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Listen to The Lizardz on WWSP's "On Point" show from Mon., Dec 10
HERE
Thanks to the crew of "On Point"

Listen to The Lizardz on WWSP's "On Point" show from Mon., Dec 10
HERE
Thanks to the crew of "On Point"
It was MUCH Fun
Free DL here!
Kickstarter...helped us fund our Album "Eyeblinder"
From Blue Oyster Cult's Official Site!
Buck and Richie Appear on new Eyeblinder album by the Lizardz
June 1, 2013
Buck Dharma and Richie Castellano make cameos on the new album, "Eyeblinder" from Wisconsin band, The Lizardz.

The Lizardz have been together over 25 years, and this is their first release of original music. Two of the members are big BÖC fans, and asked Buck and Richie to contribute. Richie plays a guitar duel on one song, and Buck contributes not only guitar playing on one, but also the mixing of that and another song.
(BTW-Buck actually plays guitars on TWO tunes, not one as listed)

The album mastering and manufacturing just had a successful Kickstarter,
and the album will be available on vinyl and CD by August.

You can hear some snippets from the album here:
"Newcastle" with Richie Castellano.
"Back From Milwaukee" with Buck Dharma.
"Eyeblinder" with Buck Dharma.
For information on ordering the LP and/or CD, please see The Lizardz website.

"We are blown away, grateful, and humbled for press on the BOC site,
Thanks so much! This is press we never even dreamed of."
-Jeff
We got some local press from BOTH papers in town
Local band reaches for pinnacle with new recording
Local band reaches for pinnacle with new recording
Local band set to go on the record
Wisconsin Rapids-based group meets funding goal
for vinyl pressing

(AWESOME art by David Schrader)
Listen to The Lizardz on WWSP's "On Point" show from Mon., Dec 10
HERE
Thanks to the crew of "On Point"
It was MUCH Fun
Free DL here!


(AWESOME art by Mark Larson)

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Songlist as of March 2014

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NEW SONGS
ADDED CONSTANTLY!
Original Tunes appear Bold, Green,and Larger
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Ace In The Hole - The Radiators
After The Fire - Pete Townshend *
Aiko Aiko - Traditional/Dixie Cups/Grateful Dead/Neville Brothers
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers *
All Along the Watchtower - Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix/U2/Dave Matthews *
All Day and All of the Night - The Kinks
All Over Now - Rolling Stones
Almost Cut My Hair - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Another Brick in the Wall (Parts 2 and 3) - Pink Floyd/Korn
Arnold Layne - Pink Floyd
Beware of Darkness - George Harrison/Concert for George *
Beyond Here Lies Nothing – Bob Dylan
Big River - Johnny Cash/Grateful Dead *
Brain Damage/Eclipse - Pink Floyd
California - Lizardz
Chicago - Crosby, Stills & Nash *
Dead Flowers - Rolling Stones/Cowboy Junkies/Guns-n-Roses *
Didn't Come To Dance - Lizardz
Early Springtime Rainfall - Lizardz
Eyeblinder - Lizardz
Eyes of the World - Grateful Dead *
Fearless - Pink Floyd*
Feelin’ Alright – Traffic/Joe Cocker
Find Your Way (Some Other Day) - Lizardz
Firey Feet - Northbound Train/Lizardz
For Your Love - Yardbirds
Get Down Tonight - KC and the Sunshine Band
Getting Tighter – Deep Purple
Girl Like You - The Smithereens
Glass Onion – The Beatles
Gold – Jon Stewart *
Gypsy Moth (Trouvelot's Mess) - Lizardz*
Hey Bulldog - Beatles/Toad the Wet Sprocket *
Honey Bee - Tom Petty
Honey Don't - Carl Perkins/Beatles *
I Can't Explain - The Who
I See The Light - Cracker *
I'm Eighteen - Alice Cooper *
I'm In Love With My Car - Queen *
(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone - The Monkees
Insider Extra - Lizardz
Lawyers, Guns, and Money - Warren Zevon
Let It Go - Lizardz
Let It Be - The Beatles
Level - The Racounteers
Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan/Jimi Hendrix
Listen to Her Heart - Tom Petty
Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix/Derek and the Dominoes
Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull
Lonely Boy - The Black Keys
Low Rider - War/Cyprus Hill/Blues Traveler/Korn *
Make It Happen - Weavils/Lizardz
Make Fire - The Radiators
Mary Had a Little Lamb - Buddy Guy/Stevie Ray Vaughan *
Me and My Uncle - Grateful Dead *
Medicine Jar - Wings
Mercury Blues - Steve Miller Band/Alan Jackson
Mormon Girls - Lizardz
Myrtle - Lizardz
Newcastle - Lizardz
Not Fade Away - Buddy Holly/Rolling Stones/Grateful Dead *
Oh Donna - Richie Valens *
Outside Chance - The Turtles
Outside Woman Blues - Cream
Paint It Black - Rolling Stones
Party ‘til The Money Run Out – The Radiators
Perfectly Good Guitar - John Hyatt *
Pocket - Blue Oyster Cult *
Pretzel Logic - Steely Dan
Raspberry Beret - Hindu Love Gods version
Ready For Love -  Mott The Hoople/Bad Company *
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash/Frank Zappa *
Roadhouse Blues - The Doors/Blue Oyster Cult/Jeff Healey/Creed
Rough Mama - Weavils/Lizardz
Season of The Witch – Donovan *
Secret Agent Man - Ventures/Johnny Rivers/Devo/Blues Traveler
She's A Rainbow - The Rolling Stones *
She's Got Everything – The Kinks
She's So Cold - Rolling Stones
Shiny Ford Truck - Lizardz
Spooky - Classics IV/Atlanta Rhythm Section
Stairway To The Stars - Blue Oyster Cult
Stompface - Lizardz
Stone of Love - Blue Oyster Cult
Suitcase - Badfinger *
Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran/Blue Cheer/The Who/Alan Jackson
Suzie Q - CCR/Rolling Stones*
Swamp Thing - Lizardz
Sympathy For The Devil - Rolling Stones/Guns-n-Roses
Taboo - Santana *
Take The Devil – The Eagles
The Last Time - Rolling Stones/Paul Black
The Music Never Stopped - Grateful Dead *
The One I Love - REM *
They Love Each Other – Jerry Garcia/Grateful Dead
Till The End of the Day - The Kinks
Time/Home – Pink Floyd
Two-Bit Napoleon - Lizardz
Utah Moon - Lizardz
Under My Thumb – Rolling Stones/The Who
Vicious - Lou Reed*
Walk Through That Door - Lizardz
Walk Away - James Gang
Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon *
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding? - Elvis Costello*
When I Paint My Masterpiece - Bob Dylan/The Band
Who Do - Lizardz
Who Do You Love - Bo Diddley/The Doors/George Thorogood *
Wild and Free - The Radiators
Wish You Were Here - Pink Floyd*
Wishing Well – Free/Queen*
Willin' - Little Feat/Linda Ronstadt/Steve Earle*
You Don't Understand Me - The Racounteers
You Got Me Rockin' - Rolling Stones
Back From Milwaukee - Lizardz

* = seldom played

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Forward with the Past
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Shakin' All Over->Gloria
When the Music's Over
The End
Down So Long
Back Door Man
Love Me Two Times
Rocket Man
Let It Bleed
Brown Sugar
The Last Time
Gimme Shelter
Monkey Man
Start Me Up
Ohio
Train
Low
Let The Good Times Roll
Linda
Hard To Handle
Voices
Ain't Fixin' to Die Rag
They Love Each Other
Alabama Getaway
Big Boss Man
Highway Patrol
Hey Joe
(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
Jambalaya
Julia Dream
Junebug
The Torture Never Stops
Never Can Tell
Norweigan Wood
White Wedding
(Turn on Your) Lovelight
6 Days on the Road
Truckin'
Sweet Thistle Pie
Good to Be King
Runnin' Down A Dream
Something In the Air
The Torture Never Stops
Getaway
Perfection
I Don't Mind
Getaway
Suitcase
Point Special Beer
Dear Prudence
Ain't Too Proud to Beg
The Rapper
Sweet Thistle Pie
Big Boss Man
Lake Shore Drive
Last Dance with Mary Jane
Loose Lucy
One After 909
Ramblin' Rose
Glendale Train
Dirty Business
Oakie from Muskogie
Fire on the Mountain
Waitin' On A Friend
Pipeline->One Step Beyond
Won't Get Fooled Again
Have A Cigar
Stuck in the Middle
Cover of the Rolling Stone
Honkey Tonk Woman
Wishin' Well
Angie
You Ain't Goin Nowhere

June 2008 NOTE: Some of these songs were done when The Lizardz had a frontwoman.
it may be obvious as to those songs, which aren't done anymore...THANKS
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Female Singer Tunes/The Past
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99 Red Balloons - Nena
After The Gold Rush - Neil Young/Linda Ronstadt/Natalie Merchant/K.D.Lang
Am I Too Blue - Lucinda Williams
Are You Gonna Be My Girl - Jet
Baby Don't Go - Sonnny & Cher
Bad Case of Lovin' You - Moon Martin/Robert Palmer/Ron Atkinson
Back On The Chain Gang - Pretenders
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell/Counting Crows/Amy Grant
Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes/Face to Face
Blue Bayou - Roy Orbison/Linda Rondstadt
Born On the Bayou - CCR
Breakdown - Tom Petty
Can You Feel the Sun - Barb Bazaldua
Come Together - Beatles/Aerosmith/Diana Ross/Guns-n-Roses
Could I Have This Dance - Anne Murray/Vonda Shepard
Daniel - Elton John
Danny's AllStar Joint - Rickie Lee Jones
Down at the Twist & Shout - Mary Chapin Carpenter
Go Your Own Way - Fleetwood Mac/Carrie Underwood
House at Pooh Corner - Kenny Loggins
I Saw Her/Him Standing There - Beatles/Jerry Garcia Band/Elton John
I'd Die Babe - Badfinger
If It Makes You Happy - Sheryl Crow
Happy Together - Turtles/Frank Zappa/Simple Plan
I'm A Believer - Neil Diamond/Monkees/Smashmouth
I'm Coming Home - Shannon Curfman
Just A Girl - No Doubt
Keep On Growing - Derek and the Dominos/Sheryl Crow
Me & Bobby McGee - Kris Kristopehrson/Janis Joplin/Grateful Dead/Gordon Lightfoot
Passionate Kisses - Lucinda Williams
Point Special Beer - Traditional
Poor Poor Pitiful Me - Warren Zevon/Linda Ronstadt/Terri Clark
Runaway - Del Shannon/Bonnie Raitt
Should I Stay or Should I Go - The Clash
Still The Night - BoDeans
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around - Stevie Nicks/Tom Petty
The Weight - The Band/Shannon Curfman
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye - Casinos/Loudermilk/Neil McCoy
They All Asked for You - The Meters
Tired of Waiting for You - The Kinks/Green Day
Travelin' Soldier - Bruce Robison/Dixie Chicks
True Friends - Shannon Curfman
What I Am - Emma Bunton/Edie Brickell/Spice Girls
When Will I Be Loved - Linda Rondstadt
White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane
 

FREE TUNE from THE LIZARDZ

9/23/13
Jeff's entrance into The Lizardz

I came in as a 'fill-in' guitarist for Lars and the Lizards (yes, spelled with 's' back then) back in the early days when there was a revolving lead guitarist. They were formed on12/28/91 at McNasty's in Rapids. I was living in Appleton then and was booked to come to Rapids for a benefit and a few shows and that led to me being brought into their lead guitar stable. "Who Do" was a fun straight-up 3 chord rocker with plenty of room for improvisation,
especially from a lead guitar angle.

It is still a concert staple and straight-up rocker that I still really enjoy playing!

The Weavils were formed as a studio unit on January 29, 1992 and we did a few shows with Lars and the Lizards during the '90s. I jumped in as a 'real member' when I moved back to Rapids around 2006 and took the spot that lead guitarist Bill Rodencal, the first guy I ever played guitar with at the age of 14, held as he was moving out of Rapids while I moved back in...

'twas Destiny.

Soon afterwards, the name was changed to The Lizardz and we picked up a 'chick singer', Brenda Haessig, and got very poppy. Gigs became plentiful, better-paying, and hi-profile due to the sexy front-woman but I wasn't digging the direction but more changes were on the horizon and these changes led to the current lineup.
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*
!!!!Here's some photos from New Year's Eve
in Wisconsin Rapids 2008!!!!








MANY THANKS to Brother Craig (and friend) for shooting us


(ML strikes again with one of my faves)
The Lizardz would like to thank our sponsor
Norstone Natural Stone Veneer,
the premier provider of  stone veneer panels
for home or commercial use.


(Promo by Mark Larson)
!!!!! Harley-Davidson Museum !!!!!
Custom Bike Show in Courtyard
Featuring Lizard Alumni Bill Rodencal!
1:30 - 5pm
Professional Sound System of Top-Notch Proportion
Opening act 3rd Avenue

(Photos by Jeff with cameraphone...
GREATEST GIG EVER!)






Opening Act 3rd Avenue

Custom Bike Show Photos
by Mark Larson

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Bookings

Reverb Nation Site

Wisconsin Tavern Connection Site


photo by Phil/Digital Illusionz
6/26/10 Rock The River * Wis. Rapids

(AWESOME art by Mark Larson)
Moving from Den to Den
Moving Part 2
Need Quicktime to View

FREE TUNE from
THE LIZARDZ


(Ad by ML-THANKS)
Wausau 6/5/10

THE Pot'o'Gold in Wausau prepares to be Lizardized!
(photo by Jamie)

Anchor Bay 5/30/10


Minocqua 5/28-29/10
(photos by Wendy Bruhn)


Jeff with NEW '72 Les Paul
(THANKS Chef Dean!!!!!)

Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet Arsenal!


Tom and Milo

ALL AWESOME posters By Mark Larson!




(KILLER posters by Mark Larson)

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Christmas CD from 2005
And So This Is Christmas
from our Den to yours

Child of Love
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings
Winter Solstice
Blue Christmas
Coventry Carole
Do You Here What I Hear?
What Child Is This?
Mary Did You Know?
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Silent Night
And So This is Christmas/War Is Over
(320mp3s)


Christmas CD from 2005
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11/19/9
FALL UPDATE

The Lizardz are rolling along at a fever clip this fall. In addition to adding a few shows at new venues Intermission in Wausau and Slo's in Stevens Point, we have been busy in the studio writing original tunes and toying with some new tasty covers from the likes of Tommy Bolin, Mott the Hoople, and maybe even (gasp!) Rush.

Drummer Tom Clasen is happliy making a fast recovery from his motorcycle accident this summer and thanks to being healthy, strong, and possessing a great positive attitude, Tom has been rehearsing with us again as he rehabilitates his rotator cuff and repaired elbow. Tom is up to about 2 hours of careful playing and we hope to welcome him back full time sometime in December. Thanks to all of our fans and supporters that have wished him and wife Michelle well. Again, we want to give our deepest appreciation to Travis Plantico and Tim Gessner for filling in for Tom and keeping our shows uninterrupted and rocking during Tom's recovery.

So why are we focusing on originals? Well, the reasons are many. First of all, we've been together for over twenty years and we felt that if we are to continue as a real band, we owe it to ourselves to do what real bands do - create music. All of us have been contributing to the pool of new songs and we hope to put out a sample of all original tunes soon. Most bands in central Wisconsin are cover bands, and many do what they do really well - popular rock and pop songs to cater to the dance floor crowd. And while some of us in the band listen to Skynrd and Seger and Mellencamp, we just don't want to play what everyone else in the area is playing. We've all seen crappy "corporate" bands that play super popular music and can fill a dance floor with people that just want a jukebox of songs not to listen to, but to be muzak for a night on the town. And if people want that, more power to 'em. But this world just doesn't need another band like that. Especially around our home turf. Are we cutting out playing at some popular (and bill paying) venues? No doubt. Are we going to lose a few fans? Probably. But what we are gaining are new venues, new territories, and hopefully and most importantly new music fans. Aficiandos. Folks that thrive on new sounds, new songs, new experiences. And after twenty years in the biz, we just have to please ourselves as well, damn the fallout. Now that doesn't mean we don't play some familiar tunes, or popular classic bands (lotsa British Invasion to be sure!). Y'all can still come out and dance and shake your ass. Just don't expect Freebird. Wait 'til next week - I'm sure that band will play it for ya!

