Hey, just a quick reminder that you’ve got about 10 days left to vote in our Valley-wide Best of the Chippewa Valley reader poll. This is your chance to tell everyone else around here what you like.
Thus far, the “best cover band” question has received the most action, with close to 5,000 votes registered. Meanwhile, categories like best or worst "use of taxpayer dollars” have yet to break 300 votes. What can we learn from such information? Well first off, most of the people voting seem to care more about a killer rendition of Sweet Caroline (unlike this) than they do about where their hard-earned money is going. But hey, that’s rock-n-roll, baby.
Remember! You get to add your own responses that can, in turn, be voted on by everyone else. So have fun, and shoot us an email if you have any questions.
Hey, farmers and people who live on flood plains! If all the recent water that fell from the sky has got you down in the dumps, turn that frown upside down and do something useful – perhaps even pleasurable – with the giant pond that’s formed over you yard/house/income-providing alfalfa field. Why not go waterskiing?
More than six inches of rain fell in Durand last week, and while it’s destroyed some crops, it allowed a few guys named Dave and Bob to have tons of watery fun. WEAU.com has the story – with video. Basically, Dave straps on some water skis and grabs a rope tied to Bob’s jeep. Then Bob lets ’er rip and charges the jeep though an alfalfa field alongside some pesky flood water, pulling Dave upon the water.
In other words, it’s a real life Mountain Dew commercial.
In case you missed it, our good buddies over at Brickhouse Music done got robbed last month. Some guy broke into the locally owned downtown Eau Claire music shop and dashed off with $18,000 in guitars, cymbals, and electronic drum equipment. We even heard the thief made off with a boxful of whammy bars, but that’s yet to be confirmed.
Over the years, Brickhouse has filled an important role in the local music scene, so the theft was extra depressing. Well, thankfully, a bunch of the stolen goods have been returned and we now know that the thieving ass in question is named “Chad.” And it’s all thanks to eBay, where Chad sold the stolen goods. From WQOW.com …
Thank you, internet! Unfortunately, many of the bigger items are still missing. Thompson told WQOW that Brickhouse will be moving to a bigger location on Graham Avenue and the robbery has sped things up.
If you’ve had an unrequited hankering for female singer-songwriter shows, these past few months have been heaven on earth (are you thinking of Belinda Carlisle right now?). April 25’s Women Rise Up at Raw Deal, May 22’s Songstress Showcase at the Acoustic, and last Thursday’s Anna Lily Fair at Mabel Tainter were each all-female events.
If you haven’t had a chance to support your sisters (or satisfy the need to admire a particular crush) during this odd surge, there’s yet another one on the way. The Anna Lily Fair returns to the State Theater just before summer’s out, on August 22. Eau Claire’s very own QuinnElizabeth and Chippewa Falls’ Feathe will play this last one, with Sarah Jade, Kaptivating Kate, and Anna Johnson, so fans take note!
Randy House has released the second song video from the 30th annual Decadent Cabaret, this time featuring Laarks doing U2's With or Without You. (Check out the first one, with Daredevil Christopher Wright channeling The Beatles.)