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Celtic Colours 2020

Cape Breton

Beòlach and Breabach live at Celtic Colours

October 12, 2020

I have not made an arts post for a while now. It's time to fix that. The pandemic has meant there's a real paucity of arts going on. For many years I was usually out in Cape Breton this time of year with my wife Lori, to go to the Celtic Colours Festival. Some years we'd go in the summer and hit up the Broad Cove Concert, which is a whole different experience.

Milwaukee Irish Fest At Home

August 10, 2020

This summer has been one continuous story of canceled music festivals and other events, leaving concert promoters and venues struggling financially, and fans disappointed. One of the great Wisconsin festivals every year is Milwaukee Irish Fest. This year Irish Fest is going virtual, and will be starting on Thursday and running through the weekend.

Mabel Tainter cancels shows through November, executive director leaving

Mabel Tainter Theatre
July 30, 2020

The Mabel Tainter board of directors today announced that all shows will be canceled through the end of November due to the pandemic. The board also announced that the current Executive Director, Jeff Sweeney, will be leaving the theater during the period it is shut down and will take a position as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the 7 Rivers Region based in La Crosse, WI.

This is the entire press release:

Keep Independent Venues in business

Save Our Stages logo
July 9, 2020

Independent performance venues around the country are really hurting since the responsible ones have been closed and are struggling with the concept of re-opening.

Eaux Claires, Ashley for the Arts canceled for 2020

Eaux Claires Logo
May 8, 2020

Both the Eaux Claires festival and Ashley for the Arts announced this morning that they are canceling their musical events for the summer of 2020. 

Eaux Claires had previously worked out an agreement with the city of Eau Claire to hold their festival downtown this summer rather than at the prior more rural location. Ashley for the Arts will take place August 12-14 2021.

Menomonie Theater Guild Postpones Black Friday Production

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March 17, 2020
#202020; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; padding: 0px 18px 9px;" class="m_-4250491404000045419mcnTextContent">Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and our commitment to safety for our actors and audiences, we have moved Black Friday from our spring show slot in May to our fall opener in October.

Pablo Center to host Eaux Claires Hiver - Update

Eaux Claires Hiver

October 8, 2019

This afternoon the announced (via Twitter)  a new smaller version of Eaux Claire, to be held this winter at the Pablo Center. The event is called Eaux Claires Hiver, once again showing Justin Vernon's need to massacre the French language. At least in the video they make fun of it this time. At this point all we know is that tickets go on sale on the 15th.

Kardemimmit tonight in Eau Claire


Kardemimmit - Hius heliä - Fair Hair

September 16, 2019

Tonight and tomorrow present an opportunity to listen to Finnish music, something that does not often come to the area.

Music, Music, Music

"Dizzy" - Joyann Parker Band - Live Video - Soul Music

June 4, 2019

It's summer in the Chippewa Valley, which can only mean one thing - Music Festivals.  There will be no Eaux Claires this summer, but that won't mean there's any shortage of music.  Two are coming up in the next few weeks, and they're some of my personal favorites.

The Blue Ox Music Festival runs June 13-15, bringing you some of the best in  Bluegrass and related genres. This year's lineup includes Pert Near Sandstone, Trampled by Turtles, The Del McCoury Band, and a whole lot more.

Mabel Tainter Board conducts community survey

March 27, 2019

The Mabel Tainter Theater Board is conducting a to guide them in developing their next strategic plan. The survey takes less than 5 minutes. If you care about the direction of the theater, it would be great if you could take the time to complete the survey.