Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Like indie rock? Wausau, Wis., will be the place to be Aug. 13-14 ... believe it or not

Man, what's with the Wisconsin "Outback" getting such cool shows of late? The Hold Steady and the Whigs recently played the LCO Casino in Hayward, and now this:

First-of-its-Kind Indie Music Festival in Wausau in mid-August
Tickets Go on Sale for Two-day Event

WAUSAU, Wis. (July 14, 2010) – The hills will be alive and rockin’ to the sounds of indie music for two solid days this August 13 and 14th for the “Why Not Wausau?” Music Festival. 

Nine up-and-coming bands -- the crème of the crop in indie music from the Midwest -- will perform in Wausau Aug. 13-14 -- this first-of-its-kind event in the area.  The music festival will be held in downtown Wausau on Friday, Aug. 13, and at Granite Peak Ski Area on Saturday, Aug. 14. 

Gerald Mortensen, festival organizer said “This is going to be a beautiful experience.  The music festival venues showcase the city as a destination for both its beauty and artistic flavor and Granite Peak, at the foot of Rib Mountain, is a natural amphitheater and a gorgeous backdrop for a concert”.

Bands performing at the inaugural festival include Communist Daughter and Farewell Milwaukee, both hailing from Minneapolis, and Madison headliners, Steez andBlueheels.  Eau Claire’s The Daredevil Christopher Wright (a one-time Bon Iver headliner) and Milwaukee’s .357 String Band, which recently completed a national tour, also join the lineup.

“I grew up two blocks from Granite Peak, and I’ve always thought it would make an amazing spot for a music festival, so it’s a thrill that it’s become a reality, and even more amazing that I get to perform there.” said Adam Switlick, bass player and vocalist for Communist Daughter, which recently won Best Band of the Twin Cities on

The Friday night, Aug. 13 event on the city’s downtown square is free and open to the public.  Tickets for the Saturday, Aug. 14 event on Granite Peak are $15 in advance or $20 onsite at the day of the event.

Tickets are available online at

Lots of additional information is available on the Facebook page for Why Not Wausau?

A list of just some of the amazing musicians scheduled to perform include:

Keyboard King of Creepfunk, Matt Williams of Steez.

Robby Schiller, the quirky-Americana frontman of Blueheels.

.357 String Band, with tatted and bearded frontman Derek Dunn.

The eccentric brothers, Jon and Jason Sunde, of The Daredevil Christopher Wright.

Lead singer Johnny Solomon, and Wausau-native/bass player Adam Switlick from Communist Daughter.

Beauty, brains, and talent; Jessica Risker, leading lady of Absinthe & the Dirty Floors.

~Information courtesy Flapjack Creative

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