Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Local Entertainment

Cues From Katy: Season is back in session

Kick-off to fall means art, music and theater are on the rise

Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend. 

1. Yellowstone Art Trail (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday at nine locations in Cadott, Boyd and along eastern Lake Wissota. yellowstonearttrail.blogspot.com): While this yellow road won’t lead to munchkins in the land of Oz, you are bound to find some treasures along this art trail featuring 27 area artists.

There will be demonstrations, giveaways, crafts for the kids and the chance to see what your neighbors are working on at this event. 

You can easily hit all nine stops in just one day, or stretch the adventure into two days to fully submerse yourself in the artists’ work.

This is event is equal parts road trip and artistic endeavor, and should prove to be a successful adventure. Check out the website for a map and artist details. 

2. Tuesday Night Blues 10th Anniversary Bash (doors at 5 p.m. Saturday at The Metro, 201 E. Lake St. $15, or $5 for Chippewa Valley Blues Society members. chippewavalleyblues.com): Can you believe Chippewa Valley Blues has been providing us the opportunity to listen to free blues all summer long for 10 years? 

Join them in celebrating with a final bash to close out the summer and recognize how awesome it is to have these folks in our community. Musicians Reverend Raven and the Chainsmokin’ Altar Boys with Westside Andy, the Alex Wilson Band and the Jay Edward Band will perform for the celebration. 

3. “Off-Broadway on Grand: A Musical Revue” (7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at The Grand Theatre, 102 W. Grand Ave. $20.): This is the second production from Performance Anxiety Inc., a new theater company and nonprofit organized by David Zwiers, who hopes to fill a gap in the area’s theater community with his productions.

“Off-Broadway on Grand” is a musical number featuring a group of mostly local singers belting their hearts out on stage. It is the last show the company will put on this year, though Zwiers said he’s already got a few things in the works for 2019. 

4. The Shackletons with Nick Anderson and the Skinny Lovers (8:30 p.m. Saturday at The Plus, 208 S. Barstow St. $7 in advance, $10 at the door.): Nick Anderson and the Skinny Lovers is an Eau Claire-based group that has been gaining national attention lately — most recently through a deal that features Anderson’s lyrics on more than 15 TV networks including MTV, E! TV and Netflix. 

The band is described as indie rock and features Anderson’s honest emotions on what it means to be a “millennial dreamer.” 

He’s been working hard since college at UW-Eau Claire, where I was fortunate to see him as an early solo artist and with his former band, Granite Rose, and it’s incredible to see his dedication paying off. 

The band will be joined by Twin Cities-based rock band The Shackletons, another up-and-coming group influenced by the “Minnesota Sound.” The group combines indie rock and blues. 

5. Gaelynn Lea (8 p.m. Friday at The Oxbow Hotel, 516 Galloway St. $10 in advance, $12 day of show. theoxbowhotel.com): She’s the winner of NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest and has put in more than two decades of time and energy into becoming a talented violinist and songwriter.

Lea, who has been touring since Sept. 2016 with her husband, will stop in Eau Claire the same day her new album, “Learning How to Stay” drops. 

If that’s not enough talent, add in the fact Lea has Brittle Bones Disease and performs in a wheelchair, meaning she also learned to play the violin upright. 

This should be an incredible show that will remind you what can happen when you are diligent in pursuing your dreams.

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