So lock and load, put on your thinking caps, your dancing shoes, and keep an open mind. We think you'll like what you hear. From us. About us. Like a real band.

Damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead!

1/11/9
2009 - Headlong Into the Future

Welcome to a new year and a new energy! The last eight years of political "leadership" in this country has thrown us into a Black Hole that will haunt us for many years. Our world is in dire straits and the world's economy is precarious, to say the least. It is in times like these that we appreciate our dear friends and fans that have supported us and stuck with us through thick and thin these past twenty (20!) years. While our country begins to heal and regroup, the spirit of change and growth and creativity grows with the band as well. Hopefully we can have faith in President Obama and prepare ourselves to work actively for our future. We live in uncertain times, but we live in it together.
And together, small change can become large movements, like pebbles in a pond, so to speak.

The band is busy rehearsing in the Den and working up several new tunes. Expect some Queen, new CSN, John Hiatt, Dead and more!  In addition, we want to announce the addition of Jamie Bruhn to the Lizard line up! Jamie, a recent Rapids transplant from Minneapolis will be joining us on bass. Jamie (and drummer Tom) also play with local favs The Recliners, and we wish to thank our fellow musicians Dan Mathews and Mike Parvin as we share these two valuable resources. Many of us are in side projects of our own, and believe it's always good to mix thing up a bit. Needless to say, these new collaborations are producing some excellent music and fresh direction fo all involved! Milo, of course will continue to fill in on bass when Jamie is unable to schedule a show. Jamie brings a soulful and funky bottom end to the band, and contributes some killer vocals too!

We hope you will come out to the shows and, more importantly ask for us by name at your local venue! And ask for LOCAL BANDS whenever you can. In hard economic times, it is important to maintain a sense of community and fellowship. Music helps keep our culture fresh and vital, and supporting local bands like yours truly and The Recliners, The aTomix, Rumours, Weavils, Ska'tTsmen, among many others keeps our scene alive.

We are gradually getting shows booked, so watch our schedule and come see the shows!

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RECENT SETLISTS

 HARLEY DAVIDSON MUSEUM CUSTOM BIKE SHOW SET LIST
 SEPTEMBER 4, 2011

* ACTUAL SETLIST *
(taken from recording)
ROCK THE RIVER FESTIVAL
6/26/10
WIRapids, WI
Barmuda Triangle
Cranberry Blossum Festival
Make It Happen
Medicine Jar>
You Got Me Rockin'
Rough Mama
(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone
I See the Light
California
2 Bit Napoleon>
Paint It Black
Walk Through That Door>
Me and My Uncle>
Myrtle>
94W
Pocket
Swamp Thing
Utah Moon>
She Got Everything>
All Day and All of the Night
Glass Onion>
Newcastle
Ready For Love
Pretzel Logic>
Eyes of the World>
Who Do>
Stairway to the Stars (with Redcap on vocals)

(Shameless and Skat'Tsmen also on bill)
 
 

* ACTUAL SETLIST *
(taken from recording)
5/24/9
Biron, WI
Bob Dylan Birthday Show
I
Not Fade Away>
All Over Now
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (with Jack Faville)
Party 'til the Money Run Out
Chicago
Beyond Here Lies Nothin'
For Your Love
Rough Mama
Glass Onion>
Newcastle
Make It Happen>
Honey Don't
Perfectly Good Guitar>
I'm In Love With My Car
Roadhouse Blues (with Grant Meyer)
Like A Rolling Stone
II
Swamp Thing
Almost Cut My Hair>
I Can't Explain
Otto Tune>
Feelin' Alright (with Bonnie)
Firey Feet (debut)
All Day and All of the Night
The One I Love
Didn't Come to Dance (with Gary Mossack)
Mixed Emotions>
Stone of Love
III
Dark Star>
Who Do>
Synth>
Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 2)>
Time (debut)>
Home (debut)
Mustang Sally
Roadhouse Blues 2
They Times They Are A-Changin'
The Last Time
Newcastle 2'


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The Lizardz * Nine Originals
(all original tunes)
1. California - The Egg of the Phoenix CD (2/2008)
2. Make It Happen - 7/25/5
3. Who Do - 9/29/7 Wildhorse Saloon*Kellner, WI
4. Early Springtime Rainfall - 6/9/7 Robinson Park*WIRapids, WI
5. Didn't Come to Dance - 5/20/5 Big Hunchie's Roadhouse*
    Stevens Point,WI
6. Gypsy Moth (Trouvelot's Mess) - Studio Area 31
7. Shiny Ford Truck - 8/25/2 Area 31
8. Can You Feel the Sun? 7/4/7 Barmuda Triangle*WIRapids, WI
9. Myrtle - The Egg of the Phoenix CD (2/2008)

The Lizardz June 2008 Sampler
1. All Day and All of the Night>Who Do *
2. Make It Happen *
3. Low
3.1.8 Kellner, WI Wildhorse Saloon
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4. All Over Now
5. Acoustic Lizard * +
6. Chicago
4.12.8 WI Rapids, WI Hollyrock's w/ Bill Rodencal
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7. Myrtle * - The Egg of the Phoenix CD (2/2008)
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8. Like A Rolling Stone
9. Almost Cut My Hair
10. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part One)>Fearless>Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
11. SynthDrumSoundcheck
5.31.8 Kellner, WI Wildhorse Saloon w/ Jack Faville
*=ORIGINAL
+=debut
66:16
 
 



3/10/8 UPDATE
well THAT was quick!
 PATTY LEAVES
after 19 days, a handful of half-rehearsals and ONE gig,
stating her 'heart isn't in it', that she 'always wanted to front a band' but it 'wasn't what she thought it'd be'.

personally, i believe the whole 'band thing' scared her...
BIG PA, LOUD SOUNDS, STANDING IN FRONT OF A DRUM KIT,
10 HOUR SHOW (load out/in at 5p that she was unaware of, club load-in at 7:30p, club load-out at 3am)
...just TOO MUCH for an acoustic girl!

As in the past, this band will move on...and we will be
CHICKLESS
once again!!!!!!!!!!!

(Design/concept Mark larson)
how does one deal with such absurdity?
why PARODY of course!

Acoustic Lizard (Gauss)
(sung to Louie Louie and Hang On Sloopy AND Plastic People, in G)

acoustic lizard    ooooooooh
it was so absurd
acoustic lizard    ooooooooh
unplugged is the word

a tough little girl audition for band
she had the power in her hand
she had some pipes but we didn't see
she was afraid of electricity

acoustic lizard    ooooooooh
she had to go
acoustic lizard    ooooooooh
we didn't know

we search for singer for many months
she join the band but sing only once
making some sounds, she was Meronek
it was us that were moronic

acoustic lizard    ooooooooh
'twas so absurd
acoustic lizard    ooooooooh
wooden's the word

ok, let's plug in right now!
SOLO

she said she wouldn't let us down
but an acoustic needs no ground
a waste of time but what's the Point
just to play Danny's All Star Joint

acoustic lizard    ooooooooh
she had to go
acoustic lizard    ooooooooh
after one show

under a blood red moon above
we'd found lineup that we love
she was afraid of electricity
a product of acousticity 3X

hey Lizardz,
let's unplug...right NOW
(5/5/8 UPDATE: This song has been going over GREAT at Live Shows and will become a staple)

Tom Clasen

...and his 24" kick drum!

Tom also plays with The Recliners

The Passing of the Key...and another successful drummer transition
So it was under a Blood Red Total Lunar Eclipse

on 2/20/8 that the new chapter began outside of Area 31 in an undisclosed location!


(photo by 19 day girl)

****** Benefit CD Liner Notes ******
Lizardz donate 2 songs

(EXCELLENT cover art by Mark Larson)

On February 10, 2008 some of Central Wisconsin's finest bands united to help benefit Deb Musch and Anita Plantico (mother and daughter) in their time of need at The Bar in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. Deb and Anita lost their home and possessions due to a devestating fire. They were renters in the town of Grant that did not have renters insurance and needed help to recoup and recover from their total loss.

All proceeds from your purchase of this CD go to this family...THANK YOU!

1. Shaky Ground - The aTomix
2. Swallow Your Pride - Surrender Dorothy
    (Ceplina/White)
3. California - The Lizardz
    (Rodencal)
4. Fairy Tales - KGP Conspiracy
    (Kinney)
5. Travelin' Soldier - John Cismoski and Mary Panzer
6. Six Days on the Road - Whiskey River Band
7. Everytime I Roll the Dice - The aTomix
8. If That's What It Takes - KGP Conspiracy
    (Kinney)
9. Hometown - Surrender Dorothy
    (Ceplina/White)
10. Prop Me Up Beside the Jukebox - Whiskey River Band
11. Myrtle - The Lizardz
      (Rodencal/San Juan)
12. Tomorrow Never Knows - KGP Conspiracy

Produced by Jeff Gauss and Milo Plante
Artwork by Mark Larson
Printing by Bryon at Staples (WR)

Executive Producer: Travis Plantico

Donations may be sent to: Wood Trust Bank
P.O. Box 8000 Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Please make checks payable to:
Musch-Plantico Benefit Fund

myspace.com/surrenderdorothyinc
thelizardz.com
weavils.com/KGPConspiracy.html
myspace.com/muschplanticobenefit
weavils.com/muschplanticobenefit.html

THANK YOU for supporting this project
****this CD is available HERE****
Recordings begin!
1/9/8




(photos by Evan O'Day w/ Jeff's cameraphone...THANKS EV!)


* we'll miss ya Trav! *


Also...Brenda resigned as frontwoman...looks like half-a-new band in 2008...
EXCITING!


* ...miss ya Brenda! *

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the 2007 lineup
(photo by Tammy at Big Hunchies Roadhouse - THANKS!)


(7/4/7 photo by Brother Craig)

ALSO available here
Christmas CD from 2005
And So This Is Christmas
from our Den to yours

Child of Love
God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings
Winter Solstice
Blue Christmas
Coventry Carole
Do You Here What I Hear?
What Child Is This?
Mary Did You Know?
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
Silent Night
And So This is Christmas/War Is Over
(320mp3s)


Christmas CD from 2005
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the following pics by Brother Craig on 7/4/7 at the Barmuda Triangle, downtown Rapids pre-fireworks





Jeff giving away CDs to some happy fans-May 2007 Rehearsals




(THANKS Craig)

at Mark Motors' Arts Council Texas Hold'em Fundraiser on 5/4/7

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got lizard fetish?
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Jeff prefers CLEARTONE Strings

"Wisconsin's best rock band"
-Tom Striegel, Hollyrock's owner-Wis. Rapids 12/31/5

"Wisconsin Rapids' Favorite band"
-Hotel Mead, World's Largest Office Party flyer 12/9/5

"You guys fukkin' rock!"
-Some Drunk Dude-T. Murtaugh's. Minocqua, WI 6/17/5

"My new favorite band...with the worst sound"
-Taylor, Bartender-T. Murtaugh's. Minocqua, WI 7/28/6

"Lizardz? They oughtta call 'em Chameleons"
-Jake, Wildhorse Saloon. Kellner, WI 3/10/7

"local faves"
-The Daily Tribune 5/31/7

"The best band we have here"
-Anna, T. Murtaugh's 7/28/7

"My bartenders and staff tell me you're the best band we have here"
-"Shitty", T. Murtaugh's owner 8/10/7

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(photo by mike haessig...cartoon by mark larson)

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the passing of the baton...or drumsticks as it was 2006-2007

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Lizardz Bootz

Fellow Lizardz' guitarist Milo and i finished the first of, hopefully, many live Lizardz compilations which we can tailor to various venues after 16 hours of perusing the many live shows we have in hand...for the FIRST one,

inspired by our promo idea for the wildhorse, and our soundman's live demo cd,
the live lizardz 'authorized bootleg series' began friday by 3 of us digging through all recordings we have in hand.

notes were taken on each and every song on these discs-based on various 'tests',
some were keepers and some were not.
these 'tests' included such variables as:
is the entire song on the recording?
is this the best version available or is there a better one?
how's the mix?
any blatant errors?
(etc)
beginnings and ends were also taken into account

the initial concept was to make one cd, a 'best of' all the recordings we have in hand combined with some studio material, but as we perused through the pile we found more songs that 'passed the tests' than we thought so a 'small pile' of goodies became quite large-but much smaller than the mountain we began with.

so we began to see that we could TAILOR MAKE different editions for different venues, something that should excite owners, workers, and fans...and get live and studio recordings (and originals) out of the den and into hands outside the band. we also attempted to get all vocals and styles represented.
gary mossak is also featured (live and studio) as he has been with us at the wildhorse.

2 of us then began to assemble the first of these, designed for this month's wildhorse show
the 5 male lizardz listened to many of the cuts after the super bowl
the final tweak was assembling in an order that made sense and had flow
-MUCH more tricky than we thought.
also we looked at running time-many bands feel they need to fill an entire CD because they can and this often leads to death. we decided to go with under an hour so as to represent the good stuff and leave 'em wanting more.
hopefully, fans will collect and trade these (like football cards)
and this may get some to go to multiple shows at different venues.
our keyboardist and art teacher mark has a great idea for the disc covers that will work well with this concept,
SO.................after 16 + hours on the first edition here's the scoop

Lizardz Bootz Vol. 1 - 5 info here:

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~************** Lizardz Bootz***************** ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
 
 


w/ The Lizardz and nephew and niece in the Hotel Mead parking lot for Hogs to Bogs,
a charity event sponsored by (dig this) bikers and cranberry growers
10/8/5
(photos courtesy of Maggie Molesky-MANY MANY THANKS!!!!!)


at Hollyrock's in Rapids on 8/14/5,
Albert Bouchard (founding member of Blue Oyster Cult) sits in with The Lizardz
to perform "Make It Happen" to close the opening set!
(photo by Barrymore Sal)

(Photo by Tim O' Day)


photos copyright The Lizardz/Bill Nieman
2/14/5

the following shots from 2006's CMN Balloon Rally 'borrowed' from Relentless' site...THANKS!

^ who's that freak in back?!?!  ^


As a result of some very enthusiastic reviews from GarageBand.com members,
"Early Springtime Rainfall"
was be Track of the Day at GarageBand.com.

For 24 hours on Thursday, the 27th of January, 2005 (PST)
"Early Springtime Rainfall" was featured on
GarageBand.com's Country front page

The Lizardz' Garageband.com site


Weavils' and Lizardz' music featured here in podcast form in Toddland!
Release dates were:
Aug 07, 2006, 12:00 Early Springtime Rainfall (The Lizardz)
Aug 03, 2006, 12:00 River City Blues (The Weavils)
Jul 30, 2006, 12:00 Who Do (The Lizardz)
Jul 26, 2006, 12:00  Satisfy (The Weavils)
Jul 22, 2006, 12:00 Gypsy Moth (The Lizardz)
Jul 18, 2006  Ode To Todd (The Weavils)

(many thanks to the incomparable Roger Linder for this)

A local band, The Lizardz, play recently at the Terrace of the Hotel Mead.
DOUG ALFT/DAILY TRIBUNE

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ALL HAIL HOLY MILO!


Hear the song here!

