Eric Christenson

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Thu. Jun. 4th, 2015

Rolling Toward a New Skate Park

Eric Christenson

“I’ve been a skater for almost 21 years now,” Gabe Brummett tells me over the phone, and then he pauses for a long time. “… Sorry. I’m eating.” As a father of two, a full-time UPS driver, and a lynchpin in Eau Claire’s growing skate scene, Brummett is a busy guy – so we chatted during his afternoon lunch break ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Jun. 3rd, 2015

Eaux Claires Festival Releases Day-to-Day Lineup

Eric Christenson

This week, the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival announced which days – July 17 or 18 – the musical acts and art performances from its impressive lineup will fall. As far as time of day, there’s no exact schedule just yet, but $75 single-day general admission passes go on sale at ...

Fri. May. 29th, 2015

Celebrating Our Nature

Eric Christenson

Birds, Bugs & Blooms Bash kicks off with 30+ field trips

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. May. 20th, 2015

UPDATE: Eaux Claires Announces Ambitious Lineup of Art Installations

Eric Christenson

Festivalgoers who bought tickets to the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival expecting to just enjoy the music from its impressive who’s-who lineup will get a lot more than they bargained for after witnessing all the crazy, calculated, experiential visual art installations and performances at the two-day fest.

Thu. Apr. 30th, 2015

Music Quick Hits | April 2015

Eric Christenson

Local pop superstars The Millenium have released a new video for their song, “Take Me” off their debut album It’s So Much Friendlier With Two. The video puts the band in an empty room – just like the lyrics reference – and with the burst of the infectious tune’s last chorus, a burst of gold confetti flies around the band. ...

Wed. Apr. 29th, 2015

Bluegrass, New Grass

Eric Christenson

Evergreen Grass Band keeps evolving, puts priority on new album

Mon. Apr. 13th, 2015

Something Funny Is Going On Here

Eric Christenson, photos by Zach Oliphant, Lee Butterworth

Eau Claire comedian and V1 Editor Eric Christenson gives an inside look at the local standup scene, from its desolate beginnings to its explosive growth

Tue. Mar. 31st, 2015

A Year with Frog and Toad

Eric Christenson

The classic kids books Frog & Toad by Arnold Lobel are about two friends who are very different from one another, but they make it work. And now it has it’s own musical adaptation for the stage coming to Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts in ...

Tue. Mar. 31st, 2015

Glassworks Head Out On Tour Which Includes Huge Phoenix Improv Festival

Eric Christenson

The Glassworks improv boys are known to tour relentlessly, bringing their absurdist brand of off-the-cuff chuckles to theatres and spaces all over the nation. The crew – which consists of Mack Hastings, Elliot Heinz, and Alex Raney – is heading ...

Tue. Mar. 31st, 2015

The Wordly D. Janakey

Eric Christenson, photos by Eric Christenson

transplant remembers hard times with roving folk songs

Tue. Mar. 31st, 2015

Starring Aero Flynn

Eric Christenson

with Josh Scott’s Amateur Love days behind him, he moves on with Aero Flynn

Tue. Mar. 17th, 2015

Disc-y Business

Zack Katz, photos by Eric Christenson

new Water Street store caters to disc golf lovers

Tue. Mar. 17th, 2015

Lining Up the Rock

Eric Christenson

Rock Fest lineup features Nickelback, Judas Priest, Avenged Sevenfold

Tue. Mar. 17th, 2015

Babe's Bluegrass

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Eau Claire is the perfect spot for first Blue Ox fest

Tue. Mar. 17th, 2015

Steampunk Spectacular

Eric Christenson

steampunk festival to foster creative expression

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Mar. 9th, 2015

Nickelback, Avenged Sevenfold to headline Rock Fest 2015

Eric Christenson

Every July, right in our backyard, Rock Fest brings some serious heat to the area with the biggest names in rock 'n' roll, hardcore, and classic rock. In 2015, the Fest aims to melt faces with the likes of Nickelback, Avenged Sevenfold, Judas Priest,

Tue. Mar. 3rd, 2015

Brewery Screwery

Eric Christenson

local brewing operation faces even more hurdles

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Feb. 23rd, 2015

Watch Michael Noyce play two new solo songs

Eric Christenson

Michael Noyce was 20 years old when he first went on the road with Bon Iver. “… it got big really fast,” Noyce said in a long interview with Fresh Independence. “I was scared, I was so ..."

