the outdoors at the heart of their Americana Folk music.
Joe and Justin record and perform family music with a goal to inspire children and their parents to get outside and get creative. They believe this can motivate kids to gain a greater respect for the natural world, their communities and themselves.
The four-time Parents’ Choice Award winners have garnered praise from the likes of NPR’s All Things Considered and USA Today, and have been called “two of family music’s best songwriters.”
Additional music acts to be announced at a later date.
A wide variety of vendors are currently scheduled to appear at The Bodega including live demos from Milwaukee Blacksmith as seen on the History channel, Wisconsin’s first mobile boutique – Grasshopper Goods, Hermsdorf Farms, and Farmer Johns Cheese Curds! Breese Stevens Field is still accepting applications for vendors.
For full vendor rules and information or to apply to become a vendor for the Bodega please click here.
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