6 Can’t-Miss One-Off Shows
HER CROOKED HEART
June 1 • 7pm • Pin Hollow Audio, County Z and Rock Falls Road, Eau Claire • Tickets: $15 (brownpapertickets.com) • All Ages • Currently touring in support of their forthcoming album, To Love To Leave To Live, Her Crooked Heart is the brainchild of Rachel Ries, who’s gotten some great press by PopMatters, Substream Magazine, and Minnesota Public Radio. For the tour, Her Crooked Heart takes the shape of a quartet with Ries alongside Siri Undlin (Humbird), Hilary James (Bathtub Cig, Fiji-13, We Are The Willows), and Eau Claire native Adelyn Strei (Adro, Bathtub Cig). The set will feature instruments that range from vintage synths and classical guitars to cello and woodwind, in addition to stunning four-part harmonies.
FRANCIS AND THE LIGHTS
June 15 • 7pm • Pablo Center at the Confluence, 120 Graham Ave., Eau Claire • Tickets: $10 • pablocenter.org • It’s pretty well-known at this point that the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival won’t be happening in 2019, but shortly after that announcement came to light, one of the fest’s perennial players Francis And The Lights announced he’d be performing a $10 show in Eau Claire either way. That’ll take place June 15 in the RCU Theatre at the Pablo, which one could probably assume would also feature some interesting collabs and guest artists.
June 21 • 8:30pm • The Plus, 208 S. Barstow St., Eau Claire • Tickets: $10 adv / $15 door • (blugoldradio.bigcartel.com) • Emily Blue’s pop catalog is a phone call to another universe. Vibrant, neurotic, genre-bending- a fiery pop-songstress from another realm. The Chicago-based artist and crew will bring their high-energy show to Eau Claire hot off the release of the extended version of the buzzy 2018 EP, *69.
June 29 • 8pm • The Metro, Eau Claire • Tickets: $15 adv / $20 door (blugoldradio.bigcartel.com) • Minneapolis band Night Moves – who NPR Music described as making “hook-laden psychedelic rock, lush instrumentation and richly textured production” – is releasing a brand new album June 28 called Can You Really Find Me, and celebrating with an Eau Claire show the very next day. It’s a touch of country, a touch of psychedelic, a touch of indie rock, and when it all comes together, it’s epic as all as get out.
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS
July 13 • 8pm • Northern Wisconsin State Fair, 225 Edwards St., Chippewa Falls • $20-125 • nwsf.com • You all know Joan Jett right? She’s an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard- rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.” Since co-founding the Runaways, the pioneering all-girl punk quintet, at age 15, Jett’s had an incredible career and continues to push forward. Don’t miss the chance to see her perform at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair this summer.
CHIPPEWA FALLS BiRTHDAY BASH
August 9 • 5pm • Riverfront Park, Chippewa Falls • FREE • All Ages • As the city of Chippewa Falls hits its sesquicentennial this summer, the whole town is planning a big celebration, which includes a great music show on the brand new amphitheater at Riverfront Park. Festivities run all day, but at 5pm Eau Claire darlings Them Coulee Boys will perform before Phil Cook takes the stage at 8pm. With fireworks at 10:15, and some killer musical acts, what better way is there to celebrate turning 150?