By Kayla Zastrow
Levitt Amp Concert Series: Boulevards
THURSDAY 7/21 | PFIFFNER PARK, STEVENS POINT
Jamil Rashad, aka Boulevards, is the embodiment of funk. From an early age, Jamil’s father, an R&B Radio DJ, exposed him to jazz, blues, and R&B. This pushed him to get involved in music early on in his youth. Taking queues from pioneers such as Prince, Rick James, and Earth Wind & Fire, Boulevards seamlessly delivers cheeky, party-themed jams that range from raw and risqué to soulful. His latest album, Electric Cowboy: Born in Carolina Mud, jubilantly mixes soul, country, jazz, hip-hop, indie rock, and every other style of music played in the Tarheel State, but the dominant sound is pure funk. At this outdoor show, you’ll see first-hand why his energy and charisma have made him a mainstay in the North Carolina music scene. Starts at 6 pm. Details at Createportagecounty.org.
WEDNESDAY 7/27 | BARKER-STEWART ISLAND, WAUSAU
Goats have returned for a second year to Barket-Stewart Island to help graze and control invasive plant species in the area. The Wausau and Marathon County Parks Department is celebrating the goats with Goatapalooza! This goat-themed celebration includes a small scavenger hunt for invasive species, goat cheese sampling, and other goat activities. There will even be a few goats available to pet or take a selfie with. Starts at 4 pm. Details at co.marathon.wi.us or on Facebook.
FRIDAY 7/22 |WHITEWATER MUSIC HALL, WAUSAU
Get your latin on this weekend! Wausau Bachata and Whitewater Music Hall are co-hosting a bachata lesson for beginners, with a few variations for those more advanced dancers. No partner is necessary as participants will be rotated frequently so everyone technically has a partner–or you can dance solo if you prefer. After the hour-long lesson, you’ll play dancing games and try out your new skill when the floor is opened up for social dancing. Don’t forget to try the specialty cocktails prepared by Night Tribe Cocktails. Starts at 7 pm. $5 per person. 715-298-3202
Homecoming: City of Wausau 150th Anniversary Celebration
SATURDAY 7/23 | MARATHON PARK, WAUSAU
2022 marks the 150th anniversary of Wausau becoming a city! Come celebrate the milestone at this day-long event for the entire family. At 11 am enjoy a Parade Thru Time travelling down Third Ave. to Marathon Park. At Marathon Park there will be tons of activities for all ages such as free train rides, fun at the Little Red Schoolhouse, a history of local businesses in the Exhibition Building, vehicles from the fire, police and public works departments, live music, food stands, a beer tent and much more. Free. Details at CelebrateWausau.org.
Live music lineup at the Grandstand:
Noon | Wausau Concert Band
2 pm | Allen Brothers Band
4 pm | Airkraft
6 pm | The Brady Luke Band
8 pm | Vic Ferrari
Concerts on the Square: Copperbox
WEDNESDAY 7/27 | 400 BLOCK, DOWNTOWN WAUSAU.
Channeling the rowdy feels of a small-town party, this genre-bending band celebrates the fusion of roots and rock with a refreshing, gutsy, Americana sound with a dash of zydeco. Based in Oshkosh, this quartet is loaded with energy and features a mountain of instruments, such as guitar, saxophone, percussion, flute, button accordion, piano, sousaphone, drums, bass, ukulele and more. According to The Wisconsin Blues Society, “This group cooks and swings with some of the best Zydeco-influenced groups I’ve seen anywhere in the country.” Concerts play rain or shine, though an indoor location might be found in severe weather. Bring a picnic, blanket or lawn chair. Free. Starts at 6 pm. Details at Wausauevents.org.
Moon Dance Music Festival
THURS.-SAT. 7/28-30 | MC FESTIVAL GROUNDS, GLEASON
Dance under the stars this weekend during one of the biggest bluegrass fests in the area. You’ll hear Midwest bluegrass, folk and Americana acts perform all weekend long on two stages for three nights of high-energy, toe-tapping fun with camping, vendors, food and more. $140 three-day pass; Single day tickets: $30 Thursday; $75 Friday or Saturday; free ages 12 and under. All tickets include rough camping. Details at moondancemusicfestival.net.
5 pm | The Jake Deringer Project
7 pm | Billy Bronsted & the Loot
9 pm | IFDAKAR
11 pm | Sunsquabi
1:30 pm | Moon Dance Storytellers
3 pm | High & Rising
5 pm | Joseph Huber
7 pm | Feed the Dog
9 pm | Lotus (two sets)
12:30 am | Mungion
1:15 pm | Still Shine
3:15 pm | Insomniac Gypsy
5:15 pm | The Liver Killers
7:15 pm| Spafford
9:15 pm | Here Comes the Mummies
11:15 pm | Steez