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Note from the Editor | July 4, 2013

Nick Meyer, photos by Tim Mather

SLS, 6-27-13
Sounds Like Summer, 6-27-13

The Thursday night Sounds Like Summer Concert Series in Phoenix Park is off to a smashing start this year. In fact, we estimate it’s quite possible we exceeded 2,000 people in attendance for the first time ever on June 27. It was crazy with good vibes out there. If you haven’t been out there yet this season, we’ve made some changes to expand the grounds. Thankfully that has helped absorb the growing crowd, but bigger crowds over more area also means it has gotten tough to hear the music in some parts of the park. We’re making some extra investments to fix that by adding to the amount and direction of the speakers – a move that will get the sound around the park better without blowing away the people up front. So bear with us as we experiment with those changes in the coming weeks. Thanks to everyone who’s chipped in some money – either a big amount or a small one – towards the new crowdfunding campaign to pay the musicians more this summer. So far we’re 63 percent of the way to our goal of $7,000 to split among this season’s acts. As we’ve said, the event’s sponsors pay for the various costs of the series – sound, insurance, fees, promotion, etc. – but so far that’s only included a small stipend for the bands. While it’s great to play for up to 2,000 people at the park, it’s also great to be paid decently for one’s years of rehearsal, dedication, gear, time, and talents. Everyone at Volume One would like to think we live in a community that wants to support this kind of activity and the efforts of our creative people. So if you value your nights in Phoenix Park, consider donating to the musicians online at VolumeOne.org/concerts.

Lasker Jewelers
Lasker Jewelers

Pulling Together Partners

The following organizations are currently supporting Volume One’s work in the community during the pandemic:

Lasker Jewelers

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Eau Claire

Downtown Eau Claire Inc DECI

University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Pablo Group

Wisconsin Independent Network

Middle West Management

Bon Iver

Royal Credit Union

Silver Spring

Evergreen Surgical

Charter Bank

Chippewa Valley Technical College

The Murty Henriksen Family

The Larry and Marie Past Family

The Dan and Kerry Kincaid Family

Anton and Rae Schilling-Smets

Brady and Jeanne Foust

If your organization is interested in supporting Volume One during this difficult time, nick@volumeone.orgcontact us.