Here are show dates for  The Lizardz :

~~~~~~~~~~~~>>>>>PAST SHOWS<<<<<~~~~~~~~~~~~
Please note MANY past shows removed due to
ASCAP/BMI fishers

*
> 2009 <
 

Fri. Feb. 27 - The Wall - Waverly Beach - Menasha, WI
6pm-The Wall around 10pm
 Lizard Jeff will perform Pink Floyd's The Wall
along with Hawk Hawkins for an MS Benefit!

Sat., Feb. 7 - Karate America Party - The Ridges
WIRapids - 7pm
Celebrating 11 students from Karate America testing to Black Belt
private party

Post-show Notes: THANKS Scott for welcoming us to such a delightful event where all was great...excellent people, atmosphere, vibe, etc. We'll work for you ANYTIME!
Maddy and crew: you are AWESOME! THANKS for all the great energy!
we multi-tracked but i know there were some technical issues.

> 2008 <
Sat., August 23 - CMN Balloon Rally - Alexander Field - WIRapids - FREE - ALL AGES
Lizardz open Beer tent
2-3pm
OUTDOOR fund-raiser for Children's Miracle Network...GREAT PEEPS, GREAT TIMES, GREAT FUN!
with Special Guest Drummer Dean Tassone
of the Weavils
 

* 888 *
Friday, August 8 - Hollyrock's Beer Garden - WIRapids, WI - 9:30pm - FREE
Rapids' FINEST beer garden...
HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME!
with special guest Shane Huser on percussion

Fri., July 25 - HM - WIRapids, WI - 6-10pm - FREE
Tunes on the Terrace
Jeff's Birthday Weekend
new ownership...GREAT TIMES!
with special guest Shane Huser on percussion
* APPROXIMATE SETLIST *
I
Not Fade Away>
Mercury Blues>
Feelin' Alright>
Chicago
All Day and All of the Night
For Your Love
Shiny Ford Truck
Summertime Blues
One Way Out
Rocket man
When I Paint My Masterpiece
add Gary Mossack:
Evil Ways
Roadhouse Blues
II
The Last Time
Hey Bulldog
Like A Rolling Stone
Fearless
Almost Cut My Hair
Low
The One I Love
Acoustic Lizard
All Over Now
Big Boss Man
III
I Can't Explain>
Honey Don't
Locomotive Breath
Lawyers, Guns and Money
Shien On You Crazy Diamond (Part 1)>
Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)>
Not Fade Away (Reprise)
 

Sat.June 28 - Mosquitofest - Boner Again - Nekoosa, WI - 6 to 10pm
"PRIVATE PARTY"
6-10, then we emcee titty contest til 11
tuck pence follows...
Near Rainbow Casino
(GREAT STUFF from Brother Shane Huser on percussion! THANKS BRO!)
* ACTUAL SETLIST *
(taken from recording)
I
Not Fade Away>All Day and All of the Night>Roadhouse Blues
Summertime Blues
Chicago
Smoke 2 Joints
Feelin' Alright>Like A Rolling Stone
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part 1)>Fearless>One Way Out
II
Iko Iko>Alright Now
Big Boss Man
The One I Love
Almost Cut My Hair
Locomotive Breath
Shiny Ford Truck
Low
Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
III
Fire On the Mountain
I Can't Explain
Mercury Blues>Evil Ways

Fri., June 20 - Port Edwards Fire Station - Port Edwards, WI - FREE - ALL AGES
7:30-11:30pm
Hot fun in the summertime!
Proceeds benefit the
Port Edwards Fire Department
with Fish Audio Productions

w/ Special Guest drummer Jack Faville
" Music by the Lizzards "
(yet ANOTHER variation on the spelling)

Post show note: ANOTHER rain gig...this time featuring "Rain" by the Beatles as a 2nd set opener. Lots of kids dancing and having fun...great FD peeps!
...and appearence by former frontwoman, Brenda Haessig
THIS is why one plays music for so long-to get these cool outdoor gigs on trailerbeds in parking lots in front of communities like this.
GREAT SHOW!
* ACTUAL SETLIST *
(taken from recording)
I
Iko Iko>All Day and All of the Night
Honey Don't>Secret Agent Man (for Christopher and Megan)
Chicago
Hard to Handle
Roadhouse Blues
Jambalaya>Summertime Blues
Acoustic Lizard
Big River
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
All Over Now
Hey Bulldog
II
Rain>Not Fade Away>Like A Rolling Stone
enter Brenda
I'm A Believer
I Saw Him Standing There
Twist and Shout
Are You Gonna Be My Girl?
Me and Bobby McGee
I'm Coming Home (aborted)
exit Brenda
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part 1)>Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
III
Feelin' Alright
Who Do
For Your Love
Mary Jane's Last Dance
The One I Love>The Last Time
Alright Now
Almost Cut My Hair

*** The Lizardz CD Giveaway! ***

The Lizardz June 2008 Sampler
1. All Day and All of the Night>Who Do *
2. Make It Happen *
3. Low
3.1.8 Kellner, WI Wildhorse Saloon
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4. All Over Now
5. Acoustic Lizard * +
6. Chicago
4.12.8 WI Rapids, WI Hollyrock's w/ Bill Rodencal
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
7. Myrtle * - The Egg of the Phoenix CD (2/2008)
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
8. Like A Rolling Stone
9. Almost Cut My Hair
10. Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part One)>Fearless>Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
11. SynthDrumSoundcheck
5.31.8 Kellner, WI Wildhorse Saloon w/ Jack Faville
*=ORIGINAL
+=debut
66:16
 
 

Sat., May 31 - Kellner, WI
Our home in Kellner-WILD people, WILD times, WILDLY free!
w/ Special Guest drummer Jack Faville
* ACTUAL SETLIST *
(taken from recording)
I
Iko Iko
All Day and All of the Night>Honey Don't
Jambalaya
Chicago
Roadhouse Blues
Summertime Blues
Never Can Tell
When I Paint My Masterpiece
For Your Love
Big River
Mustang Sally
All Over Now
II
Not Fade Away>Like A Rolling Stone>Alright Now
(69:15)
enter Tom DeWitt
Feelin' Alright
Some Kinda Wonderful
Mean Old World
exit Tom DeWitt
The One I Love
Almost Cut My Hair
Hard to Handle
III
Locomotive Breath
Hey Bulldog
Myrtle
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part I)>Fearless>Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)
Bonus: Synth/Drums Soundcheck
(68:13)

Fri., May 23 - HM - WIRapids, WI - 6-10pm - FREE
Grand Avenue Tavern
new ownership...GREAT TIMES!
Post show note: our first GREAT gig in the 'morgue' (perhaps) ever!
Overwhelming comment was, "Hey, you're a ROCK band again!"
(THANKS for noticing...and yes we are)

Sunday, April 27 - Hollyrock's - WIRapids, WI
Benefit for Val Fenander
with Special Guest BILL RODENCAL
*In the Barmuda Triangle*
Several other bands on the bill including KGP Conspiracy
OUTDOORS if nice...else inside
other bands include:
KGP Conspiracy and The aTomix
* ACTUAL SETLIST *
Iko Iko>Secret Agent Man
Big River (Bill Rodencal Lead Vocals)
Summertime Blues
Chicago
They Love Each Other (Bill Rodencal Lead Vocals)
Mercury Blues
California
This One Goes Out
Like A Rolling Stone
Not Fade Away
Myrtle
Acoustic Lizard>Women Are Smarter

Friday, April 25 - WIRapids, WI - 9-1
Our follow-up gig to the Musch-Plantico Benefit!
*In the Barmuda Triangle*
* ACTUAL SETLIST *
(taken from recording)
I
Iko Iko>All Day and All of the Night>Honey Don't>Secret Agent Man
Chicago>Mercury Blues
Roadhouse Blues
They Love Each Other
Summertime Blues
For Your Love
Who Do
Rocket man
When I Paint My Masterpiece
All Over Now

II
Fellin' Alright>The Last Time
Like A Rolling Stone>Alright Now
Mustang Sally (w/ Roger Vantry)
Acoustic Lizard (w/ Roger Vantry)
Hey Bulldog (w/ Jack Faville)
Ain't No Sunshine (w/ Jack Faville)
Some Kinda Wonderful (w/ Tom DeWitt)
Fire Down Below (w/ Tom DeWitt)

III
One Way Out>Lawyers, Guns and Money
This One Goes Out
Locomotive Breath>California
Myrtle
I Can't Explain
Outside Woman Blues
Women Are Smarter>Not Fade Away>Ben Jennings Vamp>Mona>Not Fade Away

THANKS TO ALL THE GUESTS FOR SITTIN' IN!

420 BASH
Saturday, April 19 - WIRapids, WI - 9-1
* ACTUAL SETLIST *
(taken from recording)
I
Iko Iko>All Day and All of the Night>Honey Don't>Secret Agent Man
Mercury Blues>Chicago
Big River
They Love Each Other
Roadhouse Blues (w/ Lars Steinke)
Acoustic Lizard
Summertime Blues
For Your Love>Used to Love Her

II
The Last Time>Feelin' Alright>Like A Rolling Stone>Lawyers, Guns, and Money (78:53)
Polish Girlfriend
Dead Flowers>I Can't Explain
Ring of Fire
Almost Cut My Hair
Alright Now

III
Locomotive Breath
Ain't No Sunshine>Not Fade Away>Who Do You Love>Not Fade Away
Shine On You Crazy Diamond (Part I)>Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)>(Turn On Your)Lovelight
Outside Woman Blues
This One Goes Out (67:59)

420 AT MIDNIGHT!

Saturday, April 12 - WIRapids, WI
!!!!! Desi and Steve's Wedding !!!!!
kinda private, kinda open
*In the Barmuda Triangle*
* WITH BILL RODENCAL ENTIRE SHOW *
* ACTUAL SETLIST *
(taken from recording)
I
Iko Iko>Desi Don't>All Day and All of the Night>Secret Agent Man
Mercury Blues
Chicago
Who Do
They Love Each Other (Bill lead Vocals)
Rocket man
Summertime Blues
Not Fade Away
garter kazoos
Myrtle
When I Paint My masterpiece (Bill lead Vocals)
California
Shiny Ford Truck
Used to Love Her (Bill lead Vocals)
(79:52)
II
Feelin' Alright (w/ Shakedown tease) 16minutes!!!>
The Last Time
Like A Rolling Stone
* enter Tom Striegel harmonica *
Born in Chicago
Mustang Desi
One Way Out
* exit Tom Striegel *
Hey Bulldog
Shine On You Crazy Diamond Intro>
Fearless
Plastic People>Acoustic Lizard+
Johnny B. Goode (Bill lead Vocals)
(69:40)
III
Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad (Bill lead Vocals)>
Women Are Smarter
Locomotive Breath (Ian Vocals)
Trivia Invasion (Improv w/ Ian on Bass)>
Not Fade Away 2 (w/ Ian on Bass)
Not to Touch the Earth (w/ Ian on Bass)>
Roadhouse Blues (w/ Ian on Bass)
They Love Each Other 2 (bill lead Vocals)
Another Brick in the Wall Part 2
(67:19)

from the official site...
I'm really pleased to announce that our first official show at Hollyrock's as a five piece was a HUGE success! Thanks to Desi and Steve for a Trivia wedding reception like no other. Our pal Bill Rodencal was on hand to add his talents to the show and it was like a time trip back to the heyday of the band. Many old favorites were dusted off and the Dead were resurrected to the delight of many fans. It felt really good to be playing tight and being able to fly off the map and jam into some great improvisation again too. Tom Clasen's drumming is proving to be a great addition to the band and the grooves are really falling into place. Come on out to our local shows - we're playing the area a lot to shakedown the set lists,
so be prepared for lots of "new" stuff.
See ya at the shows!
 




2008 brings a new chapter to The Lizardz...
March 1 brought the debut of the 'new chapter'
...April 12 brought yet another...

 

Sat., March 1 - Kellner, WI
Our home in Kellner-WILD people, WILD times, WILDLY free!
Patty's first and last show with The Lizardz
!!!!!The debut of the new configuration!!!!!
***** PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *****

The Lizardz began 'new chapter' this weekend
Local band The Lizardz will begin a 'new chapter' this Saturday, March 1 2008, at the Wildhorse Salloon in Kellner. The band, celebrating its 19th year, has gone through some recent personnel changes and will debut the new lineup at this show. Singer Patty Meronek, from Stevens Point's Head Over Heels, and drummer Tom Clasen, of Wisconsin Rapids' band The Recliners, have recently joined the group. Patty brings a great energy, good ideas, and excellent voice to the Lizardz while Tom's style brings a unique propulsion and feel to The Lizardz. Patty and Tom also bring over a decade of stage experience with them, respectively. Patty said, "I am looking forward to the journey ahead.
Head Over Heels will still be doing shows, but The Lizardz will be my first priority"
while Milo Plante, a founding member, added, "The new players are a great fit for the band".
"I'm very excited about the new lineup", said bassist Grant Meyer, also a founding member.
Early rehearsals have been quite successful and this year promises to bring many new songs to their setlists after this initial performance. Keyboardist Mark Larson added,  "We've been recording and writing and hope we can add some new originals very soon." Both Patty and Tom also plan to alter the band by bringing in some fresh material to be worked on throughout the spring.

The show takes place at 9:30pm this Saturday, March 1, at the Wildhorse Salloon in Kellner
and admission is free.

(photo by Grant Meyer)
initial reports from 3/1/8 gig...
buzzword was "PIPES", her vocals have power but timing and attention to the band need much work.
these were almost cloned statements from 3 different old-school fans

* ACTUAL SETLIST *
(taken from recording)
I
Iko Iko>Honey Don't
Mercury Blues>Secret Agent Man
California
The Last Time
* enter Patty *
Can You Feel the Sun?
When Will I Be Loved
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
Blue Bayou
White Rabbit
* exit Patty *
Dead Flowers
Fearless>Lawyers, Guns and Money
II
Make It Happen
For Your Love
Early Springtime Rainfall>Plastic People
* enter Patty *
Keep On Growin'
Breakdown
What I Am
I Didn't Come to Dance
* exit Patty *
Outside Woman Blues>I Can't Explain
Myrtle
Low
III
All Day and All of the Night>Who Do
Not Fade Away>Who Do You Love>Mona>Not Fade Away
Rocket Man
* enter Patty *
Roadhouse Blues
After the Gold Rush
Danny's All Star Joint
* exit Patty *
Another Brick in the Wall Part 2
Hey Bulldog
*enter Patty *
Poor Poor Pitiful Me
Can You Feel the Sun?

3/10/8 UPDATE
exit Patty...
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!!!!! ONLY ONE SET IN THIS CONFIGURATION LEFT !!!!!
* Don't miss out *

Sun. Feb 10 - The Bar - 150 2nd St N- WIRapids, WI
Musch/Plantico Benefit
NOTE: this will be The Lizardz final set in this configuration as
Travis and Brenda are leaving

Fire destroys Grant home
7/30/7
GRANT -- Charred remains are all that's left of a town of Grant home after a fire destroyed it Sunday afternoon.
The renters who lived in the home at 2311 100th St. S. were Lizardz' drummer Travis's mother and sister.
They lost all belongings and their dog.
Two Stages, Raffles, Prizes, Food, Beverages, and Fun for all ages!
*FREE ADMISSION *
Rock Stage bands include:
Whiskey River Reunion, the Lizardz, the aTomix, KGP Conspiracy,
Surrender Dorothy, and Metalzedge
Acoustic Stage includes: Jack and Connie Duo, Kosmic Sounds, Jeff Weavil Power Hour,
and more

(poster by Travis Plantico)

* SETLIST *
(each member picked two songs)
Can You Feel the Sun
Stop Draggin' My Heart Around
California
Shiny Ford Truck
I Didn't Come to Dance
I Can't Explain
Myrtle
Alright Now
Make It Happen
Low
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Are You Gonna Be My Girl
(THANKS Brenda and Travis!)

> 2007 <

* LAST FULL SHOW with BRENDA and TRAVIS *
Mon., December 31 - NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH - HM - WI RAPIDS ,WI

New Year’s Eve
Vegas Night at Hotel Mead

Over $5,000 in prizes to be given away!
$20 cover charge buys:

*$5,000 worth of chips
*Blackjack, Craps, Roulette, Dice -8pm-11pm
*Admission to band
*One complimentary drink ticket
*Champagne toast at midnight
*Balloon Drop
*Party favors
*Complimentary after midnight coffee and dessert station
*Room Rates starting at $49!
*Special New Year’s Eve menu in the Grand Avenue Grill with family specials in the Café Mulino
*Horse & Carriage Rides available starting at 7pm by Equestrian Elegance

Fri., Dec. 14 - HM - WI Rapids
Third year at The World's Largest Office Party
(post-show note: THANKS to all the companies that participated!
Roger Vantry of Rumours sat in to pack the dance floor with an LCD tune...THANKS Roger!)

Fri., December 7 - Private Party
Jeff-less (he's a Weavil that day)
 

Saturday, November 17 ~ Kellner, WI ~ FREE ~ 9:37pm
Our home in Kellner-WILD people, WILD times, WILDLY free!

!!!!! Deer Hunter's Widow's Rapids' Area Weekend BASH !!!!!
Setlist (taken from recording)
One
Iko Iko
Honey Don't
California
Stop Draggin My Heart Around
Mercury Blues
Fearless
Runaway
Keep On Growin'
Are You Gonna Be My Girl
Rocket Man
Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?
Danny's All Star Joint
I Saw Him Standing There

Two
Just A Girl (enter Tom Clasen)
Last Time> Lawyers, Gins and Money
Dead Flowers
(exit Tom Clasen)
Ain't No Sunshine
Can You Feel the Sun
Go Your Own Way
Strange Kinda Woman
Comin' Home
True Friends

Three
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
Myrtle
I Can't Explain
Gold
Another Brick in the Wall
Me and Bobbie McGee

Saturday, October 13 ~ HOGS TO BOGS ~ HM ~ WI Rapids ~ 2-6pm
AFTERNOON/OUTDOORS/ALL AGES/FREE
