Waterfest 2015 begins tomorrow with some new faces, old favorites, and local talent. Doors open at 5 and tickets are $6 before 6, $15 before 7, or $20 after that. Teachers receive free admission this week, and veterans are free all year! Here’s who you can check out tomorrow night:
Pablo Cruise is a band (not a person) formed in 1975 who charted many singles during their initial 10-year run, including “Whatcha Godda Do When She Says Goodbye” and “Love Will Find a Way.” They went on a hiatus for more than 20 years, but are back on tour playing their hits all over the country. Below is “Love Will Find a Way.”
New Orleans native Paul Sanchez has been coming to Oshkosh for longer than Pablo Cruise was on hiatus and says he has been “so lucky” to have had opportunities to see all parts of Oshkosh including the lake, the coffee shops and the “excellent” dining along the riverfront.
A founding member of longtime Waterfest regulars, Cowboy Mouth, Paul brings a little bit of everything with Minimum Rage whom he describes as “a kickass all-female backing band that rocks hard.”
The ladies of Minimum Rage are all songwriters as well and the show will consist of them each singing a few songs and Paul singing songs from various parts of his musical journey including the Cowboy Mouth days and songs from a musical he has been working on with Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris. Here is one of the ladies singing about the band’s home of New Orleans:
After Waterfest, Paul and the gang are heading to one of their favorite Oshkosh hangouts O’Marro’s Public House to play some more music, and they invite everyone to come meet them and hang out.
Though Paul Sanchez is very familiar with Oshkosh, the true local act is Salsa Manzana bringing their south-of-the-border style from just north of us in Appleton.
Made up of 15 musicians who all call the Fox Valley home, Salsa Manzana aims to fill the salsa void in the Fox Valley while getting everyone up off their feet.
Oshkosh resident and Salsa Manzana saxophone player Julio Reyes (also of Point Reyes) explains the band as a group bringing the history and passion of salsa in “a group that will make people want to dance in a different, fun kind of way.”