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

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

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.

Dark Money airing on PBS Monday Night

DARK MONEY (2018) | Official Trailer HD | PBS Distribution

Wis.Community recently held a screening of the film Dark Money in Downsville. This film will be shown Monday, Oct. 1 on PBS stations nationwide (the first showing will be at 9 PM Monday night). The film will also become available for streaming after the national premiere. 

Aretha

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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

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Chasing Mabel at Music Over Menomin Summer Concert Series

Music Over Menomin at the 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 is playing.

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.

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