Mix chili cookoffs with lots of live music, vendors, beautiful scenery, special tours, and a couple hundred bikers and you've got the makings for a great time!
Our third time at this KILLER event that welds motorcycles and cranberries (imagine)
 

**** BLizardz (Boy Lizardz) ****
Monday, August 27 ~ HM ~ WIRapids, WI ~ 7-11pm
State Tavern League Association mid-summer meeting
Grand Avenue Tavern
*** BLizardz (Boy Lizardz) ***
 

Fri., Aug. 24 - CMN Balloon Rally - ALEXANDER FIELD - WI RAPIDS ,WI - ALL AGES
3620 First Street South
~ FREE ~
LIZARDZ     9pm-11pm
Outdoors...in front of THOUSANDS!!!!!!
GREAT fundraiser for Children's Miracle Network
BENEFIT

Saturday, August 11 ~ HM ~ Tunes on the Terrace ~ WI Rapids, WI
Outdoors ~ ALL AGES ~ 7-11pm
GREAT times...weather permitting
Great place, great peeps, great food, great drinks!
One of Rapids' finest outdoor venues...and we're there MONTHLY in this year!

Saturday, July 21 ~ Assumption High School All Alumni Dance ~ WI Rapids, WI ~ Time TBA
One of theeeeeeeeeeeese shows...but since Milo is a part of that family it's DESTINED to be a blast!
BENEFIT
 

Friday, July 13 ~ HM ~ Tunes on the Terrace ~ WI Rapids, WI
Outdoors ~ ALL AGES ~ 6-10pm
GREAT times...weather permitting
Great place, great peeps, great food, great drinks!
One of Rapids' finest outdoor venues...and we're there MONTHLY in this year!
(Post show note: a PERFECT night to be on Rapids finest terrace...THANKS for all the great vibes and kind words.
TIM, it was cool to see ya bang those skins! Gary Mossack TORE UP a couple tunes with us as well...THANKS!)


Wednesday, July 4 ~ Barmuda Triangle ~ Downtown Wis. Rapids ~ ALL AGES ~ FREE
* 5-ish 'til fireworks *
Our 2nd time at this 'town gathering'...bring the kids!
VERY COOL EVENT
Thanks Maggie and the Aqua Skiers for booking this great event!
(Post show note: one of the GREATEST times EVER!!!!!!!)

Saturday, June 9 ~ Robinson Park ~ WI Rapids, WI
FREE ~ ALL AGES ~ Outdoors
Lynn McGrath Benefit * Lizardz play 3p-6p

Our good friend lynn mcgrath was injured in a diving accident during the summer of '6
and is still in the hospital
Please support this great event...and let's hope for a BEAUTIFUL day!

from the committee...
"Music starts at 11:30 with Tom Dewitt.  He will play one short set until about 12:15 at which time the Washington School 6th Grade Orchestra will perform three to four songs.  Tom will then play another short set until around 1:15.
1:30-3:00 TJ Greene
3:00-6:00 The Lizardz
6:30-10:00 Surrender Dorothy

Shortly after 10:00 we will begin announcing the winners of the 37 chinese raffle prizes and the 32 silent auction winners.  We will then announce the ticket winners for the bow, the ATV, the LazyBoy, the HD TV and the WobbleLight.
Whew!  It should be quite an evening!"
(Post-show note: we raised quite a sum to help lynn with her bills!)
 

Saturday, June 2 ~ HM ~ Tunes on the Terrace ~ WI Rapids, WI
Outdoors ~ ALL AGES ~ 7-11pm
GREAT times...weather permitting
Great place, great peeps, great food, great drinks!
One of Rapids' finest outdoor venues...and we're there MONTHLY in this year!
(Thanks Dwight)

Friday, May 4 ~ Mark Motors ~ Texas Hoe Down/Hold'em Event
BENEFIT
Wis. Rapids, WI ~ 6:30-11p
Arts Council of South Wood County Fundraiser
fun, food, and real country flavor as the Arts Council kicks off a fundraiser campaign for this upcoming season.
A long time supporter of the arts in the Rapids community,
they also sponsor many artists-in-residents programs and art scholarships to our area youth.
Please come out to support this fabulous community treasure!

Learn how to play Texas Hold'em for fun and cheap prizes. Dress up in your favorite cowboy/cowgirl gear and join your friends for an evening of good fun, food, and music.
Chuck wagon food includes: BBQs, baked beans, coleslaw, and mudpies.
Dheap beer and wine availabble at cash bar.
$50 ticket includes: food, music, and grubsteak for Texas Hold'em
$25 ticket includes food and music
MUST BE 21
Tickets available at Daly Drug and the Arts Council office
Support the Arts, Dance to the Lizardz, Eat BBQ, and drink Bad Coffee
Proceeds support the Performing Arts-In-Education Programs by the Arts Council of SWC
* Call 715/421-4552 for more info *
****post show notes****
GREAT time with very unique stage setup. we kept volume low so sound was ok (if not it'd a been a nightmare).
twas cool to hear my leads bounce around the ceiling.
reminds me of the age-old question: how do you get $25 or $50 at the door in Rapids
answer: you DON'T!!!!

props to kristopher gasch for attempting such a fund-raiser, and trying something unique but i guess 'round here ya got to do like everyone else (as my mulligan's stint also proved)
the MAX ya can get here is $10...then ya sell em the raffle tickets and make out like bandits!
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Friday, April 13th ~ Blizardz ~ Hollyrock's ~ Wis Rapids, WI ~ 9:34pm-ish
114 2nd St N

!!!!! 2nd Annual Chickless Show !!!!!
the Blizardz=Boy Lizardz
*Chickless-no Brenda*

Olde School Lizardz at our olde home...the 'Rox


Saturday, March 10 ~ Kellner, WI ~ FREE ~ 9:34pm
Our home in Kellner-WILD people, WILD times, WILDLY free!

Fat Tuesday, February 20 ~ HM ~ WI Rapids, WI ~ FREE ~ 5:30-9:30pm
Think N'awlins and party wif us on a Tuesday-in the Churchill Room!

Saturday, January 27 ~ Big Hunchie's Roadhouse ~ Stevens Point, WI ~ FREE ~ 9:36pm
Our home in Point
GREAT food, peeps, and $1POINT bottles all day/night long

LOCK UP THE KIDS!
(MORE killer art by keysman Mark Larson)

Friday, January 19 ~ Lincoln High School Cafeteria ~ Sportainment ~ FREE ~ 7-ish
BENEFIT
SCARY fun last year to return to the cafe of childhood doom so we been asked back again
"We don't need no Education"
Centers around a basketball game
Sportainment!

 WISCONSIN RAPIDS -- At Lincoln High School in Wisconsin Rapids, the sports marketing classes are continuing a great tradition.
In the process, some area teachers are getting wet for a great cause.
Lincoln High's annual Sportstainment... put on by the Sports Marketing classes.
Erik Siler, a teacher from the Marketing Education Department at Lincoln says, "Our marketing class' final project, they're putting together some entertainment around the sporting activity."
The students worked a good part of the semester putting together all of the games... events and setting up sponsors.
That's giving them some great experience.
"This course really helps you with things like that. It helps you determine what you want to do with sports marketing." says, Brent Goska, a Senior at Lincoln.
As if you don't hear about Brent Goska enough as the quarterback of the football team... and also a member of the Varsity basketball team... he's done a lot to get this event going.
It's helping him and other students choose a possible career path.
Brent says, "It gives me the perspective on being in charge of promotion. What I want to do as a career, it's great experience."
The crowd they've brought it haven't forgotten their wallets either.
Most of the money will go towards the girls and boys basketball booster clubs.
The rest, from events like the dunk tank... will go towards the Childrens Miracle network.
Katie Esselman, a Junior at Lincoln says, "This year we had some people step up to the plate and get it in and help people out."
Because the crowd keeps growing.. more money will go towards CMN.
It was the students... that brought the people here.
"The kids, they own the project and they're doing a great job." adds Eric

NOTE: the January 10, 2006 bit below for more information

> 2006 <
Sun., December 31 - NEW YEAR'S EVE BASH - HM - WI RAPIDS ,WI ~ 9pm to 1am
cool packages available...

NEW YEAR’S EVE DECEMBER 31, 2006 HOTEL MEAD

THE ONLY “PLACE TO BE” ON NEW YEAR’S EVE!
Enjoy two different entertainment venues during your evening!

THE LIZARDZ-Wisconsin Rapids' most favorite band playing the best in Rock and Roll Classics in the Grand Avenue Tavern. Show begins at 9:00pm and goes to 1:00am.
Come out and ring in the New Year with Jeff, Brenda, Mark, Milo, Jack and Grant. Bring your dancing shoes!
***** Interesting that my name is first *****
HOWARD SCHNEIDER BIG BAND-Performing in our festively decorated Grand Ballroom! The exciting show and sounds of the Howard Schneider Big Band will be playing all the songs of the Big Band era to the present. Enjoy a great selection of Big Band, Polkas, Waltz, Jazz and Swing music.
Performance begins at 9:00pm, enjoy to 1:00am. A must see New Year’s Eve show and dance!

Fri., Dec. 8 - HM - WI Rapids
The World's Largest Office Party
Jeff-less...he's a WEAVIL that day

Fri., Nov. 24 - Appleton - FREE - 9:30pm

Sat., Nov. 18 - KELLNER, WI - FREE
~Deer hunter's Widows Ball~

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 11 ~  WI RAPIDS, WI ~ 9:30pm
Veteran's Day Bash!
(all veteran's get in for FREE-just bring your card)
(Post-show note: MANY THANKS to Tom Stern and ALL vets that showed that eve...
the A/V fest was VERY special)

Thursday, October 26 ~ Stevens Point, WI
9pm ~ FREE!
Halloween Weekend Kickoff ~ Free CDs to the first 50 people (Bootz Vol. 5)
(Post-show note: FIRST BAND TO PLAY THIS NEW VENUE!
'twas GREAT to open the music scene at this new venue-
the free CDs were a smash hit again.
special thanks to all the cool staff, three drummers for showing up, and Al)
 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7 ~ HOGS TO BOGS ~ HM ~ WI Rapids ~ 2-6pm
AFTERNOON/OUTDOORS/ALL AGES/FREE
Mix chili cookoffs with lots of live music, vendors, beautiful scenery, special tours, and a couple hundred bikers and you've got the makings for a great time!
Our second time at this KILLER event that welds motorcycles and cranberries (imagine)

Sat., Sept., 23 - KELLNER, WI - FREE

Wed., Sept 20 ~ HM ~ Grand Ave. Tavern ~ WI Rapids ~ 7-11 ~ FREE
As ambassadors for our community and the Hotel we will be hosting the State Highway Conference on Wednesday and Thursday. It is anticipated that well over 500 people will be at the hotel on Wednesday evening!

Fri., Aug. 25 - CMN Balloon Rally - ALEXANDER FIELD - WI RAPIDS,WI - FREE - 7pm
Outdoors...in front of THOUSANDS!!!!!!

Friday, Aug. 25 - WUSPon-air interview 3:00pm
(Thanks Charlie!)

Saturday, August 19, Rockin' Rec Park, Monroe County Fairgrounds, Tomah, WI
An outdoor festival featuring Thunder Road, Bonneville Roof Riders, The Lizardz, & the Catfish Walker Band, this one should be a blast! Only an hour from Rapids, here's a chance for our local fans to take a little trip, take a little trip and see ...
Ticket outlets set for Rockin' Rec Park
By Staff

Organizers for Rockin’ Rec Park (RRP) have announced ticket outlet locations for the music festival at Recreation Park in Tomah.
The event is Saturday, Aug. 19. Gates open at noon and four bands will perform from 1 to 11 p.m. in front of the grandstands.
The Lizardz, from Wisconsin Rapids, open the festival. They will be followed by the Catfish Walker Band from Black River Falls.
The Bonneville Roof Riders from the Tomah area will follow Catfish Walker. Thunder Road, with band members from Elroy and Reedsburg, close out the show as the headline act.
Tickets are at the printer and expected to be available for purchase next week at the following locations: Tomah Newspapers, Tomah Chamber of Commerce, First Bank of Tomah (downtown and Wal-Mart Super Center locations), Coulee News (West Salem), Vernon County Broadcaster (Viroqua), Westby Times (Westby) and Jackson County Chronicle (Black River Falls).
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show.
There will be food and refreshments on the grounds. Carry-ins will be prohibited.
 

Local band to perform at Rockin Rec Park in Tomah
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TOMAH - A Black River Falls band is one of four that will perform at Rockin Rec Park on Aug. 19 at Recreation Park in Tomah.
The Catfish Walker Band will join The Lizardz, Bonneville Roof Riders and Thunder Road at the event being coordinated by the Tomah Lions Club. The Catfish Walker Band is scheduled to perform after The Lizardz, who will open the outdoor music concert at 1 p.m. The gates open at noon.
Thunder Road has played at the Monroe County Fair for the past couple of years. Bonneville Roof Riders are based in Tomah. The Lizardz are based in Wisconsin Rapids.
For those unfamiliar with the Wisconsin Rapids group, refer to their web site on internet by typing in The Lizardz. The Bonneville Roof Riders also have a web site if you want to learn more about that group, bonnevilleroofriders.com.
Food and refreshments will be provided on the grounds. Carry-ins will be prohibited.
The goal of the Tomah Lions is to have Rockin Rec Park become a signature event at Recreation Park with a percentage of proceeds going back to the city for maintenance and upkeep of Rec Park facilities.
Tickets for the event are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the show. The Jackson County Chronicle is serving as an outlet for tickets. Other advance ticket outlets are available until Aug. 18 at the Tomah Chamber of Commerce, First Bank of Tomah (downtown and Wal-Mart locations), Tomah Newspapers, Westby Times (Westby), Coulee News (West Salem) and the Vernon County Broadcaster (Viroqua).
For more information on Rockin Rec Park, call 372-7892 and ask for Bob.

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(Post-show note: unless people showed up for the late afternoon/evening, the promoters probably lost their asses. this shows how important it is to support cool gatherings in their infancy. hopefully they will continue this next year as i believe it has very promising possibilities as the venue/setting is awesome...and i would like to continue to be a part of this.
Also Catfish Walker's originals were KILLER as was the sound system and entire crew!!)
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Saturday, August 12 ~ Grotto ~ Rudolph ~ FREE ~ 6-9:30p
PRIVATE PARTY
outdoor religious display - caves, bridges, flower garden and picnic grounds. ...
and Lizardz
Let's RAWK those caves!
(Post-show note-a RELIGIOUS experience fo' sho')

Saturday, July 22 ~ Stevens Point ~ FREE ~9:32pm

Friday, July 21 ~ HM ~ Tunes on the Terrace ~ ALL AGES ~ FREE
Great place, great peeps, great food, great drinks!

Thursday, July 6 ~ McMillan Memorial Library ~ Wis Rapids ~ FREE ~ All Ages
benefit
SHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
NOT!
Beautiful auditorium for a Thursday show

Friday, June 30 ~ Lions Community Picnic ~ WI Rapids
Heart of Wisconsin Business and Economic Alliance
the big stage at the Lions Club on Cty W-just outta town
Outdoors and MUCH FUN!

Friday, June 16 ~ St. Lawrence Parrish Picnic ~ WI Rapids ~ FREE ~ALL AGES
10th Avenue - 7pm
GREAT outdoor stage, excellent cheap food/drink, and GOOD TIMES!
BENEFIT
GREAT FUN last year so be a part of this one!
 

Sunday, June 11 ~ Good Time Charlie's ~ Wis. Rapids ~ 2p - 3:30p
yet another fukkin' benefit
* Chickless *

Thursday June 8 ~ Private Party ~ Kellner ~ 7pm
...but come one and all!

Sunday, May 21 ~ MATTJAM ~ Mulligan's ~ Wis. Rapids
Benefit with the Recliners and...?

Matt, a chef at Baker Street Grill was severely injured recently when he was hit by a logging truck on his bicycle. The Lizardz would like to help and we would like you to help too! Activities all day. Food, prizes, raffles, and music, music, music! Music all day.
The Recliners, our friends and one of Rapids' best party bands, is set to play as well.
Starts at noon-ish

Sat., May 13 - HM - Grand Avenue Tap - WI RAPIDS ,WI - FREE

FRIDAY, MAY 5 ~ SAFIRE ~ WIS RAPIDS
430 W. Jackson St.
one set 10:30pm
(show aborted for hip hoppers)

FRIDAY, MAY 5 ~ THE RIDGES ~ BRYAN KEITH BENEFIT ~WIS RAPIDS
with the Country Gentlemen
8-10pm

WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 ~ HM ~ GRAND AVENUE TAVERN
Gathering of Innkeepers and Librarians
(shhhhhhhhhhhhh!)

Sat., April 22 - WI Rapids, WI
"Chickless Lizardz"

(concept by me-artwork by mark larson)
~~~~~with Fish Audio Productions~~~~~

~~~~~ Jeff Alert!!!!! ~~~~~
FRI-SUN APRIL 7-9 ~ PAC KIMBERLY CLARK THEATRE ~ APPLETON, WI -
Stageplay presents
JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR

