Blues & Brews Festival

Saturday, October 13, 2018
21st Annual WhistleStop Blues and Brews Festival Promises Dynamic Performances in the Festival Tent
Saturday Night, marathon runners and area residents will enjoy dancing the night away while you will indulge yourself by sampling over 50 varieties of microbrews and area mead wines. All of this will be served to you by the finest micro-brews and winery the Midwest has to offer.

Get ready to enjoy dancing the night away while listening to the music of two spectacular bands during the 21st Annual WhistleStop Blues & Brews Festival the Grand Finale of the WhistleStop Festival.

Starting the evening off with the talented, well known Minnesota blues/rock band MilkBone performing from 7:30-9:30 p.m.  MilkBone is ready to grab a guitar, sing and strum their professional sound. They are ready to bring down the house with music that will bring you to your feetdancing feet of course! With the reputation of playing the best in blues, they also add in jazz, folk, and authentic rock ’n roll to their already popular blues sound, describing themselves as “a blues band with a rock ’n’ roll attitude!”   MilkBone’s self-proclaimed musical anchors are the “foot-stomping old Chicago-style blues” that they have been playing since 1996.  These talented musicians write their own music, play original songs and show superb talent as they rock the night away!  Milkbone has played in numerous blues festivals and other music hotspots from Duluth to Minneapolis and Ely and into Wisconsin. Their musical talent includes playing Allman Brothers to ZZ Top.

Here is a list of the breweries that were at the 2017 WhistleStop South Shore Brewery Blues & Brews Festival:  South Shore Brewery,  Angry Minnow, Barley Johns Brewery, Bent Paddle Brewing, Blue Moon, Brewster Bros., Central Waters, Door County Brewing, Fox River BrewingGreat Dame Pub & Brewing, Great Lakes Brewing, Karben4 Brewing, Keweenaw, Leinenkugels, MikesHard, New Glarus, Northwoods Brewing, One Barrel Brewing, Potosi BreweryTyranena Brewing Company, White Winter Winery and Wisconsin Brewery.

In 2017 we had Pop Rocks.  In 2018 we will have the same type of exciting entertaining band for you to look forward to.  2018 Headliner to be announced….

The night is still young as “Pop Rocks” takes the center stage from 10 p.m.-12:30 a.m. to headline a night of great music. Pop Rocks more than just a band. High-energy live music show to rock the stage. Known for their unparalleled live show, Pop Rocks is ready to entertain residents and runners during the 20th annual WhistleStop Blues & Brews Festival on Saturday, Oct. 10, starting at 10 p.m. in the WhistleStop Festival Tent.
Pop Rocks has been rocking the club, corporate, festival, and private party scene across the entire Midwest since 2006. More than just a band, Pop Rocks is a high-energy live music show that plays the best of today’s hottest hits, ’80s rock, throwback hip-hop, pop country, and timeless classics – all mashed up and delivered in a PARTY ZONE format!
Visually, Pop Rocks is what you get when you combine the music of a DJ, the theatrics and costuming of a Broadway musical, and the live energy of an arena rock extravaganza! With more than 45 costume changes and 100+ songs in each show, you should get ready for a night of entertainment you won’t forget!!
Be sure to purchase your tickets in advance. Don’t wait! Ticket prices will be $5.00 more at the door.
Find out more about Pop Rocks and watch video online at

Concessions with great food and drink will be available all night long, featuring the brews of Ashland’s own South Shore Brewery.

Blues & Brews Festival – 7:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m. in the 1000 person heated festival tent, in the parking lot of the Bay Area Civic Center, 320 4th Ave West, Ashland. (You must be 21 years of age or older to attend this event.)  From 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. listen to the blues music of “MilkBone” while sampling scores of microbrews.  Then from 10:00 p.m. -12:30 a.m. back by popular demand “TBA” will take center stage.

Pre-purchased Tickets for the Blues and Brews Fest are:

  • $20.00 with the brew sampling and $25.00 at the door.
  • $15.00 without the pre-purchased brew sampling and $20.00 at the door.

Pre-purchased Tickets are available at the Ashland Chamber office, by calling our office at 715-682-2500 or online.