Eric Christenson

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Wed. Aug. 19th, 2015

Music Quick Hits | August 2015

Eric Christenson

UW-Eau Claire’s activities commission just announced the brand new Local Aire Music Festival, a one-day concert event on Saturday, Oct. 3, in the Ojibwe Ballroom in Davies Center on campus, featuring some really awesome music acts with Eau Claire ties and roots ...

Wed. Aug. 19th, 2015

Building on Ambience

Eric Christenson, photos by Mariah Hamm

Ambient Inks and Knorth Studios upgrade their HQ

Thu. Aug. 6th, 2015

Say Cheese!

Eric Christenson

a delegation of Wisco cheese producers showed their stuff in China

Wed. Aug. 5th, 2015

Crackle Pop

Eric Christenson, photos by Jesse Johnson

local dude Pat Keen folds his jazz background into short, lo-fi pop songs

Wed. Jul. 22nd, 2015

Thinking of Waldemar

Eric Christenson

Reverii frontman plunges the depths of solo work

The Daily Shakedown

Mon. Jul. 20th, 2015

Recapping Eaux Claires 2015

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

Eaux Claires is the coolest festival in the country and it’s ten minutes from my house. The sights and sounds were unlike anything this area has seen before, with 22,000 attending the music and arts fest at the festival grounds, just southwest of Eau Claire. Yeah, there were bands. They were playing on stages ...

Wed. Jul. 8th, 2015

Music Scene Role Models

Eric Christenson

six awesome and successful music / community projects from festivals to venues to decision-making music commissions

Tue. Jul. 7th, 2015

Underground Sound

Eric Christenson

D.I.Y. house shows play a significant underground role in the development of new artists – and they're all ages

Tue. Jul. 7th, 2015

Setting the Stages

Eric Christenson

different venues cover Eau Claire's musical moments

Thu. Jun. 25th, 2015

Endless Alphabet: fun with the ABCs

Eric Christenson

In Endless Alphabet, kids can learn their letters and a whole bunch of new words in a fun and imaginative way. The app functions like a puzzle in which letters for a certain word such as “alarm” are scattered around the board. As you tap and drag each letter to its proper place in the word, it bursts to life with its own ...

Thu. Jun. 25th, 2015

An Exciting Change-Up for Chalkfest 2015

Eric Christenson

Since 2008, thousands of Chippewa Valley folks and their families have made Chalkfest – Volume One’s annual mashup of visual art and sidewalk chalk – a summer staple at Wilson Park in downtown Eau Claire. Now, to take the event to the next level, Volume One ...

Wed. Jun. 24th, 2015

A Little Piece of Marlene

Eric Christenson, photos by Eric Christenson

a whole life’s worth of art for her family and friends

Wed. Jun. 10th, 2015

Best in the Midwest

Eric Christenson

EC reaches Final Four in ‘Best Town’ tourney

Tue. Jun. 9th, 2015

An Imminent Face Lift for Chippewa Falls Murals

Eric Christenson, photos by Andrea Paulseth

The murals that run along River Street and the Wagner Street hill on Chippewa Falls’ west side – a landmark to some – could get a new paint job this summer or early next fall. The existing paint on the walls is chipping and peeling – it’s in pretty rough shape. “It looks like it has a disease,” Mayor Greg Hoffman told the Leader-Telegram recently ...

Tue. Jun. 9th, 2015

The Millenium Video to Make Waves on MTVU

Eric Christenson

There’s a hilarious outtake from The Millenium’s video shoot for their song “Take Me” off their debut album, It’s So Much Friendlier With Two, in which singer Matt Hasenmeuller is in the middle of a passionate verse, surrounded by bright gold confetti, when he chokes a little on an errant ...

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 ...