What if they gave a concert and nobody came?
Well, it would be pretty discouraging -- as it was Friday night at Festival Park, for the Racine Civic Center's Music for the Halibut Fish Frydays concert.
The music rocked: Chris Crush, lead singer of the band Permacrush, performed solo, left, singing covers of Led Zeppelin and others and putting on a fine show. All he needed was an audience.
Granted, this was just the second outing of the Civic Center's new concert series; but for a community that supposedly mourns the loss of HarborFest ... well, a little support would be nice. Crush deserved far more than the audience of a few dozen who came for the fish fry ($9.95) or just for the concert ($3).
Civic Center director Rik Edgar took it all in stride, realizing that it takes time to build an audience for anything new. He promises more excitement in weeks to come. There will be no Music for the Halibut next Friday -- to avoid any conflict with Downtown's First Friday -- but the concert series / fish fry will resume on June 12, with a concert by Stereo Deluxe. You can get a preview of their music on the Civic Center's Facebook page.
Edgar also has something special up his sleeve ... a new mascot for the concert series. Look for public appearances around town by Hal the Halibut. The full schedule of Friday concerts can be found here.
There's also a free concert next week. VenuWorks, the company hired by the city to manage the Civic Center, is presenting a free admission concert next Sunday to complement the Hot Rod Power Tour that will bring close to 4,000 hod rods Downtown. Harley Davidson show bikes will be on display, there'll be food on sale and the band Last Call Trio will play. And did we mention there's no admission charge? Yes, we did, but it always bears repeating.