The Cougars are back in town

Popular Green Bay area party band plays Music by the River in Oconto Falls

Times Herald Staff

It started in the summer of 2016 with an electric performance by the party-rock band The Cougars at the East Side Beach in Oconto Falls.
The crowd set up chairs in the grassy area of the park, and hundreds of people spilled over onto the beach and the parking lot and danced in front of the stage.
Now back this Friday for a third year, The Cougars have become one of the popular anchors of the Music by the River series of free summer concerts sponsored by the Oconto Falls Area Chamber of Commerce.
The concerts happen on the fourth Friday of the month in June, July and August. The music begins at 6 p.m. and continues until the sun sets over the Oconto River. There’s no cover charge, and food and refreshments are available for purchase on the grounds. No carry-ins will be allowed.
“The turnout was spectacular” last month when Renegade opened the 2018 series, City Administrator Vicki Roberts said. She also received a lot of compliments from area boaters who appreciated the three new docks built this year at the East Side Beach, which accommodate music lovers who arrive by water.
The Cougars are three women, vocalist/keyboardist Stephanie Reinl and vocalists Anna Snyder and Heather Tenhaken, and three men — Eric Snyder on bass and vocals, drummer Kurt Risch, and guitarist Adam Vance. The Cougars have been part of the Green Bay area music scene for quite a few years. Known throughout the Midwest, they are one of the biggest-drawing bands in the area.
They tell fans to expect “belty, high-energy songs and lots of harmonies.” That means 1980s tunes and party hits from the likes of Journey to Lady Gaga with some crossover country added for seasoning.
Music by the River 2018 concludes Aug. 24 with Johnny Wad Unplugged aka Bazooka Joe.