Tuesday, April 27, 2021

The Good, The Bad, The Better

Where wisdom prevailed in our fair state of Wisconsin, the taps of live music performance were shut off right around about a year ago. The close quarters of those favorite taverns where so many of us feel warm and welcome were just too damn welcoming to the pesky pandemic virus. But for the few outdoor venues that could accommodate a dispersed audience, BIG WES and other noise-ical muse-makers would have been completely silenced in the year 2020. Instead, they were just mostly silenced.

That’s too bad, but the real bad news is that over 657,000 Wisconsinites have gotten sick, and 7,473 of those have died (!!!) as a result of contracting the COVID-19 virus (as of April 27). Chances are good that you knew at least one of them.

But there’s good news, too. You and I have survived thus far, and those of us who have been vaccinated have vastly improved their odds of aging to ripeness. And those that hang in with mask-wearing and keeping a reasonable distance from their fellow humans, especially indoors, are improving the odds that COVID illness and death will grind to a halt sooner rather than later. Perseverance, citizens!

Perhaps the best news of all is that Tyranena Brewing of Lake Mills starts up their summer series of outdoor musical performances on Friday, April 30, and on Saturday, May 8, BIG WES Turner’s Trio will be there (from 6 to 9 pm) with Grammy-winning guitarist and FOW (friend of WES) Billy Flynn.

Billy Flynn

The spacious, partially covered patio and sprawling grassy knoll area offer plenty of room for comfortable placement of people pods. It bears repeating that Tyranena's brews are the best in the state. (Best! In! State!) Mask up and line up at the service window for your pour. If you get hungry, one of a rotating array of food carts sets up on site.

The weather will need to turn most foul indeed before any cancellations. Do your double-checking at Tyranena’s website.

Friday, February 12, 2021


We might have mentioned the word “hibernation” in a previous post. Who knew then how deep and long the suspense of that inanimate state would endure.

Well, the snow is still deep and the thermometer is still reading single digits (some with a minus sign in front), yet signs of Spring are popping up. We’re not just talking about earlier sunrises and later sunsets; Tyranena Brewing in Lake Mills, Wisconsin, has posted their schedule for a summer of entertainment for fans of fine brews. Check it out.

Portable heaters have kept the spacious Tyranena patio amenable to the hardiest of Wisconsin beer imbibers throughout the winter. Starting the last weekend of April, the same experience will require fewer layers of clothing and will be accompanied with LIVE MUSIC!!!

Tyranena’s expansive patio and grassy knoll area leaves plenty of room for keeping distance between people pods. You can bring your own food or sample tasty fare from the rotating cast of food cart vendors. Tasty Tyranena brews are served out of the patio-side service windows. Multiple porta-pottys allow discreet and distanced answers to the calls of nature. It’s as pandemic-safe a situation for enjoying an outdoor musical performance as we can imagine. Musicians perform under a permanent awning, so the shows go on except in the case of weather most foul.

Best of all, BIG WES Turner’s Trio will be there for a 6 to 9 pm performance on Saturday, May 8, along with our good friend, Grammy-winner and Chicago Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Billy Flynn playing guitar.

So stay safe. Put on your mask, wash your hands. See you there.

Note: If you’ve been looking for BIG WES Turner’s Trio on Facebook, stop it. Wes don’t go there no more. Why? Because Mark Zuckerberg pissed off the big fella one too many times.

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