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Magician Michael Oz is 20 years and is already getting national attention for his Family-Friendly Comedy Magic Show. Michael Oz doesn't do your grandfathers' old tricks. He brings a new energy and redefining what it means to be a magician. Throughout the show you will see things appear, vanish and
even float in the air! Bring the whole family, sit back and watch the amazing Michael OZ!
For more than half of his life, Steve Russell has literally juggled his way around the world. With a career spanning 65 countries and all 50 states, Steve has had a wide variety of performing experiences. Appearances include the Tonight Show, Live with Regis and Kelly, Lincoln Center, Broadway, Circuses, Cruise Ships, Fairs, Festivals, Street Performing and several years at the Festival in the Pines. Steve lives near Colfax, WI.
Karate American Demonstration
A live demonstration of karate skills.
Since that first performance in 2005 these belly dancers have performed at many events, fundraisers, weddings and festivals. Belly dance is a beautiful art form that empowers women and allows them to enjoy the sisterhood of dancing together and supporting each other. As part of their performance, they incorporate swords, flames, veils, baskets and more. Their performances are family-friendly and they range from the dramatic and serious, to the fun and sometimes silly. "Come join the fun!"
This Eau Claire native has appeared at Festival in the Pines numerous times since 1996. He covers a variety of unique topics during every performance.
Matt's shows feature a light-hearted acoustic sound, dazzling harmonica work, and laid-back originality. With his rich baritone voice and different view of everyday life, Matt demonstrates that he is more than just a "guy with a guitar."
Performing since 2006, crowdedheads calls the Chippewa Valley home. The band has traveled and played events in and around western Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota exhilarating crowds wherever they perform. Classic rock as it's moral fiber combined with professional musicians, crowdedheads are a sure-fire ingredient in making
a memorable performance each and every time they take the stage. The band has an incredibly dynamic range of vocals led by a female lead vocal/keyboardist that exudes high energy and stunning renditions of the hits of yesterday and today.
The lead guitarists and bassist bring the innate ability to be highly proficient at their individual instruments and be parallel with their leading and backing vocals creating some of the absolute breath-taking covers that will keep you guessing as to which direction they will take you to next. The band has a long lineage with other productions in and around the area, thus each member understands the meaning behind entertainment and delivers! The collective crowdedheads pursuit is to reach out and guide you through a music-filled evening that will make you dance, sing and enjoy every minute.
Garth Brooks Tribute Band
Fresh Horses, a high-energy show that features songs of Garth Brooks is the ultimate tribute to the country singer. Names for the 1995 album, the band has received excellent reviews and developed a huge fan following. The lead singer of Fresh Horses Garth Brooks Tribute is Les Smith, who looks and sounds so much like Garth that many who have seen the show forget they are watching a tribute band. Les says he has heard about how much he looks like Garth for years, especially after he cut his hair and put on a cowboy hat when he began playing country music nearly 14 years ago. He began performing Garth's songs casually with five other band members until he was approached by an agent who encouraged him to improve the act and take it on the road as a tribute to Garth. They have performed throughout the United States and Canada ever since. Les says their particular fan base is smaller communities as they seem to have a "die-hard love of country music and Garth Brooks".
Fans can also expect to hear not only Garth's most popular songs, but some that may be less recognizable as well.
Members of the band include:
Les Smith as Garth Brooks;
Glen Afiedt, guitar;
Doug Broadfoot, keyboards;
Shan Bricker, drums; and
Larry Afieldt, bass guitar