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Sam Hunt plays The Rave April 4.
Sam Hunt plays The Rave April 4.

Here's your chance to meet country star Sam Hunt

Sam Hunt is riding high as one of country's hottest newer artists.

He's far from new to the game as he's written for Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, and Billy Currington.

Last year, his debut album "Montevallo" was released with the hit "Leave the Night On".

If you love country music, and want to meet Sam Hunt you've come to the right place.

Courtesy of our friends at the Hunger Task Force, we have a meet and greet opportunity for you.  Just click here to bid on a chance to win two great seats for Hunt's show on April 4 at The Rave and you'll also score a meet and greet with this rising country star.  

Hunt's concert, with special guests Michael Ray, is presented by FM 106.1 and begins at 9 p.m. on April 4.  

Proceeds from this auction go to Hunger Task Force, and for tax-deduction purposes, the tickets in this package are valued at $21 each. The opportunity to meet Hunt, though, is priceless.  

Tickets are non-transferable.

Bidding ends Wednesday, April 1 at noon.

Bid on 4th row seats for Vince Gill and help the Hunger Task Force

Vince Gill shares the Milwaukee Theatre stage with Ashley Monroe, Charlie Worsham and daughter Jenny Gill at 8 p.m. this Sunday, March 22. The show, "Vince Gill & Friends," is a thematic extension of Gill's January round of shows with fellow musician Lyle Lovett.

Courtesy of the Wisconsin Center District, we have fourth row tickets for you to bid on.  And, by purchasing them you help the Hunger Task Force.  It's a win-win.

Click here, and good luck!

Gousha talks media, Milwaukee and more Thursday morning

On Thursday morning, March 19, you have the opportunity to hear Mike Gousha talk about Milwaukee, media and more.  You'll also have to put up with me as I have the pleasure of asking him questions as part of the East Town Association's Coffee Connection series that proudly sponsors.  For me, it will not only be fun but a bit of a "turning of the tables" as I had the honor of being a guest on Gousha's "Sunday Night" show many years ago.

These days, Gousha serves as a Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy at Marquette University Law School.  He's an award-winning journalist, the host of the Law School's "On the Issues" conversation series and a contributing anchor and political analyst for WISN-TV where he hosts the weekly Sunday morning program "Up Front with Mike Gousha," which airs on ABC affiliates statewide.  

On Thursday, in a casual environment at the InterContinental Hotel in Downtown Milwaukee, Gousha will take questions, talk about media, Milwaukee and more.  You should come.

The free event starts at 7:30 a.m. 

Dwight Hopfauf and "The Bachelor."
Dwight Hopfauf and "The Bachelor." (Photo: L. Kaiser )
The Hotel Julien Dubuque.
The Hotel Julien Dubuque. (Photo: L. Kaiser )
A view along the street outside the hotel.
A view along the street outside the hotel. (Photo: L. Kaiser )

Former Milwaukee hotel GM basks in "The Bachelor" limelight in Iowa

There’s a Milwaukee connection to ABC’s "The Bachelor" this season but it’s not a contestant.

The connection is Dwight Hopfauf, the general manager of Hotel Julien Dubuque, the hotel that’s been featured on the show.  Hopfauf is a former Milwaukee resident and the former assistant general manger at Milwaukee’s Hilton City Center in Downtown. 

So, needless to say, Hopfauf and his team are head over heels with the current bachelor Iowan Chris Soules, aka "Prince Farming." 

"We are thrilled to be featured in such a popular series.  The opportunity to showcase our elegant, historic property, which underwent a $34 million renovation to restore its 1915 grandeur and is now celebrating its 100th anniversary, is truly exciting," Hopfauf, also a former board member at the Westown Association in Milwaukee, told me via email. 

"Our ownership, management, and staff are delighted that viewers will get to see the beautiful setting that we are all so very proud to be a part of at Hotel Julien Dubuque."

Hotel Julien was featured in a February episode already, but will star in the season finale of the 19th edition of The Bachelor that will air on Monday, March 9

Soules elects to hold the final rose ceremony in his home state of Iowa, marking the first-ever domestic location for the show’s closing episode.

Will he propose?  Will she accept his rose or ring?  I don’t know, and don't watch the show.  I do know enough to know that rings and roses work and matter. I also loved Dwight's passion when he was in Milwaukee and am truly happy that his hotel is in the spotlight. 

And, since my wife’s a fan of the show something tells me that we’ll take a trip to Dubuque this summer to check it out.  Hopfauf assures me that I’ll love the city and the hotel’s Riverboat Lounge, a local hot spot for live music and craft cocktails.  So, I’m in and will report back to you once we take our mini Iowa vacation. 

Over the years, Hotel Julien Dubuque has welcom…