(First published in the October 4, 2018 issue of City Pages)
The Rad Trads
FRIDAY 10/5 | GRAND THEATER, WAUSAU
This group has five distinct lead vocalists, which isn’t something you hear very often. Then add a driving horn section, psychedelic guitars and an infectious punk rock energy, and it’s easy to see why The Rad Trads are one of the most buzzed-about live acts from New York City. They’ve toured across four continents, 15 countries and 41 states sharing their awesome blend of indie rock, Americana and soul. Incorporating elements of folk rock into their brass-heavy sound, the group creates lush arrangements for songs that are funny, challenging and well-crafted. Their new album, On Tap, came out September 14, so you’ll hear some of their newest work at this intimate 10×10 Series show. 8 pm. $10 in advance, $15 at door, table reservations available. Grandtheater.org, 715-842-0988.
FRIDAY 10/5 | PATRON MEXICAN RESTAURANT, WESTON
This guy is a one-man-band powerhouse, but don’t let the one-man part fool you. He combines his voice and guitar with electronic live looping that allow him to project a full sound that you would hear from a group of musicians. It’s fascinating to watch him start on one instrument, and as the song progresses, go from one instrument to the other, adding each one in succession to create the full sound. It’s sure to be a great evening of music and margaritas with Patron also debuting their Tequila of the Month. 7-10 pm. 715-298-6488.
SATURDAY 10/6 | 400 BLOCK, DOWNTOWN WAUSAU
Celebrate the fall season with a jam-packed day of fun that’s perfect for families. There’s tons of entertainment on the 400 block, such live animals, fire trucks, face painting, horse-drawn carriage rides, kids tractor pedal pull, pumpkin carving demos, crafts and more. Enjoy a special Harvest Fest story time at 10:30 am and crafts at the library, and story time at Janke Book Store at 11 am, noon and 1 pm. When you work up an appetite, check out the food trucks around the 400 Block. All kids 10 and under who donate a non-perishable food item receive a free pumpkin. Most events happen 10 am-2 pm. See full schedule and details at wausauevents.org.
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