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6/1/2017 4:26:00 PM
Wannigan Days-- a chance for local band to strut its stuff

If a Boz Scaggs-Van Morrison-Sade style of song is your thing, then mark your calendar and save next Saturday for Wannigan Days’ weekend appearance of “Everyday People.”  

If you just want to enjoy somebody playing a real instrument, this is the group for you.   

Drummer Dave Brown, explains that the group’s name comes from the fact the members are literally everyday people, with regular jobs in retail, education, the trades,  etc.  About five years ago they combined their talents as guitar players, keyboard players, percussionists, vocalists and yes,  cowbell.  Depending on the event, the “Everyday People” can consist of 12 or so on stage, sometimes hiring additional horn or sax players or another guitarist for more depth.

Spokesperson and Valley Sound owner, Brown--  said the operation is based on  “try it and see if it works.”  

All of the band members get to suggest songs to cover. If it works and people react to it at shows, the song stays.  If not it disappears.
Brown said the band is “honored” to have been asked to perform at Wannigan Days June 10.   

It’s extra fun when they get to showcase what they can do at a community event like this, where friends, family and neighbors can attend.  Brown said historically a town or region might have had a “community band” that came together organically and was called upon for civic festivities.   “Everyday People” is a 21st century incarnation of that community band.  

Everyday People has a performances at 7:30 Saturday night at the Overlook in St Croix Falls, and again after the fireworks about 10:30.
Over much of last winter “Everyday People” played Live Music Fridays at Shafer Creamery.  The brick exterior creamery itself is actually next door to the stage area, which is inside a (former plastics company) two story-warehouse addition.  Shafer Creamery provides a roomy concrete dance floor and seating area, large stage and definitely an industrial vibe.  

Cover charge was $10 for live music Fridays.

For updated info go to everydaypeople-MN.com.

Wannigan Days includes things to do  on both sides of the St Croix:
~ Talent Show at 4 p.m. Saturday June 10.  Sponsored by Festival Theatre and Music on the Overlook. It is open to all ages and talents. Register now at the Festival Box Office (1-715-483-3387) at 125 North Washington (black box remote theatre site) St Croix Falls.   There are only 20 slots.
~ Support Taylors Falls Parks while playing Bingo at the Taylors Falls Community Center. Games start at 6:30 p.m. and you can play all 20 games for $15.  Family friendly, grab a famous Rick’s grilled bratwurst or hot dog meal and a homemade treat. Sponsored by Historical Society and Friends of Parks and Rec,  with help from the Lions.

~ Wisconsin State Patrol/Dept of Transportation  nixed the use of a lane on the interstate bridge (Hwy 8) as a route for a parade citing safety issues. This year there is a parade on both towns’ mainstreets.

~ In Taylors Falls on Saturday there are kiddie games and arts fair, St Joseph’s Church on mainstreet has eats to keep you on your feet.  There is no admission charge for Interstate State Park Saturday.  The kids’ movie Trolls is being shown on the Folsom House lawn at dark.

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