Linneman’s Riverwest Inn: The Place We Call Home

images-3LINNEMAN’S RIVERWEST INN OPENED IN THE SUMMER OF 1993 AFTER AN INTENSE 8 MONTH REMODELING PROJECT. OWNER JIM LINNEMAN AND CARPENTER FRIEND JIM GABLE SET OUT TO RESTORE THE 1902 CHARACTER TO THE BAR THAT HAD BEEN LOST OVER THE YEARS WITH PREVIOUS REMODELING EFFORTS. THE RESULT SUCCESSFULLY REESTABLISHED THE TURN-OF-THE CENTURY CHARM TO THE OLD TAVERN THAT HAD BEEN HIDDEN WITH “MODERNIZING.” WHEN ADDING “NEW” ITEMS TO THE CLUB, EVERY EFFORT IS MADE TO KEEP THE OLD WORLD CHARM INTACT!

BEING AN INTENSE LOVER OF POPULAR MUSIC, AND A MUSICIAN HIMSELF, JIM LINNEMAN BEGAN OPERATING ACOUSTIC OPEN STAGES ON WEDNESDAY NIGHTS (AN EVENT THAT STILL TAKES PLACE!) MANY OF THE PERFORMERS WHO FREQUENTED THE OPEN STAGE EITHER PLAYED IN BANDS, OR THROUGH REPEATED PERFORMANCES IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE, IMPROVED ENOUGH TO START ONE. SOON, LINNEMAN’S BEGAN HAVING LIVE MUSIC ON WEEKENDS. SOME OF THESE “OPEN STAGE” START-UP BANDS ENDED UP BECOMING VERY POPULAR MILWAUKEE MUSIC MAINSTAYS.

ONE BAND THAT STARTED HERE, THE MOSLEYS, ENDED UP BECOMING ONE OF THE CITY’S MOST POPULAR GROUPS & HAD A THREE YEAR RUN AS THE THURSDAY NIGHT HOUSE BAND. SAMMY LLANAS, OF THE BODEANS POPS UP ON LINNEMAN’S STAGE, WHEN THE TIME IS RIGHT, AND ALL MEMBERS OF THE VIOLENT FEMMES HAVE PERFORMED AT LINNEMAN’S, WHICH IS CONSIDERED IN MUSICAL CIRCLES, A SMALLER, BUT UNIQUELY INTIMATE CONCERT VENUE.

FAMOUS NON-MILWAUKEANS WHO HAVE VISITED HERE INCLUDE RAY DAVIES
OF THE KINKS, “I’M FIXIN TO DIE” ORIGINAL WOODSTOCK LEGEND COUNTRY
JOE MCDONALD, PETER TORK OF THE MONKEES, AND FAMED BRITISH SAXOPHONIST
DICK PARRY (PINK FLYOD & THE WHO) TO MENTION A FEW.

LINNEMAN’S IS DEDICATED TO MAINTAINING & IMPROVING THE GREAT QUALITY OF MUSIC
IN THIS GRAND CITY OF MILWAUKEE!!

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