The Beloit International Film Festival means more than just ten days of great independent film. It means ten days of nightly celebrations in Downtown Beloit. It means it is Party Season.
Each evening all BIFF long, the Janesville law firm of Nowlan & Mouat LLP Presents Beloit After Dark—the BAD celebration of musical talent. And there is something for everyone with nightly drink specials and no cover charges and BIFF’s official brew, Stella Artois.
This year BIFF will mark opening night, Friday, Feb. 23 starting at 7 p.m. by blowing the roof off the Grand Avenue Pub at 132 West Grand Avenue in Beloit. Brabazon Title Company presents internationally acclaimed trumpet master Tony Scodwell performing with the award-winning Beloit Memorial High School Jazz Orchestra. Scodwell is the highly respected veteran of the Big Band music scene, having played with all the great legendary stars…including Sammy, Frank, Elvis, and Barbra. A unique opportunity to hear one of the greats. Also, be sure to check out the outdoor light show provided by Laser Light Fusion from 5:30-10:30pm. Projections will be shown on three downtown buildings.
The following night, Feb 24 at 9 p.m., same location, local favorite Switchtrack Alley featuring dynamic frontman, Joel Brockwell will celebrate classic and southern rock, R&B and traditional blues.
Sunday, BIFF closes out the first weekend at Suds O’Hannahan’s with Kevin Patrick at 7 p.m. The popular Wisconsin performer offers an evening of acoustic guitar and authentic vocal interpretations of the Eagles, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Neil Young and Bob Dylan. Monday night kicks off four nights back at Grand Avenue Pub with local favorite groups and, perhaps, even you at the mic. The Dave Potter Trio kicks the week off on Feb 26 at 6:30 p.m. with a Blues Jam hosted by area guitarist Dave Potter and his crew. Sit back or sit in!
Hogtied To The Misfit takes the stage at the GAP on Tuesday, Feb 27 at 8 p.m. Big Mac, Dr. Ed and Pete will take you on a musical journey that you have never been on before, from “twisted” covers to clever originals. Wednesday is Open Mic night with Russ Doiel at 8 p.m. Russ and his cohorts entertain you and possibly accompany you. You might even get to see a few of the BIFF staff onstage displaying hidden talents. Thursday, kick off the merry month of March with the all-star line up of 52 Special, featuring Glenn Davis and Matt Goodwin. These local legends will light up the night starting at 7 p.m. Great lead into BIFF2018’s second amazing weekend!
Friday sees the return of a great BIFF tradition with Karaoke Night at Suds O’Hanahan’s, from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Finn Bomgaars, the area’s leading authority on all things Karaoke, brings his unique style and deep catalog to the Suds stage! Now it’s your turn to show off your inner entertainer or just watch BIFF’s talented filmmakers show their stuff.
And Saturday night, join BIFF for the final blowout party at The Rock, starting at 9 p.m. Join Kevin Patrick and Greg Gerard of The Orphans fame for a classic evening of your favorite feel-good songs from the 70s and beyond.
The Beloit International Film Festival, celebrating its 13th season, is sponsored by the Hendricks Group in association with Beloit College and with additional support provided by Visit Beloit. Support for the Festival comes from area businesses and civic organizations, and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Individual support for BIFF is provided through membership in the BIFF Founders and the Film Society of Beloit.