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Made it down for Friday's unveiling and first Friday Night Live of the year. Almost all businesses were open and most were busy, which was good to see. The crowd wasn't nearly as large as the Harley anniversary event, but then again beer wasn't allowed in the streets. Just as well. The weather turned cool and wet, was 51 degrees by the time I left, and hot drinks were the preferred beverage.
The Couri Insurance Mainstage was surrounded by a good-sized group and the music was good, though a little loud, especially after 10:00 p.m. I left at ten and Sammy Llanas was still playing, but I doubt they played much longer.
All the 10 foot sculptural guitars were out and people loved them!! I started to feel kinda sorry for Jeff Seymour though. He must have repeated the story behind his "Les is More" ten foot sculpture hundreds of times, even though the weather was cool and damp... he even continued to talk to interested parties through the loud mainstage music. The 17 standard guitars were already placed in the restaurants, bars and businesses throughout downtown with some visible from the sidewalk.
Friday Night Live bands were decent and well-attended, but the majority of us were there for the guitars, artists and mainstage performers. I enjoyed being part of history in the making. I've never seen anything like GuitarTown in Waukesha and probably never will again. It's like winning a lifetime achievement award -- it happens only once.
an interesting photo from Thursday's Gala.
Lot of people taking photos of guitars and of themselves with the artists, though few artists were around.
The Sam Llanas Band rocked Waukesha.