Ashley for the Arts hits 10 years
ARCADIA — The ever-growing Ashley for the Arts music festival will celebrate its 10th anniversary Aug. 9 to 11 at Memorial Park in Arcadia.
The three-day festival’s lineup this year includes a variety of national acts such as Rascal Flatts, Chris Daughtry, 1980s power-pop singer Rick Springfield, country singer Chris Janson, pop artist Andy Grammer, country duo Dan and Shay, country artist Carly Pearce and blues artist ZZ Ward.
Local and regional bands such as LASKA and Them Coulee Boys also will perform. The artists will be spread across four stages this year.
Throughout the weekend there will be performances by 11 area high schools, a living statue, balloon sculptures, Root Berry juggling, sword swallowing, a mariachi band and more. Nearly 100 art and craft vendors will set up shop on the festival grounds, with some offering live demonstrations.
Ashley for the Arts has grown steadily since its first year in 2009 with 300 attendees, to more than 50,000 in 2017, and held the same admission price. Tickets are $10 for the entire weekend.
For more information, visit ashleyforthearts.com.
After Dark event ‘in the bunkhouse’
The young professionals networking group After Dark will hold “Friday Night in the Bunkhouse” from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Paul Bunyan Logging Camp Museum, 111 Carson Park Drive.
Attendees are encouraged to wear flannel and embrace the lumberjack spirit through telling tales, listening to music and playing games. There also will be food trucks, bunkhouse tours and a metal sculpting demonstration.
This is a 21-and-older event. Tickets are $15.
The After Dark series is put on through a partnership with the logging camp museum, Chippewa Valley Museum and the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library.
For more information visit afterdarkec.org or call 715-835-6200.
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HUDSON — The musical based on a true story of Patsy Cline’s friendship with Houston-based fan Louise Seger, “Always ... Patsy Cline,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays July 13 to 29 at The Phipps Center for the Arts, 109 Locust St.
The country music icon’s songs such as “Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Pieces” and others are all featured in this 27-song musical about Seger and Cline’s friendship.
The two women formed an unlikely bond after meeting at one of Cline’s concerts in 1961, where Seger was forced to take over as the singer’s manager for the night.
The Phipps production features a full band, down-home country humor and even some audience participation.
Jaclyn Mack of St. Paul stars as Cline in this musical, alongside Rose Johnson of Roseville, Minn., who plays Seger. It is directed by Joe Hendren.
Tickets are $27 for adults and $20 for students, with a $2 discount for seniors during the Sunday matinees. They can be purchased at thephipps.org or by calling 715-386-8409.