Join us at the Renew the Earth Institute in the rolling hills of Custer, WI on June 26, 2021 for a one-day, outdoor, and socially distanced event in celebration of our MREA Members. The day will begin with our annual General Membership Meeting and then head into over ten hours packed full of electrifying live music, inspiring keynote speakers, local food and beer, and family friendly activities.
Limited Number of Tickets Available
Online Ticket Registration Opens May 1
General Membership Meeting
10:00 a.m. | Main Stage
Join the MREA Board of Directors and staff for a discussion about our current initiatives and goals, as well as what the future holds. Share your stories, comments, and questions. We would greatly value your attendance and feedback, as a member of our organization, to continue the growth of the MREA and the possibilities for renewable energy in the future.
Thank you to all our members for their generous and continued support.
Fabulous Frogs & Sensational Snakes
TBD | Kids’ Activities | Forest Stage
Sing songs, see puppets, and learn all about the frogs and snakes that live in Wisconsin! Presented by David Stokes, Naturalist, Educator, and Entertainer.
11:30 a.m. | Live Music | Main Stage
Adept at both guitar and piano, Genevieve writes the songs she sings, songs firmly rooted in the contemporary, with faint hints of tendrils running deep toward the influence of old footsteps. It’s a warm and natural sound, absent of pretension and imbued with an honesty that affirms the beneficent nature of her music. Genevieve said it best herself – “I want to play music because people seem to like it, and that makes me happy.”
1:00 p.m. | Keynote | Main Stage
ABC News veteran and creator/host of the show What Would You Do?, John Quiñones has emerged as one of the most inspiring keynotes in the speaking world today. His moving presentations focus on his odds-defying journey, celebrate the life-changing power of education, champion the Latino American Dream, and provide thought-provoking insights into human nature and ethical behavior.
Sustainable Singing with Tom Pease
TBD | Kids’ Activity | Forest Stage
Kids of all ages, be prepared to laugh, sing, and dance along with Tom Pease. Bring the whole family! With movement, sign language, humor, and joy, Tom creates concerts that leave audiences laughing and singing.
2:30 p.m. | Live Music | Main Stage
Hailing from the fertile land of Wisconsin, Dead Horses are known for front woman Sarah Vos’s “aching, haunting vocals” (No Depression), “evocative, empathetic storytelling” (NPR Music), and a sound that bridges indie folk and their own Midwestern approach to Americana. Lyrically, the band explores the human condition from personal musings to observations of the current American experience, taking notes from every person and city they meet along the road.
4:30 p.m. | Keynote | Main Stage
Marcia Bjornerud is Professor of Geology and Environmental Studies at Lawrence University in Appleton. Bjornerud’s research focuses on the physics of earthquakes and mountain-building, and she combines field-based studies of bedrock geology with quantitative models of rock mechanics. She was named Outstanding Educator in 2011 by the Association of Women Geoscientists. She is the author of a well-received book, Reading the Rocks: The Autobiography of the Earth and a contributing writer to the New Yorker’s science and technology blog, “Elements”.
Bad Bad Hats
6:00 p.m. | Live Music | Main Stage
Bad Bad Hats is an indie rock band from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The band consists of Kerry Alexander, Chris Hoge, and Connor Davison. Named for a trouble-making character from the Madeline children’s books, Bad Bad Hats is defined by a balance of sweet and sour. Their music honors classic pop songwriting, with nods to nineties rock simplicity and pop-punk frivolity. Through it all, Alexander’s unflinchingly sincere lyrics cut to the emotional heart of things.
8:00 p.m. | Live Music | Main Stage
It’s not every day you witness a musician in her early 20s leading a nine-piece band. Then again, Stern is not your average young musician. Flanked by a pair of backing vocalists and a two-piece horn section, the charismatic Stern often takes flight with blazing Stratocaster solos. Her gritty, soulful vocals are supported by a full rhythm section of keyboards, bass, drums, and rhythm guitar. Raine balances driving blues numbers with downtempo tunes that take full advantage of the band. Stern’s youthful exuberance is on full display—bounding across stage to dance with band mates while ripping out a solo.
Additional information including food and beverage options, EV charging, COVID precautions, and a packing list will be available soon!