Music festival planned for Janesville's south side

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Marcia Nelesen
Sunday, August 4, 2013

JANESVILLE--The south side will rock Sunday, Aug. 18, if the Janesville Plan Commission and the city's alcohol license advisory committee approve plans for an outdoor music festival.

Brian Hughes, owner of Bazinga Classic Pub & Grille, 1110 Kellogg Ave., and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows have teamed up to sponsor six bands to play in the parking lots outside the business and also inside the bar.

Hughes said he's been thinking of doing something like this since he opened the business 2 years ago.

He hopes the event will raise the profile of the south side. It will also benefit nonprofit foundations such as the Make A Wish Foundation.

The event will be held in the parking lots at 1110 Kellogg Ave. and 1944 Center Ave. Parking will be provided in the Blackhawk Shopping Center parking lot at 1820 Center Ave. and in the Rock County Job Center parking lot, 1900 Center Ave.

The Oddfellows will provide security at three gates, and adults over the age of 21 will be allowed to enter and BE given a wristband for alcohol sales.

Event hours would be 1 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Six bands are scheduled to play, including the Scrapyard Daddys and With a Bullet.

Hughes said he hopes to make the event an annual one and next year would open it to families.

City staff has recommended the plan commission approve the conditional-use permit, providing the group gets a temporary liquor license from the alcohol license advisory committee Tuesday.

Staff does not recommend the commission grant an annual conditional-use permit as the event depends on the cooperation of surrounding property owners, and ownership could change.

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