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Pablo Center Names New Director of Artistic Programming

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Evan Middlesworth
Evan Middlesworth

In a press release today (1-30-20), the Pablo Center at the Confluence named its new Director of Artistic Programming – Evan Middlesworth of Pine Hollow Audio near Eau Claire. Read more ...


New director to focus on bringing top national and local talent for Season Three

EAU CLAIRE, WIS. (January 30, 2020) – After a national search with over 45 applicants, Pablo Center at the Confluence is pleased to announce the appointment of Evan Middlesworth to the position of Director of Artistic Programming, effective immediately.  During his interim term as the Artistic Programming Manager, Middlesworth brought an exciting new direction to Pablo Center’s lineup by booking artists such as Charlie Berens, The Secret Sisters, Arch Allies, and local musicians S. Carey, Shane Leonard, James Ignacio, and Humbird for the second half of Season Two. Middlesworth’s focus for Season Three is to establish new creative relationships with national and international agencies, promoters, and artists while continuing to champion the Chippewa Valley arts communities.  

Executive Director Jason Jon Anderson looks forward to bringing Middlesworth’s talents and connections to Pablo Center at the Confluence. 

“It is reflective of the Pablo Center’s values and story to find a candidate with passion, talent, and a diverse collection of skills right here in Eau Claire,” says Anderson.  “I firmly believe that Evan's international live music connections, passion for education, local affiliations, recording studio ownership, his passion for Eau Claire, and his ever-present calm make him a perfect choice for this important role.  I am excited for our audience to experience Pablo Center’s offerings: programming that highlights the best local artists, along with the incredible national additions.  The artistic team has curated an incredible spring lineup as well as made great progress on Season Three.”

While studying for his bachelor of arts in sound design at Purdue University, Middlesworth started building a diversified career around various avenues of the entertainment industry, both on stage and behind the scenes by being open to and accepting any opportunity based around music, audio, or theatre.  His positive approach and drive led to him working for LOUD Technologies; founding Driftless Artist Management and Pine Hollow Audio; touring with The National, EL VY, and Big Thief as an audio engineer; stage managing the Eaux Claires and Boston Calling music festivals; performing with countless bands across many genres; and composing music for theatres nationally.  He also funnels his desire to help others by volunteering to speak with students about life in the entertainment and music industries.  Outside of entertainment, Middlesworth is passionate about aviation and received his pilots license in August 2018.  Exploring from the air and taking his wife Laura on fly-dates acts as a form of relaxation and continued learning. 

“We have the team, the knowledge, and the tools to dream up and bring to life any idea across all artistic platforms right here, and that’s a very exciting realization to have!  We’ll face challenges along the way, however, our team and our community will adapt, learn, and grow together as we move along - if we keep our minds and our hearts in the right place, a positive outcome will be easier than we thought.  All things are simple, once you know how,” says Middlesworth.

For more information, please contact Stephanie LaBair, Marketing and Communications Manager at Pablo Center at the Confluence, at 715-471-6138 or by emailing