Beulah Brinton House Concerts

2590 S. Superior Street, Bay View WI
(corner of Pryor and Superior- NOT to be confused with the MPS Brinton Recreation Center on Bay Street)

Reservations recommended
Maximum seating 45 people / Free-will donation at the door

Reservations and Information:

The Beulah Brinton House Concert Series is a joint project of Organic Arts and the Bay View Historical Society,
providing the arts, history, and education at the historic Beulah Brinton House in Bay View WI.
For more information visit: and

Beulah Brinton House Concert Schedule / Fall 2017

2017–18 House Concert Season!

(so far…)

* Sunday September 9 Matt Watroba
* Sunday October 29 - Sparky and Rhonda Rucker
* Sunday December 3 - Bittersweet
* TBA - Skip Jones
* TBA - Dangerous Folk

Make Our Own (MOO) Music Gathering & Beulah Brinton House Concert Series Present:

Matt Watroba

Friday, September 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Doors open at 7:00 PM

Suggested donation $15
Seating is limited, so call ahead to save a spot.
For info & reservations: call: 414.916.7004 or email:

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Many know Matt Watroba as the voice of folk music in Michigan for his work with WDET- Detroit Public Radio.

MOO-ers will remember Matt for his great workshops and concert set at the Nov 2016 MOO Music Gathering.

As producer and host of the Folks Like Us program, and Folk Alley, Watroba has come in contact with many aspects of folk music and culture. This has helped shape a repertoire and presentation that is unique on stages across the state and country. He is committed to inspiring the world to sing—one town at a time. Matt sings and writes songs of compassion, inner strength, humor and everyday living. He was awarded “Best Overall Folk Performer” by the Detroit Music Awards for the year 2000. He has shared the stage with the likes of Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie, Christine Lavin, Peter Yarrow and Richard Thompson. Everyone is invited to sing along!

Matt’s website is at

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker

Sunday, October 29th, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Doors open at 3:30 PM
Suggested donation $15

Seating is limited, so call ahead to save a spot.
Information and reservations: / 414–702–6053

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker deliver an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with traditional storytelling, humor, and history. Their music includes a variety of Appalachian music, slave songs, spirituals, and civil rights songs, and they accompany themselves with fingerstyle picking and blues guitar, harmonica, old-time banjo, piano, spoons, and bones. Their performance credits include the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as well as NPR’s On Point, Prairie Home Companion, Mountain Stage, and Morning Edition. Their music is also included on the Grammy-nominated anthology, Singing Through the Hard Times.

Sparky and Rhonda’s website is at:

Bittersweet Christmas Band

Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Suggested donation $15

Seating is limited, so call ahead to save a spot.
Information and reservations: / 414–702–6053
Doors open at 3:30 PM

The Bittersweet Christmas Band with vocals by Susan Urban, Kate Early, Margaret Nelson and guitarist Phil Cooper, do a mix of traditional carols plus many old and new songs looking at the holiday season. Many different points of view are presented, from the reverent to the ridiculous. This is the quartet’s 19th year of presenting holiday shows throughout the Midwest!

The Bittersweet Christmas Band’s website is at: bittersweetband.


Saturday December 9, 2017 from 2–6pm

Free and open to the public

Meet the Bay View Historical Society folks, enjoy cookies and goodies, and tour the Beulah Brinton House decked out for Christmas

Tentative performers: Jean-Andrew, Storyteller, Christmas songs with Gnorman the Gnome, Father Christmas visits with Stories

For information visit:

Producer: David HB Drake* and Susan Ballje/BVHS*

Links to other Milwaukee area Folk Music events!

Simply Folk Calendar(Statewide):

The Coffee House ( 19th & Wisconsin):

Wisconsin Singer-Songwriter Series(Mequon WI)

Urban Ecology Center Concerts:

MOO Music Gathering(Waukesha and East Troy, WI):

Cafe Carpe (Fort Atkinson, WI):

Produce your OWN event at The Beulah Brinton House

contact Susan Ballje at / (414) 481–3369

* This year we will feature House Concerts produced by three different folks, plus the BVHS itself:

David HB Drake, Organic Arts

     414–702–6053 / /
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Rick Fitzgerald, Make Our Own Music Gathering (MOO)

     414–220–0311 / /
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Thor and Cherylann / Friends series featuring all different kinds of Jazz,Ukulele Americana,Gypsy,Latin,Old School, and Singer- Songwriter.

     Cherylann (262) 951–1915/  Thor, (262) 951–1912 /
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Bay View Historical Society / Events

     Contact Susan Ballje  (414) 481–3369 / /
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If you have suggestions for next season, email David at:

Past Events this Season ( you missed them!)

Sunday September 11, 2016
Producer: Rick Fitzgerald*

Sunday November 20, 2016
RICK FITZGERALD - Autoharp And Americana
Producer: David HB Drake*

Saturday December 10, 2016
Jean-Andrew, Storyteller, Christmas songs with Gnorman the Gnome, Father Christmas visits with Stories
Producer: David HB Drake* and Susan Ballje/BVHS*

Sunday February 12, 2017
STEPHEN LEE RICH - The Old Vaudevillian
Producer: David HB Drake*

Sunday March 5, 2017
Debra Cowen and John Roberts - Maritime and Old English songs
Producer: David HB Drake*

Sunday March 12, 2017
The SilverMusic Flute Ensemble and the Four Winds Clarinet Quartet
Producer: Jennifer Esh

Saturday April 1, 2017
Bounding Main - Acapella Sea Shanties and Maritime Songs
Producer: David HB Drake*

Sunday May 7, 2017
Bay View Tragedy Memorial Event
Producer: Bay View Historical Society and Wisconsin Labor History Society

Wednesday, June 21th
David HB Drake~ Singing in the Solstice
Producer: David HB Drake*

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