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On the town in Milwaukee: Where's the "western" world?


It's true; last weekend I was looking for a western night out on the town.

In honor of friends moving to Nashville, we threw a hoedown showdown complete with country music, cowboy attire and plenty of Jack Daniels.

Later in the night, we were looking to take our western gear public, but found ourselves stumped; is there anywhere "western" or "cowboy" to go out to in Milwaukee?

Honestly, the world of shiny belt buckles and tasseled shirts is a new one for me. I've never listened to much country music and I don't know the first thing about line dancing, square dancing or bull riding.

Regardless of my skill deficiencies, I somehow suspect there are Milwaukeeans who do. And consequently, there are certain to be places these people go to meet other "westerners" and revel in their country ways.

So, where is Milwaukee's country? Do you have to travel the rural roads to find "country?"

My search left me with few options. I'm positively certain that side of nightlife must be out there but literally, I'm at a loss.

Apparently the Sussex bowling alley doubles as the Square Benders Square Dancing headquarters with square dancing at least once a week. Occasionally, the Milwaukee Ale House hosts live country acts and Kelly's Bleachers on Bluemound Road has been known to play as much pop country as top 40 on the dance floor.

It's hard to say though, that these limited options are indeed authentically "western."

I suppose it depends on your impression of "country western." The category is a vague descriptor for everything southern, conjuring a wide spectrum of images ranging from Buffalo Bill's Wild West to a marriage between country superstars Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

Milwaukee's The Championship dabbles in country tones and of course Riverwest regulars The Trusty Knife bring sounds of Buddy Holly and Chuck Berry to the live stage.
But these are just occasional tones or glimpses of cowboy nightlife.

Perhaps Milwaukee's truest sense of cowboy can be found in Mexican run establishments on the near South Side. It was the exported system of hacienda living infiltrating Mexico centuries ago that led to the American cowboy; ultimately at the root of all impressions of "western" living.

But what's your suggestion? Where do you head for a good dose of country music and a little line dancing? Use the Talkback feature below to weigh in on this "western" discussion.

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cntrygrl63 | June 9, 2012 at 11:59 a.m. (report)

Agreed. I miss Broncos a lot. You could go there with friends or walk in alone and you'd be with friends. People of all ages were welcome. milROCKeeguy.. you're dead wrong. Country is alive an well here and a new "Broncos" would thrive. GIve it a try sometime.

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SpoonyBard | April 14, 2010 at 10:32 a.m. (report)

Wherever these guy are playing-->www.jonstonemusic.com

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sandstorm | May 29, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. (report)

why is there a picture of a gay cowboy? is that from Brokeback Mountain?

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suze7955 | May 26, 2009 at 2:55 p.m. (report)

Not True. Bronco's was always packed.... and everyone that did go there is still looking for a Country Bar to dance at ..on the weekends, not just on Tuesday night.

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suze7955 | May 26, 2009 at 2:54 p.m. (report)

I agree, Milwaukee has had the number one Mid market radio station, FM106.1. Bronco's was always packed. I know at least 100 people that have asked me where can you go to dance like we did at Bronco's... we all hope that some day a new Country Bar will open. I miss Bronco's as many many others do. If a Country Bar opened here, I can guarantee you it will be packed.

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