~~~~~> JCS<~~~~~
Jeff returns to the guitar post for 'renegade' JCS
Weavilsco-founder HAWK HAWKINS as Jesus!!!!!
The band will also feature bassist Andy Mertens, Roc Williams, and drummer Travis Plantico
~Jeff and Andy were part of the Oshkosh Grand Opera House JCS for years~

Tickets are now available for Jesus Christ Superstar.
They can be purchased directly at the ticket office or over the phone at 920-730-3760.
The ticket office is open 10-6 Mon-Fri and Sat 9-1.
All tickets are $18.00 and the show will be here 4/7/05-4/9/05.
 For more information please call the ticket office at (920)730-3760

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Director - Tommy Derouin
Asst. Director/Producer - Missi Giordana
Costume Mistress - Linda Derouin
Stage Managers - Kelly Ryder & Jon Westbrook
Choreographer - Ms. Dana

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~* CAST *~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Joedy (Sir Ugly) Devon - Judas
Craig (Hawk) Hawkinson - Jesus
Brooke Auxier - Mary Magdaline
Kelly Johnston - Maid by the Fire/Leper Soloist
Ian House - Pilate/Herod Understudy
James Fiarchild - Ciaphas
Andrew Tepolt - Herod/Annas/Pilate Understudy
Mel Williams Sr. - Simon
Tommy Derouin - Peter
Adam Whitney - Apostle/Guard/Priest
Jason Stoll - Apostle/Herod Dancer
Chris Theabo - Apostle
Kyle Schultz - Apostle
Brad Pickett - Apostle/Herod Dancer
Travis Zieliniski - Apostle/Peter Understudy
Spencer Kurtti - Apostle/Judas Understudy
Ezell Evers Jr. - Apostle
Scott Kurtti - Guard/Priest
Tom Derouin Sr. - Guard/Priest
Almeida (Al) Johns - Guard/Priest
Missi Giordana - Soul Girl/Simon Understudy
Pam House - Soul Girl/Soloist
Kris Isham - Soul Girl/Mary Understudy/Soloist
Amanda Lauer - Herod Dancer/Soloist
Kara Lee - Herod Dancer/Pilate Girl
Lauren Isham - Herod Dancer/Piltae Girl
Angela Murphy - Maid Understudy/Angel/Soloist
Michelle Van Schyndel - Angel Dancer/Soloist
Micki Poeschl - Angel Dancer/Soloist
Lindsay Williams - Gospel/Soloist
Pat Fails - Gospel/Soloist
Mindy Kuentopp - Gospel/Soloist
Jennifer Gritt - Gospel/Soloist
Nicole Porter - Gospel/Soloist
Kilian Collins - Gospel/Pilate Soldier
Kellen Williams - Gospel/Pilate Soldier
Sophia I. Dionne - Gospel
Aurora Murphy - Gospel
Elizabeth Lauer - Gospel

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LIVE LIZARDZ - "Boots Vol. 2"
BIG HUNCHIE'S ROADHOUSE 4/2006 EDITION
1.  Opener->Point Special Beer^ (1:50)
2.  Who Do (Lars/The Lizardz) (2:42)
3.  Hard to Handle (3:29)
4.  Make It Happen (Gauss/Finucan) (4:46)
5.  The Weight (5:09)
6.  Gypsy Moth (Trouvelot's Mess) (Plante/Rybicki) (5:15)
7.  Iko Iko->Not Fade Away->Who Do You Love->Not Fade Away (7:00)
8.  After the Gold Rush (4:00) ^
9.  California (Rodencal) (2:22)^
10. Low Rider (with Travis Plantico) (5:23)
11. Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)* (5:41)
12. Jambalaya (2:36)
13. I Didn't Come to Dance (Stellman) (7:40)
14. Sympathy for the Devil (6:37)
15. Are You Gonna Be My Girl? (4:37)
16. Closer (0:13)

Total Time: 69:31
# All songs 4/8/5 Big Hunchie's Roadhouse - Stevens Point, WI except where noted
^ = Studio - Area 31

C and P 2006 Area 31
Produced by Milo Plante and Jeff Gauss
*=Produced by Mike Haessig
Original recordings by Mike Haessig
for the first 50 fans
so Be There early!

FRIDAY, MARCH 31
WUSP 105.5 NEKOOSA will feature The Lizardz
from 3:30p-4:30p
I WILL BE THERE, HOPEFULLY WITH SOME OTHER LIZARDZ
~~~~~PLEASE TUNE IN (AND SOMEONE RECORD THIS)~~~~~
well i did and the tape is...well ok. now who else out there got it?

Friday, March 18 ~ WIS. RAPIDS, WI
***~St. Patrick's Weekend~***
212 W. GRAND AVE
~~~~~with Fish Audio Productions~~~~~
Friday-The Weavils
Saturday-The Lizardz
 

Sat., Feb. 18 - KELLNER, WI - FREE
great food, awesome dance fllor, excellent staff
!!!!!FIRST 50 THRU THE DOOR FOR THE SHOW GET A FREE CD!!!!!
LIVE LIZARDZ WILDHORSE 2/2006 EDITION - BOOTZ VOL. 1
1.  Who Do (Lars/The Lizardz) (2:39) #
2.  Iko Iko (4:28) *
3.  Hard to Handle (2:43) *
4.  I Saw Him Standing There (2:58) *
5.  Low Rider with Gary Mossak (7:28) *
6.  Gypsy Moth (Trouvelot's Mess)
    (Plante/Rybicki) (3:56) ^
7.  Low (5:26) ^
8.  Shiny Ford Truck (Lars) (4:45) ^
9.  Early Springtime Rainfall with Gary Mossak
    (O'Day/Plante) (3:18) ^
10. The Last Time (4:42) ##
11. Almost Cut My Hair*/True Friends~ (7:46)

Total Time: 50:11
# = Hotel Mead Lot - WI Rapids (Hogs to Bogs) 10/8/05
* = Wildhorse Saloon - Kellner 4/16/04
^ = Studio - Area 31
## = Hotel Mead Churchill Room 12/9/05
~ = Hollyrock's - WI Rapids 11/20/04

C and P 2006 Area 31
Produced by Milo Plante and Jeff Gauss
Original recordings by Mike Haessig
 

