Monday, Feb. 8th, 2016

Eaux Claires Teases 2016 Lineup With Mixtape Featuring Bon Iver B-Side

Those trusting enough to purchase early bird presale tickets to the 2016 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival were sent a custom-printed analog gift in the mail starting last weekend. It’s an honest to goodness two-hour cassette mixtape containing b-sides and rarities from artists on the yet-to-be-fully-released lineup of music acts and artists (the entire lineup comes out on Thursday).

Aside from an exclusive Bon Iver b-side called “Haven, Mass,” there’re tracks by Bruce Hornsby, Fall Creek Boys Choir (a collaboration between Vernon and UK producer James Blake), My Brightest Diamond, Jon Hopkins, Shabazz Palaces, Nathanial Rateliff, members of The Arcade Fire, Eau Claire’s own beatmaker Sloslylove, and more.

With the slate curated by Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner (The National), the festival is set to finally show you who’s playing on August 12 and 13 in Eau Claire.

Lots to digest here, but the main takeaways from these two-hour tapes should be 1.) Clearly, the spirit of collaboration will be ever-present at this year’s fest again, and 2.) You never know who the curators are gonna pull in, and that’s wonderful. Here’s the full tracklist:


1. “Introduction”
2. Bryce Dessner with So Percussion, Sean Carey, and Justin Vernon – “Music For Wood & String (Translucent Remake)”
3. Catsax – “Chrome Walk”
4. “Pay to Play”
5. Shabazz Palaces – “Substance Provider”
6. “How to Enjoy Music”
7. Noxroy (Andrew Fitzpatrick) – “Untitled”
8. Tenement – “Vultures Demo”
9. “Phone Games”
10. Bruce Hornsby “Reichian Mood”
11. Sam Amidon “Big Din-Dins Field Recording”
12. Fog – “Selections for Deux”
13. “EXC Radio Transmission”
14. LNZNDRF – “Beneath The Black Sea”
15. Kill The Vultures – “Return My Body (Remix)”
16. William Tyler – “Venus in Aquarius”
17. “Strong Man”
18. Justin Vernon & Aaron Dessner – “I Find Out”
19. Taggart and Rosewood – “Numbers (Instrumental)”
20. Colin Stetson and Sara Neufeld – “Music For Film”
21. Buke and Gase with So Percussion – “Ancient Remix”
22. Jon Hopkins – “Sleeps”
23. Phil Cook – “I Won’t Crumble With You If You Fall”
24. Charlotte the Neighbor Kid – “Riverbank”


1. “Good Music”
2. Tom Wincek – “Untitled (Live at High Noon)”
3. Lisa Hannigan with Katie Fallon and Zoe Randall “Anahorish”
4. “Prepare Yourselves”
5. Har Mar Superstar Introduces – “Froggy”
6. “Health and Safety Announcement”
7. Tickle Torture – “Warmer Weather”
8. Jack Raymond/Tenement – “Frightening Place for Normal People and Farmers”
9. Senyawa – “Kata”
10. “Robert Louis Stevenson”
11. Richard Reed Perry – “Heaven For Meg”
12. Fall Creek Boys Choir – “Untitled 2”
13. sloslylove – “So Sleepy”
14. “Rowdy Rod”
15. Natanial Rateliff – “On This Train”
16. “Bass Sound”
17. Bon Iver – “Haven, Mass. (b-side)”
18. Jon Mueller – “Untitled”
19. “Don’t Play So Loud”
20. My Brightest Diamond – “Bronze Head”
21. “Where Are All The Bass Guitars?”
22. Aaron Dessner & Justin Vernon – “Big Red Machine (original)”
23. “Goodbye”

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Friday, Feb. 5th, 2016

Rock Fest Reveals 2016 Lineup

Rock Fest over in Cadott just released its big lineup for 2016, which includes Slipknot, The Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry), Alice in Chains, and Five Finger Death Punch. Check out the full PR:


Slipknot, Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry) and Alice in Chains Headlining Rock Fest 2016

CADOTT, Wis. (February 5, 2016) - Rock Fest is back for its 23nd year with a killer lineup including the biggest names in rock. SLIPKNOT, HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRES and ALICE IN CHAINS are slated to headline the massive rock festival in Cadott, Wis. July 14-16. This year’s bill has exploded, including 65+ bands featuring Five Finger Death Punch, Breaking Benjamin, Marilyn Manson, Rise Against & many more top rock bands.

