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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. 

The book brought back quite a few memories for me, as I was occasionally one of the people in the "...

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

Frigg

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.

Combining deep Finnish folk roots with a lot of swinging music and fun, Frigg is always a joy to see and listen to.  Here's some sample...

Pro Arte Quartet Recital at UW-Eau Claire

Pro Arte Quartet

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

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

Northwest Blues Fest Logo

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....

The UWEC Campus Films

A man called ove poster

We often forget that the opportunity to travel the world is in our own backyard. There are many completely under-used opportunities in the arts in the Chippewa Valley, and it is our intention to point some of those out.

For years my wife and I have subscribed to the UW Eau Claire International Film Series and Campus Films. This is an incredible bargain. Every year the series features films that are compelling, heartrending, or hilarious from around the world, and frankly are films that...

Neil Young releasing new old album

Neil Young, Hitchhiker

In August, 1976 Neil Young went into the studio to record some of the new songs he was working on. Many of them would become standards in the Young catalog like Powderfinger and Pocahontas, which would appear on the Rust Never Sleeps album in full power band style.  Young is releasing the earlier acoustic treatments of these songs as recorded in that 1976 session as the new album Hitchhiker. Some of these have not been heard before, and they are a great example of Young's work in that...

Music, Music, Music

Richard Thompson

We're partnering with Trebble.FM to bring some music to the site. We'll have a curated set of music that will rotate from time to time.  This week we're bringing you the inimitable Richard Thompson. This is a nice tool, lets you pull together embeddable music players from a lot of on-line sources. It's still in beta and - not quite perfect, but good enough to use as it is. Enjoy.  If you have suggestions for people you would like to hear and see, let us know.

Eaux Claires Troix

Thanks to Chippewa Valley Community Television for their coverage of Eaux Claires Troix - a great time was had by all. Now if we could just get Justin Vernon to stop mis-spelling French words ---

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