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“The Britins” Beatle tribute coming to Colfax March 11

By LeAnn R. Ralph

COLFAX —  “The Britins are coming! The Britins are coming!”

For all those people who are fans of The Beatles — well — The Britins are the next best thing.

The Britins will be performing at the Colfax Municipal Building auditorium (the historic Cozy Theatre) Sunday, March 11, at 2 p.m.

The performance is being sponsored by the Colfax Municipal Building Restoration Group.

The Britins are based out of Milwaukee and also have events scheduled in Waukesha, Wisconsin Dells and Bonita Springs, Florida, in the month of March.

“We’re to the point where we can use the building, and it’s time start using it. We’ve had quite a few events up there already,” said Troy Knutson, president of CMBRG.

Recent events have included the Halloween party and movies for children, a showing of the movie “Hocus Pocus” for Halloween, a Christmas party for children, including a visit with Santa Claus and the classic movie, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” Truth Be Told events for Halloween, Christmas and Valentine’s Day, a performance by “The Looney Lutherans,” and a showing of the classic movie, “Star Wars.”

“We’re trying to get a variety of events to appeal to different people,” Knutson said.

As for The Britins, “I’ve heard nothing but good about them. Steve Russell and Kobi Shaw have worked with them in the past. They said they are fabulous to work with. One of the teachers at school just actually saw them this past Christmas at her husband’s work party and said they were awesome,” he said.

“We’re just trying to think outside the box and bring in different performers,” Knutson said.

Some of the songs on The Britins’ play list include “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Eight Days a Week,” “Twist and Shout,” “With A Little Help From My Friends,” “Nowhere Man,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Penny Lane,” “Help!” and “She Loves You.”

To listen to some of The Britins’ performances, visit and click on the “songs” link.

Tickets are $20 each and on sale in advance from Mark Johnson at Colfax Arts & Antique Mall; from LeAnn Ralph at the Colfax Messenger; and from Lisa Hurlburt at the Colfax Public Library.

Knutson says he cannot guarantee there will be tickets available yet the day of The Britins’ performance, although if there are any tickets left, they will be for sale at the door.

The Colfax Municipal Building will be open at 1 p.m., and the performance will begin at 2 p.m. March 11.

The Colfax Commercial Club will provide concessions for the event.

Parking is available in the Synergy auto repair parking lot across the street from the municipal building (the old fire station) and in Commercial Testing Lab’s parking lot (one block east of Main Street).

Profits from performances in the Colfax Municipal Building are going toward putting in an elevator to make all floors of the building handicapped accessible.

Chad Lewis of “Unexplained Research” (a live paranormal radio talk show with Chad Lewis and Terry Fisk) and the co-author of “Hidden Headlines of Wisconsin,” “The Wisconsin Road Guide to Haunted Locations,” “UFO Wisconsin” and a number of other “Haunted Locations” books will be doing a presentation on “Gangsters of Wisconsin’s Past” in the auditorium on Sunday, April 22, at 2 p.m.

Tickets for the Chad Lewis event will be $10 each and available at the door.

Herrick & Friends will be performing in the auditorium Saturday, May 12, at 7 p.m.

Tickets for Herrick & Friends will be $10 each and available at the door.

All proceeds from Herrick & Friends will go to the elevator fund.

Visit the Colfax Municipal Building Restoration Group’s Facebook page to find out more information about the group and other upcoming events.