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Wooden Nickel plans anniversary party

Clyde hosting Watkins Family Hour; 'Kid' at Piere's; Free festival at Pretty Lake


Nick Braun

Whatzup Features Writer

Published July 6, 2022

The year was 1982, MTV fresh on the television, Ozzy Osbourne was eating bats on stage, and Bob and Cindy Roets turned a dream into reality when they opened Wooden Nickel Records in Fort Wayne. What began as a full-line record and cassette store, quickly soared with the rise of CDs, and had them going from one store to six scattered throughout the city. 

Now, 40 years later, Wooden Nickel is still going strong with the three locations and are about to celebrate this incredible milestone. 

On Saturday, July 30, Baker Street Centre will be the setting for the 40th Anniversary party that will include giveaways, cake, limited edition 40th Anniversary t-shirts, and live music by Adam Baker & The Heartache and The Sweetwater All Stars

Hosting the festivities will be WXKE’s Doc West. 

Doors will open at 6 p.m., with music beginning at 7 p.m. Tickets are only $10 and available at bakerstreetcentre.com, all three Wooden Nickel locations, and etix.com. A portion of all ticket and merchandise sales will be donated to Community Harvest Food Bank. 

Watkins Family Hour coming to Clyde

The Clyde Theatre have announced that Thursday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m., they will welcome Watkins Family Hour

This collaborative performance project is led by Los Angeles-based siblings Sean and Sara Watkins, both of whom came to prominence in the ’90s as part of the Grammy-winning progressive bluegrass group, Nickel Creek

Celebrating the release of their third studio album, Vol. 2, Watkins Family Hour is hitting the road to explore the ever-evolving space of music and bring a unique experience to stages far and wide, The Clyde being one of them. 

Reserved seating tickets are available at clydetheatre.com, by calling (800) 514-3849, The Clyde box office, and Sweetwater Sound. 

Kid of Kid ’n Play fame brings comedy to town

On Sunday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m., Christopher “Kid” Reid will bring his stand-up act to Fort Wayne for a performance at Piere’s. 

During the peak of his career with the rap duo Kid ‘n Play, Reid was notable for his 7-inch, hi-top fade and freckles. He also has many acting credits on his résumé including such films as House Party, House Party 2, House Party 3, and Class Act

Trust me, I’m as curious as you are of what Reid’s stand-up is all about. All I know is this something we must check out. 

Tickets are available at etix.com or at all Wooden Nickel locations and Neat Neat Neat Records.

Free Pretty Lake Music Fest set for July 16

Honey in the Sun, Grace Minnick, The Paper Heart, and Swimming Into View are the acts set to perform at the fifth annual Pretty Lake Music Fest on Saturday, July 16, from noon-8p.m.

This free, family friendly event takes place outdoors at 9190 East County Road 430 South in Wolcottville. 

Bring your own blanket, chair, food, and drinks. Parking will be available at the Pretty Lake Conservation Club, just a short walk from the event. 

In addition, there will be a Fun Run around the lake starting around 10 a.m. Each lap is roughly 2.75 miles.

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