Local music will fill an array of venues across Eau Claire and even the streets during Prex Claires, the second annual celebration of the Chippewa Valley’s diverse music scene that kicks off Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival.
Blugold Radio is proud to announce the second annual celebration will be on Thursday, July 5, immediately preceding the Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival July 6-7. This is made possible through a generous grant from Visit Eau Claire. The 2017 Prex Claires received local, regional and national attention from outlets like USA Today and Radio Milwaukee. Additionally, it won a Downtown Eau Claire, Inc. Award for “Best Event.”
Expanding on the success of last years event, this year’s Prex Claires will be a ticketed wristband event. Patrons will have access to each of these venues for one low fee.
Prex Claires 2018 Venues
The Metro- Local Independence Showcase – Beyond featuring some amazing new material from Roma di Luna, this showcase embodies the connection between Eau Claire and the Twin Cities. Roma Di Luna – 9:15 PM Wayward – 8:45pm TeawhYB – 8pm P Pl – 7pm
Masonic Temple- The Sue Orfield Show – An amazing night of Americana led by the hardest working musician in Eau Claire. As an added bonus this will be in the awe-inspiring Masonic temple. Them Coulee Boys 9 PM Billy Krause 7:30 PM
The Plus- Sawdust City Limits – A rock solid lineup of rockin’ Eau Claire bands. This show will give you a great idea of some of the great music happening around these parts. Drunk Drivers – 11 – 11:25 PM The Heart Pills – 10:20 – 10:45 PM Ronald Raygun – 9:40-10:05 PM FMDown – 9 – 9:25 PM Pit Wagon – 8:20 – 8:45 PM Two Castles – 7:40 – 8:05 PM Jim Pullman – 7 PM
410 Cafe- Ultimate Open Mic – (8-10pm) This freewheeling evening hosted by The Millenium’s Matt Hasenmueller will be a fun spot of creativity and just might be a spot where you can see national musicians pickin’ with some local folks.
Micon Downtown Cinemas- Clearwater Comedy Jam (8-11pm) Clear Water Comedy is bringing their A-game to Micon Downtown Cinemas. C’mon in and get your comedy fix.
Lismore Ballroom – Dance Party Get down to some post midnight grooves. The ball room will be your home for some dance treats. Spank Rock & Mouse on Mars – 11pm – 1am
State Theatre – Vespers (11:30-Midnight) Featuring Mike Perry, Mary Cutrufello, and Astronautalis. Mike will take the stage at approx 11:30 pm, July 5th, for “Vespers” at the State Theatre with friends and fellow musicians Mary Cutrufello and Astronautalis. The three will fill their half-hour slot with a mix of music and words coming from three different directions.
Blugold Radio Station Manager Scott Morfitt said the lineup has something for everyone.
“This is a really great way to showcase the Chippewa Valley music scene,” Morfitt said, “for both in-towners and out-of-towners. This event is all about the Eau Claire music scene and the community.”
Parallel events to Prex Claires include the free Sounds Like Summer performance in Phoenix Park and the Oxbeaux Concert at the Oxbow Hotel. Additionally, there will be many daytime performances that Blugold Radio will highlight as they continue to be announced.
The initial 500 tickets will be available on Thursday, April 12th at 10am and will be $15. After the initial on sale ticket prices will raise to $20. Tickets will be sold online at Blugold Radio.org.
July 5 – 3pm
Revival Records – Eau Claire
All Ages – Free Show
Miss Dee-Lovely fronts the Jaggernauts for a Tribute to David Bowie! They will play Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars! Gasp! Wait there’s more. Giants of Midgard and the John Buxton Experience warm the shoppers up! Costumes are encouraged, but not mandatory. Freak out! Now! Free show. Bands start at 3ish! All ages welcome!
Prex Claires has a lot to offer everyone, and that certainly includes those looking for a chance to bring the whole family along to enjoy some live music and entertainment free of charge!
Here is a comprehensive listing of all #PrexClaires events that fit this criteria. Note your favorites and be sure to head on downtown this Thursday. We’ll see you out there!
(and for a fulling listing of all things Prex Claires click here)