Issue #328 March 8, 2017

Rev Up the Revival

night of dancing immortalizes legendary local ballroom

Katy Macek

If the simple mention of Fournier’s Ballroom gets you wanting to dig out your dancing shoes, the Chippewa Valley Museum is giving you a great reason to do so. Long-time Chippewa Valley residents ...

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Issue #328 March 8, 2017

100 Days, 100 Songs

Aero Flynn, S. Carey contribute brand new songs to protest mega-album

Hannah Mumm

Eau-Claire-born, Minneapolis-based band Aero Flynn has been silent since releasing its debut self-titled album in 2015 – that is, until now. In the wake of last November’s election, they’ve teamed up with 99 other cool artists ...

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Issue #328 March 8, 2017

Living Her Best Life

singer/songwriter’s debut EP inspired by local DIY spirit

Darrion Behrendt, photos by Andrea Paulseth

They say it takes a village to raise a child, but if we’re being honest it also seems as if the same would go for creating an EP. Caitlin McGarvey has been learning that and other lessons over the past yea ras she built her very first EP from the ground up ...

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Issue #327 February 22, 2017

Under the Covers

Decadent Cabaret bringing a wild weekend of music

Natalie Rosenkranz, photos by Lee Butterworth

A tradition of fishnets and memorable musical performances is approaching its 38th year! Decadent Cabaret – which features local bands dressing up and performing tribute sets – is the longest-running music festival in Eau Claire ...

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Issue #326 February 8, 2017

Vienna on the Chippewa

get your tickets now for UWEC’s annual V-Ball

Pan Thao, photos by Luong Huynh

It may still be two months away, but it’s not too early to start thinking about UW-Eau Claire’s annual Viennese Ball. Tickets are already on sale for the elegant soiree, and they promise to be as hot as ever ...

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Issue #326 February 8, 2017

It Might Get a Bit Nasty

EC grad’s new brass band impresses the homestead

Barbara Arnold

Louie Armstrong meets Prince. That’s how Eau Claire native and saxophonist Elliott Wachs, one of the founders of the McNasty Brass Band of St. Paul, describes the group’s sound: a fusion of New Orleans-style jazziness with the funky new-wave swagger of the late Prince ...

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Issue #326 February 8, 2017

Deserting the Big City

Ian Alexy’s new EP takes on a Valley perspective

Eric Christenson

Before he transplanted himself to the Valley, songwriter Ian Alexy was gallivanting all over the Minnesota music scene in the past decade with his rootsy folk duo, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank, alongside his brother Teague ...

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Issue #325 January 25, 2017

Musical Ox-Cellence

the third annual Blue Ox Music Festival brings together rootsy greatness

Eric Christenson

The lineup for the third annual Blue Ox Music Festival was released last week, and it definitely keeps up its trailblazing trend of curating one of the finest roots and bluegrass festivals ...

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Issue #324 January 11, 2017

Life's a Cabaret

UWEC’s theatrical extravaganza thinks outside the box

James Johonnott, photos by Anna Mateffy

UW-Eau Claire’s annual celebration of song and dance is returning for its 39th year. “Cabaret: Unboxed” will feature UW-Eau Claire’s Concert Choir, The Singing Statesmen, Women’s Concert Chorale ...

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Issue #324 January 11, 2017

Classics and Kids

orchestra’s family show features reading, ‘petting zoo’

Barbara Arnold

A live narration of Meet the Orchestra, a children’s book by Ann Hayes, will take center stage at the Eau Claire Chamber Orchestra’s annual and free Family Concert at 2pm Saturday, Jan. 28 ...

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Issue #324 January 11, 2017

On Her Own

Jerrika Mighelle of sister trio QuinnElizabeth forges ahead with solo album

Katy Macek, photos by Andrea Paulseth

After years of being involved in a trio with her sisters, Jerrika Mighelle wanted to take a step in a new direction. The Eau Claire group known as QuinnElizabeth began to fade as her sisters, Jerissa and Elizabeth, followed different career paths ...

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