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Lee Butterworth


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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 ...

The Metro Moves Events in Wake of Fire (Here’s What We Know)

V1 Staff, photos by Lee Butterworth

In the wake of Monday’s night’s fire at The Metro in downtown Eau Claire (201 E Lake Street), the venue is shifting several events to new locations. Scroll down to see a list of these events and their new venues (plus any other changes) ...

Catching a Drift

new programming gets locals on the Pablo stage

Bonni Knight, photos by Lee Butterworth

What do homegrown acts The Ben Shaw Band, LASKA, and Pit Wagon have in common? In terms of musical genres, not much. After all, one brings a gritty, yet folksy, Americana, another features ...

Fabulous Fall-Colors Farm Tour 2019

photos by Lee Butterworth

For Chippewa Valley Restaurant Week 2019, Volume One organized the "Fabulous Fall-Colors Farm Tour" on Saturday, September 28. Attendees visited four area farms for exclusive tours from the owners, including ...

Long Beds on the Long Road

for Perry, writing lyrics brings him close to his first literary love: poetry

Ken Szymanski, photos by Lee Butterworth

Michael Perry has never sounded more at home in a song. “Long Road to You,” the title track of the new EP by Michael Perry and the Long Beds, plays like ...

Without Eaux Claires, OXBEAUX III Goes Big in Downtown Eau Claire

Rebecca Mennecke, photos by Lee Butterworth

If you’re looking for a “unique outdoor music experience in the heart of the city,” look no further than the Oxbeaux III at the Oxbow Hotel on Aug. 9-10. There will be beer, cocktails, soda, lots of food, and ...

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 ...

Four Decadent Decades: Decadent Cabaret turns 40

Measha Vieth, photos by Lee Butterworth

It’s time to dig out your fishnets, because Decadent Cabaret is taking the stage for its 40th year! This is a festival unlike any other in the Chippewa Valley, as it brings together people of various ages ...

Rock Fest Releases 2019 Lineup

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

Jefferson Starship lyrics might be the least rock n roll way to describe Rock Fest, but “we built this city on rock n roll” is – all things considered – a pretty fair sum-up of what goes down on Cadott’s ...

Opening Shot | Jan. 9, 2019

photos by Lee Butterworth

Downtown Eau Claire rang in 2019 with its annual New Year’s Eve celebration, complete activities for all ages all evening long, including the “Dragons of the North” lantern parade, live music at multiple venues, a party at The Lismore Hotel (above), and a midnight fireworks display ...

Decadent Cabaret Unleashes 40th Anniversary Show Lineup

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

It’s truly a landmark year for Decadent Cabaret, one of Eau Claire’s longest running musical institutions. The locally grown music festival – which often finds a multitude of local bands doing elaborate tribute ...

Light Up Eau Claire 2018

photos by Lee Butterworth

Downtown Eau Claire rang in 2019 with its annual New Year's Eve celebration, complete with activities for all ages all evening long, including the "Dragons of the North" lantern parade, live music at multiple venues, a party at The Lismore Hotel, and a midnight fireworks ...

Gentle Men: After an 8-year gap, the Gentle Guest drops new LP

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

It’s been a long and dry eight years since The Gentle Guest dropped their classic LP Cast Off Your Human Form. That 2010 record by the self-described “whiskey-fueled blasphemy machine” was a pristine collection ...

Opening Shot | Aug. 22, 2018

photos by Lee Butterworth

A CASE OF THE BASS. Area musician Jill Heinke Moen played with Shane Leonard on Friday, Aug. 17 at the Pine Hollow recording studio outside of Eau Claire. Leonard and company opened the night for Milwaukee band Buffalo Gospel.

FEATURE: The Life and Death and Life of the State Theatre

Once a shuttered movie palace, the State Theatre became a beloved arts center and a key element of Eau Claire's artistic renaissance.

Tom Giffey, design by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth, Luong Huynh, Lee Butterworth, Timothy Mather, Caitlyn Berlin, Brandon Jenness, Frank H. Robinson, Kelsey Smith

PHOTOS: Eaux Claires Fans at Peak Eaux Claires

Mike Paulus, photos by Luong Huynh, Lee Butterworth

We've taken many a photograph at past Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festivals, as all kinds of fantastic people converge upon the Chippewa Valley from around the world. Enjoy a handful of music fans who seem extra-at-home at Eaux Claires ...

Music Quick Hits | June 2018

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

Upon the release of his forthcoming record People Are My Drug (which is streaming now), Phil Cook will make his way home to the Chippewa Valley to perform on Oct. 20 in the Jamf Theater ...

Eaux Claires 2018, Artist-Led Festivals, and the No-Lineup Lineup

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

At this point, it’s been well established that the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival is doing stuff differently for their fourth annual installment on July 6 and 7. Most significantly, curators Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner are intentionally not releasing a lineup of music acts. At least not in the traditional sense ...

Ben Shaw + LASKA + Pit Wagon at The Metro

photos by Lee Butterworth

Blugold Radio 99.9 FM and Powertex Group brought singer/songwriter Ben Shaw to The Metro in downtown Eau Claire on Friday, April 6. Shaw was joined by local bands LASKA and Pit Wagon.

