This summer, Old Main will host three free outdoor concerts. The first will feature the West Salem Adult Jazz Band on Saturday, June 11, at 6:30 p.m. Formed in 1993, the West Salem Adult Jazz Band performs eight to 10 times a year with selections ranging from big band classics to more recent pop stylings. Members are from a variety of backgrounds and occupations including former students, retired and active educators, as well as other amateur musicians.
The summer concert series brings popular groups and bands from around the Coulee Region to Old Main in an effort to raise awareness of Old Main and serve as a fundraiser to continue preservation efforts. To make the summer concerts available to as many people as possible, they are offered free of charge; however, donations are always appreciated. Old Main takes pride in creating an environment and offering entertainment that is family-friendly. As such, all concerts are smoke and alcohol free. Refreshments will be available.
Old Main will also have performances by Studebaker 7 on July 16 and G-E-T High School’s Vocal Point on August 6 as part of the summer concert series. All summer concerts are outdoors on the front lawn and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. For more information on the summer concerts and Old Main visit www.oldmin.org.
Old Main is located at 20869 College Avenue in Galesville. Those driving from the West should follow Highway 54/93 to Galesville and turn left onto County Road T. Follow County Road T for one mile and turn right on 12th Avenue. If driving from the North, turn right on West Gale in the Galesville Square and follow for 1.5 miles. Turn left on 12th Avenue. Signs will be posted.
Opened in 1862, Old Main was the main building of Galesville University, the first university in Western Wisconsin. The Old Main Board of Directors consistently works to preserve and improve the building by offering a variety of events to the region throughout the year. The Gale Star Music and Art Series offers concerts year-round, appealing to a broad range of musical interests and proudly features many professional and student musicians and groups. The History and Genealogy Committee works throughout the year cataloging, preserving, and displaying artifacts and historical documents from throughout Southern Trempealeau County and the region. It has recently expanded its historical library, making it available online at www.oldmain.org.