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 4:00-8:00 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.”
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.