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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 ---

On the 4th - a quick reminder from Neil Young

One of the things that makes this country truly great is the will of the people.  Don't forget to exercise it.

Title Drops!

I thought you might enjoy this on a warm spring day - 150 clips from films where the title of the film is mentioned. From the editor:

Fresh new month, fresh new montage. Been a while folks. I've gathered many more followers. A big thanks to all you people. Shouldn't be this long a wait for the next montage. I have quite a few going on and this was the one I deemed finished first.

I'm not the first guy to tackle a collection of films where a character


Creative Economy Week Kicks Off

Creative Economy Week Kickoff

Eau Claire's Creative Economy Week kicked off on Saturday with a panel discussion about the state of the creative economy in Eau Claire. The panel included Al Ross from Wisconsin Public Radio as moderator, Mike Schatz, the Economic Development Director of Eau Claire, Kristin Dexter, future owner of Forage in Eau Claire, B. J. Hollars, founder of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild and author, Greg Johnson, owner of Artisan Forge Studios, Dale Peters, City Manager of Eau Claire, and Nick Poss,...

Mothers Day - And Kate Bush

Kate Bush

For Mothers Day we bring you this haunting and touching song from Kate Bush.

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