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Streetball Celebrates 25 Years, Neenah Music and…

streetballBY George Halas

Inquisitors want to know…and need to know….summer is happening in Neenah.

Neenah StreetBall 3 on 3 turns 25 this year and Future Neenah, the non-profit that organizes the annual event, has planned some special activities to celebrate the occasion. The 25th Annual StreetBall 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament will be held on June 11th in the streets of Downtown Neenah. Approximately 1,200 players and over 10,000 spectators participate in this premier 3 on 3 tournament.

Pamela Barnes, Event Coordinator for Future Neenah said, “StreetBall turning 25 is an amazing achievement. When I speak to players and fans they tell me how much playing or attending StreetBall is part of their summer tradition. It’s like a family reunion for a lot of these players.”

Barnes indicated the hours of StreetBall will be extended to allow for additional celebration activities to commemorate 25 years of bringing competitive basketball to the streets of Neenah.

“We’ll be celebrating StreetBall 25 by extending the fun into the evening with Neenah’s first ever StreetDance,” Barnes said. “Everyone is invited to a free concert by the popular Milwaukee-based band The Love Monkeys, and dance in the streets. The concert will take place in the 200 block of West Wisconsin Avenue from 5-9 p.m.

Fox Valley Food Truck Association will be sponsoring a Food Truck Rally to add to the festive atmosphere. Food Truck Rally sales begin at 5 p.m. and run through the concert.

To cap off the 25th annual celebration, players and concert goers will be able to remain outside and purchase a specially brewed StreetBall 25 Lager created by Lion’s Tail Brewing Co. as they enjoy the concert.

“We especially wanted to give our adult basketball players a chance to relax and reminiscence about their day of basketball triumphs,” Barnes said “by providing an opportunity for them to listen to great music by The Love Monkeys and enjoy a celebratory toast.”

Additional StreetBall 25 activities include an Activity Court with contests open to all in attendance, the Bergstrom Shot for a Car Contest, FNB Fox Valley’s Bungee Slam-Dunk inflatables and activities provided by The Building for Kids.

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Neenah also offers two ways to enjoy great music outdoors and free-of-charge in beautiful and scenic Shattuck Park.

The Out To Lunch Concert Series presented by Richard and Amy Jo Aylward happens on Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1p.m. and not only features some of the best local music, but food from different Neenah restaurants. Among those scheduled to appear include: Eddie Biebel, Kris Crow, Kyle Megna, Erin Krebs, Makena Hartlin, The Donnie Pick Trio, Phil Norby, The Oshkosh Rhythm Institute, The Michael Handler Project and Randy Peterson.

The Evening Concert Series presented by Appleton International Airport takes place on Wednesday nights from 6 to 8 p.m. Performers include: Wheelhouse, Boogie & The Yo-Yo’s, Mascot Theory, FBI and The Untouchable Horns, The Michael Handler Project and Ted Oliver Dueling Pianos.

There’s plenty of free parking available, but also some places that no Inquisitor should park lest they be ticketed, so, for that valuable information and much more including featured restaurants and sponsors, go to FutureNeenah.com and click on the “Concerts” tab.

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Erin Krebs is releasing her highly-anticipated and long-awaited original music CD, “Love Always Wins,” at a CD Release Show and Party at Cena on College Ave in Appleton on Friday, June 3rd, from 9 to 11 p.m. For the event, she will add some of the Fox Valley’s best players including drummer Michael Underwood, bassist Justin Zopel and keyboards player Mark Martin-Kriha, “and some musical surprises” to Jeff Johnston’s always stellar guitar work and her distinctive vocals.

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After months touring the Midwest, performing and appearing at many prominent venues, regional radio stations, television programs, and publications, the Kansas City-based Attic Light traveled to Nashville to record The EXILE EP with producer Dohse and the band will be spending the summer touring in support of the record including a date in Green Bay at Kegger’s on June 16th.

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91.1 The Avenue is to be commended for the May 24th River Roots show at The Meyer Theater in Green Bay.  In addition to local roots and an affinity for superb songwriting, the three performing bands, headliner Dead Horses with Peridot as well as Kyle Megna and The Monsoons, extended the roots metaphor by showcasing their growth. All three kicked it up a notch over the past year.

Among the changes Sarah Vos of Dead Horses talked about in last month’s SCENE, the addition of drums/percussion to the live shows give the band a lot of new options and areas of exploration both musically and energy-wise. Adding Ross Catterton’s soprano sax for the encore was not just inspired but opened the throttle to escape velocity.

Peridot is more than just The Hillary Reynolds Band v.2; Reynolds and Trevor Jarvis have grown as songwriters and have more of a synergistic balance in the creation of the band’s sound and in their vocal harmonies.

Kyle Megna’s growth has been both creative and numerical. The addition of drummer Mike Underwood and keyboardist Noah Harmon to The Monsoons expanded Megna’s musical options while adding Catterton on saxophones and Kurt Shipe playing trumpet brings dimensions and energy that complemented without changing the essence and foundation of a very good live band. The Monsoons are like an NFL team that had four number one picks in a single draft who are all playing very well together with the veterans.

Even cooler, all these bands are growing to get better.

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