A local woodworker and a guitar aficionado had a hand, literally, in the powerful music emanating from the stage during the headline performance by the band The National at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival July 7. The guitar one of the band’s members, Bryce Dessner, played during one of the festival’s highlight shows was built by Gordy Bischoff and Tim Brudnicki, who combined their talents to form Eau Claire Guitar Works. Another band member, Bryce’s brother
When locals talk about the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, most of them speak with passion and fierce pride. Eaux Claires is a bold emblem of what this city is: a collection of Midwesterners fighting together to hoist up their hometown and celebrate its rich and deep musical history. Born in 2015 under the guidance of Eau Claire native and Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner of the National, Eaux Claires has done plenty to elicit pride. In its first year the festival
It seems an odd strategy to place two headlining acts of a music festival on a small stage, especially when an expansive stage sits just across the grounds. That was the case for both Big Red Machine — a side project for Aaron Dessner of the National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver — and the National on Friday and Saturday nights, respectively, at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival in the town of Union west of Eau Claire. Both groups performed on the festival’s
Friday was a night of firsts for the fourth installment of Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival. And like all firsts, there are some things to be proud of, and some ways to improve. As the sun set over night one of the festival, streaks of light shot into the air around the Flambeaux stage, which took a circular form this year as a stage in-the-round, something the festival has not tried before. It was ... smaller than I expected it to be, but being able to walk 360 degrees
With little clue as to who would be performing at the fourth annual Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, people in line before the gates opened Friday didn’t seem to care. Volunteer Alex Orton said the first wave of people waited in line for more than an hour, and he believes the nonannounced lineup elevated the energy level. “You could feel the excitement building in people,” Orton said. “There’s lots of passion here.” Soon after the gates opened, the
Editor’s note: Cues From Katy is a list of events entertainment reporter Katy Macek thinks are worth checking out this weekend. 1. Eaux Claires Festival IV (Gates open at 1 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 3443 Crescent Ave. $199 two-day pass, $109 single-day. eauxclaires.com): Without releasing a lineup, this event has been shrouded in mystery since a mural announcing the dates to the festival appeared in November in downtown Eau Claire. The only way to really know what’s going
Local band places at Summerfest competition Through the Kitchen Hole, a six-member band made up of 2018 Eau Claire Memorial High School graduates, was the runner-up of the 2018 Rockonsin garage band competition that took place Friday and Saturday at the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee. The band consists of: Zach Menter, Toby Moszer, Anne Kaldjian, Abby Berthiaume, Katherine Seeger and Adam Gray. With their winnings, the band earned an additional 45-minute showcase at 4 p.m. Sunday on the U.S.
If you’re talking about the 2018 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival at all this year, you’re talking about its lineup — or, rather, the lack of one. Festival organizers for the event spearheaded by Eau Claire native and Grammy Award-winning artist Justin Vernon have said they won’t release a full lineup until the day of the festival — and it’s got the event’s entire fan base talking. Vernon said Wednesday in an emailed statement he chose not to