Preparing for a one-of-a-kind event in the Miller Caves

The Miller Park Caves

Preparing for a one-of-a-kind event in the Miller Caves

By Erik Bilstad. CREATED Jun 11, 2013

MILWAUKEE - Actor/singer John C. Reilly's bluegrass band will play the historic Miller Caves this weekend.

The group, 'John Reilly and Friends,' performs in unique venues across the globe.  It's next gig is at one of Milwaukee's most historic spots: Sixty feet underground in the Miller Caves.

"This is one of the most unique places in Miller Valley," said Kindra Loferski of MillerCoors.  "These caves were hand-dug in the 1850's just three years after Milwaukee became a city."

Frederick Miller needed a way to keep his beer cold.  Brewery workers brought ice into the caves and kept the beer chilled all year round.

"This may be the coolest, pun intended, place in Milwaukee," said Andy Nelson, with the Pabst Theatre Organization.  "This is incredible for Milwaukee.  This is our way of giving back to the community with an incredible one-of-a-kind show."

The two shows Sunday are standing room only, with only a hundred people in attendance.

"We get that many people during our daily tours," Loferski said.

The acoustics could be tricky, but Nelson and the folks at Pabst are confident the sound in the cave won't be a problem.

"We're willing to take the risk," he said.  "It'll be a lot of fun."

AUDIO: Click to hear Erik's report from the Miller Cave on Wis. Afternoon News