Bublr Bikes is hosting a livestream concert on Saturday to raise funds for maintaining and expanding its nonprofit bike share program throughout the city.
This year is the third annual Bublr Bash, but it will be completely virtual due to the pandemic — you can tune in to the event from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Bublr’s Facebook page or YouTube. In addition to the concert, there will also be a few pre-recorded segments discussing Bublr’s programs and giving awards to other community-building organizations in Milwaukee.
“One thing that we really think is important at Bublr is our ability to connect with the community,” Executive Director James Davies said.
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Local musician Vincent Van Great is headlining the concert — the rest of the lineup includes Amanda Huff, Sista Strings, Immortal Girlfriend, Sleeper Sound, Yogi B & Keez and Riolanza.
At Saturday’s event, Bublr will also announce the winner of their splashguard design contest, which is a collaboration between Bublr and Vincent Van Great. Submissions were open to the whole community, and the winning artwork will be featured on Bublr bikes throughout the city.
Davies said the installation of bike share stations is funded by the city, but the Bublr Bash fundraiser and other donations pay for the maintenance of the bikes and stations. Both Vincent Van Great and Davies emphasized Bublr’s role in connecting the community, as well as the event’s ability to bring people together in a time when they are physically isolated.
“The digital option in a lot of ways does make it more accessible,” Davies said. “Having a shared experience, celebrating a lot of the great things coming out of Milwaukee, and giving people that opportunity to connect, even if it’s not in person.”