[UPDATED] Brace Yourself: Winter Eaux Claires is Coming?

Eric Christenson

[UDATED 10-8] Eaux Claires released the video today, more news to come ...

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It’s starting to look like we might get a slice of Eaux Claires in 2019 after all. Maybe? On Sunday, a short teaser video popped up on YouTube called “Eaux Claires Hiver” with the dates Nov. 21-24 in the description. It featured some wintry wooded visuals and, of course, a spoken word message from the festival’s official narrator Michael Perry. However, the video has since been hidden. Could it be some cryptic marketing technique? A logistical hiccup? Well, the locally grown music festival is prone to both, so here’s what we know right now.

• Bon Iver + TU Dance are bringing their stage show “Come Thru" to the Pablo Center for three of those four days anyway (Nov. 22-24), so one could assume that will be part of this whole thing.

• We’d previously received reports of a festival across multiple spaces in the Pablo Center, with various collaborative performances from Eaux Claires familiars in the style of the PEOPLE festival, which started in Berlin in 2016. For that festival, all the artists meet one week prior to rehearse and write new ideas and perform them for the first time with the audience. Whether or not each musician is a part of a band, the festival’s lineup is made up of the given names of all the musicians involved rather than their affiliations. But it remains to be seen whether or not that will be the case here. 

• Last December, when organizers announced Eaux Claires wouldn’t happen in 2019, they said: "We want to celebrate EVEN MORE about this REAL TOWN we call home by extolling and imagining things we haven't seen or experienced to date,” and teased doing something this year. “We will have a couple of public events in the coming months hosted at Pablo Center at the Confluence. These events will incorporate performance and dialogue about the direction we plan on taking the festival throughout the coming decade.  Looking forward to seeing you there.”

• Hiver is, of course, French for “winter.”

That’s about it for now. Keep your eyes and ears open for more details as they emerge.

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