Bands ranging from rock and reggae to bluegrass and gypsy jazz are coming to downtown Iola this summer as part of the Iola-Scandinavia Chamber of Commerce’s Thursday Night On Main events, now in its 6th year.

The concerts are free and run from 6:00 p.m. to a little after 8:00 p.m. In addition to the music, there is Millstone restaurant gelato (Italian ice cream) available, a 50/50 raffle, door prize drawings, and other activities.

Held in the parking lot on Main Street, in front of Sweet Medicine Pharmacy, music lovers are encouraged to bring a lawnchair. In case of rain, the event will be held at the historic Iola Mills just down the block at 300 N. Main Street.

The renamed “Comedy, Corks & Cheese” night on August 11, which ends the summer series, has added cheese offerings from DuPont Cheese to go with Lil Ole’s Winemaker Shoppe’s selection of wines. The two businesses have done wine-and-cheese pairings together at other events. Former Waupaca area resident and nationally-known comedian Roger Radley brings his humor to the historic mill, built in 1860.

The wine-and-cheese tastings are open to the public throughout the evening, but the comedy show will carry a $5 cover charge, due to limited seating in the Mill. Tickets will be available at all Thursday Night On Main events and also at the Millstone @ Iola Mills. The Millstone also has food items such as paninis and gelato along with a wine and beer selection that includes Central Waters Brewery beers.

Iola’s Main Street area bars and restaurants run Thursday Night on Main specials, so check them out before, during or after the concerts.

Here is the 2016 Thursday Night On Main lineup:

July 7: Gray Catz - Americana 

July 14: Harmonious Wail - Gypsie Jazz

July 21: Unity the Band

July 28: Family Night cosponsored by Ministry Health Care – Tom Pease (interactive singalong performer)


Aug 4: Art Stevenson & Highwater - Bluegrass - "Foundry Night"

Sponsored by Waupaca Foundry


August 11: Comedy, Corks & Cheese Night at Iola Mills – Lil Ole wine shop winetasting, Dupont Cheese and Roger Radley


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