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The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are bringing “Bagrock” to Minocqua. (Submitted photo)
The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are bringing “Bagrock” to Minocqua. (Submitted photo)
8/13/2014 7:30:00 AM
Red Hot Chilli Pipers coming to Minocqua

It's bagpipes. It's rock. It's Bagrock. AC/DC meets the poet Robert Burns. Where rock anthems sit comfortably alongside the great tunes from the glens and mountains of Scotland and it's all happening at the Campanile Center for the Arts in Minocqua at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20.

The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are a 9-piece ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboards and drummers who have been rocking the world from New York to Beijing to Melbourne and everywhere in between, including a performance on the NBC telecast of the London Olympics, seen by hundreds of millions of viewers.

They play with musicianship of the highest order and a passion for pipes that will leave you breathless, a Campanile press release said. The band has four music degrees from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and all the pipers and drummers have played at the top level in bagpiping.

Since they walked away with the top prize on the primetime TV talent show, "When Will I Be Famous" in the U.K. in 2007, the Red Hot Chilli Pipers haven't stopped for a breath, other than to inflate their bagpipes! Formed in 2002, the Chillis have fast become a global phenomenon, taking their signature "Bagrock" sound to the masses with their unique fusion of rocked up bagpipes and clever covers of popular songs from all genres. Their trademarked sound is a unique fusion of traditional pipe tunes - like "The Flowers of Scotland," "The Hills of Argyll," and "Amazing Grace" (done Chilli-style, of course!) - and contemporary anthems like Queen's "We Will Rock You," "Clocks," by Coldplay, "Chasing Cars," by Snow Patrol, "Let Me Entertain You," by Robbie Williams, and a fantastic rock medley of "Deep Purple," "Smoke on the Water," and AC/DC's "Thunderstruck."

Campanile Center for the Arts is located one block west of southbound U.S. Hwy. 51 on Milwaukee St. in downtown Minocqua. All tickets are $25 and can be obtained online at or by calling (715) 356-9700.

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