Volume One Contributors

writers, photographers, artists

Luong Huynh

photographer - from: Eau Claire

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Warriors & Warlords XXII

photos by Luong Huynh

Warriors & Warlords XXII was a four-day-long Society for Creative Anachronism camping event in the heart of the "Kingdom of Northshield," in scenic Osseo, Wisconsin. It featured a number of classes, skill showcases, vendors, and much more.

Country Fest 2015

photos by Luong Huynh

Check out some of the fans and superstars seen at Country Fest 2015 out in Cadott, Wis. Photos are from Thursday, June 25 when headliners Rascal Flatts, Brett Eldredge, Thompson Square, Danielle Bradbery, and Slamabama took the stage.

Blue Ox Music Festival 2015 (Mega Photo Set)

photos by Mike O'Brien, Luong Huynh

The Chippewa Valley's new three-day outdoor music festival celebrated the best of bluegrass, roots, and Americana music right outside of Eau Claire June 11–13. Featuring performances by ...

NOTA Spring Book Release Party (2015)

photos by Luong Huynh

UW-Eau Claire's NOTA released its Spring 2015 edition on Thursday, May 14 at The Local Store and Volume One Gallery. This 100% student-created arts and literature publication celebrated with live music and readings.

Opening Shot | May. 13, 2015

photos by Luong Huynh

Soulful Stylings. On Saturday, May 9, Minneapolis’s Caroline Smith (above) brought new music to The House of Rock, with Ashley DuBose (Minnesota) and Lizzy Diane (Eau Claire) opening.

Caroline Smith + Ashley DuBose + Lizzy Diane @The House of Rock

photos by Luong Huynh

Merging ’90s R&B and neo-soul with her indie-rock roots, Caroline Smith‘s new music has settled comfortably into a new backdrop as she takes a step from girl to woman. Ashley DuBose and Lizzy Diane joined Smith at the House of Rock on Saturday, May 9.

Chris Koza @The Cabin

photos by Luong Huynh

On Friday, May 8 former Rogue Valley songwriter Chris Koza, of Minneapolis, played pop, rock, and Americana at The Cabin.

Beneath the Bonfire Book Launch with Nickolas Butler

photos by Luong Huynh

On Thursday, May 7 local author Nickolas Butler, author of the New York Times bestseller Shotgun Lovesongs, read and signed the hardcover edition of his new book, Beneath the Bonfire, a collection of critically acclaimed short stories ...

Jourdan Meyers @The Cabin

photos by Luong Huynh

On a night when most of Eau Claire was enjoying the long running Eau Claire Jazz Festival, a Minneapolis native brought a distinctly different sound to the intimate audience gathered at The Cabin.

Get Up, Dress Up, and Game On

No Brand Con brings the best in gaming/anime culture

Katy Macek, photos by Luong Huynh

Gamers can unite over costumes, anime, contests, and more for No Brand Con, April 23-24 at The Plaza Hotel. Honored guests include anime and video game voice actor Kyle Hebert, animation voice actor Tia Ballard, Brichibi Cosplays, and returning ...

Let's Be Honest: Eating Your Words

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 ...

Local Beer & Bar Trivia - 2015 Edition

Are you a brewmaster or a lightweight? Take this quiz and find out!

Tom Giffey, photos by Luong Huynh

1. This Water Street bar features a neon sign informing patrons it does NOT serve light beer: A. Ray’s Place B. The Joynt C. Brother's D. The Pioneer

Gruesome Playground Injuries

photos by Luong Huynh

Turning the State Theatre's stage into a black box theater, director Jake Lindgren produced three installments of Gruesome Playground Injuries (written by Rajiv Joseph) – March 17, 18, and 19.

Let's Get the Ball Rolling

UWEC’s Viennese Ball tickets are nearly sold out

Katy Macek, photos by Luong Huynh

An evening of romance, traditional dancing and entertainment awaits at the 41st annual Viennese Ball, put on April 10 and 11 by the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Transforming all three levels of Davies Center, guests are sure to be in awe ...

The Millenium @The Local Store

photos by Luong Huynh

On Wednesday, March 4, local band The Millenium celebrated the release of their latest project, The Pine Hollow Sessions with a performance at The Volume One Gallery.

