I was very sad to hear of the closing of the B.K. Productions bluegrass concert series in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. I had the opportunity to travel to one of the concerts years ago when one of my clients, Blue Moon Rising performed (pictured above in a photo by Mike Morebeck —– L-R Justin Moses, Keith Garrett, Tim Tipton, Chris West, Justin Jenkins). After working with producer, Brad Klabunde, over the phone for many years, it was very nice to finally meet him and his wife Janice.
Over the years, Brad’s enthusiasm for bluegrass music certainly was evident in his successful concerts. He was able to get some of top award-winning bands in bluegrass music at this series. Most recently the event was held at the Two Rivers High School.
Unfortunately Brad has made the hard decision to cancel the concerts due to numerous reasons, the most obvious being the economy, cost of fuel for these national touring acts, but also a problem that other promoters around the country face – competing with local free shows. At concert series like Brad’s, of course, promoters have to charge for tickets. That is how these national touring bands get paid.
Just some of the artists that have made their way to Brad’s show were: Carrie Hassler, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Charlie Sizemore Band, Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier, Blue Moon Rising, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Special Consensus, Newfound Road, Mark Newton Band, James King Band and so many more.
Congratulations to Brad, Janice, and all of their sponsors and volunteers for a job well done for so many years!