Wise Fest is the creation of husband and wife local band Wise Jennings who hail from northern Wisconsin but now make the town of Lyons their home. They, along with their good friend Joe Pierce, wanted to do something special for their community that brought together good people, good music, for a good cause and thus began Wise Fest 2018.
Wise Jennings travels the region playing and patronizing festivals and venues that frankly just aren’t on the radar for most folks. On this journey they have met incredible bands of all genres that most people will never get a chance to hear because they aren’t living in Milwaukee or Madison…or can’t stay awake long enough to catch an act that starts playing at midnight.
If you love music, all kinds of music, original music, and like great surprises, and all for a great cause…you will love Wise Fest. Wise Fest finds the diamonds in the ruff, the kind of talent you hear and think to yourself…why aren’t they a national act, or how is that I have never heard of this band. No single genre is king at Wise Fest. We carefully curate a lineup that touches all genres and that celebrates only nice people who are exceptionally creative. Then, we throw a festival and hand over all proceeds to a charity of our choice. This year that charity is The Walworth County Fairgrounds.
The second year of Wise Fest is the inaugural year of our partnership with The Walworth County Fairgrounds in Elkhorn, WI. Wise Fest outgrew it’s humble five- acre country home in year one due to an amazing response. This year Wise Fest is going to be big. 14 BANDS. BIG SOUND. BIG LIGHTS. BIG(friendly)CROWD. BIG CAMPGROUND. BIG BEER TENT. The comfort of the fairgrounds, the food vendors, the camping, and the music will make for a wonderful end of summer/pre-fall last festival excursion of the year.
All proceeds from Wise Fest will be donated to The Walworth Country Fairgrounds. The fair is the biggest county fair in Wisconsin, has been existence for 170 years, has never been owned by the government, and is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide a wholesome education experience to the community into the centuries to come.