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Country Fest Postponed to 2021

despite their darndest efforts, Cadott music festival cancels August event

V1 Staff, photos by Branden Nall

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

V1 Staff, photos by Branden Nall

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

V1 Staff, photos by Branden Nall

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 ...

Country Fest Postpones June Festival, Reschedules for August

34th annual festival moves dates because of coronavirus concerns

V1 Staff, photos by Branden Nall

In the first such move by one of the Chippewa Valley’s big summer music festivals, the organizers of County Fest announced Friday that they would be moving their annual three-day event from June 25-27 to Aug. 13-15 as a result of the coronavirus ...

134th Annual Silver Mine Invitational

photos by Branden Nall

The 134th Silver Mine Invitational ski jumping competition took place January 17-18 and featured top skiers from the US, Norway, Finland, Slovenia, Canada and other countries.

The Last Last Waltz?

V1 Staff, photos by Branden Nall

This year’s rendition of The Last Waltz presented by The Rhythm Posse is scheduled to be, well, the last. Join them at “Stage Fright” from ...

Cirque Italia: Water Circus

photos by Branden Nall

Cirque Italia brought its nationally touring water circus to Eau Claire's Oakwood Mall Sept. 19-22. The show takes place high above their 35k gallon water stage, combining hand-balancing acts, contortionists, the "wheel of death", and a mesmerizing water curtain.

Opening Shot | Sept. 18

photos by Branden Nall

A FLIPPING AWESOME TIME WAS HAD BY ALL. Downtown Eau Claire’s annual International Fall Festival took place on Saturday, Sept. 14, shutting down N. Barstow Street for food vendors, booths, a petting zone, and of course, the big parade.

31st Annual International Fall Festival

photos by Branden Nall

The annual International Fall Festival is Downtown Eau Claire's oldest and largest festival. Now in its 31st year, the festival emphasis is on Eau Claire's international culture, language, food, and music. This year's fest was on Saturday, Sept 14.

OneFest 2019

photos by Branden Nall

OneFest returned to the Northern Wisconsin State Fairgrounds July 26-28 with a variety of new music, kids activities, speakers and more. Artists included Francesca Battistelli and Building 429 with ...

Opening Shot | July 24, 2019

photos by Branden Nall

FEAR THE ROCKING DEAD. Despite some sketchy weather, Rock Fest 2019 took place Thursday, July 18, through Saturday, July 20, in Cadott. This massive rock ’n’ roll fest featured such artists as Rob Zombie (pictured), Marilyn Manson, and P.O.D., with many other performances throughout the weekend.

Rock Fest 2019 (Saturday)

photos by Branden Nall

Rock Fest 2019 took place Thursday, July 18 through Saturday, July 20 in Cadott, Wis. This massive rock n' roll fest featured such artists as Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, P.O.D., with many other performances throughout the weekend. Photos are from Saturday.

Country Jam 2019

photos by Branden Nall

The 30th anniversary of Country Jam USA's annual outdoor music festival took place Thursday, July 18 through Saturday, July 20 right outside of Eau Claire ...

Opening Shot | July 10, 2019

photos by Branden Nall

FIELD OF BEAMS. Eau Claire’s annual Independence Day fireworks display popped off on July 4 (of course) just after 10pm. As usual, ground zero for the show was the Carson Park baseball stadium, with thousands of locals watching from the park and around the entire city.

Eau Claire Teen Thrilled to Be Part of Kids From Wisconsin for a Second Summer

Marie Anthony, photos by Branden Nall

It’s not Panic! At The Disco’s “High Hopes” that draws attention. It’s the performers who glide and spin so effortlessly across the stage that it’s easy to forget that many of them are still in high school or just starting college. Since mid-May, these young adults have ...

Country Fest 2019

photos by Branden Nall

Country Fest 2019 took place June 27-29 in Cadott, Wis., featuring performances by Sugarland, Luke Bryan, Little Big Town, Brett Young, Cole Swindell, Justin More, and many more.

