Monday, July 6, 2015
7:00 pm Cat Show
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
6:00-8:00 pm 2nd Annual Ladies Night-Commercial Building
Shop, Mingle, Pamper & Laugh-Free Admission
7:00 pm Farm & Antique Tractor Pull with Street Legal Trucks & Semis-Grandstand
Adults $10, Kids 6-12 $5, 5 & Under FREE!
PI Motorsports Hot Farm and Pro Farm Classes will be joining us this evening. Tractors just are not for the farm anymore. The original intent of this pull for antique and farm tractors was to have an event where people who had a tractor in their back yard or on their farm could come to the Fair, join the pull and have some fun. The Antique Farm and Tractor Pull is exactly that! Come out and cheer on your favorite color tractor that evening! See who takes home the bragging rights for the year! www.pipullers.com
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
7:00 pm SWIRA ATV Racing-Grandstand
Adults $7, Kids 6-12 $5, 5 & Under Free
Come out and join us to watch a night of ATV Racing. As more information becomes available we will post it. www.swiraclub.com
Thursday, July 9, 2015
7:00 pm Sauk County Stirrups, Saddles, and Spurs Pro Rodeo-Grandstand
Adults $10, Kids 6-12 $5, 5 & Under FREE
BIG HAT RODEO is the premier rodeo company primarily servicing the Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Missouri area. A long standing reputation for producing professional rodeos with an innovative twist makes BIG HAT RODEO performances a lot more than just a rodeo ... "It's a show filled with glamour & glitz, great music & laughter, pageantry & action and more family fun than you can imagine!" www.bighatrodeo.com
9:00 pm Swing Crew, Live Band-John Litscher Pavilion, No Cover Charge
Fun is the bottom line with this interactive, acoustic band. The shows feature a wide variety of music, audience participation, jokes, stunts, cornball humor and toasts. The Swing Crew performs a wide variety of music. They play classic rock, country, pop, swing, "island beat" and about any other genre you could possibly come up with. They play whatever gets the crowd going. So if you want to hear something in particular just ask them, they most likely know it. The best thing about going to see The Swing Crew perform is that it's not like seeing your average "bar band", the quality of the music and the crazyness of their antics will keep you entertained throughout the show. The bottom line is FUN. www.swingcrew.com
Friday, July 10, 2015
7:00 Badger State Tractor & Truck Pullers-Grandstand
Adults $10, Kids 6-12 $5, 5 & Under Free
The 2014 Truck & Tractor Pull is sanctioned through Badger State Tractor Pullers The line-up includes Badger State Pro Stock Tractor, Limited Pro Tractors, Limited Light Super Stock Tractors, 2 Wheel Drive Trucks, 4x4 Pro Street Diesel Trucks, www.bstponline.org
9:00 pm Black Water Gin, Live--John Litscher Pavilion, No Cover Charge
BlackWaterGin is exactly as stated: Texas Rock with Bite! The melding influences of Cash, Merle, Hank Williams Jr., Eric Church, Cross Canadian Ragweed and many more add to the excitement BlackWaterGin brings to the stage, spanning generations together as one. Blending Southern influence, Country and Rock 'n Roll, BlackWaterGin creates a sound uniquely their own. Members hail from the South and the Midwest, all veterans of the festival and club scenes, bringing with them their unique life stories and experiences. Visit www.blackwatergin.com or follow them on facebook!
Saturday, July 11, 2015
7:30 pm Parmalee and Charlie Worsham Concert-Grandstand
From this tiny town that’s home to a gas station, two blinking yellow lights, and a small tin-roofed barn dubbed Studio B, country rockers Parmalee launched their long journey to Nashville. The near-fatal robbery Parmalee experienced after a show would have destroyed most bands. But brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Know and longtime friend Josh McSwain didn’t call it quits. Instead it reinforced their intense motivation and dedication to one another and to their determination to succeed. Easch obstacle that delayed Parmalee’s arrival to Nashville was an exta mile that allowed the groundbreaking sounds of artists like Jason Aldean and Eric Chruch to pave the way for the worlds of country radio and Parmalee’s brand of country music to meet at the perfect crossroad.
Parmalee’s country rock sound has its roots in the bluegrass, traditional country, southern rock and blues covers the guys grew up hearing their families play.
Matt and Scott Thomas grew up near Greenville, NC watching their father Jerry front a popular local southern rock blues band. The boys watched and learned, picking up their own instruments and jamming along with their dad's band. From this they learned how to integrate their own style into the songs they were playing. Barry Knox, who played drums for the church choir, loved what his cousins were doing and soon joined them.
