After opening earlier this summer, The 300 Club in Green Lake will host a two-day music and beer garden extravaganza.
The first 300 Fest is slated for Friday, Sept. 10 and Saturday, Sept. 11 featuring live entertainment from multiple music genres.
On Friday, country music singer/songwriters George Ducas and Tyler Booth each will take center stage. The following night’s entertainment will be provided by rappers Tone Loc and Coolio.
With The 300 Club set to open the new addition to its bowling alley in two weeks, owner Justin Krueger said the business wanted to host a party at the end of the summer to celebrate the new venture.
The event will feature outdoor music, local food vendors, beer trucks and more.
Additionally, Krueger says a portion of 300 Fest’s proceeds will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of the Tri-County Area.
The choice to feature country music the first night and rap the second night was intentional, Krueger noted.
He says both genres were chosen to appeal to different demographics because the 300 Club “didn’t want to leave anyone out.”
“That's why it's a stark contrast from Friday to Saturday,” Krueger said.
He added that both nights feature top-tier talent. Ducas has written an array of popular country hits for Trace Atkins, while Booth’s music has been getting increased airtime on country music radio stations, Krueger says.
Meanwhile, he noted both rappers are known for their body of work from the 1990s including Coolio’s 1995 hit “Gangsta's Paradise.”
In booking the musicians, Krueger said it was easier to book Coolio and Tone Loc than Ducas and Booth because he was acquainted with Coolio from a past project they worked on together.
He says Coolio and Tone Loc have the same agent, which simplified that part of the process.
When booking Booth and Ducas, Krueger said he had to compete with other venues as many country artists are beginning to resume touring.
“It wasn't easy because it's county fair and state fair season and everybody's kind of starting to host stuff at the same time,” he said. “
The event is an extension of the 300 Club’s mission of giving area residents fun things to do locally.
“Everybody wants to go out and have some fun,” Krueger said. “Everybody's been cooped up, so we're trying to give people unique things to do.”
Although he doesn’t yet know if 300 Fest will turn into an annual tradition, Krueger hopes it will.
“When tickets go on sale later this week, we're going to find out pretty quickly what the demand is,” he said. “My guess is we will probably end up doing this again. We'll mix it up every year if we do.”
He added the response from the community toward The 300 Club since it opened earlier this summer has been overwhelmingly positive, which is why he’s looking forward to giving back by hosting 300 Fest.
“Since we've been open, the community response has been incredible,” he said. “We created about 30 jobs, which is what we set out to do. We can’t do that without the support of the community.”
Tickets for the festival cost $20 for Friday night and $25 for Saturday night. A QR code for ordering tickets will be posted to The 300 Club’s Facebook and Instagram pages later this week as well as throughout Green Lake.