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Aretha Franklin - Think (feat. The Blues Brothers) - 1080p Full HD

As you all know by now, Aretha Franklin  has left us. Many knew her as an angel of a performer, and sometimes a difficult and unpredictable person when off-stage. All that may be, but we are left with an amazing trove of performances, both as a singer and an under-rated piano player, whose subtle keyboard work was often the core of spectacular arrangements. She was a continual voice during my life, both as a singer and as a defender of everyone's rights.

Last weekend in the valley

Sue Orfield

A few pictures from last weekend in the Chippewa Valley. Saturday was the ever-popular Dragon Boat races in Eau Claire, and all wekeend Blues on the Chippewa rocked Durand. Yours truly spent Sunday afternoon in Durand volunteering to sling beer to the thirsty Blues crowd. Anyway, these are a few views of both events.

Pablo Center announces initial schedule

The Pablo Center at the Confluence has announce the initial schedule for their opening season. The schedule includes a mix of local peformance groups, films, and performers brought in from far and wide. Highlights for me are likely to include Ailey II, Kate Lindsey and  Baptiste Trotignon, Cassel/Block, and The Blind Boys of Alabama. The complete Pablo schedule brochure is linked below.

Chasing Mabel at Music Over Menomonin

chasing mabel

Chasing Mabel at Music Over Menomin Summer Concert Series

Music Over Menomin at the Menomonie Public Library has had a rough summer as many of the music events have needed to be canceled due to the wildly unpredictable summer weather. This week (Thursday - details below) local favorite band Chasing Mabel is playing. In honor of that the band has made a video asking you to come out. The concerts are always fun, and while you're there try out some of the goodies from the Menomonie Market Food Co-op. 

When the Hills are Gone - A Review

Thomas Pearson

I recently read When the Hills Are Gone - a book about the sand mining activists in Wisconsin during the period of the frac sand boom. The author, Thomas W. Pearson, is an associate professor of anthropology at UW-Stout. A disclaimer - I've known Tom for years, particularly since the frac sand activist period documented in this book. 

Frigg - live in Eau Claire - Don't miss them!

Frigg

Frigg GLivelab

Folk, fiddles, and fun come to Eau Claire on Sunday. We were planning on heading on over to the cities next week to see Frigg at the Cedar Cultural Center. But this afternoon I was looking at (embarrasingly, my own) calendar on the site and realized they are playing in Eau Claire on Sunday.  Free and open to the public at Schofield Auditorium at UWEC.

Pro Arte Quartet Recital at UW-Eau Claire

Pro Arte Quartet

Howl: Howl - Part II

The music school at UW Eau Claire holds many music events, many from the faculty and students at the University, and some with visiiting performers. One of those opportunities to see a great performance will happen next week as the Pro Arte Quartet holds a recital at the University. It is free and open to the public. April 4, 7:30 PM.  Details are listed at the links below.

Steve Earle performing in Eau Claire

mareklug - Steve Earle at the City Winery Chicago 2015-02-03 23.07.07

Steve Earle - Copperhead Road

Musical performer, author, and actor Steve Earle will be performing at the Eau Claire Regional Arts Center on June 3.  Tickets are on sale starting tomorrow (March 23) to the general public. Tickets are currently on sale for members. Here's a sample of what you will see and hear.

Northwoods Blues Fest announces lineup

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BECKY BARKSDALE - YOU SHOOK ME

The Northwest Blues Fest returns again this year to the Northern Wisconsin Fairgrounds in Chippewa Falls. The Chippewa Valley has become a center for a wide range of music festivals, but this is one of my favorites. It's only been in Chippewa a few years, and presents an amazing assortment of blues. The Fest is June 29-30 and I promise this will be a good time with fantastic music and great food. Here's a video to whet your appetite, and more info is available at the links below.

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