Celebrate summer with a solar-powered concert

Celebrate summer with a solar-powered concert


Irene’s Garden, known for its luscious blend of world rhythms, psycho-disco and hippiedelic-funk music, will perform at 8 p.m., Friday, June 20 at the Renewable Energy and Sustainable Living Fair in Custer, Wis. Irene’s has a popular history with the Fair, having played at the very first Fair in 1990. Playing their “all original” rock-’n’-roll music, Irene’s has performed all over the Midwest and has recorded five CDs. Their energetic show featuring Sara and Jenny (sisters) as lead vocalists is sure to get you dancing. Tickets are $6.

Reptile Palace Orchestra (RPO) will entertain the masses at their June 21 Fair debut at 8 p.m. No label can be applied to the type of music RPO plays, part Bulgarian, part Colombian, part swing, part Balkan, the band has no rivals for its style. Using a range of instruments that include dumbek, surdo, electric cello, accordion, cajon, violins and more, the band turns out a mind-bogglingly unreal sound. Not only does the band use interesting instruments, but they also sing in different languages including Bulgarian, Armenian, Turkish, Finnish, Spanish, Italian, Greek, Gypsy dialect. This band is a must see! Tickets are $7.

Both shows will be powered by solar energy produced by photovoltaic arrays at the ReNew the Earth Institute.

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Midwest Renewable Energy Association and several central Wisconsin businesses. In Stevens Point, tickets can be purchased at the Stevens Point Area Co-op, Jim Labbs Music, and Clark Place. In Waupaca, tickets can be purchased at Dragonwings Bookstore and the Bookcellar.

For more information about these performances or the Renewable Energy & Sustainable Living Fair, contact the MREA at (715) 592-6595 or visit their Web site at www.the-mrea.org

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