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March 2017

Jazz Session

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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3-8 and 3-22

Join us for a night of jazz and improvised music with host, Josh Gallagher. Josh grew up in Eau Claire and left the Midwest study jazz at Berklee School of Music in Boston. Josh also attended the Dave Brubeck Institute. After time in Boston, New York, and performing on cruises Josh returned to Eau Claire bringing a wealth of talent. The Wednesday night jazz sessions bring new guests each week, drawing from the large talent pool of the Chippewa Valley.…

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Company Express

March 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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3-23

Company Express is comprised of husband and wife duo David and Jessica Yentsch along with cellist Carter Clay. David and Jessica are on staff at Renew Covenant Church in Eau Claire as worship leaders. Carter performs in various ensembles in the National Guard. Their music has rich vocal harmonies backed by acoustic guitar, keyboard, and soaring cello lines. They perform several originals, as well as covers of songs by artists such as the Civil Wars and Glen Hansard.

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The Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers

March 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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3-24

The Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers are a guitar/fiddle duo that performs original songs and tunes inspired by classic hillbilly, ragtime, vaudeville, western-swing, and old-time fiddling--and also mines this same repertoire for forgotten gems that deserve to be heard again. The Sapsuckers's special emphasis, when it comes to fiddle tunes, is on the Scandinavian-influenced regional tunes of the upper Midwest, many of which they've picked up from old-timers in the hills around their Wisconsin home. Their 2015 album, "Ocooch Mountain Home," (their…

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Eggplant Heroes

March 25 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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3-25

Eggplant Heroes is an Americana collaboration among Duffy Duyfhuizen, Max Garland, Joel Pace, Olaf Lind, Caleb Horne, Dan Zerr, and Lucas Fischer.  Mixing original tunes with songs by others that we like to play, EPH tries to bring a rich and eclectic musical experience. www.eggplantheroes.com

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Colin Heshmat Quintet

March 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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3-30

The Colin Heshmat quartet is a locally formed group that performs jazz standards and original composition. The group’s composition work strives to push the definition of jazz outward and provide relevancy to a new generation. Members include Scott Hensiak (Saxophone), Sam Olson (Bass), Colin Carey (Drums), and Colin Heshmat (Piano). Colin Heshmat is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied jazz piano under the guidance of Chip Stephens and received a degree in mechanical…

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Two Frets Up

March 31 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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3-31

Neither John Utphall & Larry Radle are new to music, both accomplished musicians, John with his fiddle & keyboard and Larry with vocals & guitar. John adds his jazz blues feel and sound to the violin and keys, and Larry his country soft rock, together making a unique full sound for a Duo.

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April 2017

Unsung Heroes

April 1 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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4-1-here

Unsung Heroes are comprised of Michael Kac, John Seymour and Roady Tate. Each performer will rotate half hour sets throughout the night. Michael grew up in Ithaca, New York and spent his early years playing classical piano. In college, he taught himself guitar and banjo and began performing folk music professionally on the coffeehouse circuit. John describes his music, “It’s something like ‘prairie rhythm & blues meets river city folk and walks into a bar with a few jazz chords’.…

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Blaine and Leah Howard with Jason Harrod

April 7 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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12-10

Blaine and Leah play thoughtful acoustic music with lots of harmonies and achy-pretty melodies. They both write and trade lead vocals. Blaine plays acoustic and occasional electric guitar. Leah plays acoustic guitar and piano. David plays Electric guitar & mandolin. Jason Harrod is a Brooklyn-based performing songwriter known for generous melodies and poetic, image-rich lyrics. Jason made his mark as one-half of seminal Boston duo Harrod and Funck before venturing out on his own. Over years of constant writing, recording, and touring,…

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Timbre Junction Bluegrass Band

April 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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4-8

As one of the Twin Cities hardest working acoustic acts, Timbre Junction has cemented a reputation for playing across a variety of musical styles and putting on a spirited show. With their emphasis on skillful playing, tight arrangements and expressive vocals done “their way”, Timbre Junction pushes the envelope…this is not your everyday Minnesota bluegrass band. While traditional bluegrass, country blues, cowboy and western swing anchor their repertoire, the band is far from predictable and can be tough to categorize.…

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Jazz Session

April 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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4-12 and 4-26

Join us for a night of jazz and improvised music with host, Josh Gallagher. Josh grew up in Eau Claire and left the Midwest study jazz at Berklee School of Music in Boston. Josh also attended the Dave Brubeck Institute. After time in Boston, New York, and performing on cruises Josh returned to Eau Claire bringing a wealth of talent. The Wednesday night jazz sessions bring new guests each week, drawing from the large talent pool of the Chippewa Valley.…

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Steven John Rindt

April 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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4-13

Singer/songwriter Steven John Rindt is a finger-style guitarist who utilizes both blues and classical styles to give popular songs from the 60's-current releases a crisp an intriguing sound. His original material is a reflection of his life experiences with those that have influenced him most. Expect both smooth and powerful vocals blended with a vibrant acoustic sound. 

