By Kayla Zastrow
Fri.-Sun. 3/31-4/2 | Creske Center Auditorium, Mosinee
Central Wisconsin Community Theater presents this musical based on Cinderalla’s long-long twin brother, Bob! Bob is living in the same kingdom as Cinderella with his own wicked stepfamily. The separated siblings have enlisted the services of the Fairy Godmother, the Godfather and two enchanted gerbils to help trick their way into the exclusive royal festivities of Wychwood-under-Ooze. Bob has his sights set on Prince Percy’s all-kingdom baseball game, while Cinderella eyes the birthday gala for Princess Petunia. When the two strangers disappear at midnight after Cinderella hits a game-winning homerun, the search is on to find the feet that fit the glass slipper and the muddy cleat! This hilarious musical send-up of Cinderella will delight all ages. Starts at 7 pm on Fri., 2 pm & 7 pm on Sat., and 2 pm on Sun. $15 adults, $13 seniors, youth and students. Details at mycwct.org.
Yamato: The Drummers of Japan
Friday 3/31 | Grand Theater, Wausau
For over 25 years, Yamato’s acclaimed performances of Japanese Taiko drumming have captivated millions of people across the globe. They’ve brought their thunderous music, astounding athleticism, and infectious showmanship to 54 countries in over 3,500 performances. Yamato’s performance will capture the group’s virtuosity, strength, spirit, and sheer endurance. They will leave audiences exhilarated by this visually spectacular, high-energy, and explosive production that celebrates this traditional art form while pushing Japanese culture forward. Tickets start at $35. 7:30 pm. Grandtheater.org.
Pert Near Sandstone
Friday 3/31 | Whitewater Music Hall, Wausau
From the Twin Cities, Pert Near Sandstone plays American string band music that melds old-time sensibilities with modern songcraft. They perform with infectious energy and an undeniable joy that cuts straight to the heart. Gathered around a single microphone, they have delivered their unique brand of string band music to fans across generations and genres all over the World. For ages 21+. Starts at 8 pm. $15. Details at whitewatermusichall.com.
Saturday 4/1 | Grand Theater, Wausau
Empire Wild is a genre-bending, crossover trio. The three musicians channel their love for musical exploration fusing the sounds of pop, folk, jazz and more into their songwriting and composition. The trio has delighted audiences with their signature mix of original songwriting and unique arrangements at venues across the country including a stop at South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a concert on the Harriman-Jewell concert series in Kansas City and a day at the Kaufman Music Center’s Musical Storefronts in Lincoln Center. As with all 10×10 Series shows, you’ll be up close, on stage with the band in an intimate, cabaret-style setting. Starts at 8 pm. $10. Grandtheater.org.
Mozart’s Requiem: A Community Choral Concert
Sunday 4/2 | Grand Theater, Wausau
Free to the community, this special concert event features the Wausau Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Larson, and a full choir of local voices performing Mozart’s dramatic choral masterpiece, made famous in modern popular culture from the 1984 Oscar-winning movie Amadeus. Mozart composed the piece in 1791, but did not complete the work before his death. In his final days, Mozart came to believe he was writing the Requiem for his own funeral, pouring his creative genius into what is considered one of the most stirring and awe-inspiring classical choral works ever written. Entry is free, but advance ticket reservations are strongly recommended. Starts at 3 pm. Details at Grandtheater.org.
Brady Luke Band
Friday 3/31 | The Garage, Wausau
The Brady Luke Band’s passion is bringing quality country music to local communities. The band began in late 2018 when singer and songwriter Brady Luke recruited like-minded musicians to form a band that performs tunes from their favorite, and most influential country artists. The setlist has evolved over time but stays true by playing great songs, including a few of Brady’s own originals, that people want to hear and that get them out on the dance floor. The Brady Luke Band has shared the stage with national acts including Darius Rucker, Craig Morgan, and many others. In 2020 they were among a short list of nominees for best new country artist by the Midwest Country Music Association. 7 pm. Details at 715-393-4495.