Blues festival brings music to Wausau for 31st year

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WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) – The Big Bull Falls Blues Fest is back for its 31st year at Fern Island in Wausau.

Three acts kicked off the festival and five more are scheduled on Saturday from 1:00 p.m. until the evening.

Ken Markrof was at the festival on Friday. He’s been coming to the Big Bull Falls Blues Fest since it started.

“Tonight I’m here with my two brothers, and one of my brothers is really into the blues, so we come every year,” Markrof said.

There are some changes in the traditional aspect of the event. This year the festival has several tents in an amphitheater configuration instead of their traditional 400ft blue single tent.

“It’s easier, people can see the scene directly, there are a lot of positives,” said Wausau Events Board member Peter Valiska.

Valiska says the festival is always looking for new artists.

“We do land acts as they come in, so by the time we book them, usually by the time Blues Fest is happening, they’ve achieved national status,” Valiska said.

Madtown Mannish Boys are a Madison-based band playing the event for the first time this year. They said everything from organization to programming makes for a great first experience.

“We’ve been playing together for about 10 years and we play many festivals in Wisconsin but also in other states. It’s actually very nice to play first because then you can see all the other bands playing and enjoying it with the audience. It’s fantastic.” Said Madtown Mannish Boy Jesse Steinberg.

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