Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Luong Huynh

photographer - from: Eau Claire

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A Month of Poems

this National Poetry Month, turn your eyes to local verse

Bruce Taylor, photos by Luong Huynh

April is National Poetry Month, a month-long national celebration of poetry established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States ...

Len Voy & Joe Hunt - Hilgen House Album Release

photos by Luong Huynh

A celebration of of the completion of Len Voy's Hilgen House record took place on Friday, March 11 at The Volume One Gallery. Music kicked off with Joe Hunt.

Are You Ready For Some V-Ball?

annual UWEC party/concert gears up for year 42

Pan Thao, photos by Luong Huynh

Get ready to dance the night away at the 42nd annual Viennese Ball at UWEC. The fancy music fundraiser is the largest Viennese Ball presented outside of the actual city of Vienna and offers an opportunity for the community to experience the excellence of the university’s music program. The event was inspired by the historic ...

Opening Shot | January 27, 2016

photos by Luong Huynh

SPOTTED IN DOWNTOWN EAU CLAIRE. The sign attached to this coat (one of several) on Barstow Street says, “I’m not lost! If you need this to stay warm, then please take it. Be warm, and do something to help someone else today if you can.”

Hooking Up With The Second City

photos by Luong Huynh

Chicago's legendary comedy institution Second City (celebrating 55 years of satirical revues) stopped by The State Theatre on Thursday, Feb. 11. It's touring troupe staged "Hooking Up With The Second City" ...

Blue Marble Express serves up wood-fired pizza

Blue Marble Express serves up wood-fired pizza

Nikki Lanzer, photos by Luong Huynh

There’s a new pie-tossin’ joint on the block, and it’s serving up slices from an era of the past. Arriving on scene from the Roaring Twenties, the Blue Marble Express recently opened its doors near Lake Wissota as the hub for specialty wood-fired pizzas ...

Blue Ox Festival plucks up Béla Fleck and more for 2016

Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh

Last year’s inaugural Blue Ox Music Festival was this close to being rained out. Heavy summer storms hit overnight just before the weekend. But instead, the fest turned into a ...

Boys & Girls Club has divine new digs

Tom Giffey, photos by Luong Huynh

Where some people see a recently vacated church, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Greater Chippewa Valley see a huge opportunity to expand membership and programming to hundreds more Eau Claire-area kids. In November, the local club announced that it was buying the former ...

Aero Flynn + On An On + Dem Yuut @The House of Rock

photos by Luong Huynh

A night of midwestern indie music featuring Eau Claire's own Aero Flynn, and Minneapolis-based bands ON AN ON and Dem Yuut took place at the House of Rock on Friday, December 18.

Let's Be Honest: Holiday Heroics

photos by Luong Huynh

Let's Be Honest is Volume One's popular storytelling series, where some of the area's best writers and yarn-spinners take to the mic for a night of personal stories told live. Each night multiple storytellers muse on a common theme, and an open mic follows ...

A CollECtive Choir Christmas (with Friends)

photos by Luong Huynh

Downtown Eau Claire's new gospel/hip-hop choir joined other featured musical guests for an exuberant celebration of Christmas on Sunday, Dec 13 at The Plus. ...

Blue Ox 2016 Lineup: See the Best in Bluegrass

Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh

After a heck of an inaugural weekend in June, the Blue Ox Music Festival, quickly becoming one of the best bluegrass festivals in the country, will return in 2016 on June 9-11 right here in the Chippewa Valley. Blue Ox, produced by the founders and organizers of Country Jam, is once again co-curated by killer ...

Homes for the Holidays

Habitat for Humanity looks to expand its work in the Chippewa Valley

Tom Giffey, photos by Luong Huynh

With the current holiday season in mind, it’s tempting to say that Chippewa Valley Habitat for Humanity is preparing an amazing Christmas gift for a local family in need: Volunteers for the charitable group are busy building a new house in Menomonie, a house that will be occupied as early as May ...