All that practice paid off one night when Matt and Scott, then teenagers, snuck into a club to watch their father perform. "The guitar player got too drunk before the gig and didn't show," Matt explains. "I knew all the songs so my dad called me on stage. I was in the band from that point on." Scott replaced the drummer, and Barry learned bass in order to secure his spot in the band. The line-up became the newly minted The Thomas Brothers Band.
The Thomas Brothers Band cut their teeth on the local club circuit and would often share the same marquee with a cover band that starred their friend Josh McSwain on guitar and keys. Josh’s upbringing paralleled Matt, Scott and Barry’s. Josh also traveled and played with his father who was in a bluegrass band called “Get Honked.” A fan of Josh’s musical prowess, Matt invited Josh to play with Barry, Scott and himself. The foursome clicked immediately on stage. Their first gig was held at local watering hole, Corrigans, near East Carolina University where the guys went to school. From this moment in 2001 Parmalee was born.
The band set up camp every Tuesday and Thursday evening in the Parmele, NC barn they named Studio B after its original builder Mark Bryant. They added an extra “e” to the band's name to make it easier for those outside the area to pronounce it. “Tuesdays and Thursdays were the only nights we could all get together and rehearse – the rest of the time we were each out working in order to fund Parmalee,” Matt says. “Every person in town could hear us practice in the barn, so we also had to stop at 11 p.m. to be considerate of the neighborhood."
The residents of Parmele weren't the only ones within earshot. The band developed a devout regional following based on the intensity of their live shows. But, the guys knew to turn their dreams into reality they would have to leave North Carolina. Their journey took them all over the country including New York, Los Angeles, and Atlanta as they tried to find their musical direction. All of the producers, managers, and label representatives said the same thing: "you guys need to be in Nashville."
Matt, Barry and Josh parked their RV, which doubled as their studio, in the Comfort Inn parking lot on Nashville’s famed Demonbreun Street near Music Row. For the next month the parking lot was home and office. They began writing new material and networking. Their new connections led to a co-writing session with David Fanning, who is part of the celebrated production team New Voice with Kurt Allison, Tully Kennedy and Rich Redmond. "Going into these appointments, you never know who you're going to meet or how it's going to go," Matt explains. "But when I wrote with David, we hit it off."
During the same weekend as the infamous Nashville flood, Parmalee and Fanning wrote “Musta Had a Good Time” - even recording the demo in the RV’s recording “studio” - oblivious to the devastation that was happening to the city around them. After the “Flood Sessions,” Parmalee went into the studio with New Voice to record some sides, including “Carolina,” and “Musta Had a Good Time.” NV played the songs for BBR Music Group President/CEO Benny Brown who was impressed and asked to see a showcase as soon as the band returned to Nashville.
Parmalee put together a short tour in North Carolina to fund the trip back to Music City. But after the first show, plans changed.
After their September 21, 2010 show, Josh and Barry were packing gear in the venue while Matt and Scott were outside loading their RV when two armed men knocked on the door. The men put a gun to Matt’s head and demanded money. Shots were fired. Scott, who possessed a concealed weapons license, fired back. One of the gunmen died and Scott was shot three times. One bullet hit Scott's femoral artery causing him to nearly bleed to death. "He bled out on the air flight to Charlotte, and his heart stopped twice," Matt recalls. "When we got to the hospital, the doctor gave him a five percent chance to live."
Scott was hospitalized in Charlotte, NC for 35 days - 10 of which he spent in a coma. News of the shooting spread like wildfire and the local news stations carried weekly reports on Scott's progress. Parmalee's fans turned out in droves to show their support. Through Facebook campaigns and benefits they raised enough money to help cover Scott's medical bills. The Nashville community also rallied behind Parmalee donating autographed items and VIP packages to help cover Scott’s medical expenses. "We knew we had a lot of friends and fans," Josh says. "But we found out exactly how many we had.”
By February 2011, Scott was well enough to get behind a drum kit for the first time and the band finally performed their promised label showcase. "We wouldn't tell everybody how bad off I was because there was no way I wasn't going to play that show," Scott says. "I was in a leg brace, but I only had to get through six
songs. Parmalee had fought for so much for so long that we decided we hadn’t come this far to stop now." Through sheer willpower, the band nailed the set and landed a deal with Stoney Creek Records, home to ACM Vocal Duo of the Year Thompson Square and chart-topper Randy Houser.
Looking back on their experiences, the members of Parmalee have no regrets about the path they chose. “All the obstacles and craziness we’ve been through allowed us to help find our home in Nashville,” Matt says. "It took us going through all that to mold us," Barry continues. "In Hollywood and New York we were always pushed in opposite directions. But Nashville helped us capture our sound – a sound that’s authentic to who we are as both artists and as people."
