Converge Radio puts on show

Converge Radio 99.9 FM, formerly Blugold Radio, partnered with The Metro to bring Minneapolis duo the Cactus Blossoms on Friday to The Metro, 201 E. Lake St. 

The band is made up of brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey. The brothers released their first album, “You’re Dreaming,” in 2016. The Cactus Blossoms have been described as a “modern day approximation of what the Everly Brothers and the Louvin Brothers could deliver,” according to the event page. 

Tickets to the show are $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 p.m. Friday. Visit for more information and to purchase tickets.

Theater guild holds auditions

The Chippewa Valley Theatre Guild has announced auditions for “Fun Home,” its first production to be held this October in the JAMF Theatre of the new Pablo Center at the Confluence. 

Auditions will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13, and Tuesday, Aug. 14, at The Grand Theatre, 102 W. Grand Ave. 

“Fun Home” is a musical that follows graphic novelist Alison after her father dies unexpectedly. In wanting to tell his story, Alison finds herself exploring her own past and childhood with her family. 

Several roles are available for two males, four females, two boys and one girl. People interested in auditioning should prepare a Broadway or pop solo and be prepared to read from the script. 

Rehearsals will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning Aug. 20. For more information, visit

WPR heads to the Big Top

Tickets are on sale for Wisconsin Public Radio’s  Big Top Trip to Ashland Sunday, Aug. 12, and Monday, Aug. 13, to see the new Big Top Chautauqua Show “All Aboard: Songs of the Railroad.” 

Travelers will be picked up at one of three locations in La Crosse, Eau Claire or Rice Lake on Aug. 12 to travel to Hotel Chequamegon in Ashland, where they will check in and head to dinner at Deep Water Grille. 

The evening will conclude at the Big Top Chautauqua in Bayfield to experience the train-themed show. The show is inspired by the original production, “On the Velvet,” which debuted at Big Top in 1992.

Monday’s itenerary will include a trip to the Lake Superior Train Museum in Duluth and a visit to the city’s Canal Park.

The cost for the trip is $365 per person for a single-occupancy room or $275 per person for a multiple-occupancy room. The cost covers transportation, dinner at Deep Water Grille, lodging and breakfast, admission to the Big Top show and the ticket for the Lake Superior Train Museum.

For more information and to reserve a spot, go to​travel or call 800-288-5615.

Show raises funds

The family of Eau Claire resident Rebecca Schrantz has organized a benefit concert featuring Christian bands Never Grey, Breaking Chains and Spirit Reign from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday in Phoenix Park. 

There will also be food trucks on site. 

Schrantz, who has three kids, was involved in a car accident on March 31 that left her with a broken back that paralyzed her. 

On July 3, she was hospitalized for an infection believed to be Sepsis. The funds raised at this event will support her hospital needs.