Madison officials finalized plans Wednesday for Freakfest 2008, the city's largest party of the fall, which will have four entertainment areas featuring nationally known bands, local music acts and walk-up movies.
We're trying to have a combination of interaction entertainment and great live performances, said Dave Maynard, vice president of Frank Productions, the company hired to organize the event.
The Mountain Dew Amp/Z104 stage, located at the top of State Street near Capitol Square, will be home to headlining band O.A.R. and opening acts Donavon Frankenreiter, The Hard Lessons, Thriving Ivory and The Dollyrots.
Shows will begin at various locations between 7:30 and 8 p.m. on Nov. 1, according to Mary Carbine, executive director of Madison's Central Business Improvement District.
Continuing Halloween tradition, the Frances Street stage will be in the same location as last year, between State Street Brats and University Inn. DJ Calder will be manning the stage and hosting the costume contest finals.
New to the Freakfest scene is the addition of an inflatable movie screen. This walk-up movie [screen] will be showing Halloween classics like Beetle Juice, Psycho and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which will have a live troop from Milwaukee performing in front of the screen.
The goal is to have people police themselves, Balles said. There will be several hundred policemen and private security from Milwaukee on duty throughout the weekend.