The Finest on the Vine

the top three local wineries from our 2018 Best of the Chippewa Valley Reader Poll

Emilee Wentland, photos by Lee Butterworth

Whether you’re a wine expert or more of a novice, each of these winemakers are sure to have something you’ll be interested in. These wineries were voted the Best of the Chippewa Valley in Volume One’s 2018 ...

Opening Shot | March 7, 2018

photos by Lee Butterworth

AIR TIME. The Torch Sisters had room to stretch out at downtown Eau Claire’s The Metro on March 2, the second night of Decadent Cabaret 39 – the city’s largest annual celebration of local musicians.

Music Quick Hits | March 2018

V1 Staff, photos by Lee Butterworth

English folk trio The Staves recently dropped a digital-only EP of six songs recorded at local studio Pine Hollow as they kick off a tour of Australia and New Zealand. The collection is simply called Pine Hollow and consists ...

Decadent Cabaret 2018 (Friday Night)

photos by Lee Butterworth

Decadent Cabaret – the city's largest annual celebration of local musicians – moved to its new home at The Metro in downtown Eau Claire this year, running Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, March 3 ...

Opening Shot | Feb. 21, 2018

photos by Lee Butterworth

BACK TO IT. To celebrate the 10th-anniversary re-release of Justin Vernon’s debut Bon Iver album – For Emma, Forever Ago – the band staged a special concert at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Eau Claire native and his full Bon Iver crew covered the album for fifteen thousand fans, at times reverting back to the original band’s turning group, including only Vernon and fellow Chippewa Vallians Mike Noyce and Sean Carey.

It's Official: Eau Claire’s New Downtown Arts Center Has a Name (UPDATED)

Tom Giffey, photos by Lee Butterworth, Market & Johnson

Chippewa Valley, say hello to Pablo. With a $5 million donation, a newly formed philanthropic foundation has secured naming rights for downtown Eau Claire’s new performing arts center: The Pablo Center at the Confluence will be the official name of the $60.5 million facility, which is scheduled to open ...

An Evening With Hiss Golden Messenger

photos by Lee Butterworth

An Evening With Hiss Golden Messenger at the Lismore Hotel on Friday, October 27 saw singer M.C. Taylor fresh off his latest studio album release, Hallelujah Anyhow. The band features artists Phil Cook and Mike Lewis, and the show pulled in special guest Justin Vernon ...

Weezer Tribute Show @The Plus

photos by Lee Butterworth

On Saturday, August 26 at The Plus, Sons of Guns played as "Weerez" for a Weezer tribute show. Weerez played the entire the Blue Album, plus favorites from Pinkerton and the Green Album, plus a little Maladroit and a dash of B-Sides ...

Rock Fest 2017

photos by Lee Butterworth, Ricci Wagner

Rock Fest 2017 took place Thursday, July 13 through Saturday, July 15 in Cadott, WI. This massive rock n' roll fest featured such artists as Slayer, Avenged Sevenfold, Megadeth, and Rob Zombie, with many other performances throughout the weekend.

Eaux Claires 2017: The Grounds

photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

Crafted by creative director Michael Brown, the 2017 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (June 16 & 17) 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 2017: The Music

photos by Lee Butterworth, 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 2017 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (June 16 & 17) provided two days of fantastic live music ...

Eaux Claires 2017: The People

photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

Tens of thousands people showed up for the 2017 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (June 16 & 17). Attracted by the diverse lineup; headliner shows from Chance the Rapper, Wilco, Paul Simon, and the all-star John Prine tribute; and the promise of ...

Eaux Claires 2017: In the Woods and in the Rain

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

Rain happened off and on throughout Troix, the third installment of the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, but the tricky weather was never enough suppress the creative energy, artistic drive, and good vibes that permeate this particular fest every year.

Eaux Claires 2017 (A Few More Shots)

photos by Lee Butterworth

A few more quick photos from Friday (June 16) at the 2017 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival. Full photo sets to come ...

Baroque Sculpture Lighting to Debut at Prex Claires (June 15)

Visit Eau Claire, photos by Lee Butterworth

Join Visit Eau Claire from 8:30pm to 11pm on Thursday, June 15 for the lighting of the Baroque sculpture as part of the Prex Claires festivities near the intersection of West Grand Avenue and First Avenue in downtown Eau Claire ...

Artistic Evolution

Eaux Claires Troix’s art program is focused on interaction

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

In the last two iterations of the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, the bands were good. OK, they were great. But what truly made the whole shebang unique and magical was the artists ...

Eaux Claires Goes Huge on 2017 Art Installations

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

The Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival is just about four weeks away, and they just announced their mind-bending slate of visual arts, performance pieces, sound installations, artistic collaborations, and literature events ...

Rock No More

The House of Rock will shut its doors in July

Eric Christenson, photos by Kelsey Smith, Lee Butterworth

One of Eau Claire’s longest running music venues, the House of Rock, is closing this summer, its owner announced in early May. The Water Street rock club’s owner, Steve Geitz ...

Rogue Valley @Pine Hollow

photos by Lee Butterworth

Rogue Valley, with special guests, Waldemar, performed at Pine Hollow Studio in outside of Menomonie on Friday, April 28.