Ted Nugent Concert Raises Concerns in Oshkosh

Ted Nugent Concert Raises Concerns in Oshkosh

One Oshkosh resident is concerned about the message Nugent might be bringing to the all-ages Waterfest Concert Series.
OSHKOSH, WI. (WFRV-TV)

Ted Nugent is well known as a rockstar and as a political activist, and on July 26th, he'll bring his act to the Leach Amphitheater for Oshkosh's Waterfest Concert Series. The announcement caught the eye of Oshkosh resident Kevin Kratsch.

        "Why did they bring somebody as controversial as Teg Nugent into what's billed by them as a quality of life family event?" says Kratsch. "He is probably anything but that."

Kratsch says Nugent's political agenda isn't the main issue.

        "I have no problem with a person if they're Republican or Democrat, either one, voicing their opinions," says Kratsch. "In his case, he uses violence to promote his agenda, and I have a real problem with that. Especially for a community event."

Local 5 sat down with Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce President John Casper, who told us people have been asking for Nugent for years. In fact, he expects the show to have the highest attendance of any show this summer.

        "We don't really book it as a family event," says Casper. "I mean, we book it as a concert. It's really going after a demographic of about 35+."

In March, the Republican Party in Gregg County, Texas paid $16,000 to buy out of a similar Ted Nugent concert after seeing concert footage online. Now, Kratsch hopes the Oshkosh Chamber takes a similar stance.

        "I would like to see the Oshkosh chamber do the exact same thing," he says. "There's a contract they can't get out of it, but they can buy it out and they can cancel it and get another act in."

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