The big tent is closed

Today was a bittersweet day here in Green Bay, and it had nothing to do with a snowstorm in the middle of April.

The Packers’ schedule came out, so everyone can plan their social calendar for the rest of the year.

However, our local casino announced it was ending the summer concert series at its outdoor pavilion after six years, leaving a gaping hole in my social calendar.

The shows I saw in the big tent at Oneida: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Little Richard, Lynyrd Skynyrd w/Cross Canadian Ragweed, Cheap Trick, Skynyrd w/Sammy Hagar and the Wabos, Boston, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Idol, Velvet Revolver, the Go-Gos, Sammy Hagar w/the Wabos and Michael Anthony (it’s Van Hagar!), a five-band ’80s extravaganza (Gene Loves Jezebel, Tommy Tutone, Animotion, When In Rome and Flock of Seagulls) and the Allman Brothers Band w/Gov’t Mule.

All just 10 minutes from my house.

Oh, they’ll still have shows at the casino — Johnny Winter, George Jones and Alice Cooper look interesting. They’ll be in the ballroom, though. It’s not quite the same, especially in the summer.

Now I may have to drive an hour to Oshkosh for the Waterfest shows at their outdoor pavilion. Among the possibilities: Three Dog Night, Grand Funk Railroad and an interesting double bill of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and Los Straitjackets. Last summer, I couldn’t get off work to see the one show I most wanted to see there — another interesting double bill of the Smithereens and Joan Jett.

Ah, so it goes. I’m tempted to go without tunes tonight to protest the end of Pavilion Nights, but I won’t.

Thought I’d never have a chance to see this national treasure, but I did.

In the big tent. Shut up!

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“Good Golly Miss Molly,” Little Richard, from “The Essential Little Richard,” 1985.

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