Opportunities to see La Crosse Blue Stars in June, July 2015

There are several opportunities to see the La Crosse Blue Stars Drum and Bugle Corps in our area this summer as they rehearse and perform this year’s production, “Side Show.”

Their program will focus on a 1930s traveling carnival with a range of characters and their diverse talents.

“We have all kinds of featured performers, a juggler, a contortionist, a sword swallower, a strongman feats of strengths, so it’s really an interesting show. It’s got a great combination of melodies that people people will recognize,” said Blue Stars Executive Director Brad Furlano.

Here’s a list of rehearsals and performances open to the public:

Wednesday, June 10 – Rehearsal at Onalaska School District fields near Omni Center from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, June 11 – Rehearsal at Onalaska School District fields near Omni Center 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Brass and percussion will leave for part of the night for a performance at the La Crosse Loggers vs. the Kenosha Kingfish game.

Friday, June 12 – Rehearsal at Onalaska School District fields near Omni Center from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Saturday, June 13 – Running with the Stars 5K Run/Walk at Myrick Park in La Crosse 9 a.m. Registration is $20 for an individual. Team/Group of 4 is $60. Packet pick-up and day-of registration is from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in Myrick Park. Awards and performance by the Blue Stars will follow the event.

Grand Premier and Hall of Fame Banquet 5:30-9:30 p.m. at Dock 7 at Boot Hill Pub. Reservations required. If you have any questions about the Grand Premier, call (608) 782-3219.

Sunday, June 14 & Monday, June 15 – Rehearsal at UW-La Crosse 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Tuesday, June 16 – Rehearsal from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and free preview concert of the Blue Stars 2015 production, “Side Show” at the UW-La Crosse Veterans Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m.  If you plan to attend the free preview concert the Blue Stars ask that you bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Hunger Task Force.

Sunday, June 28 – River City Rhapsody in Rochester, MN. Nine corps will perform at the Rochester Regional Stadium at University Center Rochester/RCTC Campus, 851 30th Save. SE in Rochester.

Thursday, July 9 – River City Rhapsody Show at the UW-La Crosse Veterans Memorial Stadium. Gates open at 5 p.m. and show begins at 7 p.m. Seven drum and bugle corps from across the country will perform, including the Blue Stars, Jersey Surf, Legends, Madison Scouts, Music City, Santa Clara Vanguard, and The Cavaliers.  For tickets, visit the River City Rhapsody Show website.

For more updates and information on the La Crosse Blue Stars, visit bluestars.org.