Jazz-tastic Downtown Celebration

a full schedule of events for Eau Claire Jazz Festival 2017

V1 Staff

The Eau Claire Jazz Festival’s 52 Street series of events slated for April 21 brings non-stop live jazz to downtown Eau Claire, spilling right out onto S. Barstow Street.
The Eau Claire Jazz Festival’s 52 Street series of events slated for April 21 brings non-stop live jazz to downtown Eau Claire, spilling right out onto S. Barstow Street.

The Eau Claire Jazz Festival – running April 21 and 22 – is a staple in our community’s robust music scene, bringing world-renowned jazz musicians, talented students, and fans from all over the region to Eau Claire for a few unforgettable nights of jazz excellence. Some of the best talent in the world stops by to make music, and this year’s slate of headliners looks to continue that trend. You might recognize headliner Doc Severinsen from leading the NBC Orchestra on Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show from the late 1960s through the early 1990s. Severinsen is known for his flashy performances and comedic wit, and he’s won Grammys and put out more than 30 albums in his career. The second main headliner is Carl Allen, a Milwaukee-born drummer who has performed alongside legends like Joe Henderson and J.J. Johnson. Allen is a former instructor at the Juilliard School and served as its Artistic Director of Jazz Studies from 2008-13. Both headliner performances are at the State Theatre, and feature sets by UW-Eau Claire’s Jazz Ensemble I. Don’t miss out on guest artist clinics and master classes where you can learn from the greats. Then grab a wristband and hit the town for 52nd Street, where downtown Eau Claire’s music venues transform into hot jazz clubs as musical ensembles rip through hours of tunes all over the city center for a unique festival experience.

For more information, visit eauclairejazz.com.

Eau Claire Jazz Festival 2017:
Who, When, and Where


The State Theatre, 316 Eau Claire St., Eau Claire • $10-20

Doc Severinsen Friday, April 21, 7:30pm
Entertaining audiences with flashy performances, Doc Severinsen is best known for leading the NBC Orchestra on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Intending to retire in 2006, Doc moved to Mexico where he ended up meeting guitarist Gil Gutierrez, who he now travels with in a quintet called the San Miguel Five. He’ll perform with UWEC Jazz Enesmble I and the College Honor Band and Combo.

Carl Allen Saturday, April 22, 7pm
Milwaukee-born Carl Allen is an accomplished performer, sideman, educator, businessman, and artistic director, and is dedicated to the future of jazz. Allen has released several CD’s as a group leader including, Piccadilly Square, The Dark Side of Dewey, The Pursuer, Testimonial, and Get Ready. He’ll perform with the UWEC Jazz Ensemble I and the top High School Honor Bands from the day’s competition.


Friday: Gantner Concert Hall, Haas Fine Arts Center
Saturday: Schofield Auditorium

Both days: Doc Severinsen: 2:30-3:15pm, Carl Allen: 3:15-4pm

The festival is a conduit to continued learning about jazz. Eau Claire Jazz Fest Guest Artists will teach clinics to the interested public. Doc Severinsen and Carl Allen will share their expertise and educate students, directors, and community members on different elements of music and performance.


Friday, April 21, 5pm–2am 

Before you go: Plan to get downtown before the music begins at 5pm, and try out either downtown parking ramp • Many of the venues are suitable all ages, but a handful of them are 21+ only • Purchasing a $10 wristband (available at the Air Stream and at each venue) will get you into each stop on 52nd Street.

The Lakely 516 Galloway Street

• 5-6pm: UKE
• 6-8pm: Silverback Trio
• 8-10pm: Ruckus
• 10pm-12am: Dr. Michael Shults All Stars

Eau Claire Stream Barstow Street

• 5pm: UWEC Jazz II
• 6pm: CollECtive Choir
• 7pm: UKE
• 8pm: Forward Brass
• 9pm: Robbie and the Goodvibes
• 10pm: Bottleneck Brass

Volume One Gallery 205 N. Dewey Street (Inside the Volume One World Headquarters & The Local Store)

• 5-6:30pm: Sylvan Springs Jazz Group
• 6:30-8pm Jayson Collins Grouptet
• 8-10pm: Equinox

Revival Records 418 South Barstow Street

• 5-7pm: Lowertown Hot Club
• 7-9pm: Open Jam
• 9-10: Octa As In Gin

Houligan’s 415 South Barstow Street

• 5-7pm: Nick Foytik Band
• 7-9pm: Davey J and Friends
• 9-11pm: Left Field Quartet

Clancy’s 414 S Barstow Street

• 5-7pm: Ako
• 7-9pm: Catya
• 9-11pm: Omnos Quintet

Downtown Micon Cinema 315 S. Barstow Street

• 5-6pm: Memorial High School
• 6-8pm: Duluth Jazz Co-Op
• 8-10pm: River City Ramblers
• 10-11:30pm: Forward Brass

Valleybrook 410 Cafe 412 S Barstow Street

• 5-6pm: As of Now Jazz Combo
• 6-8pm: Combros
• 8-10pm: Valleybrook Staff
• 10pm-12am: Todd Bartlett and Jerry Way

The Plus 208 S. Barstow Street

• 5-6pm: Davey J + Jen Hanzen
• 6-8pm: They Trytones
• 8-10pm: NUTO Dixiland Band
• 10pm-12am: Real Big Band
• 12-2am: Steve Kenny Quartet

The Venue 209 Graham Avenue (back room of The Plus)

• 5-6pm: The Little Trio
• 6-8pm: François La Mere
• 8-10pm: Contingent Quartet
• 10pm-12am: Liscio Combo
• 12-2am: Liscio

The Dive 333 Gibson Street (Inside the Lismore Hotel)

• 5:30-7:30pm: SPAT
• 7:30-9:30pm: John Raymond Group
• 9:30-11pm: Jake Arnold Group
• 11pm-1am: UWEC Jazz I Combo

The Lismore 333 Gibson Street

• 5:30-7:30pm: UWEC Jazz II
• 7:30-9pm: 7 Swing
• 9-11pm: Weapons of Brass Destruction
• 11pm-1am: Troppo

Acoustic Cafe 505 S. Barstow Street

• 7-8:30pm: CollECtive Choir
• 8:30-10pm: Bottleneck Brass
• 10:00-11:30pm: Luc Larson Trio with Strings ft. Blacck Lagoon

Stones Throw 304 Eau Claire Street

• 7-8pm: Dixieland Express
• 8-10pm: Break Down Buildings
• 10pm-12am: Alumni Big Band
• 12am-2am: Evan Middlesworth Soul Tribute Band

The Mousetrap 311 S. Barstow Street

• 8-10pm: Ako
• 10-11:30pm: Colin Heshmat Quartet

The Fire House 202 Gibson Street

• 9-10pm: Nick Foytik
• 10pm-12am: Lauren Sevian Group
• 12-2am: Clear Water Jazz

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