MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee staple that opened its doors in 1989, Shank Hall is going back in time.

“Well, it’s our 30th anniversary,” said Peter Jest, the owner of Shank Hall.

Peter Jest

Saturday night, Nov. 23., the venue celebrated its anniversary — and Jest booked a band the knows the stage, and the city, well.

Returning to their roots, Semi Twang — a band that played opening weekend at Shank Hall back in 1989 — captivated a crowd alongside Loey Nelson — whose back again, too.

It’s a place that brings fans like Dan Rosen back again and again.

“Shank Hall is a Milwaukee institution,” Rosen said, “and is probably one of the best music venues I’ve gone to in any city.”

Shank Hall invites new singers and songwriters while preserving old favorites.

Loey Nelson performs at Shank Hall

“I think Peter’s really nurtured a lot of bands in Milwaukee and outside of Milwaukee,” said musician Loey Norquist.

It’s a place to see big-name acts, up-and-coming-acts and acts that have been around awhile, Rosen says.

Dan Rosen

“The nice thing about Shank Hall is you can come here and you have a great seat no matter where you are,” said Rosen.

A seat Rosen and other fans say they’ll keep filling as long as the music keeps coming.

“It’s got a long life and hopefully it’s going to have a longer life,” Rosen said.

Jest tells FOX6 News that he’s looking forward to many more years of live music at Shank Hall.

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