Sat., Feb. 18 - Lake Wazeecha Red Sands Shelter - WI RAPIDS ,WI
4pm Outdoors - BENEFIT
Fundraiser for Wis Rapids Boys and Girls Club
Events all day with music starting in the afternoon, a fisheree on the lake, balloon glows, and other assorted craziness! Come out and kick back in the snow or in the warmth of the shelter house. Events for all ages!
~~~Milo-less gig~~~

Sat., Feb. 11 - HM - Riverside Ballroom - WI RAPIDS ,WI
Heart of WI.
9p-1a


(Ad by ML-THANKS)
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PRESS Bits
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--------------------------> 2013 PRESS <--------------------------
Dec. 20, 2013
The Lizardz will play at 7:30 p.m. Friday at UW-Kellner, the band’s new home in Kellner.
For more, go to www.weavils.com/lizardz.htm and http://thelizardz.com
Oct. 8, 2013
Lizardz album available in stores - Daily Tribune Press
The Lizardz album “Eyeblinder” is available locally on vinyl at Inner Sleeve in Wausau and RadioKAOS in Stevens Point. It also can be ordered on CD or downloaded at www.cdbaby.com/cd/thelizardz.
The Lizardz, a Wisconsin band with central Wisconsin ties, has been together for more than 25 years. This is its first release of original music. Buck Dharma and Richie Castellano of Blue Oyster Cult contributed by playing on the album
and mixing two songs.
The Lizardz will play at Oct. 18 at Hollyrock’s in Wisconsin Rapids. There is no cover charge.

Posted June 13 and June14, 2013
We got some local press from BOTH papers in town
Local band reaches for pinnacle with new recording
Local band reaches for pinnacle with new recording
Local band set to go on the record
Wisconsin Rapids-based group meets funding goal
for vinyl pressing

Posted May 23, 2013
 Anchor Bay Bar and Grill, 3460 N. Biron Drive, kicks off its summer music series this weekend with music by The Lizardz from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
For more information, call...

--------------------------> 2012 PRESS <--------------------------

Posted Dec.20, 2012
The Lizardz will perform from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday during an End of the World Party at Hollyrock’s Tavern, 114 Second St. N.
Posted Nov. 8, 2012
The Lizardz will make their debut at UW-Kellner, 4111 80th St. S., Kellner, at 9 p.m. Friday. There is no cover.
Posted May 24, 2012
Anchor Bay Bar and Grill, 3460 N. Biron Drive, kicks into the holiday weekend with two days of music: Rattlesnake and Eggs gets it going at 6 p.m. Saturday and The Lizardz keep it going at 4 p.m. Sunday. There is no cover charge.
Posted Feb. 25, 2012
The Lizardz will be featured during Tunes in the Tavern from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday in Grand Avenue Tavern at Hotel Mead, 451 E. Grand Ave. There is no cover.
Posted July 25, 2012
The Lizardz will provide music from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday during Tunes on the Terrace at Hotel Mead, 451 E. Grand Ave. There is no cover. For more information, call 715-423-1500.
 

--------------------------> 2011 PRESS <--------------------------
Posted Nov. 10, 2011
Catch the Lizardz at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Wild Horse Saloon, 9031 Highway WW, Kellner. It's the bands last local show of the year. For more information, call 715-421-2122.

Posted Aug. 18, 2011
Music a highlight as Children's Miracle Network balloon rally returns for 11th year
When the Wisconsin Rapids Balloon Rally and Music Festival to benefit Children's Miracle Network returns to Alexander Field for its 11th year Aug. 26 to 28, visitors will experience the same great family activities they've come to expect over the years as well as a few new additions.
One thing that has remained the same over the past 11 years is the quality and diversity of music the festival provides, said Jeff Gauss, one of the event organizers.
"This event is one of your last chances to enjoy summer, and it offers something for just about everyone," he said. "Obviously, we hope the balloons are the biggest draw for the festival, but music is a very important part of this event."
This year's music festival will feature 15 bands -- several that have previously performed at the event and six that will make their festival debut. All of the bands, with the exception of Pistols at Dawn from Madison, are based in central Wisconsin. The bands all donate their time to perform at the event.
"We've got our old stand-bys who perform every year, and there are a lot of new bands this year as well," Gauss said. "The returning bands are like rocks for us, we really depend on them showing up to make this festival a success; then we build the new acts around them."
Local band Shockwave is one of the bands that will return for this year's balloon rally; they first performed at last year's event. Shockwave will kick off this year's music festival at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 26 in the South Tent.
"This is a pretty big event, and it's for a great cause," said Brad Becker, 15, a member of Shockwave. "There were a lot of people there last year, and they really seemed to enjoy the music."
The three-piece cover band from Sherry also features Luke Haas and Dakota Raab. All three members, who have been performing together for the past 21/2 years, will be sophomores at Auburndale High School this fall.
"We've played every weekend except for two this summer," Becker said. "We credit the exposure we get from playing events like (the Wisconsin Rapids Balloon Rally and Music Festival) for that success."
One change to this year's music festival will be that both stages will now be under a tent, instead of having some bands perform on a trailer, Gauss said. Another new element will be professional sound and lighting by Take 1 Audio Production and Hellfire Lighting Co. Both local businesses will donate their time and equipment for the event.
Admission to the balloon rally and music festival is free. Proceeds from the event benefit Children's Miracle Network, a local organization that provides programs, services and treatment for sick and injured children.
"Kids and families love that this is the last blast before they head back to school," Gauss said. "This is just a nice way to close out summer, and we hope to get the whole city out there."

Posted August 4, 2011
Has it been three years? The Lizardz are back at Hollyrock's Tavern, 114 Second St. N., at 8 p.m. Friday with British, classic, new and original rock. For more information, call 715-423-2619.

Posted June 9, 2011
The Friday night music series at Mr. Ed's, 4010 Plover Road, continues from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. this week with The Lizardz. There is no cover. For more information, call 715-421-0851.

Posted April 28, 2011
The Lizardz will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Wild Horse Saloon, 9031 Highway WW, Kellner. The show will feature original material from the band's upcoming album.
There is no cover charge. For more information, call 715-421-2122.
 

Posted January 27, 2011
The Lizardz will play at 9 p.m. Friday at The Bar, 150 Second St. N. There is no cover. For more information, call 715-421-2880.
 

--------------------------> 2010 PRESS <--------------------------

Posted November 11, 2010
Don't miss The Lizardz at 9:30 p.m. Friday at Jennings & Co., 210 First St. N. For more information, call 715-424-5200
 

Posted August 23, 2010
In its 10th year, the Wisconsin Rapids Balloon Rally and Music Festival had one of its most successful events during the weekend, organizers say.
About 9,000 people enjoyed the three-day event at Alexander Field. The rally, a fundraiser for the Children's Miracle Network, a nonprofit organization that raises money for children's hospitals, wrapped up Sunday morning with a balloon launch and pancake breakfast.
"It's one of the largest special events we have," said Patti Shafto-Carlson, director of development-children's services at Ministry Saint Joseph's Children's Hospital in Marshfield.
"We typically raise between $20,000 and $30,000; we're quite confident we'll surpass the $20,000 from last year."
Weather always seems to be the biggest obstacle for organizers. It rained a little Friday night, and wind also affected the hot air balloons, said Shamaine Rustad.
"We had 13 balloons, and I'd say half of them flew, while the others were tethered," Rustad said. "The wind direction had a lot to do with (the success of launching Saturday) night. A lot of (the pilots) tried to fly in. As they took off ... the wind direction changed pretty fast, and some of them missed the mark."
Food vendors and live music are featured at the event, but the balloons are the main attraction.
"(Festivalgoers) can learn a lot from the balloons when they're here," Rustad said. "When we have our glow here, we give the crowd a chance to go talk with the pilots, and you can learn a lot about what you have to do to become a pilot and a lot of things about the balloon."
Shafto-Carlson said about 1,500 people attended Friday's events, while nearly 7,000 attended Saturday. About 500 people showed up for Sunday's breakfast and launch.
"This event is huge for the community of Wisconsin Rapids because not only are there people from Wisconsin Rapids and the surrounding area,
but we have people from out of state and throughout the region," Shafto-Carlson said.
 

Posted August 19, 2010
WISCONSIN RAPIDS -- The Children's Miracle Network Balloon Rally and Music Festival returns for its 10th year today through Sunday at Alexander Field, 3620 First St. S., Wisconsin Rapids, with balloons, fireworks, children's activities and a diverse line-up of musical acts.
"We have a lot of the same activities, and we also have a K-9 demonstration at 2 p.m. Saturday that is new," said Patti Shafto-Carlson, director of Children's Miracle Network at Ministry Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. "It's a very family-oriented event, and there's something that attracts everyone."
Shafto-Carlson said some of the event highlights include inflatable rides for children and a dunk tank that is sponsored by the Wisconsin Rapids Police Department on Saturday afternoon, fireworks by Rainbow Casino on Saturday evening, and balloon launches and glows held throughout the festival.
"When you see these balloons up close, it's kind of cool. It takes your breath away," said Shamaine Rustad, one of the event coordinators. "People are just amazed at how big they are."
Thirteen balloons are expected to appear during this year's balloon rally, including one shaped balloon -- Biddles, a tall bear wearing a red vest. Two new balloons also will be featured.
"The glows (held at 8 p.m. today and Saturday, weather permitting) are a big part of the event," Rustad said. "After we have the glows, then spectators can come on the field and talk with the pilots. It's a great opportunity to learn more about the balloons and what it takes to pilot one."

Music is the other major draw for the festival, and this year's lineup will not disappoint music lovers. Nearly 15 bands are scheduled to perform on two stages during the three-day balloon rally.
"We have everything from classic rock to ska to blues to rock," said Jeff Gauss, chair of the festival's music committee. "We kind of start out the stages a little less loud and in-your-face each day, and then ease into the louder rock music in the evenings."
Gauss said one of the musical highlights of the festival is a performance at 5 p.m. Friday by Travelin' Harts, a two-piece acoustic group whose members performed in the 1970s and '80s with the popular local band The Shadows.
"They play a lot of 1970s tunes," Gauss said. "They are very fun and upbeat, and have a very summery, Jimmy Buffett feel."
Charissa Mrowka and Auburn Sky Band also will make its festival debut this year, after contacting balloon rally organizers and offering to play.
Mrowka, a 14-year-old up-and-coming country music star hailed to be "the next Taylor Swift," will perform at 8:30 p.m. Friday. She also performs a "Tribute to Hannah Montana Show."
"All of our bands are 100 percent volunteer," Gauss said. "To get someone of Charissa's caliber to volunteer to perform at our event is pretty amazing; we are very excited. And she appeals to the kids -- and that's what CMN is all about -- so this just made sense."
Admission to the balloon rally is free, but donation canisters will be placed throughout the festival to raise money for Children's Miracle Network. The annual event raises between $20,000 and $30,000 each year to benefit the local organization, which helps provide programs, services and treatment for sick and injured children.
"One-hundred percent of the proceeds stay right here in northcentral Wisconsin, and fund 70 different projects," Shafto-Carlson said. "It's a pretty incredible thing."
Food and refreshments also will be available for purchase during the festival.
"This is one of those great family events," Gauss said. "You can take your grandma or your grandchildren, and there's something for everyone.
"If the weather cooperates -- and it looks like it might -- this is one of the best gatherings in the area."
 

Posted August 5, 2010
•Get rockin' with the Lizardz on Friday at Hotel Mead, 451 E. Grand Ave. Enjoy happy hour munchies from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by music. For more information, call 715-423-1500 or go to the website at www.thelizardz.com.

Posted July 1, 2010
•Anchor Bay, 3460 N. Biron Drive, will welcome The Lizardz for a performance from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Posted June 25, 2010
Bands will Rock the River
All-ages music festival promotes local music, downtown
By Jamie Jung • Daily Tribune Staff • June 25, 2010

"It's a chance for us to throw a party and give back to all of our patrons and the community," said Pete Jennings, owner of Jennings & Co. The event is organized by six local taverns -- Jennings & Co., Hollyrock's Tavern, Four Stools Short, The Bar, Big Al's and The Eagles Club.
This year's event, part of the Cranberry Blossom Festival, will feature performances by three local musical acts -- country/rock group Shameless, rockers The Lizardz and ska band the Ska'tTsmen. This will be the second time The Lizardz have performed during Rock the River.
"Last year's event was very fun," said Jeff Gauss, lead guitarist and vocalist for The Lizardz. "Being the first year, it had the feel of being new and exciting. It was one of our best shows of last year."
Gauss said The Lizardz will perform a mix of new, original music as well as covers during its approximately two-hour performance.
"It's really nice to see the downtown area being used as a gathering place for events like Rock the River and Lunch by the River," Gauss said. "It's a real special area.
"Rock the River is one of those downtown, feel-good moments. It's a great, family-oriented function, and admission is free."
Tom Striegel, owner of Hollyrock's Tavern, said last year's inaugural event drew about 2,000 attendees. Organizers hope for at least 2,500 event-goers this year.
"Last year was a success," he said. "There was a good turnout, and everyone responded well, so we decided to try it again."
Striegel said the event is a chance to promote the downtown and entertainment district, as well as to showcase local bands.
"It's an opportunity to see a lot of local bands you have not seen, or that you have seen and want to support," Striegel said. "It's also a chance to enjoy downtown Wisconsin Rapids."
The downtown taverns will sell food during the event including hamburgers, brats and appetizers such as chicken strips and cheese curds. They also will offer drink specials, including a special cranberry mix drink.
Those 21 years and older are invited to pick up a punch card at one of the participating taverns. Those who get their card punched at each location can enter a drawing to win gift certificates and promotional items from participating businesses.
"Music is a good art form, and we are trying to celebrate it down here a little more," Jennings said. "I encourage people to take advantage of the music scene we do have in Wisconsin Rapids.
"Rock the River is a good time."

Posted May 27, 2010
•The Lizardz kick off the music season at Anchor Bay, 3460 N. Biron Drive, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. There is no cover.
For more information, call 423-0010.

Posted May 14, 2010
•The Lizards welcome in the weekend on Friday in Grand Avenue Tavern at Hotel Mead, 451 E. Grand Ave. The music starts at 7 p.m. Come early (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) to enjoy free munchies during happy hour. For more information, call 423-1500.

Posted April 29, 2010
•The Lizardz will host a May Day Celebration at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Jennings & Co., 210 First St. N. There is no cover charge. For more information, call 424-5200.

Posted April 15, 2010
•Kick off your weekend on Friday with Happy Hour in Grand Avenue Tavern at Hotel Mead, 451 E. Grand Ave. Start out with munchies served from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by hometown favorites, The Lizardz, playing from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call 423-1500 or go to the band's Web site at www.thelizardz.com.
 

Posted Feb. 11, 2010
•Get crazy Friday night with The Lizardz at Hotel Mead, 451 E. Grand Ave. Free food begins at 5 p.m., followed by the band at 7 p.m. There is no cover charge. For more information, go to the Web site at www.thelizardz.com.

Posted Jan. 14, 2010
•Kick your weekend off with some live music. The Lizardz will perform from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday in Grand Avenue Tavern at Hotel Mead, 451 E. Grand Ave. There is no cover charge. For more information, call 423-1500 or go to the Web site at www.thelizardz.com.

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Posted Nov. 19, 2009
The Lizardz are the featured band on Friday during happy hour in Grand Avenue Tavern at Hotel Mead, 451 E. Grand Ave.
Munchies will be available from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by live music from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. For more information, call 423-1500.

Posted July 2, 2009
On Sunday, don't miss the sounds of The Lizardz from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Anchor Bay Bar & Grill, 3460 N. Biron Drive.
They are hoping to play outdoors, weather permitting. There is no cover. For more information, call 423-0010.

Posted June 26, 2009
Note: This is part of a series of Q&A's with people who have a connection to the Cranberry Blossom Festival in Wisconsin Rapids. Rock the River Music Fest will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday in downtown Wisconsin Rapids with The Lizardz, followed by Element 13 and Surrender Dorothy.

Name: Jeff Gauss, member of The Lizardz band
How long have The Lizardz been performing?
The Lizardz have been playing for about 20 years, mostly in central Wisconsin. We've gone through many personnel changes.
What do you think of Rock the River Music Fest being added to the Wisconsin Rapids Cranberry Blossom Festival?
It's fantastic. I've lived all over the state, and there's just not a whole lot to do here in central Wisconsin. Something like this, supported by all the wonderful downtown agents and all the clubs, being tied in with the city, gives it a stamp of authenticity.
What kind of music can people expect Saturday night?
What you will see on Saturday is much more rock oriented. We've been doing a lot of writing, so we will debut a lot of original songs. Our set list is very much different than anybody has seen from us in the 20 years. We've been working for about a month for our 90-minute slot Saturday.
What is the most thrilling part of playing before a live audience?
You can play in your bedroom and in your studio, and friends in a garage, and that's great; that's where most people learned the trade, but when it gets taken to that next level and actually become a band, (that's) really thrilling. You put so much time, effort and money into rehearsing and learning songs and become a new unit; what's really exciting is to get that out in front to people and to share our newfound enthusiasm, and all the new tones and sounds and energies, and hopefully get some type of positive feedback/response back from people.

For more information about The Lizardz, visit www.thelizardz.com.
 
 

Posted June 25, 2009
In the spirit of Cranberry Blossom Festival, seven local taverns, a local business that provides sound, two local food providers and three local bands will band together Saturday to present the first Rock the River festival. And the best part --
admission is free.
The all-ages event will feature performances by The Lizardz at 7 p.m., followed by Element 13 and Surrender Dorothy.
"These bands have been playing in the area for many years, so local music fans are familiar with them," said Tom Striegel, owner of Hollyrock's Tavern. "They are all rock bands. The Lizardz play a variety of rock from Blue Oyster Cult to Rolling Stones; Element 13 plays rock; and Surrender Dorothy is an '80s-type of band."
Central Wisconsin Hub: Off the clock, on the Hub
In addition to music, two local vendors -- Jamaican Kitchens and Great Expectations -- will have food available for purchase.
The participating downtown taverns -- Hollyrock's Tavern, The Bar, Jennings & Co., The Eagles Club, The Finish Line, Four Stools Short and Big Al's -- also will feature a variety of drink specials, including specialty cranberry-themed beverages.
Some of the specials will include non-alcoholic drinks as well.
The taverns also have donated a variety of items for a raffle. Those who attend can patronize each of the participating taverns and get a card punched. Those who get a punch from each establishment will be entered into a drawing.
"(Rock the River) is a way for the downtown taverns to thank their customers for their patronage during these tough economic time," said Amy Scheide, owner of Great Expectations and a festival committee member. "They are very excited about it."
Pub Pilots also will have a booth set up at the event and will be offering rides for those who have had too much to drink.
In the event of rain, the bands will perform inside the downtown bars, beginning around 9 p.m., Striegel said. The Lizardz would play at Hollyrock's Tavern, Element 13 at Jennings & Co. and Surrender Dorothy at Four Stools Short.
"We just want to thank our patrons for supporting their local downtown taverns," Striegel said. "So come out, enjoy your favorite local bands and dance in the streets."

along with this photo---THREE members ago!

Posted April 9, 2009
The Lizardz will debut 2 hours of  new material including new originals and songs by such diverse artists as Queen, Blue Oyster Cult, CSN,
Deep Purple, and John Hiatt at the Wildhorse Salloon in Kellner this Saturday. Admission is free.

Posted Feb 5, 2009
Jeff hosts Jam Session
Jams will be held every other Sunday at Hollyrock's Tavern, beginning Feb. 8

Posted Jan 2009
Feb 7 is the Next Black Belt and Advanced Black Belt Test.  It will be held at the McMillan Library Fine Arts Center at Noon and is open to the public.  Party to follow at 7pm at The Ridges.  There will be a live band The Lizardz.  Hope to see everyone there!  The Black Belt Pre-Test for these candidates will be Jan. 24th @ 2pm, that is not open to the general public.

Posted Jan. 19, 2009
Buzz Up!
Lizardz to play at Mr. Ed's on Tuesday
 The Lizardz will host a jam session is set for Mr. Ed's, 4010 Plover Road, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.
All (21 and older) musicians are welcome. A public address system, drum set and backline will be provided.
Free tap beer for all musicians who jam.

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Posted Nov. 27, 2008
It's the annual Kellner Deer Hunters' Widows' Ball at Wildhorse Saloon, 9031 Highway WW, with local faves The Lizardz beginning at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free and, as a thank you, the band will give away 50 CDs to fans -- first-come, first-served. For more information, call 421-2122.

Posted Aug 21, 2008
Balloon Rally and Music Festival raises funds for CMN
By Jamie Jung • Daily Tribune staff • August 21, 2008

During the last seven years, the Children's Miracle Network Balloon Rally and Music Festival has raised more than $100,000 for CMN, which is used for research, education and to provide life-saving pediatric care in central Wisconsin.
This year's event, which will be held Friday through Sunday at Alexander Field, features hot-air balloons, airplane and helicopter rides, children's activities, food and beverages, craft vendors, a variety of live music and more, said Brenda Haessig, who co-chairs the event with Jalayne Lanphear. "This is a great family event," Haessig said. "It's just a rare opportunity to see something like this in Wisconsin Rapids and a great way to support CMN."
At least 18 hot-air balloons will be featured during the event, including balloons in the shapes of Noah's ark, a giant fish, a teddy bear and a rubber ducky. The balloons will be launched Friday and Saturday evenings as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings, if weather permits. There also will be a balloon glow at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
Fireworks are planned after the Saturday glow, at about 9 p.m.
This year's festival also will feature a diverse lineup of music, said event organizer Jeff Gauss.
"I tried to get some bands from outside the area as well as some local favorites," he said. "This is the most diverse and talented group I have seen booked at an event, especially an event in central Wisconsin."
About half of the performers are returning from past years, and the other half will make their festival debut.
"I thought it was time to mix it up a bit," Gauss said.
And because this is a benefit, all of the bands will perform for free.
"It's amazing that you can get people to come here from Madison and Appleton,
and they are not getting paid to perform," he said.
The event also is a huge draw for families, and many activities are available for children, including a "Double Dare" children's game show on Saturday as well as face painting, photos with costumed characters and a petting zoo. Inflatable children's rides also will be offered all three days.
"The children who show up really, really enjoy the balloon rally," Gauss said. "A lot of kids feel a part of it, too, knowing that other children are reaping the benefits from the event. "It is really a wonderful site to see so many kids there.
They really are a big part of it."
Admission to the festival is free; donations will be accepted.
"It's really exciting when you see a town the size of Rapids have a festival like this," Gauss said. "It really intrigues me how everyone from the pilots to the vendors to the volunteers all come together to make this event happen.
"On a good day there are thousands of people at Alexander Field all at the same time."
 

Posted Aug 14, 2008
Time to boogie in Biron with the Biron Volunteer Fire Department’s Street Dance. Local faves, The Lizardz will play from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Food, games, classic cars, prizes, rides for kids.
Starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Biron Municipal Building, 451 Kahoun Road.

Posted Aug. 7, 2008
When is it good to be captured by a live lizard?
When it's (sic) the Lizardz live at Hollyrock's Beer Garden this Friday, August 8 at 9:30pm

Posted July 24, 2008
Also, Tunes on the Terrace continues its summer run at Hotel Mead, 451 E. Grand Ave.,
with local favorites The Lizardz from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m...

Posted June 19, 2008
Local favorites The Lizardz -- with special guest Jack Faville on drums -- will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday during the 21st annual Port Edwards Fire Department Street Dance. The concert is free. Food and beverages start at 5:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the fire department. Come early to eat, stay for the beat. For more information, call 887-3421

Posted June 18, 2008
Street dance Friday in Port
PORT EDWARDS -- The 21st annual Port Edwards Firefighters Street Dance will be from 5:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday at the Port Edwards Fire Station, 431 Letendre Ave.The Lizardz will perform beginning at 7:30 p.m., rain or shine.
Tickets for a raffle with cash prizes are $1 each of six for $5. Winners need not be present.Door prize raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Sold at the dance only, winners must be present for the door prize raffle.
 
 

Posted April 25, 2008

Benefit starts at noon Sunday at Hollyrock's Tavern, 114 Second St. N.

