How Can We Support Artists and Venues?

with widespread event cancellations, artists and venues are hurting; here’s some ideas how you can help

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

Art, in all its iterations, thrives on interaction. With concerts canceled, tours postponed, ad all kinds of gatherings shut down, artists are losing work quickly and venues’ business is dropping fast ...

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Issue #406 March 18, 2020

Overheard in the Barn

regional wedding venue also an enchanting concert space

Haley Wright

The Enchanted Barn in Hillsdale, Wisconsin – a short drive from the Chippewa Valley – is not just a fantastic wedding destination; it’s a destination for a memorable live music experience ...

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Issue #405 March 4, 2020

Written in the Stars

Eau Claire hip-hop artist’s first full-length album five years in the making

Olivia Kroner

Bruce Brown, known by his stage name, Cudlino, recently released his first full-length album, titled Written in the Stars. Full of hip-hop music influenced by R&B, rap, and rock, Brown’s album is a celebration of life, love, and the lessons ...

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Issue #405 March 4, 2020

Graceful Transformation

Blue Swans flips heartbreak on its head through music

Eric Christenson, photos by Kyle Lehman

Heartbreak and low, low points in life have this graceful way of transforming into art that’s beautiful and real. Raw, relatable stuff. So many words and songs have been written in the depths of dark ...

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Issue #404 Feb. 19, 2020

Sounds and Emotions

Home Within provides international insight

Barbara Arnold

“Home Within” is a 60-minute performance in which Syrian-Armenian visual artist Kevork Mourad creates charcoal and watercolor drawings in front of the audience while responding to the ...

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Issue #402 Jan. 22, 2020

He’s Not Alone

Miles Blvd explores isolation on new ep

Parker Reed, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Isolation can be a dangerous place for an artist to reside, but an update from isolation from a local hip-hop artist makes it clear he is back and better than ever. Miles Blvd is a locally sourced hip-hop project from ...

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Issue #402 Jan. 22, 2020

Beyond the Soul

Mike Doughty of Soul Coughing to perform at The Plus

V1 Staff

The force behind seminal ’90s band Soul Coughing, Mike Doughty, is an accomplished solo artist and author, and he’ll tell your future at The Plus. Doughty, along with long time ...

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Issue #402 Jan. 22, 2020

Facing the Unknown

Hemma’s latest EP sparkles in lifelong musical journey

Eric Christenson

The way Hannah Hebl talks about music makes you believe she knows something that the rest of us don’t. She doesn’t just play music, she metaphysically embodies it. In her world, music is elemental ...

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Issue #402 Jan. 22, 2020

Singing a New Song

brand new local choir preps their first concert

Lauren Fisher, photos by Andrea Paulseth

A new community choir has recently started up in Eau Claire, offering yet another great opportunity for people to raise their voices in a musical ensemble. Kate Larson, an Altoona native who recently returned ...

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Issue #401 Jan. 8, 2020

Learning the Ropes

teen musician Spencer Douglas releases first EP

Parker Reed

A local musician is making waves in the Eau Claire music scene, and he hasn’t even had his 18th birthday yet. 17-year-old Eau Claire Memorial High School student, Spencer Rhoten is a guitarist/singer-songwriter who is making a name for himself ...

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