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Hundreds say goodbye to summer at free concert in Wausau

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Hundreds packed the 400 Block in Wausau to say goodbye to summer in style Tuesday night.

The Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce held a free concert as a final send-off to summer

"It's a great way to relax and get together with your friends, there's no stress no problems," said Wanda Oleson, of Wausau.

Area band, Hip Pocket, rocked the stage, encouraged audience members to clap along and even invited Newsline 9's Nate Barrett and Justin Loew on stage.

"It's a wonderful community and a proud community and we're just happy to be a part of that community and add to it and share our talents and love of music with everyone," said Patrick Phalen, the band's leader.

Chamber members say they hope people got to enjoy more than just the tunes.

"Our big focus was to get people together because networking can occur and business occurs out of networking," said Heather Martell, a member of the Wausau Region Chamber of Commerce.

Co-owner of Malarkey's Pub Tyler Vogt says he looks forward to nights where the 400 Block is packed with people. He says because of these concerts business is up this year compared to last.

"A larger impact is the walk by traffic, like people even finding out that your place exists and just to see people moving downtown during the summer, which we would normally see people going out of town, so it's an immeasurable impact," said Vogt.

Community members say they're sad to see an end to the concerts, but they're looking forward to the upcoming events in Wausau this fall.

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