Opening Shot | June 26, 2019

photos by Branden Nall

LIGHT IT UP. Eaux Claires Music Festival favorite Francis and the Lights came to downtown Eau Claire’s Pablo Center at the Confluence on Saturday night, June 15 for a special show called Microphone and a Spotlight, which sold out the Pablo’s RCU Theater ...

Francis and the Lights: Microphone and a Spotlight

photos by Branden Nall

Francis and the Lights came to downtown Eau Claire's Pablo Center at the Confluence on Saturday night, June 15 for a special show called Microphone and a Spotlight ...

PHOTO FEATURE: 24 hours. Six photographers. One day of life in the Chippewa Valley.

photos by Andrea Paulseth, Branden Nall, Luong Huynh, Taylor Smith, Timothy Mather, Lee Butterworth

On Friday, May 31, we sent a team of photographers out into the many nooks and crannies of the Chippewa Valley to document one full day – from midnight to midnight – with help from our friends at CoLab. Through snapshots of local life, we hope this feature communicates the people and places of this area ...

Opening Shot | April 17, 2019

photos by Branden Nall

A SHARPLY DRESSED STUDENT TAKES TO THE RUNWAY ... Fashion Without Fabric is UW-Stout’s annual event where art and design students showcase unique fashion creations built from creative materials – anything but fabric. The show took place Saturday night, April 13, in UW-Stout’s Great Hall ...

Fashion Without Fabric 2019

photos by Branden Nall

Fashion Without Fabric is a yearly show at UW-Stout unlike any other, where Stout’s art and design students showcase unique fashion creations built from creative materials – anything but traditional fabric ...

Showtime Championship Wrestling @The Metro

photos by Branden Nall

On Saturday night, April 6, Showtime Championship Wrestling came to The Metro in downtown Eau Claire. It was Showtime's biggest event yet – live professional wrestling for the whole family ...

Opening Shot | April 3, 2019

photos by Branden Nall

THIS PERFORMANCE IS BLOWING UP. Staged in the RCU Theatre at the Pablo Center at the Confluence on Wednesday, March 27, Air Play was a modern spectacle that brought the very air we breathe to life with flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, and a massive snow globe.

Air Play @The Pablo Center

photos by Branden Nall

Staged in the RCU Theater at the Pablo Center at the Confluence on Wednesday, March 27, Air Play is a modern spectacle aiming to bring to life the very air we breathe ...

Torch Sisters: La Caverne

photos by Branden Nall

On Friday, March 22 Eau Claire's own performance group the Torch Sisters staged their first original show, La Caverne, in Pablo Center at the Confluence's Jamf Theater. The show was a blend of aerial artistry, flow arts, and burlesque ...

Opening Shot | Oct. 3, 2018

photos by Branden Nall

The 30th Annual International Fall Festival spread across downtown Eau Claire’s Barstow Street on Saturday, Sept. 29. The festival places an emphasis on Eau Claire’s international culture, language, food, and music. The Elk Mound High School Marching Band (above) was part of the annual parade.

30th Annual International Fall Festival

photos by Branden Nall

The 30th Annual International Fall Festival spread across the length of downtown Eau Claire's Barstow Street on Saturday, September 29. The festival places an emphasis on Eau Claire’s international culture, language, food, and music.

Cloud Cult @The Pablo

photos by Branden Nall

In one of the first concerts in the Pablo Center at the Confluence's RCU Theater, indie artists Cloud Cult played on Friday, Sept. 28. Local favorite Shane Leonard opened the show ...

Opening Shot | Sept. 5, 2018

photos by Branden Nall

WHO’S THE PHOTOGRAPHER NOW, BUDDY? Decking and overlook reconstruction of the Grand Avenue footbridge in downtown Eau Claire was finished just in time for the annual Grand Evening on the Bridge dinner on Aug. 22. The event raises funds for Downtown Eau Claire Inc. ...

Evolving Darkness

alt-metal band Evernoir hones in on tone for new album

Lauren Fisher, photos by Branden Nall

Finding the right words was never a challenge for Evernoir’s lead vocalist, Venerate Miercy. Songwriting was a therapeutic exercise during periods of her life when she suffered emotional, and sometimes ...