Send donations to: Valerie Fenander Medical Expense Fund, WoodTrust Bank, 181 Second St. N.,
Wisconsin Rapids WI 54494
Val Normington-Fenander
Woman organizes gathering to support friend.
Amy Scheide isn't a fan of using the word benefit when it comes to this weekend's event for her longtime friend, Val Normington-Fenander. Amy said there will be, "a gathering for people to show her both financial and other methods of support," Sunday at Hollyrock's Tavern. Val's liver started to fail in November, said her husband, Mike, 38. After developing an infection in January, Val was in critical care in University Hospital-Madison, and she was released recently.
"She is doing remarkably better," Mike said, adding she will still need a liver transplant because of spontaneous bacterial peritonitis. "The infection is still going on somewhat." Val, 36, said she still has to go to Madison quite a bit for appointments.
"For a while, it was rough, but things are looking up," she said. The prognosis for the medical bills, however, isn't quite as bright, and Mike doesn't know how much the liver transplant will add to that. So, along with friends, Amy and her husband, Ryan, owners of Great Expectations, started organizing the event. Bill Rodencal, Val's brother-in-law and a musician, hopes to play with each of the bands scheduled to play Sunday: The Lizardz, Recliners, KGP Conspiracy and The Atomix.
Amy is excited about the items in the raffles, which include a Fender Stratocaster guitar, an Epiphone 1958 Korina Explorer guitar, tickets to the Green Bay Packers season opener against the Minnesota Vikings (the night Brett Favre's number will be retired) and a UW-Badgers package for the game against Ohio State. The street will be blocked off, and there will be a lot to do in and around Hollyrock's. "I think she's kind of shy about all the attention being on her, but she's touched (that) so many people are coming out to help her and how much they care," Amy said. "As long as I've known her, she would always be there for anyone, and now it's our turn to show her support.
"We're hoping people will just come out and spread their good energy to her."

Posted Feb 28, 2008
Local band The Lizardz will play at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Wild Horse Saloon, 9031 Highway WW, Kellner.
In its 19th year, the band will debut its new lineup. Joining founding members Milo Plante (rhythm), Grant Meyer (bass) and Mark Larson (keyboards) will be Patty Meronek (vocals), from Stevens Point's Head Over Heels, and drummer Tom Clasen of Wisconsin Rapids' band The Recliners. Admission is free. For more information, call 421-2122.
(notice they left out one name...that's right, the guy who WROTE the fukkin' article!)

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Posted December 28, 2007
Hotel Mead, 451 E. Grand Ave. in Wisconsin Rapids, is going Vegas-style. Their New Year's Eve celebration will include Vegas-style games (dice, craps, roulette and blackjack) from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., live music by The Lizardz from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., a champagne toast and complimentary snacks at midnight, and a balloon drop and party favors.
The cost is $20, which includes $5,000 worth of "funny money."

A special New Year's menu also will be offered in the Grand Avenue Grill and Café Mulino, and special room rates are available. Equestrian Excellence will offer horse and carriage rides starting at 7 p.m.
Reservations are suggested for all activities; call 715-423-1500.
 

Posted November 15, 2007

Lizardz will play this weekend

Local favorites, the Lizardz, will perform Friday at Mulligan's Irish Pub, 212 W. Grand Ave., Wisconsin Rapids
and Saturday at Wildhorse Saloon, Kellner.

Posted October 11, 2007

Hogs to Bogs returns this weekend
By Jamie Jung
Daily Tribune staff
The fourth annual Hogs to Bogs event is set for Friday, Saturday and Sunday and organizers are hoping the event draws both motorcycle riders and non-motorcyclists to central Wisconsin.
"This is definitely a community event, a way to make people more aware of the industries in this area," said Angela Van Groll, group sales manager for Hotel Mead. "We want to promote the cranberry area and the cranberry highway."
The event begins with a Poker Walk Scavenger Hunt from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday through downtown Wisconsin Rapids. People can purchase a scavenger hunt question sheet and map at Hotel Mead and then will travel through the downtown and answer questions at different establishments.
When they return they will be able to draw their poker hand. The cost is $5 to participate.
Saturday will feature a majority of the weekend activities, kicking off with a Poker Ride Scavenger Hunt at 9 a.m.; registration begins at 8 a.m. The ride will involve stops at seven Wisconsin Rapids area businesses with three bonus stops to answer the questions. The cost to participate is $5.
"This event is open to all riders; you don't have to have a Harley to participate," Van Groll said.
"And if you don't have a motorcycle, take a car and grab a map and make it a drive."
The ride format was changed to a scavenger hunt this year, because it was becoming difficult to find businesses that could host 150 riders at one time, said Diane Rodd, a member of ABATE (A Brotherhood Against Totalitarian Enactments) of Wisconsin and an event organizer.
"This way the riders can go in different directions," Rodd said.
Hotel Mead also will host a variety of events on Saturday in conjunction with the Hogs to Bogs weekend.
An arts and crafts fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with food and refreshments from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., both in the Hotel Mead parking lot. Stora Enso will be giving away free tree seedlings and also will have a papermaking display where participants will be able to make their own paper.

*****Area favorites The Lizardz will perform in the parking lot from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. *****

A variety of motorcycles from local dealerships also will be on display in the atrium at Hotel Mead on Saturday.
A silent auction and raffles will be held throughout the day.
ABATE also will hold a chili contest from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., more than 20 chili entries will be available to sample. The cost is $10 to sample, which includes entry to the Hotel Mead ballroom to hear music by
Michael "Big Dog" Murphy from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The ABATE annual meeting will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday at Hotel Mead.
"Anyone who rides a motorcycle or anyone who wants to know more about what we do is invited to attend," Rodd said.
All money raised through the event goes to ABATE to support the organization and its mission.
"We want to educate people about what we do," Rodd said. "We help people get motorcycle licenses; we focus on legislative issues regarding motorcycling; we focus on safety issues; we have an impaired riding campaign.
"Our main goal is to keep motorcycle fatalities down."

Posted Sept. 27, 2007

They're local, they're live. It's the Lizardz at 9:30 p.m. Saturday at Wild Horse Saloon, 9031 Highway WW, Kellner. Admission is free. For more information, call 421-1122.
Posted August 23, 2007

Annual balloon rally returns this weekend
Schedule of events
Friday, Aug. 24
5 p.m. — Craft sale open
5 p.m. — Beer Tent and food vendors open
5 p.m. — Ron and Lu Music for You, Beer Tent
5 p.m. — Twistortion, Outdoor Stage
5 p.m. to dusk — Inflatable toys for the kids
5:30 p.m. to dusk — Airplane rides
6 p.m. — Address by Mayor Mary Jo Carson
6 p.m. — Balloon setup and launch
6 p.m. — Red-tailed hawk release by Raptor Education Group
6:30 p.m. — Ska’tTsmen, Beer Tent
7 p.m. — Backstreet, Outdoor Stage
8 p.m. — Balloon setup and glow
8 p.m. — Brother Tedd & The Jumpship Blues Band, Beer Tent
8:30 p.m. — The Lizardz, Outdoor Stage

Saturday, Aug. 25
6:30 a.m. — Balloon setup and launch
6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Pancake breakfast
8:30 a.m. — Jimmy J Jazz Band, Breakfast Tent
9 a.m. — Airplane and helicopter rides through dusk
10:30 a.m. — Food vendors open
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Inflatable toys for the kids
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Dunk tank
11:30 a.m. – Mr. Science, Breakfast Tent
Noon — Craft sale starts
Noon to 4 p.m. — Exotic petting zoo
12:30 p.m. — Karate demonstration
1 p.m. to 6 p.m. — Face painting by Marlene Jochimsen
1:30 p.m. — Cheer and Stunt demonstration
2:30 p.m. — Ronald McDonald
3 p.m. — Beer Tent opens
3 p.m. — Thursday’s Project, Beer Tent
4 p.m. — Kosmic Sounds, Beer Tent
3:30 p.m. — SLM, Outdoor Stage *(Post-show note: SLM a NO SHOW so Jeff'Weavil'Gauss did a set with friends)*
4:30 p.m. — Pistols at Dawn, Beer Tent
5 p.m. — The aTomix, Outdoor Stage
5:45 p.m. — Address by Children’s Miracle Network spokesperson
6 p.m. — Dove release by Morningstar Lofts
6 p.m. — Moment of silence and balloon release tribute
6 p.m. — Balloon setup and launch
7 p.m. — Kosmic Sounds, Beer Tent
7:30 p.m. — Relentless, Beer Tent
7:30 p.m. — The Weavils, Outdoor Stage
8 p.m. — Balloon setup and glow
8:30 p.m. — Gazebo Raffle Drawing and Lawn Tractor Drawing
9 p.m. — Rainbow Casino fireworks

Sunday, Aug. 26
6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Pancake breakfast and fly-in
7 a.m. — Balloon setup and launch
8 a.m. — Cavalry Baptist church service, Outdoor Stage
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. — Airplane rides
8 a.m. to 11 a.m. — Inflatable toys for the kids
8:30 a.m. — Tom Dewitt with Jack & Connie, Breakfast Tent
10:30 a.m. — Prize raffle drawings

Times are subject to change. For the most current scheduling information, go to the Web site www.cmnballoonrally.com.

Annual balloon rally returns this weekend
By Jamie Jung
Daily Tribune staff

The seventh annual Wisconsin Rapids Balloon Rally and Music Festival returns to Alexander Field this weekend with 20 balloons, airplane rides, children's activities, live music, balloon launches and glows, food and beverages, and much, much more. "This event brings in thousands of people," said Brenda Haessig, one of the event coordinators. "It draws people from Wisconsin Rapids, central Wisconsin and from all over the country."
One of the event highlights on Friday, Haessig said, is a red-tailed hawk release by the Raptor Education Group of
Antigo at 6 p.m.
"The hawk is an adult female, about 15 years old," said Marge Gibson, executive director of the organization. "She came in on July 12 with left wing fractures after being hit by a car in Marathon County."
The organization has been working with the hawk ever since and is hoping she will be ready to fly back home on Friday. Gibson said red-tailed hawks mate for life and the released bird will fly back and reunite with her mate and kids.
"Getting her back out and back to her family is really neat," Gibson said. "It's really a success -- their success and our success. It's really exciting for both of us."
Gibson said she is hoping to release the hawk from a tethered balloon in order to get some elevation.
"We usually do a count of three and then let them go; it's their responsibility to fly away," she said. "It is very emotional to see them get a second change at life."
Live music also will be a highlight of the three-day event, with more than 15 performers set to take the various stages.
"We have lots of great bands this year, with some coming from out of town," Haessig said. "We will be featuring a very diverse mix of musical styles."
Saturday will feature events for the entire family -- from inflatable children's rides to a petting zoo to children's performers. Some of the new events this year include a dunk tank, a visit by Ronald McDonald and face painting. Fireworks by Rainbow Casino will be launched at 9 p.m. Saturday.

"This truly is a family event," Haessig said.

Those who attend the event are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Free parking is available at Alexander Field on a first-come basis.
Admission to the event is free, but donations will be accepted. All proceeds are given to the Children's Miracle Network.
A balloon tribute and dove release, along with a moment of silence, will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday in memory of John Symonds, founder of the balloon rally who died in a sky diving accident last August.

"John's passion was balloons and kids," Haessig said. "Having this as a fundraiser makes it all the better."
 

Posted August 17, 2007
Lizardz will play at Biron street dance
The Lizardz will play at the Biron street dance from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday.

Posted August 9, 2007
The Lizardz haven't been hiding under a rock. In fact, they've got a local two-fer this weekend. Friday, they'll be at Trail's End in Nekoosa beginning at 7 p.m. and Saturday at Tunes on the Terrace at Hotel Mead from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Posted July 19, 2007
The Lizardz will play at Anchor Bay Bar and Grill, 3460 N. Biron Drive, Biron, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. It'll be outdoors, provided the weather cooperates. It's free and all ages are invited.

Local rock band The Lizardz will perform, and a bonfire and snake dance are expected Saturday night.

Posted July 12, 2007
Hometown faves The Lizardz will play at Tunes on the Terrace at 6 p.m. today as part of their Midsummer Nights Dream Tour. Stop by and enjoy good music under the stars. Want to know more about the band?
Check out their Web site at www.thelizardz.com.

Posted July 2, 2007
Lizardz will play downtown on July 4
Local band favorite, the Lizardz, will perform downtown Wednesday during the Fourth of July activities preceding the fireworks. The band will perform outdoors on a flatbed truck by Veterans Park.
The music is expected to start about 5 p.m. All ages are welcome.

Posted June 28 2007
Local favorites The Lizardz will put some spark into the holiday week with an explosive performance from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday at South Lake Center, off of Rain Dance Trail at Lake Arrowhead. There is no cover.

Posted June 7 2007
A benefit for Lynn McGrath will be held from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at Robinson Park. McGrath was injured in a diving accident last summer and is still in the hospital. Music starts at 11:30 a.m. with Tom Dewitt. Also performing will be the Washington School sixth-grade orchestra, TJ Greene, The Lizardz and Surrender Dorothy. There will be a craft booth, chair massage, bake sale, food and beer tent, raffles and silent auction

Posted May 31 2007
Then Saturday, it’s local faves, The Lizardz

Posted May 3 2007

Arts Council fundraiser takes on a Texas theme
By Jamie Jung
Daily Tribune staff
The Arts Council of South Wood County was looking for something fun and something different to help raise funds for its Arts in Education program. What the members came up with was the first Texas Hoe Down/Hold'em Event 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday at Mark Motors, 3330 Plover Road. "This event is so different for us. We have never done anything like it," said Sylvia Becker, executive director of the Arts Council. "We are hoping this event will also draw in people who may not have gone to our (Performing Arts Center) events."
People are invited to come in their casual Western attire for an evening of live music by The Lizardz, food and "gaming."
The tables will be run by "celebrity" dealers, who will be ready and willing to help beginners learn how to play Texas Hold'em, said Carol Elliott, who serves on the Arts Council Board of Directors. No real money will be used or awarded during the event, but there will be several "fun" prizes for the winners, Elliott added.
"Texas Hold'em is just so popular right now," Elliott said.
"We are hoping people will bring their friends out and learn how to play."
Players will get sunglasses and a bandana to add to the "gaming" atmosphere.
The event venue also will be transformed into a Western affair with covered wagons, crates and barrels, wagon wheels and old movies playing on the walls. Even "Miss Kitty" will be on hand.
"Mark Motors is going to be completely transformed," Becker said.
The sit-down dinner will include pulled pork in barbecue sauce, baked beans, corn bread and desserts, catered by Great Expectations. A cash bar with beer and wine will be available.
All money raised will benefit the Arts in Education program, which aims "to expose children to the performing arts," Becker said. The Arts Council accomplishes that mission through workshops, performances and master classes for area students. The program also supports the annual visit by Prairie Fire Children's Theatre each summer.
"Arts in Education helps thousands of students each year," Becker said. "Instead of working with teachers, this program allows students to work side by side with professional artists."
Tickets for the event are $50, which includes music, dinner and a "loot bag" with playing chips for those who wish to play Texas Hold'em, and $25 without the "loot bag."
Tickets are available at Daly Drug, 3215 Eighth St. S.; Arts Council of South Wood County, 240 Johnson St.; or at the door.
Participants must be at least 21 years old.
"This event is going to be amazing," Becker said. "Come and have good food, listen to good music and just have a good time."
Jamie Jung can be reached at 422-6732 or jamie.jung@cwnews.net.

Posted April 12 2007
Take a break and stop over at Hollyrock's Tavern, 114 Second St. N., on Friday for Happy Hour.
Enjoy some free pizza. Hang around for The Lizardz. Yes, they really are playing in Wisconsin Rapids.
Wait, it gets better. There's no cover! The classic rock and blues starts about 9 p.m.
(actually it was The Blizardz-Boy Lizardz-but ya can't argue with free press)

--------------------------> 2006 PRESS <--------------------------
World's Largest Office Holiday Party
Friday, December 8th, 2006
The Madrigal Singers kick off the evening at 6:00 pm with a Holdiay feast for your eyes and ears. As a part of the Holiday package, you will receive two complimentary cocktails, cash bar available throughout the evening, holiday themed martinis and a wide array of culinary delights featuring Executive Chif Randall Smith's fabulous Steak Diane and Maryland Crabcakes to name a few, followed by live entertainment by Wisconsin Rapids' favorite band The Lizardz at 7:00pm. Enjoy the sights and sound of Hotel Mead's festively decorated ballroom and atrium lobby. Reserve your tables now for family, friends and co-workers.

Contact Josie Searles at 715-422-7019 for tickets
 

Posted July 28, 2006
Teachers use summer to pursue their passions
By Deb Cleworth
Daily Tribune Staff
The fact that teachers have a life outside the classroom sometimes surprises their students.
"It's kind of like, 'You play in a band?'" said Mark Larson, an art teacher at Lincoln High School.
"Well, yes, I have a life," is his typical response.
Larson, a teacher for 27 years, has played keyboards and accordion for the classic-rock band, The Lizardz, for 20 years.
The next thing students want to know is when they are going to play an all-ages show, so they can hear the band, Larson said.
All summer long, teachers can be found looking over a hectic swimming pool in lifeguard gear, glancing through a lens of a camera or any other way to pop a child's imagination bubble that keeps them in the classroom 24-7.
"It's kind of like I'm a little bit closer to their world and things that they can relate to," Larson said. "I think it helps put kids a little more at ease, it's like we instantly have common ground."
Knowing the person handing out assignments is more than just a teacher can open the students up a bit.
"I'm older than them, and I'm a teacher, but music is that language that brings us instantly together," he said. "We're real equal when we talk about music, and I think that helps in the classroom, too." ...
 
 

Posted June 29, 2006
Library announces upcoming shows

Local favorite bands Lars and the Lizardz and the Foggy River Boys will be playing at McMillan Memorial Library early this July.
Lars and the Lizardz will bring their eclectic blend of classic rock covers with hints of folk, Cajun, reggae, psychedelia and country rock to the library on July 6. The Lizardz have been playing as a band for more than 17 years at venues all around central Wisconsin. This electric show will be their second show at McMillan Library...

funny.....eh?!
 

Posted March 30 2006
Live Lizardz: The Lizardz will be at Big Hunchie’s Road House, 2408 Division St., Stevens Point (next to Skipp’s Bowling Center). It’s on Saturday ... and it’s free! Travis Plantico from Wheels on Fire will be the guest drummer. The first 50 people will get a free CD from The Lizardz. 9:30 p.m. 344-9515.
 

Posted January 10, 2006
Basketball game gives a taste of marketing in the real world

With the help of the Sports and Entertainment Marketing class at Lincoln High School, the boys high school basketball game Friday might look more like a major league sports event.
The people wearing the black T-shirts with "Staff" printed on the back will be juniors and seniors finishing the semester-long class.
"You're going to look important this year," Eric Siler, class instructor, told his students last week.
"Pepsi Sportainment Night" is a culmination of a six-week project. This is the fifth year for the class, and the fourth year for the project. The course is one of the business and marketing offerings at the high school, with a prerequisite of Introduction to Business and Marketing.
The class gives students a glimpse of what it takes to get into sports and entertainment promotion and what careers might be available.
"The last six weeks is their interview, and they are basically graded on performance," Siler said in regard to the project.
Some of the project goals are to increase community involvement, game attendance, Wisconsin Rapids basketball attendance and create school spirit, all while learning about marketing.
And while their class ends with a night of pre-game and half-time fun at the game, it goes way beyond what might look like fun and games.
"It's a fun class," said Keegan Crowthers, a junior. "But it's a lot of work."
In class Friday, Siler threw another scenario to the students. He told them, as chief executive officer, he was "sick," and being chief financial officers, they were next in charge. They would be responsible for making sure all was in place for the Friday night event.
The students had to come up with promotional ideas and contact and secure sponsors in the community. More than 30 area businesses are part of the event.
"We had to sell ourselves and sell the night," Crowthers said.
Jeremy Vandehey and Tiffany Millard, both seniors, came up with a new idea this year. The students got Cupids Corner as a sponsor and while wearing a tuxedo and prom dress, the couple will give away rentals during the game.
Lincoln High School students will be able to sign up for the give-ways during lunch hours Wednesday through Friday.
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Another addition is live entertainment by the Wisconsin Rapids-based band The Lizardz and a "Camper Shot" half-time contest, sponsored by DNL Recreation, for a chance to win a camper.
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Working on a sign for the event, Vandehey hoped the promotion would attract more students to the event.
"It's kind of like the idea for the event -- community involvement and get people to come," Vandehey, 18, said. "It's kind of a good idea to get people out."
Alumni who have taken the course have furthered their interest in college. Vandehey's older brother Justin is an intern at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in collegiate marketing for Badger Athletics.
Crowthers said he has an interest in a related career. For him, this course is a prerequisite for Marketing Management.
"Not necessarily sports marketing, but maybe advertising, or something along those lines," Crowthers said.
In the past, the game date was after the end of the first semester and didn't allow for follow-up. One of the students came up with the idea to take a survey during this year's event.
"We can get the demographics, the age group," Siler said. Next year's class will be able to use this information when they do the project.
It's not all about sports, either.
The students run a wholesale business for Pepsi at all the fieldhouse events held at Lincoln, Siler said.
"That teaches them some business skills," he said. Students are responsible for inventory, invoices, ordering and planning.
The money the students earn helps pay for things like field trips, without funds coming out of the school budget. The students had the opportunity to go the Milwaukee, Madison and Green Bay to tour the Bucks, Badgers and Packers facilities and meet with marketing people at each location.
"We do a whole unit on tourism in Wisconsin," Siler said. The students learn they might have to market something they aren't crazy about themselves, he said.
 
 

New Holiday CD is Officially Out!

Our brand new Christmas CD, "And So This is Christmas: From Our Den to Yours..." is here.
Yep, you read that correctly - a Christmas CD!
A labor of love from various members of the Lizardz, this CD will surely surprise you.
Available here

*****NOTE: Although Jeff was brought in as a technical advisor, his guitar skills are not heard on this disc.
However, Jeff's voice can (slightly) be heard among the choirs on the last tune.*****

Posted December 24, 2005

Rapids band puts out Christmas CD

Middle school choir sings backup for Lizardz

By Deb Cleworth
Daily Tribune Staff
 

A newly released holiday CD by Wisconsin Rapids band The Lizardz is more like a gentle midnight snowfall than a raging blizzard.
"And So This is Christmas: From our den to yours..." contains 11 tracks of mostly traditional Christmas songs.
 

"It is very mellow and pretty for the band, which might surprise our longtime fans," keyboard player Mark Larson said. "But it is a concept piece in the sense that in the midst of the terrors of the world, these songs offer a brief escape into a world of peace, tranquility and faith."
The six-member band doesn't plan to have a formal release party but will promote the disc at its New Year's Eve performance at Hollyrock's tavern in Wisconsin Rapids.
Larson and bandmate Brenda Haessig started planning the disc in July and wanted to keep the focus on what they felt Christmas was all about: the birth of Christ. Haessig, the lead singer, had one song in particular she wanted to perform.
"I sang 'Child of Love' to a member of (the Plover First Assembly of God) congregation's newborn, while holding her in my arms, and was very moved by it," Haessig said. "Being a mother, I could really relate to how Mary must have felt. Even though he was the son of God, Jesus was still her precious child."
The lullaby-like song is the first track on the CD.
Haessig's children, Carmen, 11, and Ryan, 9, and family friends Lindsey, 8, and Lauren Woyak, 6, all from Plover, sang backup vocals on "Do You Hear What I Hear?"
Joining them on the song was the Assumption Middle School choir. More than 40 seventh-and eighth-grade choir students also contributed their vocals to John Lennon's "And So This Is Christmas."
Band member Milo Plante is a co-worker of choir director Jan Weisenbeck. He mentioned the band needed backup vocals.
"I always talk and kind of rant and rave about my middle-schoolers," Weisenbeck said. "It was extremely exciting for them. We went into the band room and recorded and off we went."
Plante, who plays rhythm guitar and sings, did most of the mixing and production work on the CD.
"It's a very time-consuming project, but I think we were all pleasantly surprised how easily it came together," Haessig said. "We're hoping we can keep up the pace and begin work on a CD with original songs."
 

Other members of The Lizardz are Jeff Gauss, lead guitar, vocals; Grant Meyer, bass guitar, vocals; and Jack Faville, drums, vocals.
 

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Check out the new  Live Lizardz 'bootlegs' ,
including Make It Happen, Cheap Trick's Voices,
The Cars' Let the Good Times Roll, The Weight, and I'm Comin' Home

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--------------------------> 2005 PRESS <--------------------------
4/29/5
Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

the lizardz pleased many Vietnam Vets at the Spring Monsoon in whiskey rapids,
debuting "Lake Shore Drive" with vocals and theatrics by moi! we will add classic essential to my being this to future shows.
thanks to the Trib for the great press!