Slipknot will be making their debut appearance at Rock Fest in July 2016 and if their past live performances are any indication, fans are in for an eye-popping, chaotic and energy-packed show. Hailing from Des Moines, Iowa, the eight-person crew is known for their farm coverall uniforms and horror movie-style masks that bring your worst nightmares to life. Putting music behind rage, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison once told a reporter, “All of us were so used to having the middle finger thrown at us, that when we finally threw it back, we did so with ten times the venom.” Expect pure metal punishment when the band takes the stage in Cadott.

The Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry) kick off the summer with their first U.S. festival headline show and also on the bill, their friend Marilyn Manson, among others. The Vampires make their worldwide television debut when they perform their new single “Bad As I Am” from their new deluxe album on the 58th Annual GRAMMY Awards®, Feb 15 on CBS. A super-group comprised of rock royalty and a Hollywood superstar, the Vampires will hit the stage offering fans a special surprise that will be a highlight of the show.

The word “super-group” gets thrown around a lot these days, but truly, it doesn’t get much super-er than Hollywood Vampires’ lineup….” – YAHOO Music

In 1969 on the Sunset Strip at a club called the Rainbow Bar & Grill, the Hollywood Vampires were born in the upstairs bar. It was a gathering place for the rock stars living in or passing through L.A. “To join the club, one simply had to out drink all of the members,” says Alice Cooper, a founding member of the original Vampires. Alice and good friend Johnny Depp got together and decided the spirit of the Hollywood Vampires should live again (minus the drinking). Alice and Johnny were joined by Joe Perry, who is an old friend of both of them, and the recording began: a tribute to the original Hollywood Vampires. An environment was born for great artists to hang, laugh and play together.

Alice in Chains is one of the most successful and influential American rock bands of all time and are currently gearing up for the release of a much-anticipated new album. Back in September of 2009, Alice in Chains shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Chart with “Check My Brain.” The track became the 12th Top 10 hit for the iconic rock band. While it’s always gratifying to top the charts, this achievement was particularly special because it was the band’s first new single and album in more than 10 years. Talk about staying power. Over the course of their remarkable career, the band has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and amassed a diehard, international fanbase.

Back by popular demand, Five Finger Death Punch. Undoubtedly one of the most relevant and successful active rock bands globally, Five Finger Death Punch dominated 2013 with the releases The Wrong Side of Heaven and the Righteous Side of Hell – Volume 1 and Volume 2. Both volumes debuted on the U.S. Billboard album chart at #2 and in the top ten mainstream charts all across the world. Then in 2015, Five Finger Death Punch released their highly anticipated sixth full-length album, Got Your Six. In January, the single, “Wash It All Away,” earned the band their fourth No. 1 Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart.

The three-day festival also includes hardcore fan favorites like Rise Against, Bullet For My Valentine, Skillet, Nothing More, Queensryche, Scott Stapp, All That Remains, In This Moment, Sick Puppies, Like A Storm and I Prevail. New this year, Showdown Fest presents sideshows, freak shows and tattooing featuring Inkmaster Artists Big Ceeze, Brian Stephens, Clint Climmings, Erik Campbell, Halo, James Vaughn, Jim Francis and Sara Miller.

Rock Fest 2016 will be treating three-day ticket holders to an exclusive Rock Fest opener Wednesday, July 13. The ‘Bonus Bash’ will include some of the biggest names coming to the festival. Fans will not want to miss this. Gates will open to remaining fans on Thursday, July 14. Fans are able to camp on-site in one of the 7,000 campsites surrounding the concert grounds. Daily shuttles provide transport to and from nearby hotels. Rock Fest offers VIP and reserved tickets and camping for the festival, currently on sale at

Fans will have the opportunity to get Morrie’s Pit Passes for each show, getting them as close as they can to their favorite bands. Rock Fest also specializes in offering a wide variety of liquor, beer and food choices to fuel up before and during the show.

