Seasoned boat captains and crustacean prospectors Sig Hansen, Johnathan Hillstrand, and Andy Hillstrand gather to share with audience members their tales of struggle and survival during crab season on the high seas, as partly documented by the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch. Fishing the Bering Sea in the middle of winter demands strong wills—which can come together in times of treacherous weather and 100-foot waves or come to blows about who performs better in the three-legged crabwalk race. Selected audience members will also have the chance to don the survival suits from the Time Bandit. Following the story-swapping and previously unreleased video footage, greenhorns and avid fans will have the opportunity to launch questions at the captains, wave giant foam claws, and learn how to communicate in claw-snap Morse code.
Cup O' Joy, a nonprofit venue, provides an intimate and melodious experience in a family-friendly and alcohol-free environment. With the early bird pass, attendees can arrive 15-20 minutes before the general public and get the best seats at a Friday or Saturday night show. National and regional Christian artists of every style grace the Cup O' Joy stage, including folk strummers, bluegrass twangers, punk screamers, and electro-Gregorian chanters. Catch classic country songwriter Bobby Solberg on Friday, February 4, the Celtic punk energy of Flatfoot 56 on Friday, February 18, or any other upcoming show. While basking in sweet harmonies, you can use this deal to sip on a soda, Snapple, or Monster Energy drink.
The 5th annual Waukesha BluesFest celebrates an expansive swath of music and art in two days swollen with 14 prime blues, soul, and roots acts, along with a wealth of locally made handicrafts. The festival plays host to a rollicking roster of bluesy virtuosos, who bend notes like sonic origami under a large festival tent that protects melodies from exposure to ultraviolet rays. Headlining Friday’s septet of song-sluggers, legendary Bluesbreaker John Mayall takes flight at 9 p.m., showcasing the skills that made him a godfather of British blues and Eric Clapton’s emergency contact. Saturday’s parade of 12-bar bolstering concludes with another collection of musical Redcoats, as steam-powered British mavericks Savoy Brown treat fans to sweet hunks of marinated boogie-woogie.