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Proffunk

April 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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4-14

Proffunk is a quartet of many musical disciplines and experiences. Frank Watkins is on the keys and vocals, and axe-man Ryan Jones keeps things real. Selika Lawton is on vocals, keys and guitar and Clay Lawton holds down the low end.  Together, they bring funk, jazz, R&B and blues, playing an eclectic mix of covers and originals.

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Mama Tried

April 15 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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4-15

Jeff and Melissa Weishaar first met in a band in 2002 in Eau Claire where both were living at the time.  A lot has changed since then...marriage, two boys, careers, 14 moves and the list goes on. As such, they took a long hiatus from music but decided that music and entertaining is a part of them that they couldn't ignore any longer.  So here they are!  Out of Lake Geneva, WI.,  Mama Tried plays upbeat Americana music, covering songs…

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Ask a Scientist

April 19 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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4-19

Space missions are very difficult, and our infatuation with the planet Mars has not made the endeavor of exploring it any easier. In fact, about half of the attempts to explore Mars have ended in failure. So far, forty-four missions have attempted to or have reached Mars. This talk will highlight some of the missions in our almost 60-year journey to reach Mars and preview planned future missions to the planet.

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EC JAZZ FEST Kick Off Show Featuring The Red Cedar Hot Club Quintet

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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4-20

The Red Cedar Hot Club Quintet is a newly formed Gypsy Jazz Swing group of five seasoned jazz musicians inspired by the music from Django Reinhardt and from the American swing songbook. The group includes Twin Cities guitar guru and NYC Jazz Fest participant Dean Granros (pictured above). Dustin DeGolier, a fine young guitarist who, besides a full schedule, teaches all guitar styles at the Shell Lake summer music camps. Brad Stoughton, educator, municipal band conductor and working musician, will…

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EC JAZZ FEST 52nd Street

April 21 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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4-21

Four bands will be featured during this year's 52nd street show beginning at 7pm at the Acoustic Cafe. There will be a $5 cover charge from 7pm-Midnight that will get you into all the 52nd Street events up and down Barstow. Eau Claire Jazz Festival celebrates the true culture of jazz as Downtown Eau Claire transforms into a jazz nightclub scene. 52nd Street is a re-creation of the historic 52nd Street of New York City, where jazz greats like Miles…

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Fourth Annual Springtime Shimmy

April 22 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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4-22

Get ready for a spectacular night of dance as Lasa Anahata Tribal hosts the Fourth Annual Springtime Shimmy this April 22nd at Acoustic Cafe!  You are in for an evening of delightful dancing brought to you from talented local and regional Wisconsin & Minnesota dancers. Swing into Spring with a refreshing, inspiring show filled with creative movement and costuming to brighten your evening!

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Jazz Session

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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4-12 and 4-26

Join us for a night of jazz and improvised music with host, Josh Gallagher. Josh grew up in Eau Claire and left the Midwest study jazz at Berklee School of Music in Boston. Josh also attended the Dave Brubeck Institute. After time in Boston, New York, and performing on cruises Josh returned to Eau Claire bringing a wealth of talent. The Wednesday night jazz sessions bring new guests each week, drawing from the large talent pool of the Chippewa Valley.…

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Phippen, Shoemaker & Raid

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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4-27

Peter Phippen (Antique bamboo flutes), Victoria Shoemaker (Silver and wooden flutes) and Tiit Raid (World Percussion) are like a call in the wild, the alluring, soothing, hypnotic tones of the wind instruments lulled and enchanted. Grammy Award Nominee, Peter Phippen is an innovative performer of flutes of the world. Researching the performance technique and history of his vast collection of antique and contemporary anthropological aerophones ultimately led him to bring this knowledge to concert stages and educational facilities. Since 1993 Peter has…

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River Valley Jazz Quintet

April 28 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Acoustic Café Eau Claire, 505 South Barstow Street
Eau Claire, WI 54701 United States
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4-28

The River Valley Jazz Quintet consists of top jazz students from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. The group has been together for over a year and has played in many university groups including the Grammy nominated jazz ensemble 1. Sophomore Parker Layton brought them all together to play standard jazz charts as well as trying other new music of their own. Their goal is to provide top quality music and to represent the university for its world renowned jazz…

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