Gypsy jazz band comes to Mabel
MENOMONIE — Madison’s gypsy swing jazz band Harmonious Wail will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, 205 Main St. E.
The group is an acoustic Americana-infused gypsy jazz trio that features a mandolin player, vocalist and cardboard box player and a bassist.
In 2017, Harmonious Wail celebrated its 30th anniversary as a working band and released its 9th CD “Holiday Spirits” in December 2016.
Tickets are $27 for adults, $25 for seniors and students or $30 for VIP seats.
For more information, visit mabeltainter.org or call 715-235-9726.
YMCA group holds Y-Rep auditions
The YMCA’s Y-Rep is holding auditions for its upcoming production of “James and the Giant Peach” from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, at the YMCA’s Clubhouse, 206 Emery St.
The opportunity is available to those who have been in a Y-Rep play or other theater production and would be interested in taking on a more challenging play.
Auditions are run on a drop-in basis. Those who are interested but can’t make auditions should contact Jen Szwicky, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phil Vassar returns to State Theatre
Critically-acclaimed country music singer-songwriter Phil Vassar will return at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, to the State Theatre, 316 Eau Claire St.
Vassar has released nine albums and received titles for ASCAP Songwriter of the Year and Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year. He also launched his own label, Rodeowave Entertainment.
Top songs of his include “Just Another Day in Paradise,” “Carlene,” “My Next 30 Years” and others.
Artist Jim Hoehn, formerly of Eau Claire, will open the show.
Tickets are $30 for back of the house or $35 for the front of the house. They can be purchased at eauclairearts.com or by calling 715-832-2787.
Local groups hold Palentine’s Day artist market
Independent bookseller Dotters Books will join Midwest Feminist for a Palentine’s Day artist market from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Kgam Studio, 515 Wisconsin St.
Area artists and vendors will be in attendance with their goods, and there will also be spoken word, appetizers, a resource fair and donation drive for Bolton Refuge House. Dotters Books will also be selling love haikus and books.
The day is a play on Valentine’s Day, and invites people to share and celebrate the friends in their lives.
For more information about the event, visit dottersbooks.com.
Bluegrass band to perform in Hudson
HUDSON — The High 48s bluegrass band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St.
The group formed in 2006 and makes music that combines the soulful sound of classic bluegrass with a modern attitude. They play a mix of festival favorites and original songs.
Members of the quintet were born and raised in the upper Midwest.
The High 48s released its eighth studio album “Daddy Was a Bank Robber” in 2017.
Tickets are $24 for adults and $17 for students. Contact The Phipps ticket office at 715-386-8409 or visit thephipps.org for more information.
From staff reports