NOW THAT'S A PARTY: First Annual Eau Claire Singer Songwriter Soiree Set For Later This Month
concert will feature prominent Eau Claire songwriters The Nunnery, Soren Staff, Jerrika Mighelle, Arms Aloft, Hemma, Matt Vold, Naalia, and Josh Ingersoll
“Too many times things like these become old boys clubs,” Soren Staff, lead vocalist of Them Coulee Boys said of local showcase concerts. “Representation matters, and I think this bill is great for that. Aside from that, all of these folks are just killer writers. I’m humbled and happy as hell to play a part.”
The First Annual Eau Claire Singer Songwriter Soiree is set for Saturday, Jan. 22 at The Stones Throw in downtown Eau Claire. The showcase of local talent will feature a diverse array of songwriters, including The Nunnery, Soren Staff, Jerrika Mighelle, Arms Aloft, Hemma, Matt Vold, Naalia, and Josh Ingersoll.
Chippewa Valley-based veteran musician Jerrika Mighelle said playing a show with a wide array of voices is a great opportunity to show the area how much local talent is afforded to them.
“This mix of eclectic talent showcases that we are all working musicians who are working at our craft and taking it seriously,” Mighelle said. “I hope it shows that we support each other and want to uplift each other. I also hope that it inspires the community, reminding them, after all these months through the pandemic, that we are still here still making music for you all that we can't wait to share.”
Aliana Sigala, lead vocalist of Naalia, said getting the chance to perform again in a safe capacity is exciting for her and her bandmates in the soulful r&b outfit.
“This mix of musicians just shows how big the Eau Claire scene is," Sigala said, "and how it continues to inspire more and more people to create music in their own lane."
The Singer Songwriter Soiree takes place at The Stones Throw, a popular area bar/concert venue for the past 20+ years. The venue itself has had to endure difficulties to the COVID-19 pandemic, opening and closing based on the current safety level at any given time.
With a lack of mid-sized venues in the Eau Claire area, Lead Vocalist of Pit Wagon, and one of the show organizers, Matt Vold said holding the show at The Stones Throw is an important step toward normalcy for Chippewa Valley music scene members and the fans who support them.
“Stones Throw has been an iconic venue for so many years here and we're hoping to bring shows back there because it's a beautiful space,” Vold said. “Another plus is it's pretty wide open to allow for social distancing if people feel uncomfortable. We're hoping everyone that attends does their part to be vaccinated and wear masks.”
Adding to the importance of supporting local music, Lead Vocalist of popular Eau Claire group The Heart Pills, Josh Ingersoll said the event is hyper local and will show the music community is capable of returning and thriving.
“This show is entirely run (by), and all proceeds will go directly, to local musicians,” Ingersoll said. "Local musicians are running sound, lights, promo, booking, and the door. There’s a ton of original content, experience, and equipment that goes into this, and we want everyone to feel they’ve been compensated fairly.”
The organizers of the Singer Songwriter Soiree plan to hold similar events once or twice a year to continue to highlight the importance of the local music community to the vibrancy of the city.
The First Annual Eau Claire Singer Songwriter Soiree will kick off at 8pm on Saturday, Jan 22. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Pre-sale tickets are available at ticketspice.com.