Five Thursday nights of concerts in downtown plus, back by popular demand, Comedy & Corks Night at the historic Iola Mills are on tap this summer for area residents’ enjoyment. Sponsored by the Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce, Thursday Night On Main concerts include a 50-50 raffle, door prize drawings, Italian gelato from the Millstone at Iola Mills, and “Food Fare” from the famous Crystal Café.
The concerts start at 6:00 p.m. until shortly after 8:00 p.m. and are free, although the audience is encourage to contribute via the 50-50 raffle ($1 per ticket, six for $5). The concerts are held on Main Street in the parking lot of the retail strip located across the street from the Crystal Café. Bring your lawnchairs or a blanket! In case of rain, the concerts will be held at Iola Mills.
Three of the five bands are new to Thursday Night on Main, with the familiar Gray Catz opening on Car Show Thursday and of course the beloved Tom Pease for Family Night. . The new bands include Harmaonious Wail - a gypsie jazz group, Art Stevenson and Highwater bluegrass, and Unity Reggae Band.
Family Night (July 30), cosponsored by Ministry Health Care, includes the always entertaining (for kids of all ages!) Tom Pease, back by popular demand. In addition, Ministry Health Care and the Chamber will be raffling off two bicycles. Each child in attendance will receive a raffle ticket, and the winners will be fitted for bikes at Adventure Outfitters in Waupaca.
An encoure Comedy & Corks night will take place August 13 -- a winetasting event with wines from Lil Ole of Wausau and an hour of comedy from Comedy City Performers of Appleton. This event will be held at the newly renovated Iola Mills, and audience members must be 21 to attend.
Here is the 2015 Thursday Night On Main lineup:
July 9: Gray Catz - Americana
July 16: Harmonious Wail – Gypsie Jazz
July 30: Family Night cosponsored by Ministry Health Care – Tom Pease (interactive singalong performer)
July 23: Art Stevenson & Highwater - Bluegrass
August 6: Unity Reggae Band
August 13: Cork & Comedy Night at Iola Mills – Lil Ole wine shop winetasting and Comedy City Performers (note: winetasting starts at 6:00 p.m.; comedy act starts at 7:00 p.m.)