All of Parmalee’s hard work, dedication and perseverance is paying off in a big way. Country fans voted the band’s debut single, “Musta Had A Good Time,” #1 for 4 consecutive weeks on SiriusXM’s The Highway “Hot 30 LIVE” countdown and the song became a Top 40 hit on mainstream country radio. The fun-loving party anthem has been featured in national sporting event broadcasts from the PGA to MLB. Parmalee was named a “Bubbling Under Artist” by Billboard magazine (June 2013) and one of Clear Channel’s NEW! Artists to Watch in 2013. MTV Networks also hand picked Parmalee to perform as part of its 2013 O Music Awards and the foursome recently appeared on the 4th Annual American Country Awards.
Parmalee recently made history when its multi-week #1 smash “Carolina” became the longest climbing single by a duo or group in the 24-year history of the Billboard Country Airplay Chart. Parmalee was also the first multi-member Country act to garner a #1 single on both the Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase/ Country Aircheck charts since Florida Georgia Line. “Carolina” was recently certified GOLD (for over 500,000 in sales) by the RIAA.
Parmalee’s debut country album, FEELS LIKE CAROLINA, has earned critical praise from People, The New York Times, USA Today, Newsday, Billboard and more. In 2014, Parmalee earned a semi-finalist nod for the Academy of Country Music’s coveted “New Artist of the Year” award, a 2014 Teen Choice Award nomination for “Choice Country Group” and toured with one of country’s leading male vocalists, Jake Owen, on his Days Of Gold Tour. Parmalee’s latest hit, “Close Your Eyes,” recently became its second consecutive Top 3 hit at country radio. This year, Parmalee hits the road with Brad Paisley on his “Country Nation World Tour,” kicking off Jan. 17, 2015 in Morgantown, WV. The band’s new single, “Already Callin’ You Mine” impacts country radio on Feb. 2, 2015. For more information, please visit www.parmalee.com
For the last seven years, singer-songwriter Charlie Worsham has devoted himself to honing his musical vision by collaborating with many of the most innovative musicians in Nashville today, working as both a session player and writer, while serving as a central member of a high-profile band of players. Now, the 27-year-old multi-instrumentalist is gearing up to release his
debut album – Rubberband on August 20th via Warner Bros. Records – which not only reveals his refined musical talent, but announces Worsham as a country artist of uncommon ingenuity, substance, and soul. Joined by musicians carefully assembled through his years of dedication to the Nashville scene, as well as through his studies at Berklee College of Music, Worsham infuses each track on Rubberband with a reverence for country’s rich heritage while ultimately delivering a bold sound entirely his own.
“They say you’ve got your whole life to make your first record, and that couldn’t ring more true for me,” says Worsham of Rubberband, which he co-produced with Ryan Tyndell and recorded at engineer Eric Masse’s East Nashville studio. “On this album I took so many things I’d wanted to say in song form for years, and channeled them into lyrics and melodies and guitar solos in a way that shows my influences but also takes some crazy turns.” Worsham also draws immense inspiration from artists of remarkable longevity, such as Vince Gill and Marty Stuart (who once gave Worsham an autograph reading “Follow your heart”—a message Worsham later tattooed onto his arm).
Boundary-pushing but endlessly catchy, Rubberband offers a selection of songs that integrate elements of bluegrass, country, pop and rock and roll. The album also finds Worsham revamping classic country with intricate arrangements, left-of-center flourishes (including guest vocals by indie vocalist Madi Diaz), and deeply inventive riffs. On the album’s title track, “Rubberband,” for instance, Worsham sets the groove with a low-toned guitar lick created by the extremely-warped loose tuning of his E string. “Could It Be,” the album’s first single, opens with a shimmering, delicate tumble of notes achieved with an in-studio experiment playing slide on the mandolin, leading into soaring harmonies. An incurable self-proclaimed gear hound, Worsham favors playing his 1963 Martin D-28 through a pedal board and amplifying the guitar, resulting in a sound that’s a startling departure from traditional acoustic playing.
Along with creating the lushly textured soundscapes on the album, each of Worsham’s songs have a heart-on-your-sleeve emotionalism that showcases his natural storytelling ability. On “Trouble Is,” he weaves scorching electric guitar into delicate acoustic plucking while detailing an encounter with a dangerously irresistible object of affection (“I spend days building up walls/Just for you to tear down/With one touch of your hand”). And on “Mississippi in July,” Worsham spins a gorgeously rendered and regret-soaked tale of returning home for an old flame’s wedding (“My heart might as well be one of those cans tied to the back of your limousine/It was hanging by a thread so I went ahead and cut the string”).
