Eaux Claires 2015 Music Festival Recap

Eaux Claires 2015

After a much needed day to recoup, it’s time to recap the Eaux Claires Music Festival.

The Eaux Claire Music Festival was the lovechild of Justin Vernon, an Eau Claire native, who goes by the moniker Bon Iver, and Aaron Dessner of The National.

“We at Eaux Claires have been driven by the idea that our festival would encourage music-genre-walls to melt away. That the barriers between the stage and the audience altered, and expression and experience put above all. We have put so much thought into who should collaborate at this festival, from musicians to actors, filmmakers to visual artists. We will all share and revel in this collision of artistic force while performing in the arms of our own Chippewa River Valley.” – Justin Vernon

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Minneapolis Media Institute Art & Music Exhibit

Minneapolis Media Institute

Similar to the layout of Art-A-Whirl, Minneapolis Media Institute will be putting on an Art & Music Exhibit at 514 Studios in Downtown Minneapolis on December 19th. This is an event I’ve been helping to plan for the last couple months with some really great students and coworkers, and it’s going to be a great way for the art and music community to see what talent is on the horizon.

I’m constantly blown away by the art the students at this school create and think this is an event you shouldn’t miss.

This is a free, all ages event. Doors open at 4pm and music starts at 5pm. Continue reading

Somewhere In A Dark City : Vision The Kid & Tru


Vision The Kid & Tru released their new album, “Somewhere In A Dark City,” today and I’m definitely not mad about it. Being able to put in some headphones and blare this Midwest love story on repeat, is the ideal way to return to the office after a Labor Day weekend vacation.

A couple weeks ago the first single, “Devil” was released, and I have to say that this video was the best one, creatively, that I’ve seen produced by the Be Easy Music crew (although Lost Summer is still a personal favorite). Directed by Colin Kopp and featuring some stark white and black imagery, it gave the story a fresh perspective. Plus, a pyro at heart, who doesn’t love shit set on fire? Continue reading



The first time I attended a GRRRL PRTY was at Bastille Day. They are by far the best live act I’ve seen in quite some time. The swagger they emit is beyond believable.

Not only was their stage presence phenomenal, but they are all incredible lyricists as well. I have to admit that Lizzo is my favorite, but her rapping style is just insane and in the words of my friend who went up to her after the show to tell her so, “her moves are fantastic.”


Kelly with Lizzo of GRRL PRTY

You can download the GRRL PRTY mixtape for FREE on their website www.grrrlprty.com. Continue reading

The Vegas Lounge | Northeast Minneapolis

The Vegas Lounge

Cheap drinks, awkward encounters, and karaoke. The Vegas Lounge is the unnofficial capital of Northeast nightlife.

The vibe of this place does a total 180 shift at approximately 9pm. During the day this is a local haunt of older patrons and seasoned day drinkers. At night you can watch the slow shift as the townies get sparser and relocate closer to the door preparing for their escape from the infiltration and eventual swarm of the NE hipster army.


northeast karaoke

The karaoke variety at Vegas is out of this world. Open 365 days a year this place is busy any night after 10pm. Continue reading