Rock Fest is an RFID festival, offering attendees the convenience to experience the weekend by going cashless.

Presale tickets sold out in less than two hours for the 2016 festival. General on sale tickets, camping & Morrie’s Pit Passes are available beginning Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 8 am (CST) at

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Wisconsin's Most Distinctive Slang Word

Image: Lisa Larson-Walker, SLATE
Image: Lisa Larson-Walker, Slate

If you have a craving for a refreshing strawberry cabinet, you’re either psychotic, or from Rhode Island. To an outsider, a state’s slang words can cause a lot of confusion, like when you say you’re drinking a cabinet but mean a milkshake. Some Wisconsin words could sound familiar, like pop for soda, but those other state dialects can get pretty outlandish.

Luckily, Slate put together a map of their favorite slang words from every state, with definitions so you know whether you should be offended or not. It’s not a comprehensive list, nor may you agree with their chosen slang words, but it’s a fun map to interact with, and it may even help you fit in with the locals. Slate basically tried to identify each state's most distinctive phrase.

When I looked at Wisconsin, my initial reaction was “what’s a tyme machine?” I was outraged at the shame brought to my native word ‘bubbler’. But just like that, the memories came flooding back. I remembered all the times I’ve heard ATMs being referred to as Tyme Machines.

Gonna Go Back in TYME

TYME is actually an old brand of ATMs in Wisconsin, which stands for Take Your Money Everywhere. This became so commonplace that Wisconsinites would ask locals in other states where the tyme machines were, only to be dismissed with looks of bewilderment. It’s not much of a slang word since it’s in the same vein as why we call tissue paper Kleenex or adhesive bandages Band-Aids. The brand just took over the product. The TYME network merged with the Pulse network in 2002. While it wouldn’t be my first choice of a Wisconsin word, it’s definitely something I’ve never heard anywhere else.*

Because we’re in such close proximity, I’ve heard the Minnesota “UFF DA” sound and have fond memories of making fun at dat der Michigan yooper accent. Others make more sense like Texans using the word “hoss” to describe a friend or Californians saying things are “hella” awesome.

Here’s a weird one: Alaskans use the word “sourdough” to describe older Alaskans. Sourdough is food, not people, Alaska.

It makes you realize we use a lot ridiculous words to describe things, some of which look like they were thought up on the fly and happened to stick. I guess I’ll be able to impress my Florida friends next time I notice a real toad-strangler going on.

*Psssst. Tyme Machine is also a fun-lovin' Canadian cover band.

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Thursday, Feb. 4th, 2016

Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival Releases 2016 Teaser Video

The Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival popped out a new video on their social media accounts of a spectacular drones-eye-view the Chippewa Valley’s most majestic, corn-saturated landscapes. The video – titled CAMP EAUX, WI – is a teaser for the upcoming festival, whose sophomore year will bring all kinds of music and magic to these landscapes in mid-August. Watch:

AND ALSO: We know a little analog treat for presale ticket buyers is on the way soon – in the vein of the personalized letters that went out last year before the lineup was announced. Keep up next week on as we learn more about the ever-mysterious 2016 festival lineup.

Until then, here’s Michael Perry giving Bon Iver a chilling introduction at Eaux Claires 2015.

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Wednesday, Feb. 3rd, 2016

TEDxUW-Stout 2015: Watch the Videos

Nels Paulson at TEDxUW-Stout on October 23, 2015.
Nels Paulson at TEDxUW-Stout on October 23, 2015.

As you may remember, back in October UW-Stout hosted a TEDx event featuring seven speakers. You may also remember that tickets weren't easy to get because there were only so many seats available. If you missed out on seeing the TEDx talks live you're in luck! All of the talks have been recorded and are available for you here (see below). 

