Follow Us

musical instruments

Variety is the spice of life. This weekend brings a variety of things to see and do in Racine County, including the winter’s biggest music event, classic rock, classical music and things for your home. Come along with Real Racine.

Music for everybody. It’s big, musical and helps out a great cause. The 23rd Thoughts for Food starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and features 50 bands on 15 stages. You’ll find rock, punk, jazz, folk, country and more throughout the evening at the Thoughts for Food locations in and near Downtown Racine. Advance tickets, which will admit you to any of the performances, are $10. Admission on Saturday night is $15. Please being non-perishable food items for donation to the Racine County Food Bank. On Friday from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. is the all ages show at the Eagles Club, 319 Hamilton St. Admission is $5 and two non-perishable food items. The full entertainment lineup and locations are at:

Rock out on Friday. “Satisfaction – the International Tribute to The Rolling Stones” takes the stage at Memorial Hall, 72 Seventh St., on Friday. This tribute show has the costumes, production and sound of the rock legends. Doors open at 6:30 p.m; show starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $20. Tickets are available at the Racine Civic Centre box office, 5 Fifth St., or via

For your home. Head to Waterford High School, 100 Field Drive, for the 21st Annual Home and Commerce Show. You’ll see dozens of area businesses and services, presentations and giveaways. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 for adults. Kids ages 15 and younger get in free. Save $1 by bringing a non-perishable food item.

Catch some classics. The Racine Symphony Orchestra presents “New Voices, its Masterworks concert, at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Francis Bedford Concert Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, 900 Wood Road. The presentation includes guest artists Alicia Berneche, Nathan Wesselowski and the Choral Arts Society. Admission is $23 in advance; $25 at the door. Students under age 21 are admitted free. For tickets and details, call 262-636-9285 or visit

Old time jazz. A celebration of the Jazz Age takes place all weekend at the Racine Marriott Hotel, 7111 Washington Ave., Mount Pleasant. The annual Tribute to Bix Fest features concerts, jam sessions, lectures, record spins, a swap meet and more. It all honors the music and memory of Bix Beiderbecke, a legendary cornetist. The festival opens Thursday with a bus tour to jazz era sites. The event continues Friday through Sunday at the Marriott. Details at 847-996-0246 or visit

That time again! Don’t forget – Daylight Savings Time takes effect this Sunday. Set your clocks ahead by one hour.

For daily updates, “like” us on Facebook ( or follow us on Twitter (

Paul Holley is retired from careers in journalism, public relations and marketing but not from life. These days, he pretty much writes about what he feels like writing. You may contact him directly at:...