~~~~~~** Vets group to throw one last Monsoon**~~~~~~

By DEB CLEWORTH
Daily Tribune Staff
A good time is set to blow into Wisconsin Rapids on Saturday night.
"The Last & Final Spring Monsoon Party" is scheduled to run from 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at The Bar in Wisconsin Rapids.
It is the last time the Vietnam Veterans of America will hold the event, organizers say, because the group has developed other fund-raisers.
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If you go
What: The Last & Final Spring Monsoon Party
When: 8:30 p.m. to
11:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: The Bar, 150 Second St. N., Wisconsin Rapids, upstairs
Who: Sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans Association Chapter 101
More: Live music by The Lizardz, free roast beef sandwiches, free beer and pop, door prizes and free admission. Donations will be accepted for care packages to be sent to the troops.
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"This was a fund-raiser that we did for 23 years," said Ron Clark, 59, a Vietnam war veteran. The group will hold an orange blossom sale June 3 and 4 to raise money this year.
Clark was in the Marines from 1964 to 1968, and served one year in Vietnam, from July 1965 to July 1966. Saturday's date also coincides with the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975.
"The United States was officially out of Vietnam at that time," Clark said.
Saturday's event will be a celebration to appreciate the troops and the support of the community. Everything will be free, but people will accept donations for care packages to send to the troops.
The Lizardz will be the featured band Saturday night. The band played at several previous Monsoon events.
"We have always had a special place in our hearts for the vets group," said Mark Larson, key board player. "Many of the guys are long-time fans of the band and have looked forward to our Vietnam-era music.
"It is simply a great group to help and a great group to party with," Larson said.
Veterans groups have been a part of the community for years and have worked to support other veterans, Larson said.
"We want to encourage any Afghan and Iraqi veteran to come up and be appreciated," Clark said.
Clark wants the younger veterans to know what the groups can offer.
The annual event provided funds to donate to the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Tomah, the Veterans Home in King, area food pantries and a $500 scholarship awarded to a local high school student.
The groups also provide emotional support for those returning from war.
Veterans can get information on education, medical and family needs. Veteran organizations also provide an outlet for those who have faced similar challenges.
"The families probably really don't know what it's like to be in combat or to be over there," Clark said.
Veterans organizations can help veterans by letting them talk about the situations they have endured, said Bonnie Berndt, 52, of Wisconsin Rapids.
Berndt is a long-time supporter of the Vietnam Veterans of America and its fund-raisers. Her ex-husband was a member, and that's how she became involved.
"I was proud that he served," Berndt said. "I appreciate what the Vietnam veterans did back in the '60s, and it's also how I support the soldiers going to Iraq right now."
The main thing Clark wants veterans and the community to know is that the efforts of the troops are appreciated, and there are people who do care.
"One generation of veterans will never forget another generation of veterans," he said. "There's always going to be veterans; there's always going to be a conflict somewhere."


(photo proofs copyright The Lizardz/Nieman's Photography 2/14/2005)
more photos here
and here

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8/20/4 Black River Falls, WI
(Photo by Connie Tomski)
! Free Tunes !
Blue Oyster Cult's "Stone of Love" into Rolling Stones' "Under My Thunb"
From 2/12/10 at the Grand Avenue Tavern
in the Hotel Mead
Wisconsin Rapids, WI
!!!FREE SHOW!!!
Lizardz 2012-5-11 Maritime Tavern, Appleton
Great sound from Owner John
Dave Schrader Recording SBD/AUD (.mp320)
* = Original
01 Medicine Jar>Stairway to the Stars
02 Rough Mama*
03 Lonely Boy
04 Til the End of the Day>She Got Everything
05 Swamp Thing*
06 Glass Onion>Newcastle*
08 Secret Agent Man
09 Level
10 Stompface*
11 94W*
12 Mormon Girls*
Set II
13 All Day and All of the Night>I Can't Explain>Pretzel Logic
14 Getting Tighter
15 Listen to Her Heart
16 Eyeblinder*
17 Staring at Silence *debut*
18 Pocket
19 Little Wing
20 Utah Moon>Who Do*
21 Beyond Here Lies Nothing
22 Make Fire>Wild and Free (@192 due to track length)
23 You Don't Understand Me
***Grab all tracks in one easy step HERE extract from .rar when finished ***
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Lizardz Jan 2012 Demo mp320 FREE download
01 Time>Home - Rock The River 2011
02 I Can't Explain - Rock The River 2011
03 Swamp Thing - Mix 1 Album
04 Summertime Blues - Rock The River 2011
05 Outside Woman Blues - Rock The River 2011
06 - Mormon Girls - Mix 1 Album
07 - She Got Everything - Rock The River 2011
08 - Almost Cut My Hair - Rock The River 2011

3/12/12
2006-8-25 WUSP Interview/Songs Weavils Lizardz mp320
Jeff and Grant Meyer
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