As a songwriter, Worsham builds those varied moods and sounds by mining his expansive musical background and venturing into new sonic territory at the same time. According to Worsham, that sense of adventurousness is fueled by a passion for music that arose at a very early age. “One of my earliest memories of music is going to see my dad play in a local band—he’s a banker by trade, but a drummer at heart,” says Worsham, who grew up 100 miles south of Memphis in Grenada, Mississippi. “During sound check I sat in his lap and hit the drums, and that’s the first time I got the bug to make music.” Worsham began taking piano lessons in kindergarten, and in second grade caught a performance by bluegrass banjo player Mike Snider while visiting Opryland with his family. “When we got home my parents bought me a banjo and got me lessons. After that, I got into the habit of taking on a new instrument every year, including the guitar, mandolin and fiddle,” Worsham recalls. He won the Junior National Banjo Championship at age 12 and later that year, joined Snider on stage at the Grand Ole Opry.
In high school, Worsham scored his first electric guitar by busking in front of a guitar shop to raise the final hundred bucks on the price tag and joined a band. After graduating, he headed for Berklee, but left after two and a half years to move to Nashville to pursue music. Along with working as a writer—as well as a session musician for Eric Church, Dierks Bentley, and others artists—Worsham continued penning his own songs and recording demos, eventually landing a deal with Warner Music Nashville and opening on tour for the likes of Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert.
Considering Worsham’s musical history, it’s no wonder that Rubberband emerges as such a sophisticated yet refreshingly simple collection of songs. “For me, the best songwriting comes when you get out of your own way and let the lyrics and music happen together,” he says. “Those moments are pretty elusive—they kind of strike like lightning—but when it happens, it’s amazing.” And in the recording studio, he adds, a number of “beautiful accidents” went a long way in helping to shape the album’s sound. “It’s that sort of unplanned thing that happens when old friends and new friends get in a room and make music together,” Worsham explains.
That sense of community—and the creativity it breeds—is crucial to Worsham as he forges ahead with his musical career. “I feel really lucky to have been a part of the Nashville music scene for a while now and have worn all these different hats. I gained a broader perspective on the importance of surrounding yourself with other musicians you know and trust,” he says. “One of my main goals as a musician is to respect the past of country music as well as its future.” Worsham adds, “I hope that I can someday be one of those folks who represent the music in a greater sense, and carry it somewhere forward that’s different and exciting.” For more information, please visit www.charlieworsham.com
10:30 pm Deadlok, Live Band-John Litscher Pavilion, No Cover Charge
Touring throughout Wisconsin and Northern Illinois, Deadlok’s high energy performance features the music of various rock genres from the late-60's to the present time. Their show will have you either dancing or fist pumping to favorites from your past.
Combining their love of music and performance, seasoned musicians Kevin, Chris, Dave, Kurt and Bob demonstrate night after night the raw power of connecting with an audience and taking them for an exhilarating ride on the “rock and roll train”.
To be clear, there are no prodigies in this band…. Only hard-working, professional performers who love music and are dedicated to their fans but make no mistake about it…. this hard work and professionalism results in one hellava show. For more information please visit deadlok.weebly.com
Long live rock and we will see you soon!
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Noon Mississippi Valley Dutchman Polka Band-John Litscher Pavilion, No Cover Charge
In a small west central Wisconsin village about 30 miles east of the Mississippi River lived a young farm boy whose roots were embedded deeply into old time folk music. Brian Brueggen, born in 1965, has carried on a family tradition that goes back to the 1800's. Brian started his own band in 1985. It started as a six-piece band. As the years passed by, many larger bands decreased to 3-4 piece bands. However, twenty years later, Brian is one of the few band leaders who still maintains a six-piece band. In Brian's words, the credit would go to loyal side musicians who still love to be part of a big band. The Mississippi Valley Dutchmen have secured one of the finest names in old time music, playing the traditional "Dutchmen Style” music. www.mississippivalleydutchmen.com
1:00 pm WILMRA Lawnmower Racing-Grandstand
Adults $7, Kids 6-12 $5, 5 & Under Free
Lawn mowers just are not for mowing the grass anymore!!
Come and check out this new event! The Wisconsin Lawnmower Racing Association is the largest local chapter of the USLMRA. We offer 8 Adult Classes and 2 Kid Classes. Speeds can exceed 50 mph on some tracks! The premier mower sports association. Check out www.wilmra.com for more information.