Friday, 10/20 | Grand Theater, Wausau
The 80s rock ballad group Air Supply got its start when two of its band members met on the set of Jesus Christ Super Star in 1975. By 78, they were already opening for Rod Stewart. Air Supply didn’t invent the love ballad but they sure have a lot of them – a high percentage of their songs have the word love in it. If you were a teen in the 80s, you probably cried to “I’m All Out of Love” for instance. The band is still going, and their bringing those timeless love ballads to the stage at the Grand Theater. 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $75. VIP package including soundcheck $257. grandtheater.org.
Sundae and Mr. Goessl
Sunday, 10/22 | Campanile Center for the Arts, Minocqua
Award-winning jazz singer Kate Voss and guitar virtuoso Jason Goessl form this Wisconsin-based husband and wife duo who have been taking the country by storm. They incorporate vintage style, humor, nostalgia and a serious sense of musicianship into their act that has won Acoustic Act of the Year in the 2020 Golden Ear Awards. Come see this unique duo up in the heart of the Northwoods. 2 pm. $27, $15 for students. campanilecenter.org.
Thursday, 10/26 | Grand Theater, Wausau
Calling all Ghostbusters! Amy Bruni has been investigating ghosts and other paranormal phenomena for over 20 years, and that career has culminated with a hit TV show on ScyFy called Kindred Spirits. Prior to that, she was on the ScyFy show Ghost Hunters. Through her work she’s visited some of the most notable haunted places around the world, including the Mt. Washington Hotel, The Stanley Hotel, and the Queen Mary, a haunted ship where performers and patrons experience paranormal phenomena on a regular basis. 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $30, $80 VIP tickets include meet and greet. grandtheater.org.
Arsenic and Old Lace
Thurs-Sat, 10/19-21 | Wausau Elk’s Lodge, Wausau
Arsenic and Old Lace is a Broadway classic, running on the fame theater district for 1,444 performances. That’s several years, for those who want to do the math. But many probably know the comedy from its film adaptation in 1944 staring Cary Grant, Jean Adair and Josephine Hull. The story of zany Brewster family with poisoning plots, plastic surgery hijinx and one sister who thinks she’s Teddy Roosevelt, this dark comedy put on by the River and Woods Theatre Company will leave you in stitches. 7 pm. $20 adults, $15 students and seniors. Buy tickets at rawtc.booktix.com.
Taylor Swift Laser Dance Party
Thursday 10/19 | Grand Theater, Wausau
Maybe you’ve heard of her. For those who haven’t, Taylor Swift is the one of the most prominent musical artists of the 21st century. You can find her nearly everywhere you look. Her ongoing Eras Tour is filling arenas worldwide. A recently released concert film of the same name is playing in theaters across the country. Her recent romance with Kansas City Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce is bringing new fans to the NFL. For those who want to take in a slice of Taylormania, the Taylor Swift Laser Dance Party is coming to Wausau. No, Taylor Swift will not be appearing, and the event is not affiliated with her. But it does promise a two-hour live DJ set of her biggest songs, accompanied by a laser light show. Longtime fans can sing along to their favorites; those new to her work can experience it in vivid color. Starts at 7:30 pm. 18+. $28. Details at Grandtheater.org. (DW)
10/20 | Malarkey’s Pub, Wausau
Josh White is a guitarist and singer who performs a wide variety of music. His repertoire, spanning decades and genres, can capably accommodate whatever his audience wants to hear. In his own words, “It’s like the best assorted bag of jelly beans, like all your favorite jelly beans.” White was born and raised in Louisiana before finding a home in Duluth, Minnesota. He cut his teeth as the frontman for metal and rock band Malec before launching alt-country duo Brown & White. In his current incarnation he leads the Josh White Band and also plays solo. This will be White’s return to the stage as a solo artist at Malarkeys, where he appeared in September. Music starts at 8pm. Details at Malarkeyspub.com. (DW)