Going Country

Country Jam releases first of its star-studded roster

Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh

I know it’s getting cold, and winter winds are starting to bite extra hard, but just think… In a matter of months, we’ll be neck-deep in yet another gorgeous Chippewa Valley summer, where we can all indulge in the warm weather, long days, beers, and country music in the great outdoors – the ultimate Wisconsin pastime ...

Dave Simonett @The Cabin

photos by Luong Huynh

On Saturday, November 21 Minneapolis/Duluth strummer Dave Simonett (Trampled by Turtles, Dead Man Winter) stopped by The Cabin in UW-Eau Claire's Davies Center. Local singer/songwriter D. Janakey opened things up.

Honestly Spooked

V1’s storytelling series revels in scary stories

Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh

Our every-other-month storytelling event, Let’s Be Honest, always takes a turn for the spooky in October. It’s a chance for people to come together, listen, and get creeped out by personal stories of fearful encounters, dreadful feelings, real-life horror, and that eerie thing right around the corner. The theme for the storytelling ...

Cool Aire: New UWEC Music Fest Features Top Local Acts

by Lindsey Quinnies, photos by Luong Huynh

Post-Eaux Claires Eau Claire is a pretty cool place to be a part of. We’re intoxicated by the notion that our city has an incredible musical influence and a pretty impressive local lineup. It’s exactly that idea that inspired and drove the much-anticipated Local Aire Festival to be created ...

Author + Goodnight Gorillas @UW-Stout

photos by Luong Huynh

On Thursday night, Sept. 10, UW-Stout's Memorial Student Center hosted Minneapolis bands Author and Goodnight Gorillas.

Clear Water Comedy presents Robert Fones & Friends

photos by Luong Huynh

On Thursday, Sept. 3 Clear Water Comedy and The Plus hosted Twin Cities comedians Robert Fones, Collin Klug, and Abby Marose. The show was hosted by local comic Eric Christenson.

We're Going to Party Like It's 1999

The Millenium’s next Eau Claire show is Y2K themed

Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh

Do you ever wish that you could live in a time that didn’t have selfie sticks and Buzzfeed quizzes? A world devoid of #YOLO and Fifty Shades of Grey? Well, none of that stuff existed at the turn of the millennium. For one night, here in Eau Claire, you could take a trip back to the year 2000 ...

Make Your Escape

getting out of these escape rooms takes teamwork

Mike Seitz, photos by Luong Huynh

As the door was locked behind us, the one-hour timer started ticking down. My friends and I began searching every nook and cranny of the room for any clues to help us accomplish the goal before us: Find the key to unlock the door before time ran out. Over the next hour, we solved many puzzles ...

Opening Shot | August 19, 2015

photos by Luong Huynh

CHALK TO THE HAND! On August 15, people flocked to Chalkfest at its new home on UW-Eau Claire’s beautiful campus mall. Above: Artist Angela Clark.

Chalkfest 2015: Winners Gallery

photos by Luong Huynh

In 2015, Volume One partnered with UW-Eau Claire to move Chalkfest to its new home on UWEC's beautiful campus mall – on Saturday, August 15 – with over 120 local and regional artists chalking up the college's various sidewalks ...

Chalkfest 2015: The Big Day - Part 2

photos by Luong Huynh

In 2015, Volume One partnered with UW-Eau Claire to move Chalkfest to its new home on UWEC's beautiful campus mall – on Saturday, August 15 – with over 120 local and regional artists chalking up the college's various sidewalks. The artists worked all day long ...

Ashley for the Arts 2015

photos by Luong Huynh

Running August 6–8, 2015's Ashley for the Arts music festival took place at Memorial Park in Arcadia, Wis. Pictures include headliners Frankie Valli, The Fray, Easton Corbin, and Cloud Cult.

Sarah Lou Richards @The Fire House

photos by Luong Huynh

After a rainy solo set at the Sounds Like Summer Concert Series in Phoenix Park, singer-songwriter Sarah Lou Richards took her band down to The Fire House on Thursday, August 6.

