PHOTOS: Eaux Claires Fans at Peak Eaux Claires

Thu. Jul. 5th, 2018

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 ...

Eaux Claires 2017: The Grounds

photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

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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

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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

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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 Set Times

Tue. Jun. 6th, 2017

Mike Paulus

The Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (June 16 & 17) announced their 2017 daily set times on Tuesday. Check them out below ...

Eaux Claires Goes Huge on 2017 Art Installations

Fri. May. 19th, 2017

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 ...

Eaux Claires Sculpture Finds Local Home Along Chippewa River

Tue. Nov. 29th, 2016

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

During the 2016 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival last summer, a giant wire mesh structure called Baroque created by Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi provided a setting for brooding organ tones between musical ...

4 Things From the New York Times Profile of Bon Iver

Wed. Sep. 21st, 2016

Eric Christenson

On Wednesday, The New York Times published an expansive profile on Bon Iver and Justin Vernon – The Blessed, Cursed Life of Bon Iver – talking with Vernon about his struggles with the music industry, his unique path to notoriety, and the experimental production techniques ...

Watch Bon Iver Perform New Music on The Tonight Show

Thu. Sep. 15th, 2016

Mike Paulus

Bon Iver appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon Wednesday night (Sept. 14) and played 8 (circle) from their new album 22, A million – set to release on Sept. 30. This was the second time the track was heard live by audiences ...

LISTEN: Bon Iver drops another new track from 22, A Million

Mon. Aug. 29th, 2016

Eric Christenson

The new Bon Iver record, 22, A Million, comes out in almost exactly one month, but last night the band dropped another new single: A rollicking, melancholy track called 33 “GOD” – with all of its orchestral flourishes ...

Fri. Aug. 19th, 2016

Look Back: Eaux Claires 2016

Eaux Claires 2016 was flooded with wonderful moments of musical madness, quiet reflection, community togetherness, and artistic experimentation. While we were out on the grounds taking it all in, our pal Anthony Casanova ...

Eaux Claires 2016: The Grounds

photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

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Crafted by creative director Michael Brown, the 2016 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (August 12 & 13) 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 2016: The People

photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

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Over 20,000 people showed up for the 2016 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (August 12 & 13). Attracted by the diverse lineup; headliner shows from Bon Iver, Erykah Badu, James Blake, and the all-star Day of the Dead tribute; and the promise of memorable art installations ...

Eaux Claires 2016: The Music

photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

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With multiple stages and a diverse lineup of performers hand-picked by festival curators Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National), the 2016 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (August 12 & 13) provided two days of fantastic live music ...

GLEAUXING REVIEWS? What People Are Saying About Eaux Claires II (updated)

Mon. Aug. 15th, 2016

Tom Giffey

The stages and speaker stacks have been packed away, the last Kind bars and Brewing Projekt beers have been consumed, the little orange journals have been tucked into hand-crafted memory boxes, and we’re easing our inevitable post-Eaux Claires cooldown by reliving ...

Mon. Aug. 15th, 2016

Bon Iver - Full Eaux Claires Set (2016)

Check out Bon Iver's entire 48-minute Friday night set from the 2016 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, uploaded by "cookiecrumblemusic." Apart from the final three songs, the performance debut's Bon Iver's new album, 22, A Million.

Bon Iver Mural Appears in the Heart of Eau Claire

Wed. Aug. 10th, 2016

Mike Paulus, photos by Eric Christenson

Appearing this week on the side on The State Theatre, right on S. Farwell Street – running through the heart of downtown Eau Claire – you can see a large mural in progress. Eagled-eyed Bon Iver fans will recognize the artwork and symbols – echoing images released by the band on social media over the last week (and in this teaser video).

Return to the River: Justin Vernon Talks Eaux Claires

Mon. Aug. 8th, 2016

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

Since he debuted the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival last summer, Justin Vernon has kept busy. He’s helped shape the vision for a new hotel in Eau Claire called The Oxbow, collaborated on new tracks with big name musician pals like James Blake and Kanye West, and played four unforgettable nights at the Sydney Opera House with Bon Iver – all while planning and keeping the gears turning on Eaux Claires year two ...

