Alive Again: The Chicago Project
THURSDAY 6/30 | CAMPANILE CENTER FOR THE ARTS, MINOCQUA
Alive Again: The Chicago Project came together to honor the timeless music of the band Chicago. This 10-piece band is made up of diverse musicians from Northeast and Central Wisconsin who all share a common passion: keeping the music of Chicago alive. This special concert features all of Chicago’s greatest hits including, “Saturday in the Park”, “Make Me Smile”, “If You Leave Me Now”, “Beginnings”, “25 or 6 to 4”, “Hard Habit To Break”, “Glory Of Love”, “You’re The Inspiration” and many more! Starts at 7 pm. $25 adult, $15 student. Details at campanilecenter.com.
FRI.-SUN. 7/1-7/3 | PFIFFNER PIONEER PARK, STEVENS POINT
This three-day festival along the Wisconsin River is one the biggest free music event in the area. Yes, it’s full of great concerts, but it’s also a family-favorite tradition with tons of food and all-ages fun. During the day families can find entertainment like the Carp Classic fishing contest, cornhole and horseshoes tournaments, lumberjack shows and more. New this year is Market in the Park featuring artisan vendors of all kinds located in the food truck court. Bands perform throughout the weekend, ranging from blues and folk to rock and hip hop. On Saturday night the sky lights up with fireworks over the water. Free. More info at stevenspoint.com.
6 pm | Kevin Troestler Band
6 pm | New Polish Sounds
7 pm | Cousin Curtiss
9 pm | Here Comes the Mummies
1 pm | Sox ‘n Sandlz
3 pm | JulyDa
4:30 pm | Barefoot Americans
7 pm | B2wins
7 pm | Rising Phoenix
7:30 pm | Miles Over Mountains
9 pm | Jocelyn and Chris
1 pm | The Soul Inspirations
1 pm | Gin Mill Hollow
3 pm | First Avenue
6:15 pm | Lt. Sunnie, Tuvok the Word, Mpls. Drew, & DJ Mickey Breeze
7 pm | The Third Wheels
8:15 pm | Bad Bad Hats
Resonant Rogues & Lou Shields
FRIDAY 7/1 | LAMPLIGHT SESSIONS, MOSINEE
The Resonant Rogues’ dark Appalachian folk sound paints a picture of the band members’ lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina and on the road. Anchored by the songwriting duo of Sparrow and Keith Smith, the group has traveled the byways and highways of America and crossed the oceans with their instruments in tow. Each of their songs tell a story of real experiences, friendships, and challenges. They are joined by Lou Shields, who writes original songs based on the past, present, and future with an old-time sound that brings listeners back to Pre-WWII era American folk music. For ages 21+. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Show starts at 6:30 pm. $30. Details at pinetraveler.com.
Concerts on the Square: The Northern Lights
WEDNESDAY 7/6 | 400 BLOCK, DOWNTOWN WAUSAU
Based out of Nashville, The Northern Lights began on the Music City’s Broadway strip. The band’s creators and lead singers, Garrett Thorn and Mike Godwin, both uprooted from their home states of Wisconsin and Massachusetts and met in Nashville. The band draws influences from a variety of legendary artists – everything from James Taylor and The Eagles to Michael Jackson and Led Zeppelin. The Northern Lights blend simple and smooth vocal harmonies with tasteful guitar riffs to create a modern southern rock sound of their own. Free. Starts at 6 pm. Wausauevents.org.
Independence Day Celebration & Car Show
SUNDAY 7/3 | WILLOW SPRINGS GARDEN, WAUSAU
This is a charming, entertaining, and patriotic family event at the beautiful Willow Springs Garden. All day long enjoy a car show, horse drawn wagon rides, Paper Cities rally demonstrations, vendors, live music, bounce houses, food, a tractor parade and much more. End the day with impressive fireworks and a patriotic program at dusk. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket for seating. Free admission, proceeds go to the restoration of the round barn. 10 am-10 pm. Details at Willowspringsgardens.com, and on Facebook.
4th of July Festival
MONDAY 7/4 | RIVER PARK, MOSINEE
Celebrate our nation’s birthday along the Wisconsin River! This family festival has it all, including a Fireworks 5K run, children’s activities, food trucks, a beverage tent, live music, craft vendors, and a parade starting at 6 pm. There will be one of the best fireworks shows in Central Wisconsin at dusk over the Wisconsin River. Bring the whole family out to celebrate. Sponsored by the Mosinee Chamber of Commerce. Event 4-11 pm, registration for Fireworks 5K at 8 am. Details at Mosineechamber.org, 715-693-4330.