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Eaux Claires IV: Recapped

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After a string of A’s and A+’s, this year’s Eaux Claires managed a solid B, though that might be slightly generous. The remedy is easy though. Just tell people who’s playing, where, and when. Save some surprises, but give us more than gossip. Some wonderful music and art happened and you could have a good time if you worked at it. But the gap between those “in the know,” and those who paid for tickets, then spent their time squinting into phone screens, trying to navigate the Pokémon scavenger hunt of coded band names and shifting venues, was unfortunate. Immense gratitude is due to those who make this festival happen. But the audience also makes it happen, and some of the faithful felt a bit hoodwinked this year. Also, it might be nice to rethink the First Class vs. Coach ticketing, which seems to run against the spirit of community Eaux Claires overtly promotes. Some good music, good art, but too many cards played too close to the vest. The solution, ironically, was offered at the festival itself, in a single word projected on the giant screen during Pussy Riot’s set—SHARE.