Jazz on the River Kicks Off this Sunday
Jazz on the River, the weekly jazz concert series brought to you
by the River Valley Jazz Society and Wausau River District, kicks off this Sunday, July 7, with Faith Hatch Quartet at Kickbusch Plaza behind the Marathon County Library along the Wisconsin River. Jazz on the River will take place every week from 5-7 p.m. through August 25th. Every concert is free and open to the public, and people are encouraged to bring their own chairs, beverages, and picnics for the evening.
Jazz on the River brings a new life to the riverfront and marries the rich histories of riverfront commerce, and jazz and blues music in Wausau. The series is the brainchild of Denise Sauter, a local jazz singer who is actively involved in the River Valley Jazz Society, sings in the area and around the state. She saw the potential in the plaza behind the library as a stage for local musicians, and the collaborative opportunities between the two organizations. Sauter is a passionate supporter of Wausau’s arts culture and is excited to see it grow.
“I love the spirited creative energy and enthusiastic support for live music and the arts in Wausau and am thrilled to be a part of Jazz on the River,” she said. “We have a dynamic series planned and we look forward to adding a strong jazz element to Wausau’s vibrant arts community.”
Sauter and her team of local musicians have put together a stellar line-up of summer jazz groups and musicians for the series. Upcoming performances include:
July 7: Faith Hatch Quartet
July 14: Central Wisconsin Jazz Ensemble
July 21: Erin Krebs Quintet
July 28: Sara Rifleman Jazz Trio
August 4: Twin Tenors
August 11: Denise Sauter
August 18: Meade Street Collective
August 25: Time Buchholz Octet
More information on Jazz on the River can be found on the Wausau River District’s website: http://www.wausauriverdistrict.org/jazz-on-the-river. Because the concert series is outdoors, Waterwater Music Hall, across the street from the Kickbusch plaza, will be the rain location.