Eaux Claires 2016 Releases Day-To-Day Schedules

Tue. Aug. 2nd, 2016

V1 Staff

Today, from Eaux Claires 2016 organizers: "We're happy to announce our 2016 Friday schedule! You can also find an interactive schedule within the Eaux Claires Mobile App available in the iOS and Android store(s)."

Star Tribune Travel Section Profiles Eau Claire

Fri. Jul. 29th, 2016

Mike Paulus

This Sunday (July 31) the Star Tribune’s travel section will feature a front page spread on one of the Midwest’s day trip hotspots: Eau Claire. ‘Tis true. Hot on the heels of the city’s profile in Time Magazine ...

Time Magazine Features Eau Claire

Thu. Jun. 30th, 2016

Mike Paulus

In this week’s issue of Time Magazine – hitting newsstands soon but online now – you’ll find a robust story on ... Eau Claire. Yep, the iconic magazine is featuring our little chunk of Wisconsin, covering the city’s recent economic and cultural developments.

Wed. Jun. 8th, 2016

Bon Iver at the Sydney Opera House – "Michicant"

"A song about fear, childhood and the changing of seasons, the tender 'Michicant' featured not only the achingly beautiful falsetto of Bon Iver but also a breathtaking alto sax solo ..."

Listen: Justin Vernon and James Blake Team up for New Single

Thu. May. 5th, 2016

Eric Christenson

You can hear a brand new track from Bon Iver and James Blake called “I Need A Forest Fire” on the critically acclaimed UK producer’s new album The Colour In Anything, which drops tonight at midnight ...

Eaux Claires Festival Seeking 2016 Art Submissions

Fri. Mar. 18th, 2016

Eric Christenson, photos by Lee Butterworth

Last week, the ever-popular Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival put out the call for art submissions for the 2016 fest. Visual, installation, and performing arts are a huge, huge part of the festival ...

Listen to a Leaked Kanye West Demo Featuring Justin Vernon

Thu. Feb. 18th, 2016

Eric Christenson

A whole horde of Kanye West demos have surfaced online from his expansive sessions recording The Life Of Pablo – his newest provocative and critically-acclaimed album – and one of them has a smooth feature by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon as well as R&B producer The-Dream ...

Eaux Claires Announces 2016 Festival Dates

Wed. Oct. 21st, 2015

Eric Christenson

Hot off being named one of the “Top 10 Music Festivals in North America” by Consequence of Sound, the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival will officially be back in August of 2016 at the festival grounds just outside Eau Claire. The first round of pre-sale tickets goes on sale Thursday, Oct. 22 at 10am CST at www.eauxclaires.com.

Eaux Claires Ranked Amongst Top 5 Summer Music Festivals

Wed. Sep. 23rd, 2015

V1 Staff, photos by Lee Butterworth

Music site Consequence of Sound just ranked their favorite summer music festivals of 2015, and they placed last July's Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival at number 5, beating out the likes of Pitchfork and Bonaroo and Austin City Limits. Coachella was their top choice ...

Wed. Aug. 12th, 2015

Bon Iver - Full Eaux Claires Set (2015)

Check out Bon Iver's entire Saturday night set closing the 2015 Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, shot by Paul Seal, who says, "I travelled from the UK to Eau Claire for this festival and it was completely worth it. The people in Eau Claire were incredibly kind and welcoming."

The Local Store: Part of the Eaux Claires Experience

Tue. Jul. 28th, 2015

Local Store Shopkeep

It's been over a week since the very-much-talked-about Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival swept through our humble city. We're still catching our breath and coming down from the incredible experience(s) provided by the Chippewa Valley's newest large-scale ...

Eaux Claires 2015: The People

photos by Lee Butterworth, Luong Huynh

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22,000 people showed up for the inaugural Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival (July 17 & 18, 2015). Attracted by the diverse lineup; headliner shows from Bon Iver, The National, Sufjan Stevens, and Spoon; and the promise of memorable art installations ...

Fri. Jul. 24th, 2015

The Eaux Claires Experience

As a kind of farewell to the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival, check out this short video. Volume One partnered with Eau Claire's Kaze Studios (kazefilms.com) on this clip – with music from S. Carey (scarey.org). Enjoy!