Jillian Rae @The Cabin

photos by Luong Huynh

"The music I write is reflective of the the music I listen to, which is pretty diverse. I'm an old school country/rock & roller/pop-hooks kind of gal." – Jillian Rae, who performed at The Cabin in UWEC's Davies Center on Friday, February 20.

US Winter Log Rolling Championship Returns

take the plunge and roll your opponents into obscurity

Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh

The trendy social media sensation of 2014 that was constantly filling up your newsfeeds was, of course, the Ice Bucket Challenge fundraiser for ALS research. Since the wave of popularity of ice-water-related challenges seems ...

Northwest Wisconsin Winter Fest and Games 2015

photos by Andrea Paulseth, Luong Huynh

A massive winter recreation celebration took place January 23–25 on the frozen surface of Lake Altoona. It featured an ice fishing contest, auto ice racing, Fat Bike Race, broomball, softball tournament, cribbage tournament, ATV/motorcycle race ...

Walk Two Moons @The Oxford

Luong Huynh

The Eau Claire Children's Theater's staging of Walk Two Moons runs Jan. 9 through Jan. 17. Based on Sharon Creech’s award-winning novel, 13 year-old Sal tells the story of the disappearance of her best friend Phoebe’s mother ...

Music Quick Hits | Nov. 27, 2014

some super short updates on the Chippewa Valley music scene

V1 Staff, photos by Tom Pellatt, Luong Huynh

Local indie-pop stalwarts Meridene are in the process of recording a new full-length, the first truly new album since their yearlong hiatus ...

Country Fans Go Nuts: Big festival lineups announced

Tom Giffey, photos by Luong Huynh

Unless Johnny Cash starts touring again as a hologram to do duets with Taylor Swift, next summer’s lineups at Country Fest and Country Jam could hardly get bigger. Both Chippewa Valley music festivals unveiled their lineups in the past week ...

MaryLeigh Roohan @The Cabin

photos by Luong Huynh

Saratoga Springs singer/songwriter MaryLeigh Roohan takes the stage with a degree of charm, confidence, and talent that marks her as a natural for a future career in music. She has a lovely, simple voice well-suited to her spare folk guitar ...

S. Carey on Water Street

Luong Huynh

On Wednesday, October 15, national recording artist and Eau Claire native S. Carey played an intimate show at a small Water Street venue.

Let's Be Honest - A Grown-Up Storytelling Series: Scared Witless

photos by Luong Huynh

On Thursday, October 9, Volume One's storytelling series took place at The Volume One Gallery. Some of the area's best writers and yarn-spinners took to the mic for a night of personal stories told live. The night's theme was Scared Witless ...

UWEC Homecoming Parade

photos by Luong Huynh

The UWEC Homecoming Parade took place on Saturday, Oct 4 and traveled from Lake St and Oxford Ave to First Avenue and Water Street.

In Other Words: Bruce Taylor

photos by Luong Huynh

Bruce Taylor is one of Eau Claire's most visible poets, as the current poet laureate for the city, and an accomplished author of nine collections of poetry. His newest, In Other Words, consists of five sections, each of which is based upon a previous

Opening Shot | Sept. 4, 2014

photos by Luong Huynh

A LENGTHY DINNER. Roughly 120 people (only about half of them are shown here) gathered for dinner on the Grand Avenue Footbridge over the Chippewa River on Wednesday, Aug. 27. It was the first ever Grand Evening on the Bridge, a fundraiser ...

A Grand Evening on the Bridge

photos by Luong Huynh

On Wednesday evening, August 27, Eau Claire's Grand Avenue footbridge was the setting of a swanky dinner party, perched above the Chippewa River beneath a gorgeous sky. Sponsored by Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. ...

Sayth Tape Release

photos by Luong Huynh

On Friday, August 15 Sayth celebrated the release of his new tape at the Volume One Gallery. Sayth is up-and-coming local rapper Eric Wells who featured originals and remixes from his debut EP, Bad Habitat.

Adelyn Rose Strikes Off on Tour, Exclusive EP in Hand

Eric Christenson, photos by Luong Huynh

Don’t think of it as a test run, but folk-rockers Adelyn Rose are just getting back from a three-week East Coast tour (with pals Softly, Dear) where they’ve been pedaling a secret little EP, exclusively available at live shows. Titled Summering ...

