This is Kirk, stepping out from behind the “Wizard of Oz” curtain of corporate anonymity because I want to personally talk about the 4th and final band playing at the first stop of the Inoculation Emancipation Tour happening at this Saturday, May 29, at Clancy’s Stone Lion from 11am-7pm.
I’m pretty sure the KNW Band stands for Kim Neal Wasserburger, but I’ve never actually asked the man. Kim Wasserburger is not only a consummate showman, he’s also a good friend and mentor.
His deep empathy gleaned from seemingly multiple lifetimes making music and guiding children shines through when he’s on stage, and his non-stop southern rock jam style puts audiences in a trance and occasionally leads his bandmembers to beg for a bathroom break.
Kim is a local Minocqua music legend and a long-time Minocqua Brewing Company supporter. He was RELENTLESS in convincing me to upgrade our sound system, cover the Divano Lounge in acoustic panels, and to hire a sound guy for EVERY SHOW. Of course this wasn’t cheap, and we didn’t last long enough because of Covid to get a return on that investment, but he was right--for about a year, the sounds that came out of that room were magnificent, and the memories that were created from beautiful live music were priceless.
Kim is an artist, and true artists--by nature--lean toward the truth. Artists know if they’ve flubbed a guitar riff, cracked a high note, or weren’t able to connect with their hearts when performing a song on stage. They know, and the audience can feel it, if they’re not totally connected to the truth.
And that’s what I love about Kim. He’s a true artist that connects with that cosmic truth that burrows beyond your eyes and ears and reaches into your soul.
5:30-7: John Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band
And one final update. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Dom and Crute from the Devil’s Advocate talk show will be making the jaunt up from Madison to help me do a live version of the Up North Podcast. I would tell you that our mission is what inspired them to join me, but I have a feeling it’s more about the live music and beer.
And, as we’ve mentioned for the last few days, we can’t forget about the fact that the wonderful nurses from Family Health La Clinica will be vaccinating folks in our FREE “Shot and a Beer” tent from 11am-3pm.
Yes, this party is all about rewarding those who have already gotten vaccinated and encouraging those that are on the fence to take the plunge and get that “Fauci Ouchie.” Anyone who hasn’t gotten vaccinated yet can get a free “1 and done” Johnson and Johnson vaxx along with a free can of beer.
This “Shot and a Beer” tent will be outside of the main music/beer/food area reserved for those who have been fully vaccinated plus two weeks for full protection. Remember you’ll have to show proof of vaccination plus two weeks to get into the party.