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Mega-Gordy’s Deal Ahead of Schedule, Say Goodbye to Mega East

If you want to push a shopping cart around at Mega! East for old time’s sake, you’ve only a got a few more days to do so. As part of the big gas-and-groceries switcheroo agreement between Mega! Co-op and Gordy’s Markets that was announced in early January, Mega! East will close its doors permanently at 10pm on Friday, Feb. 5. That date, revealed in a press release Tuesday, is a bit ahead of the original end-of-February target for closing the store at 1201 S. Hastings Way. Mega! Co-op will continue to operate Mega! West as well as grocery stories in Barron and Whitehall through Feb. 20. Those stores will then close and re-open as Gordy’s Markets on or before Feb. 26, the press release stated.

Meanwhile, beginning on March 1, the 14 Gordy’s Express convenience stores will begin their conversion into Mega! Holiday stories, a process that is expected to take about three weeks. According to Mega’s Mike Buck and David Schafer of Gordy’s, “both companies have made significant progress in preparation for this transition.” When the dust settles, Mega will own and operate 33 convenience stories while Gordy’s will own and operate 24 grocery stores.

And if you’re concerned about the future of your gift cards and gas points, here’s the scoop, according to the press release:

Mega! Co-op gift or Scrip cards can be used at Mega! grocery stores and Mega! Holiday convenience stores through February 20th and thereafter can still be used at any Mega! Holiday location. Additionally, Mega! Co-op members will continue to receive exclusive Member benefits like Gas Rewards, cash discounts, and discounted movie tickets offered at the Mega! Holiday convenience store locations.

For the next three weeks customers will continue to earn Pump Perks at any Gordy’s Market redeemable at any Gordy’s Express, and Mega! Co-op customers can earn Gas Rewards at the Mega! grocery stores and redeem them at the Mega! Holidays. After February 26, 2016, Gordy’s Markets and Mega! Co-op customers registered for either the Pump Perks or the Gas Rewards program will be able to earn fuel discounts at any Gordy’s Market and redeem them at all Mega! Holiday locations.

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Monday, Feb. 1st, 2016

Draganetti’s Owners Announce Plans for Homemade Pizza Parlor

Though delicious to the eyes, this is not a picture of pizza from the yet-to-be-built&nbsp;<br>
Though delicious to the eyes, this is not a picture of pizza from the yet-to-be-built eatery, Za51.

Altoona’s River Prairie Development will soon boast a brand new restaurant with some very old roots. The Draganowski family announced over the weekend that they will be opening a new homemade pizza joint – Za51 – later this year in the River Prairie development along U.S. 53 on Altoona’s west side.

The Draganowski siblings – Claudia, John, and Joanne (Palzkill) – already own Draganetti’s and Taverna Grill in the Chippewa Valley. Za51 takes its name from the slang term for pizza (well-known to Scrabble players, if not to the general public) as well as the year (1951) that the Draganowskis’ parents, Kas and Clara, opened their first restaurant. The new establishment, which will be across the street from the new Staybridge Suites, will be a trattoria-style restaurant serving pizza, sandwiches, pasta, and gelato. Molto bene!

“Our hope is that Za51 will be our way to bring all that we’ve learned over the years together thanks to the sacrifices and struggles that our parents initially made beginning in 1951,” Joanne Palzkill said. That was the year Kas and Clara Draganowski opened the Enchanted Inn supper club in Barnes; a decade later, they opened Drag’s Restaurant and Roman Lounge in Rice Lake. (Both are still owned by family members.) In 1981, Joanne, Claudia, and John opened Draganetti’s in Altoona – the moniker was formed by combining their parents’ last names, Draganowski and Micaletti – and in 2009 opened Taverna Grill in Eau Claire.

Look for Za51 to start serving up hot pizza pies later in 2016.

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Banbury Art Crawl + The Local Store

This weekend will be an exciting one for downtown Eau Claire and The Local Store! On Friday and Saturday, enjoy one of the city's most anticipated annual events – the Banbury Art Crawl (Friday, Feb. 5 from 4–9pm, and Saturday, Feb. 6 from 9am–5pm). To celebrate, The Local Store has some special deals for you ...

