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Temporary stage for Moon Tunes is approved

Brad Williams

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A designer's rendering of the new permanent bandshell canopy to be built this summer at Riverside Park

The ‘Moon Tunes’ series of summer concerts in La Crosse often has trouble avoiding bad weather on show nights…but it’s prepared for construction in Riverside Park this summer. 

A temporary stage, just 18 inches off the ground, will be set up for many of the Thursday concerts this year, while the historic bandstand and a new canopy are being built. 

Terry Bauer with Moon Tunes says materials from the temporary platform will be recycled when the summer is done, by being donated to Habitat for Humanity.    

Bauer tells the La Crosse park board that a wooden stage will be built because organizers weren’t able to rent a portable stage big enough for the concerts they’ll have in late summer.  

Moon Tunes traditionally runs from early June to the week of Labor Day.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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