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Fabulous Fall-Colors Farm Tour 2019

Mon. Sep. 30th, 2019

For Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week 2019, Volume One organized the "Fabulous Fall-Colors Farm Tour" on Saturday, September 28. Attendees visited four area farms for exclusive tours from the owners, including ...

Fri. Sep. 20th, 2019

Long Beds on the Long Road

Ken Szymanski, photos by Lee Butterworth

for Perry, writing lyrics brings him close to his first literary love: poetry

Thu. Jul. 25th, 2019

Without Eaux Claires, OXBEAUX III Goes Big in Downtown Eau Claire

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Lee Butterworth

If you’re looking for a “unique outdoor music experience in the heart of the city,” look no further than the Oxbeaux III at the Oxbow Hotel on Aug. 9-10. There will be beer, cocktails, soda, lots of food, and ...

Wed. Jun. 12th, 2019

PHOTO FEATURE: 24 hours. Six photographers. One day of life in the Chippewa Valley.

photos by Andrea Paulseth, Branden Nall, Luong Huynh, Taylor Smith, Timothy Mather, Lee Butterworth

On Friday, May 31, we sent a team of photographers out into the many nooks and crannies of the Chippewa Valley to document one full day – from midnight to midnight – with help from our friends at CoLab. Through snapshots of local life, we hope this feature communicates the people and places of this area ...

Wed. Feb. 20th, 2019

Four Decadent Decades: Decadent Cabaret turns 40

Measha Vieth, photos by Lee Butterworth

It’s time to dig out your fishnets, because Decadent Cabaret is taking the stage for its 40th year! This is a festival unlike any other in the Chippewa Valley, as it brings together people of various ages ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jan. 23rd, 2019

Rock Fest Releases 2019 Lineup

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

Jefferson Starship lyrics might be the least rock n roll way to describe Rock Fest, but “we built this city on rock n roll” is – all things considered – a pretty fair sum-up of what goes down on Cadott’s ...

Wed. Jan. 9th, 2019

Opening Shot | Jan. 9, 2019

photos by Lee Butterworth

Downtown Eau Claire rang in 2019 with its annual New Year’s Eve celebration, complete activities for all ages all evening long, including the “Dragons of the North” lantern parade, live music at multiple venues, a party at The Lismore Hotel (above), and a midnight fireworks display ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jan. 9th, 2019

Decadent Cabaret Unleashes 40th Anniversary Show Lineup

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

It’s truly a landmark year for Decadent Cabaret, one of Eau Claire’s longest running musical institutions. The locally grown music festival – which often finds a multitude of local bands doing elaborate tribute ...

Light Up Eau Claire 2018

Wed. Jan. 2nd, 2019

Downtown Eau Claire rang in 2019 with its annual New Year's Eve celebration, complete with activities for all ages all evening long, including the "Dragons of the North" lantern parade, live music at multiple venues, a party at The Lismore Hotel, and a midnight fireworks ...

Wed. Oct. 31st, 2018

Gentle Men: After an 8-year gap, the Gentle Guest drops new LP

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

It’s been a long and dry eight years since The Gentle Guest dropped their classic LP Cast Off Your Human Form. That 2010 record by the self-described “whiskey-fueled blasphemy machine” was a pristine collection ...

Wed. Aug. 22nd, 2018

Opening Shot | Aug. 22, 2018

photos by Lee Butterworth

A CASE OF THE BASS. Area musician Jill Heinke Moen played with Shane Leonard on Friday, Aug. 17 at the Pine Hollow recording studio outside of Eau Claire. Leonard and company opened the night for Milwaukee band Buffalo Gospel.

Thu. Aug. 9th, 2018

FEATURE: The Life and Death and Life of the State Theatre

Tom Giffey, graphic designer by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Luong Huynh, Lee Butterworth, Timothy Mather, Caitlyn Berlin, Brandon Jenness, Frank H. Robinson, Kelsey Smith

Once a shuttered movie palace, the State Theatre became a beloved arts center and a key element of Eau Claire's artistic renaissance.

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Jul. 5th, 2018

PHOTOS: Eaux Claires Fans at Peak Eaux Claires

Mike Paulus, photos by Luong Huynh, Lee Butterworth

We've taken many a photograph at past Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festivals, as all kinds of fantastic people converge upon the Chippewa Valley from around the world. Enjoy a handful of music fans who seem extra-at-home at Eaux Claires ...

Thu. Jun. 14th, 2018

Music Quick Hits | June 2018

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

Upon the release of his forthcoming record People Are My Drug (which is streaming now), Phil Cook will make his way home to the Chippewa Valley to perform on Oct. 20 in the Jamf Theater ...

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Apr. 19th, 2018

Eaux Claires 2018, Artist-Led Festivals, and the No-Lineup Lineup

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

At this point, it’s been well established that the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival is doing stuff differently for their fourth annual installment on July 6 and 7. Most significantly, curators Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner are intentionally not releasing a lineup of music acts. At least not in the traditional sense ...

Wed. Apr. 4th, 2018

The Finest on the Vine

Emilee Wentland, photos by Lee Butterworth

the top three local wineries from our 2018 Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll

Fri. Mar. 9th, 2018

Opening Shot | March 7, 2018

photos by Lee Butterworth

AIR TIME. The Torch Sisters had room to stretch out at downtown Eau Claire’s The Metro on March 2, the second night of Decadent Cabaret 39 – the city’s largest annual celebration of local musicians.

