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Charlie Park, The Grad

UWEC grad explores tough topics through hip-hop

An Eau Claire native is finding a new way to better himself through positive music expression. Charlie Park (a.k.a. Zachary Klein) – or as he is known in the musical community, Charlie Park The Grad – is a 25-year-old hip-hop artist with a deep love for lyricism and self-improvement ...

Taylor Swift Calls on Bon Iver for Surprise Album Out Tonight

megastar sings with Justin Vernon and worked with The National’s Aaron Dessner + more

Taylor Swift said she recorded her new surprise album, "folklore," in isolation. Who knows what isolation looks like for Taylor Swift, but it makes sense that she’d call on somebody who knows a little somethin’ about that – Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, who ...

Silliness Abounds in Local Band's Streaming Series

silliness abounds in local band’s streaming series

When the Eau Claire band FMDown – Will Wall, Greg Kernkamp, Andrew Liss, and Joe Gunderson – gets behind the lens of a video camera, it’s safe to say you never know what you’re about to see ...

Music Quick Hits | July 22, 2020

some super short updates on the Chippewa Valley music scene

Them Coulee Boys are back with a new single called “Idiot,” taken from the sessions recording their latest full-length Die Happy at Pachyderm Studios in Minnesota. The band worked with producer ...

Country Fest Plans Star-Studded Lineup for 2021

Earlier this summer, as big gatherings – music festivals in particular – were announcing cancellations left and right, Country Fest in Cadott fell in line, moved beyond the lost cause that is 2020, and announced dates for 2021 ...

Sound of Silence: Blue Ox Pulls Plug on 2020 Festival

dates set for 2021 gathering

After doing their best to weather the pandemic by first holding a virtual event and then rescheduling their in-person festival to late August, organizers of the Blue Ox Music Festival have finally decided to ...

Pablo Center Unveils Virtual Concert Series, ‘Pablo Streams’

five concerts, 11 artists coming to you live for the next five Thursdays

Tonight marks the first installment of “Pablo Streams,” a new virtual concert series put on by Pablo Center at the Confluence. Five concerts, eleven artists, eight camera angles ...

Heyde Center Plans Summer Concert Series

With many coronavirus-related restrictions lifted and larger gatherings now allowed by public health officials, the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls is taking advantage ...

Student Bands Can Still Rock on With Rockonsin

Rockonsin – the annual garage band competition that takes place every summer at the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee – is going virtual this season with the 2020 “Rockonsin at Home.” Applications are ...

Barstow Street Speakers Blasting Local Tunes

Have you heard the news? Thanks to the South Barstow Business Improvement District’s new partnership with Converge Radio, you’ll be hearing some sweet tunes downtown nearly all the time. For a ...

Country Fest Postponed to 2021

despite their darndest efforts, Cadott music festival cancels August event

Joining the bandwagon of other high-profile music festivals in the Chippewa Valley, Country Fest is postponing its August festival until June 24-26, 2021 ...

Country Jam Canceled for 2020 Over COVID-19 Concerns

Another one of the Chippewa Valley’s high-profile music festivals has fallen silent this summer: Organizers of County Jam USA announced Monday that the three-day musical gathering won’t ...

Rock Fest Postponed Until 2021 Amid Pandemic

organizers hope to book same bands for next year

It looks like there is a force in the universe stronger than rock ’n’ roll: COVID-19. Explaining that “the deck is stacked against us,” organizers of ...