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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Issue #323 December 28, 2016

Dynamite Duet

local jazz great returns for homecoming dinner concert

Katie Larson

Eau Claire native and multiple Grammy-nominated pianist Geoffrey Keezer is pairing up with jazz vocalist Gillian Margot on Wednesday, Jan. 11 for a night of entertainment and renowned cuisine at The Lakely. Keezer, hailed by musicians and ...

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Issue #322 December 14, 2016

Pine Hollow Hands-On

UW-Stout audio club gets firsthand, in-studio chops

Laura Lash, Eric Christenson

It’s always been a goal of Pine Hollow Studio’s owner Evan Middlesworth to foster more recording engineers in the Chippewa Valley. That means hiring young producers to work ..

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Issue #322 December 14, 2016

All That Jazz

public TV documentary highlights EC Jazz Festival

Tom Giffey, photos by Mike O'Brien

I have an embarrassing confession to make: Despite having lived in the Chippewa Valley for more than 16 years, I’ve never attend the Eau Claire Jazz Festival. I don’t have a good excuse ...

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Issue #322 December 14, 2016

Good to Be Bad

renowned jazz trio with local ties slated for Mabel Tainter

by Tyler Henderson

Ethan Iverson is coming home to Menomonie, and he’s bringing friends when The Bad Plus takes the stage Dec. 20 at the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts. The contemporary jazz trio includes ...

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Issue #322 December 14, 2016

We Three Friends

Yata, Sinz, and Orfield album offers acoustic gems

Tom Giffey

The debut album from Yata, Sinz, and Orfield is a folky, intimate affair, so perhaps it’s appropriate that the trio of veteran musicians squeezed into a cozy booth at Acoustic Café to discuss the new record ...

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