Ashley for the Arts 2014 w/The Beach Boys

photos by Luong Huynh

On Friday, August 8 and 9, the Ashley for the Arts music festival took place at Memorial Park in Arcadia, Wis. Pictures are from August 8 with headliners The Beach Boys. Each Ashley for the Arts event serves as a foundation for additional ...

Getting Artsy At the Y

Young Artists Studio provides an art ed alternative

Hailey Melander, Luong Huynh

Realizing that they already had quite a plethora of sports programs, the Y decided to add more arts programs this year.

"Tri" Eau Claire Run/Row/Ride

photos by Luong Huynh

The "Tri" Eau Claire Run/Row/Ride event took place on Saturday, August 2nd. This fun event is used to raise money for youth recreation scholarships as well as raising awareness to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. The triathlon follows the shores

Note from the Editor | July 24, 2014

Nick Meyer, photos by Luong Huynh

I’ve seen a fair number of concerts over the years. I started in high school with a few of the day’s mainstream big names – Dave Matthews, Bush, Live, etc. Arena-level gigs. Quickly after that my interests turned more “indie” and the shows ...

Rock Fest 2014

Luong Huynh

Rock Fest 2014 ran July 16-20 over in Cadott. Amongst this year's performers fans heard Live, Cheap Trick, Aerosmith, P.O.D., Stone Sour, and Rob Zombie (all shown here).

Country Jam 2014

photos by Luong Huynh

The 25th annual Country Jam music festival took place July 17-19, just outside Eau Claire. Photos are from July 17 and 18, with headliners The Band Perry, Jake Owen, Jennifer Nettles, and Dierks Bentley.

Opening Shot | July 10, 2014

photos by Luong Huynh

YEE-HAW, Señor Kitty. Just some of the fans seen at Country Fest 2014 out near Cadott. See more photos from June 26 & 29 with headliners Blake Shelton and Florida Georgia Line ...

Country Fest 2014

photos by Luong Huynh

Check out some of the fans and superstars seen at Country Fest 2014 out in Cadott. Wis. Photos are from Thursday, June 26 with headliner Blake Shelton and Sunday, June 29 with headliner Florida-Georgia Line.

So A Girl Walks Into a Comedy Scene...

two women lead the way in local comedy

Mackenzie Bublitz, design by Serena Wagner, photos by Luong Huynh

On the night of my first improv show with UW-Eau Claire’s The Backwards Thinkers Society, as I collected myself mid-show, I thought, “This is kind of funny.” I wasn’t thinking necessarily ha-ha-funny, but curious-funny. Improv uses no script ...

Dames CD release show

photos by Luong Huynh

Dames is Dan Boetcher, James Ignacio and Evan Middlesworth. Formed in 2009 by Dan and James, Dames has been entertaining audiences in the Chippewa Valley with their arrangements of folk songs from today and yesterday as well as a number of songs writ

Music and Improv @Gilbert Garage

photos by Luong Huynh

On Saturday, May 31, locals got together for some live music, improv, and sundry good times at the "Gilbert Garage" in Eau Claire. Among many others, performers included Adelyn Rose and members of Glassworks Improv (shown here).

The Pagoda Has Left the Building

Elena Montanye, photos by Luong Huynh

A piece of Eau Claire’s history was removed the morning of Thursday, May 22 when business and community members came together to extract the iconic pagoda from the former Woo’s Pagoda restaurant on Hastings Way. Although the pagoda will ...

The pagoda has left the building!

photos by Luong Huynh

On Thursday, May 22, community members and businesses came together to help the Chippewa Valley Museum save the pagoda from the former Woo's Pagoda restaurant on Hastings Way. The pagoda has been an Eau Claire icon for nearly 65 years ...

43rd Annual Partners of St. Joseph’s Hospital Charity Ball

photos by Luong Huynh

The 43 Annual Partners of St. Joseph's Hospital Charity Ball took place on Saturday, May 17 at Avalon Hotel in Chippewa Falls. This elegant evening fundraiser supports local health care in a special and fun way. Proceeds from the night will support the Birth Center renovation at St. Joseph’s Hospital. Activities included dinner, big band music, games and camaraderie.