Tue. Mar. 6th, 2018

Music Quick Hits | March 2018

V1 Staff, photos by Lee Butterworth

English folk trio The Staves recently dropped a digital-only EP of six songs recorded at local studio Pine Hollow as they kick off a tour of Australia and New Zealand. The collection is simply called Pine Hollow and consists ...

Tue. Mar. 6th, 2018

Get Fit and Fundraise: Momentum partners with Delong in fundraiser effort

Samantha Kobs, photos by Lee Butterworth

The middle school years, by their very definition, are chock-full of awkwardness and uncontrollable or undesirable bodily changes. We’re talking voice cracks, parents driving us on dates, and trying to keep those tiny towels ...

Decadent Cabaret 2018 (Friday Night)

Mon. Mar. 5th, 2018

Decadent Cabaret – the city's largest annual celebration of local musicians – moved to its new home at The Metro in downtown Eau Claire this year, running Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, March 3 ...

Tue. Feb. 27th, 2018

Opening Shot | Feb. 21, 2018

photos by Lee Butterworth

BACK TO IT. To celebrate the 10th-anniversary re-release of Justin Vernon’s debut Bon Iver album – For Emma, Forever Ago – the band staged a special concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Eau Claire native and his full Bon Iver crew covered the album for fifteen thousand fans, at times reverting back to the original band’s turning group, including only Vernon and fellow Chippewa Vallians Mike Noyce and Sean Carey.

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. Feb. 16th, 2018

It's Official: Eau Claire’s New Downtown Arts Center Has a Name (UPDATED)

Tom Giffey, photos by Lee Butterworth, Market & Johnson

Chippewa Valley, say hello to Pablo. With a $5 million donation, a newly formed philanthropic foundation has secured naming rights for downtown Eau Claire’s new performing arts center: The Pablo Center at the Confluence will be the official name of the $60.5 million facility, which is scheduled to open ...

An Evening With Hiss Golden Messenger

Sat. Oct. 28th, 2017

An Evening With Hiss Golden Messenger at the Lismore Hotel on Friday, October 27 saw singer M.C. Taylor fresh off his latest studio album release, Hallelujah Anyhow. The band features artists Phil Cook and Mike Lewis, and the show pulled in special guest Justin Vernon ...

Weezer Tribute Show @The Plus

Tue. Aug. 29th, 2017

On Saturday, August 26 at The Plus, Sons of Guns played as "Weerez" for a Weezer tribute show. Weerez played the entire the Blue Album, plus favorites from Pinkerton and the Green Album, plus a little Maladroit and a dash of B-Sides ...

Rock Fest 2017

Mon. Jul. 17th, 2017

Rock Fest 2017 took place Thursday, July 13 through Saturday, July 15 in Cadott, WI. This massive rock n' roll fest featured such artists as Slayer, Avenged Sevenfold, Megadeth, and Rob Zombie, with many other performances throughout the weekend.

Eaux Claires 2017: The Grounds

Wed. Jun. 21st, 2017

Crafted by creative director Michael Brown, the 2017 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (June 16 & 17) set out to be a unique experience for fest goers. It mixed a diverse lineup of music with ambitious art installations, striking stages, and a beautiful natural setting next to the Chippewa River.

Eaux Claires 2017: The Music

Wed. Jun. 21st, 2017

With multiple stages and a diverse lineup of performers hand-picked by festival curators Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National), the 2017 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (June 16 & 17) provided two days of fantastic live music ...

Eaux Claires 2017: The People

Wed. Jun. 21st, 2017

Tens of thousands people showed up for the 2017 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (June 16 & 17). Attracted by the diverse lineup; headliner shows from Chance the Rapper, Wilco, Paul Simon, and the all-star John Prine tribute; and the promise of ...

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jun. 19th, 2017

Eaux Claires 2017: In the Woods and in the Rain

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

Rain happened off and on throughout Troix, the third installment of the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, but the tricky weather was never enough suppress the creative energy, artistic drive, and good vibes that permeate this particular fest every year.

Thu. Jun. 1st, 2017

Artistic Evolution

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

Eaux Claires Troix’s art program is focused on interaction

The Daily Shakedown

Fri. May. 19th, 2017

Eaux Claires Goes Huge on 2017 Art Installations

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

The Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival is just about four weeks away, and they just announced their mind-bending slate of visual arts, performance pieces, sound installations, artistic collaborations, and literature events ...

Wed. May. 17th, 2017

Rock No More

Eric Christenson, photos by Kelsey Smith, Lee Butterworth

The House of Rock will shut its doors in July

Tue. Apr. 18th, 2017

Your Favorite Local Winemakers

Hillary Bell, photos by Lee Butterworth

the top three local wineries from the most recent Best of the Chippewa Valley Readers Poll

The Daily Shakedown

Thu. Mar. 9th, 2017

Eaux Claires Announces 2017 Day-to-Day Lineup

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

Just over three months away, the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival announced their day-to-day lineup today for year three on June 16 and 17 with headliners Chance The Rapper, Paul Simon with yMusic, Wilco, Feist, and John Prine ...

Thu. Feb. 23rd, 2017

Under the Covers

Natalie Rosenkranz, photos by Lee Butterworth

Decadent Cabaret bringing a wild weekend of music