Stephanie Nilles @The Mousetrap

photos by Luong Huynh

Chicago-born jazz/punk/barrelhouse musician Stephanie Nilles returned to The Mousetrap on Thursday, August 6.

5 Ways to Save Money in the Summertime

Jen Bailey, photos by Luong Huynh

It’s that time again! Time to visit the beach, camp, and travel. With all of the fun summer activities we have going from day to day, it doesn’t take long for things to get expensive ...

Country Jam 2015

photos by Luong Huynh

The 26th annual Country Jam music festival took place July 23-25, just outside Eau Claire. This year's headliners included Blake Shelton, Lady Antebellum, Eric Church, and more.

ECCT Presents West Side Story

photos by Luong Huynh

The Eau Claire Children's Theater staged West Side Story – the classic tale of love and rival street gangs – at the State Theater, July 22–26.

Eaux Claires 2015: The Grounds

photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

Crafted by creative director Michael Brown, the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (July 17 & 18, 2015) set out to be a unique experience for fest goes. It mixed a diverse ...

Eaux Claires 2015: The People

photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

22,000 people showed up for the inaugural Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (July 17 & 18, 2015). Attracted by the diverse lineup; headliner shows from Bon Iver, The National, Sufjan Stevens, and Spoon; and the promise of memorable art installations ...

Eaux Claires 2015: The Music

photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

With three main stages and a diverse lineup of performers hand-picked by festival curators Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National), the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival ...

Wisco Library Group Loves Butler's Book

Tom Giffey, photos by Luong Huynh

Chippewa Valley author Nickolas Butler has once again been honored for his best-selling debut novel, Shotgun Lovesongs. The book, which weaves a tale of old friends nearing middle age in a small Wisconsin town, was selected as the Literary Award winner ...

Opening the Chatterbox

new talkative cafe is ready to serve and chat a bit

Zach Schultz, photos by Luong Huynh

There are few things more characteristically Midwestern than chattering with friends, neighbors, acquaintances, or (if you’re in my family) anyone in hearing range. That’s the vibe a new local restaurant, Lynn’s Chatterbox Café, is going for at 1410 South Hastings Way (the former home of Chicken Unlimited and Delish Cuisine) ...

Little Shows, Big Entertainment

how local music can compete with the arena rock experience

Ken Szymanski, photos by Luong Huynh

Growing up in the ’80s, it was all about Big. Big hair. Big boom boxes. Big guitar solos at big concerts. Pyrotechnics! Shout-along choruses! Even throughout the ’90s, I liked big venues: Alpine Valley, Target Center, or, later, the rolling hills of Rock Fest. There was something communal about ...

Opening Shot | July 22, 2015

photos by Luong Huynh

A LITTLE CHOKED UP. Sufjan Stevens got a bit misty when talking about Eau Claire’s natural beauty at last weekend’s inaugural Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival.

GALLERY: Eaux Claires 2015 at 360°

Mike Paulus, photos by Luong Huynh

Volume One contributing photographers Luong Huynh and Lee Butterworth worked hard over a sweltering two days of live shows at the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (July 17 and 18). Luong took a little time to grab these fun 360° shots of some of the shows, letting you look around at one of the most talked about music festivals of the summer.

Recapping Eaux Claires 2015

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

Eaux Claires is the coolest festival in the country and it’s ten minutes from my house. The sights and sounds were unlike anything this area has seen before, with 22,000 attending the music and arts fest at the festival grounds, just southwest of Eau Claire. Yeah, there were bands. They were playing on stages ...

EAUX CLAIRES 2015 – Friday Night

photos by Luong Huynh

Scenes from the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival outside of Eau Claire, Wis. – Friday evening and night, July 17, 2015.

EAUX CLAIRES 2015 – Friday Afternoon

photos by Luong Huynh

Scenes from the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival outside of Eau Claire, Wis. – Friday afternoon, July 17, 2015.