Great (music) outdoors: Making the most of your summer festival season

“Get a lay of the land. Stay hydrated.” “Best way to beat the heat: cold compress laced with an essential oil blend of peppermint and eucalyptus.” “Bring at least one outfit that pushes your limits. A little too sexy. A little too neon. A little too Lycra.” Those are just a few of the responses … [ Read more]

Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival releases full lineup for year ‘Troix’

Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival returns to Foster Farm this June 16 and 17, and this year’s music lineup packs some real star power. Among the 26 musical acts announced this Thursday afternoon are Paul Simon, Chance the Rapper, Feist, and Wilco. Bon Iver will return in 2017 and will be playing a set in honor … [ Read more]

PHOTOS: Relive Eaux Claires 2016

The second Eaux Claries Music and Arts Festival took place last weekend in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The festival included performances from Bon Iver, James Blake, Bruce Hornsby, Erykah Badu, Mavis Staples, and many more, and saw an increased focus on art installations throughout the festival grounds. The Growler Staff Photographer Kevin Kramer was at the … [ Read more]

Eaux Claires announces day-by-day music lineups

Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival announced the day-by-day music lineups Wednesday morning, a day ahead of single-day tickets going on sale. Grammy award-winning band Bon Iver, led by festival curator Justin Vernon, will be debuting brand new music in its Friday night performance. Joining them on the Friday bill are James Blake, Vince Staples, Phosphorescent, yMusic … [ Read more]

The creative confluence at Eaux Claires

We pull up to an open field a few miles southwest of downtown Eau Claire. There’s nothing immediately noteworthy about the place—just an empty lot overgrown with tall grass and golden rod. Without a GPS we surely would have passed it. And yet it was here, on this plateau overlooking the Chippewa River Valley, that … [ Read more]

Dance outside: 2016 summer music festival preview

Today, June 20, is the official start of summer, which means the calendar in the coming months is chock full of outdoor music festivals. See the list below for some of our favorites, and we’ll see you on the dance floor (or mud pit, depending on the fest and the weather). Basilica Block Party | … [ Read more]

The art of the mixtape

Even in the digital age, music fans cling to the retro joy of handmade mixtapes “It’s the exclusivity, the physical object, the artwork,” says Simon Brooks of Minneapolis record store Dead Media. “You can hold it. It degrades. It’s not like an MP3 that will last forever.” The rise of cassette tapes in the 1970s … [ Read more]

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Stream the full Eaux Claires mixtape previewing the festival’s 2016 lineup

Pre-sale ticket buyers for the second year of the Eaux Claires Music & Arts Festival were treated to an unexpected surprise this week when a cassette arrived in the mail teasing the 2016 music artist lineup. The two-hour long mixtape features artists such as Bruce Hornsby, Falls Creek Boys Choir (a collaboration between Justin Vernon … [ Read more]

Eaux Claires Music Festival Lineup Makes Waves, Tickets on Sale

Last year, Aaron Dessner of The National and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Volcano Choir announced they would collaborate on a project new for each of the accomplished artists—organizing a music festival. Dessner and Vernon connected while recording Dark Was the Night, a compilation album benefitting HIV / AIDS research, and quickly became friends after writing the song “Big Red Machine” by … [ Read more]