Big Blue Falls Blues Fest attracts thousands to Wausau
WAUSAU (WAOW) -
Fern Island in Wausau is filled with the blues. The Big Bull Falls Blues Fest brings music lovers from across the Midwest here to have some summer fun.
This is the 24th year of the festival. There are different food and drink tents and four bands Friday night. Tickets are $15 Friday night. Organizers say blues lovers come back every year to enjoy the music.
"People like it so much a lot of times when they leave they'll ask us when it's going to be next year,” said Kasey Taube, the Wausau Events coordinator. “It's always like the full first weekend in August, we tell them they get really excited and they book their stay for next year because they really like it."
Blues fest runs until eleven Friday night. It starts back up Saturday, when doors open at noon and the band begins at one.
Newsline 9 got a behind-the-scenes look at setting up the stage earlier Friday. It's hard work and dedication from workers that has brought it to life.
"What we're doing is getting all of our support structures up so we can fly speakers off of them lights off of them," said Malcolm Mode, the monitor and service technician.
Mode puts up stages just like the on in Wausau across the county. More says the festival is a medium sized show, taking almost five hours to get ready.
"We're setting up lights the tents too low we can't set up a back trust like we're setting up for the front so we're setting them vertical on the trust stands," said Zach Zitske, the lighting director.
This year, it took the hard work of seven people.
"Working as a team is a really awesome thing sometimes we all don't get along but we get it done in the end," said Zitske.
It's something these workers are pretty excited about.
"I feel proud when everything is over and everything has worked right and everyone is happy," said Mode.
Through all the sweat and long hours, you won't hear this crew singing the blues.
"You know what's it's in your blood it's hard to get out,” said Mode.