This my 19th season as a Milwaukee Bucks season ticket holder. I love the Bucks, and I love the NBA.
During all my seasons as a ticket holder, the team has balanced its game day music, fun promotions, great videos and the best mascot in the league with Streetlife, the Bucks' live house band. Streetlife, with its leader Warren Wiegratz, always provided a nice balance to the piped-in jock jams that you get at most sporting events.
But, this season, at least during games, Streetlife is out of the Bucks' game-time mix. Have you noticed?
While they're still playing around town (as a group and in solo gigs) and in the BMO Harris Bradley Center atrium before Bucks games, you won't see or hear the band while the game is in progress.
The band is still a part of the Bucks family, though, and has played several halftime shows.
I like Streetlife, and since my seats are (were) close to the band I have come to know them a bit and appreciate their talent. Yet, I've always felt that their sound never really traveled well enough through out the entire arena. So, if you weren't seated close to to the band they probably didn't heighten your entertainment value. Compare this to Miller Park. You can hear the organ at Miller Park from all the seats.
The Bucks regularly poll ticket holders and buyers, and several have told me that the band usually is a point of conversation.
I understand why the Bucks aren't using live music this season. It would seem, though, that there would be a way to somehow use Streetlife in conjunction with the recorded music. Change, though, is usually good and I'm happy that the band is still a part of the team's plans.
As Bucks VP Business Development John Steinmiller told me via email, "We are continuing our relationship with Streetlife that begin in 1985 as they are a valued member of the Bucks entertainment family. This season Streetlife is our featured performer on the BMO Harris Bradley Center Bucks UWM Performance Stage in the outer east at…Read more...