Tue. Feb. 17th, 2015

Keith Olsen Pokemon Master

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

a chat with a local 10-year-old Pokemon card player who’s ranked fifth in the country and 25th in the entire world

Wed. Feb. 4th, 2015

Dinner at the Movies?

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Downtown Cinema’s fancy expansion will allow them to serve food and booze

Tue. Feb. 3rd, 2015

Crawling for the Confluence

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Banbury Art Crawl artists have option to donate

Mon. Jan. 26th, 2015

Music Quick Hits | Jan. 21, 2015

Eric Christenson

You might recognize some things about the new set of orchestral indie pop songs by Sufjan Stevens, called Carrie & Lowell. First off, in the album credits both Sean Carey (of S. Carey) and Ben Lester (of Aero Flynn) as having provided some ...

The Daily Shakedown

Tue. Jan. 20th, 2015

Get Your First Glimpse of Aero Flynn

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

It’s been over ten years since Amateur Love played a show, and ever since, the reclusive frontman Josh Scott has been – to put it modestly – laying low. After years and years of dormancy, worry and nothing, rumblings finally started last year ...

Thu. Jan. 8th, 2015

Looking Ahead: 2015

Tom Giffey, Eric Christenson

What will the next year have in store for the Chippewa Valley?

Thu. Jan. 8th, 2015

King of the One-Liner

Eric Christenson

Steven Wright brings the funny – one sentence at a time

Thu. Jan. 8th, 2015

Lazy Monk's New Home?

Eric Christenson, Andrea Paulseth

if all goes according to plan, the brewery will move into old Charlson building

Wed. Jan. 7th, 2015

Art from the Ashes

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

the incendiary artwork of Eau Claire’s Eric Lee

Mon. Dec. 22nd, 2014

A Bangin' Xmas Weekend

Eric Christenson

huge, local-ish bookings at the House of Rock should cure your post-holiday blues

Thu. Dec. 11th, 2014

Michael Perry and the Long Beds Release Live Album

Eric Christenson

For their third album, Michael Perry and the Long Beds went live. The 23 tracks that fill Bootlegged at the Big Top were recorded under the big tent at the Big Top Chautauqua, up north in Bayfield, through which Perry hosts ...

The Daily Shakedown

Wed. Dec. 10th, 2014

Supermoon-inspired S. Carey EP to release in February

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

During last August's supermoon – the astronomical phenomenon where every dozen or so full moons is extra big – most people took to their telescopes to see it, their backyards to revel in it, or their social media feeds to not shut up about it ...

Tue. Nov. 25th, 2014

Two Nights In Taxi Town

Eric Christenson

Love Taxi throws it in gear for two-night Mousetrap gig

Tue. Nov. 25th, 2014

Off the Top

Eric Christenson, photos by Anna Mateffy

Improv Fest organizers ‘Yes, and...’ their way to bigger and better festival

Thu. Nov. 13th, 2014

Love Letter Songs

Eric Christenson

We Are The Willows latest inspired by grandparents’ WWII-era correspondence

Mon. Nov. 3rd, 2014

Ugly Muggin’

Janae Breunig, Eric Christenson, Tom Giffey, Tyler Griggs, Serena Wagner, photos by Serena Wagner

We scoured Valley thrift and antique stores for the cheesiest and weirdest coffee mugs around.

Fri. Oct. 31st, 2014

Space On the Screen

Eric Christenson

CF Micon gets sneak peak of Nolan flick on 35mm

Thu. Oct. 30th, 2014

Four Friends Finding Folk

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Them Coulee Boys release homegrown debut album