By Kayla Zastrow
St. Paddy’s Day with Local Heroes and Brad Emanuel
FRIDAY 3/17 | MALARKEY’S PUB, WAUSAU
Get your Irish on at Malarkey’s Pub. This year’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities include live music by two bands. At 3 pm, the area favorite Local Heroes performs. Then at 7 pm Brad Emanuel takes the stage. The musician and entertainer has been performing for over 15 years at everything from wedding ceremonies to country music festivals. With a repertoire of over 200 songs and growing, ranging in style from country to rock, and spanning over 5 decades, his performances are always full of the hits you know and love. Local Heroes 3-7 pm; Brad Emanuel at 8 pm. 715-819-3663.
Our Planet Live in Concert
THURSDAY 3/16 | GRAND THEATER, WAUSAU
The landmark Emmy Award-winning Netflix series that took the world by storm is now a live concert event! Our Planet Live in Concert combines breathtaking cinematography with all-new orchestrations by Oscar-winning composer Steven Price performed by a live onstage orchestra. A journey of discovery across our planet featuring narration by legendary broadcaster David Attenborough and Emmy Award-winning actor William Shatner, this mesmerizing concert is a spectacular celebration of the planet we call home – welcoming audiences to be fully immersed into the wonders of earth’s wildlife and their habitats. Part of the profits from the Our Planet live project will be donated to WWF’s education and awareness initiatives.Starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $39. Details at Grandtheater.org.
Atlanta Rhythm Section & Pure Prairie League: 50 Years Together
FRIDAY 3/17 | GRAND THEATER, WAUSAU
It’s an evening of songs, stories and American rock by two legendary bands, both celebrating their 50th Anniversary. Country rockers Pure Prairie League are known for their hit songs “Amie”, “Two Lane Highway”, “Let Me Love You Tonight”, and “Falling In and Out of Love.” With nine straight albums that made the Billboard charts, this group is considered one of the leading bands of the country rock movement, and 50 years later, continues to sound as good today as it did five decades ago.
Southern rock fans know Atlanta Rhythm Section’s 1978 breakthrough album Champagne Jam, which featured the hits “Imaginary Lover” and “I’m Not Gonna Let It Bother Me Tonight.” The band followed that up with two more certified Gold albums and seven additional Top 40 singles to cement their reputation as amazing songwriters and live performers. Today, they still embody everything that the phrase “classic rock” implies. Starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $35. Grandtheater.org.
SUNDAY 3/19 | WITTENBERG-BIRNAMWOOD HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM, WITTENBERG
Moe Bandy is one of America’s all-time leading classic country music performers. Moe’s long string of hits include “Bandy The Rodeo Clown”, “Hank Williams, You Wrote My Life”, “Till I’m Too Old To Die Young”, “Americana”, “It’s A Cheatin’ Situation”, “Just Good Ol’ Boys”, “Barstool Mountain”, and dozens of other chart-toppers. Whether writing, recording new songs, or traveling the world performing, Moe keeps one of the busiest schedules in show business. Doors open at 3 pm. Show starts at 4 pm. Tickets start at $40. Details at rubbersoulproductions.com.
National Club Curling Championships
THURS.-SUN. 3/16-19 | WAUSAU CURLING CENTER, WAUSAU
The Wausau Curling Club hosts the 2023 USA Curling Club National Championships! You’ll see top-notch curling from 12 of the top club teams of each gender competing for the national title. Adults $5 per day, $15 full event; youth and seniors $3 per day, $10 full event. Details and schedule of events at wausaucurling.org.
Prehistoric Facts with Dino Chris!
SATURDAY 3/18 | MARATHON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, WAUSAU
All ages are invited to the library to see fossils and fossil replicas from local dinosaur enthusiast, Dino Chris! Chris will bring his collection of paleontology items for the public to look at and ask questions. If you love paleontology or just want to learn more about dinosaurs, you won’t want to miss this exciting event. Starts at 1 pm. Free. 715-261-7220 or mcpl.us.
Escape Room Family Adventure
TUES.-SAT. 3/21-25 | MARATHON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY, HATLEY
Do you have what it takes to get out of an escape room? Kids and families can put their problem-solving and intuition skills to the test and try to break out of these pop-up escape rooms during Spring Break. There are multiple time slots available each day and each day being a different pop-up escape room. Families can sign up for a time slot and must arrive 15 minutes prior to their time to receive their gaming instructions.Free. Register by calling 715-446-3537.