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Eric Christenson

Managing Editor

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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 ...

Blue Ox Music Festival Releases 2019 Lineup

Eric Christenson

The Blue Ox Music Festival is celebrating its fifth birthday in summer 2019 (June 13-15) amongst the trees of Eau Claire’s Whispering Pines Campground, and today they dropped a lineup of musical acts that have become downright mainstays ...

Q&A: Comedian Sean Patton talks Comedy and Eau Claire

Eric Christenson

It’s not a stretch of the imagination to say that Sean Patton is one of the funniest working comics in the country. For years, this man has been making the world bust a gut with his one-of-a-kind act which celebrates the goofiness of existence and the absurdity of life itself ...

Good Times, Bad Art

a one-day music fest at the Pablo for locals, by locals

Eric Christenson

That lines comes near the end of a promo video for the upcoming Bad Art Music Festival, which will take place in the Jamf Theatre at the Pablo Center Nov. 23

Good Times, Bad Art: A one-day music fest at the Pablo for locals, by locals

Eric Christenson, photos by Mike O'Brien

‘We are the musicians, the performers, and the appreciators of the Chippewa Valley music scene. And this is our festival.” That lines comes near the end of a promo video (see below) for the upcoming Bad Art Music Festival, which will take place in the Jamf Theatre at the Pablo Center Nov. 23 ...

Fire up the Big Red Machine for Colbert Thursday Night

Eric Christenson

Following a memorable show at this summer’s Eaux Claires and the August release of their critically-acclaimed self-titled record, Big Red Machine – the collaborative project from Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner of The National ...

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 ...

Country Jam Reveals 2019 Lineup

Eric Christenson

We haven’t quite slipped into winter’s chilly grasp yet here in Wisconsin, but that doesn’t mean we can’t already look forward to next summer. And, c’mon, what better way to do that than by daydreaming of Country Jam ...

Music Quick Hits|October 2018

Eric Christenson

S. Carey recently dropped a cool mini-documentary shot over the days leading up to his latest tour for his album Hundred Acres. The film, which was shot and edited by filmmaker Peter Eaton, shows the band rehearsing and hanging ...

Long Live the Queens: Inside the Valley's vivacious drag scene

Katie Vagnino, graphic designer by Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Over the past decade, the drag scene in the Chippewa Valley has blossomed from a subculture limited to a handful of venues to something much more visible and vibrant.

‘Too Easy’

Mr. Pizzy and Mistah connect on infectious collab album Game Changers

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Two of the Chippewa Valley’s finest and most prolific hip hop artists are aiming high and ready to change the game ...

The Gentle Guest Plans New Album Unholy Mess

Eric Christenson, photos by Zach Oliphant

Eau Claire band The Gentle Guest – who used to actively slay the local scene with their firebrand style of country punk – has been relatively quiet for a couple years. Frontman Eric Rykal has been focusing ...

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