A Grand Evening on the Bridge 2018

photos by Branden Nall

Reconstruction of the Grand Avenue Footbridge in downtown Eau Claire was finished just in time for the annual Grand Evening on the Bridge dinner event on August 22. It's a unique community experience ...

Kids from Wisconsin @The State Theatre

photos by Branden Nall

For its final show before closing down to make way for The Pablo Center at the Confluence, The State Theatre hosted Kids from Wisconsin on Monday, July 30. Kids from Wisconsin features ...

Chalkfest 2018: The Big Day

photos by Branden Nall

Once again, Volume One partnered with UW-Eau Claire to present Chalkfest on UWEC's beautiful campus mall – on Saturday, July 28 – with over 150 local and regional artists chalking up ...

Now Streaming: SmokeStream food truck’s hip hop-themed entrees

Julia van Allen, photos by Branden Nall

Housed in a renovated ‘71 Airstream, managed by Mark Schuh, SmokeStream Food Truck combines the classic intrigue of a food truck with the eclectic and eccentric menu that’s taking the Chippewa Valley’s tastebuds hostage ...

Northern Wisconsin State Fair 2018

photos by Branden Nall

The Northern Wisconsin State Fair returned to Chippewa Falls, July 10-14, with food vendors, a carnival, livestock exhibitions, crafts, homemaking and educational exhibits, and outstanding 4-H displays. Fairgoers enjoy more than a mile of midway fun and free grandstand entertainment.

Food Truck Friday 2018

photos by Branden Nall

Volume One Magazine, in partnership with Silver Spring Foods, and with support from Visit Eau Claire, launched its new Food Truck Friday event series on Friday, July 13 ...

Eaux Claires 2018: The Grounds

photos by Luong Huynh, Branden Nall

Crafted by creative director Michael Brown, the 2018 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (July 6 & 7) set out to be a unique experience for fest goers. It mixed a diverse lineup of music with ambitious art installations, striking stages, and a beautiful natural setting next to the Chippewa River ...

Eaux Claires 2018: The People

photos by Branden Nall, Luong Huynh

Thousands of people showed up for the 2018 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (July 6 & 7). They came from across the country and around the world to the festival grounds just outside of Eau Claire.

Eaux Claires 2018: The Music

photos by Branden Nall, Luong Huynh

With multiple stages and a diverse lineup of performers hand-picked by festival curators Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National), the 2018 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (July 6 & 7) provided two days of live music ...

Eaux Claires IV: Recapped

Eric Christenson, photos by Branden Nall, Luong Huynh

“Fly or fall on feeling.” That was at the core of Eaux Claires’ no-lineup philosophy for 2018. Feeling. And there’s a lot of feelings out there ...

Gather for a Party on the Prairie

new Altoona park at River Prairie offers outdoor and indoor space for summer shindigs and events

Lauren Fisher, photos by Branden Nall

When Wisconsin enters its too-few months of warmth and sunshine, it’s time to take the party outside. Which parties? All of them. The new River Prairie Park off Front Porch Place in Altoona offers seven outdoor ...

5 Common Mistakes Runners Make

and how to avoid them

Adam Condit, photos by Branden Nall, Kelsey Smith

You’re all fired up and ready to run! In fact, you might have a longer term goal you’re working towards and want to make this year your fittest year yet! Motivation is at an all-time high and you have daydreams ...

Eau Claire Marathon 2018

photos by Branden Nall

The 2018 installment of the Eau Claire Marathon took place on Sunday, May 6, starting in Carson Park.

The Real Queens of Eau Claire: Season 8

photos by Branden Nall

A fun, entertaining evening of drag performances by the most talented and beautiful Queens in Eau Claire took place on Saturday, April 21 at The Grand Theatre.

Wyclef Jean at The Metro

photos by Branden Nall

Three-time Grammy Award Winner Wyclef Jean, perhaps best known for his work with the Fugees, staged a sold-out show at The Metro in downtown Eau Claire on Thursday, April 12, with local favorites Irie Sol opening.