➜ FREE shuttles from The Local Store to Banbury Place

• 4pm-9pm on Friday
• 9am-5pm on Saturday


• Receive 15% OFF any purchase of $25 or more
• Special Hours: 9am-9pm


• Buy-One-Get-One 50% OFF all Volume One art
• Fri: 9am-9pm / Sat: 9am-5pm

SATURDAY (9am - 1pm)

Coffee & Candy Tasting: High Bridge Coffee & Dewey St. Candy Co. • Join us at The Local Store for a unique opportunity to taste the subtle differences between coffees based upon where they're grown, roast profile, and more. High Bridge Coffee will be sampling a selection of its Fair Trade and organic coffees, and they'll be on hand to answer your coffee questions. Also! Sample confections from the Dewey St. Candy Company.

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Friday, Jan. 29th, 2016

Important: Haymarket Plaza Public Input Opportunity on Feb. 2

Early concept/rendering: The "Haymarket Plaza" is the planned public space between the Haymarket Landing building (left, now under construction) and the Confluence Arts Center.

An important public input opportunity for the Haymarket Plaza will happen on Tuesday, February 2 from 5–7pm in the North Conference Room of City Hall (203 South Farwell Street). From the City of Eau Claire: 

A Placemaking Exercise for Haymarket Plaza will be held in the North Conference Room of City Hall from 5-7pm on Tuesday, February 2. This will be a continuation of the Placemaking effort undertaken in 2013, now that the design and construction of the Confluence Project buildings are progressing. The Architects of the Confluence Performing Arts Center have been retained to develop preliminary plans for Haymarket Plaza and will be hosting the Placemaking Exercise with City staff. This will be an opportunity for continued public input.

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Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 2016

El Patio/Burrito Express works up a speedy new delivery system

BURRITO ON WHEELS! Soon lovers of the Mexican fare from El Patio/Burrito Express on Water Street will have the option of getting delicious, foil-wrapped burrito goodness delivered straight to their doors.
BURRITO ON WHEELS! Soon lovers of the Mexican fare from El Patio/Burrito Express on Water Street will have the option of getting foil-wrapped burrito goodness delivered straight to their doors.

While people rarely see eye-to-eye on anything, one thing I think all of us can agree on is the beauty of a perfectly packed burrito. Few things in this life are greater than the first bite of cheesy, beefy goodness, all wrapped up in a warm tortilla.

For my fellow burrito lovers living around Water Street, El Patio’s Burrito Express has been a blessing. El Patio provides the community with an authentic and delicious burrito right down the street at a great price. Whether you prefer, a chicken, steak, or “naked” burrito they’ve got options for everyone. Within minutes of stepping inside El Patio, your burrito is in your hands, piping hot and ready to be devoured.

But El Patio isn’t done impressing us yet. Burrito Express is exploring the idea of starting to deliver to all you burrito-loving fools in the comforts of your homes.

For the past few months, Alex Castro and his team at El Patio have been working on a new delivery system that will bring fresh, toasty burritos straight to your doorstep. “I’m a person who likes to try new things, and I’m going to try and see where this new adventure takes us,” says Castro, the owner.

El Patio/Burrito Express on Water Street.

They intend their new system to be faster than freaky, delivering a fresh, warm burrito to customers within 15 minutes. Initially, deliveries will only be made to customers within a 2.5-mile radius of El Patio, as Castro is working hard to make sure the system is running smoothly and effectively for customers before expanding.

“I want to do this right,” he said,  “so a lot of planning goes into making sure we have a successful system.”

Deliveries will be as quick and easy for customers as possible. An online platform and an app are both in the works, while Apple Pay will allow customers to order with just the touch of a finger. Customer satisfaction and ease of use are Castro’s main goals.

“We studied the market to see what people wanted,” Castro said. “I think a lot about the students at the university; they were asking for delivery, and the concept was really created by them.”

To all the college students and community members begging for home-delivered burritos: Your wish is El Patio’s command; so get your orders ready. Best of luck to El Patio’s Burrito Express: We are all excited to have you knocking at our doors sometime soon.

El Patio/Burrito Express • 408 Water St., Eau Claire • (715) 855-8590 • Facebook

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