By Kayla Zastrow
Chapel Hart: The Glory Days Tour
Thursday 4/6 | Grand Theater, Wausau
Chapel Hart has found a way to gift wrap their Mississippi roots and Louisiana spice and share it with listeners around the world. Consisting of sisters Danica and Devynn Hart along with cousin Trea Swindle, this group went from singing together as children in Hart’s Chapel, to a world class group whose colorful and contagious energy has flourished into a full live band experience that fills venues at home and around the country. Chapel Hart has an amazing ability to tug on your heartstrings with a tender yet powerful ballad, then have you pumping your fist in unison to the pulse of hard-hitting music. The cohesiveness of the band has not gone unnoticed as they have garnered thousands of fans from all over the world and have received hundreds of thousands of views online of their performances. Starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets start at $44. Details at Grandtheater.org.
Friday 4/7 | Lamplight Sessions, Mosinee
Milwaukee singer-songwriter Kat Wodtke leads Andrew Koenig, Nick Lang, Gavin Hardy, and Eva Nimmer on a western journey with songs shimmering with honesty, heart, and grit. The group’s debut album, Poor Pretender, embraces a rich spectrum of light and shadow, heat and cold. The ten-song collection of country, folk, indie rock, and punk reflects its makers’ coming-of-age in the rustbelt crossroads of north, south, east, & west. Doors open at 6 pm. Show starts at 7 pm. $32. Details at lamplightsessions.com.
The Jerry Schmitt Band
Friday 4/7 | Mosinee Brewing Company, Mosinee
He’s from Stratford, but isa Nashville recording country artist who has received radio airplay not only in Wisconsin but internationally in Australia, Europe and Japan. Schmitt, along with his six piece band, bring an electrifying presence to the stage with their many years of experience. Their covers of classic country favorites and original tunes appeals to audiences of all ages and will keep you out on the dance floor all night long. 7 pm. 715-693-2739.
Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday 4/8 | Marathon Park, Wausau
It’s Easter Weekend, which means it’s time to get outside and hunt some eggs filled with candy and treats! Presented by the Kiwanis Club of Wausau and Marathon County Parks Department, kids can enjoy a traditional Easter egg hunt as well as arts and crafts. Ages 6 & under start at 10 am. Ages 7 & older start at 10:15 am. Details on Facebook.
Saturday 4/8 | Intermission, Wausau
This Stevens Point string band usually gets plunked into the bluegrass genre, but their sound is more diverse than that with a well-honed and hard-edged sound. If you’re into thumping banjo, you’re sure to appreciate these four guys, who perform original, bluesy-rockin’ folk tunes as well as covers. The vocals are rough, rock-influenced and raspy, in front of plucky banjo and other strings. There’s no percussion, making the vocals all the more appreciated. These guys are energetic and dynamic performers which has earned them the love of fans as they tour throughout the Midwest and around the country. 9 pm. Details at 715-849-9377.
Bias and the Language of AI
Tuesday 4/11 | Portage County Library, Stevens Point
This free lecture presented by James Berry and Vera Klekovkina discusses how automatic speech recognition and automatic translation still have significant race and gender biases for humans, thus posing a question of how future service robots will understand all humans and how they will speak back to us. Will they automatically use a higher register language because of their subordinate positions as human servers? By examining how robots speak in current media representations, the speakers will reflect on how AI linguistic coding and processing can impact the evolution of natural languages as well as language acquisition and translation by humans. Starts at 6:30 pm. Details at uwsp.edu.
Wednesday 4/12 | Grand Theater, Wausau
Gina Chávez blends the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. A 12-time Austin Music Award winner, including 2019 Female Vocalist and 2015 Austin Musician of the Year, Gina explores the true meaning of “Americana” as she and her five-piece band take audiences on a high-energy journey through Latin America and beyond. Gina’s music is deeply personal. Her passionate collection of bilingual songs traversing Cumbia, rumba, and soul take audiences on a journey to discover her Latin roots through music. Her bilingual album, Up.Rooted, topped the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts following a feature on NPR’s All Things Considered and her Tiny Desk concert has more than 900,000 views. Her national TV debut is now airing on PBS stations throughout the U.S. Part of The Grand’s Lift Every Voice series. Starts at 7:30 pm. Free, please reserve general admission tickets at Grandtheater.org.