It was a veritable plethora of music to be had this night in Chippewa Falls. Five bars with bands and us with only one night. We landed ourselves first into the James Sheeley House. But, the band that was playing when we drove by the front window was on break by the time we got the minivan parked and walked ourselves through the door. So, we elected to move on.
It was a great night out, weather-wise. Maybe the last night of warm weather for this year. The crowd showed it. It was a packed, don't call the fire marshall, sized crowd that was jammed shoulder to shoulder into Every Buddy's Bar & Grill to see Three Lakes, Wisconsin based, 4th Floor on stage. It was that way all night until the last song. Let me tell you what, 4th Floor didn't disappoint!
The Chippewa Falls music season kicked back into gear starting this evening. And it was a beautiful, beautiful night to be out. The Wife was otherwise detained this evening, camping with the boy scouts up at the fairgrounds. So I was out on a night of freedom. It has been more years, decades in fact, than I care to admit since I was last riding a motorcycle in the country after dark. If there isn't a freeway, or at least a very large road to roll on, I am always back home before sundown. And my eyes?
This is the third time I have seen Frantic Antics. The first time, a solo trip, I came home and gave them an outstanding review. I felt like, at the time, they deserved every word of it. The next time we saw them, The Wife and I were popping in to Every Buddys Bar where they were playing, during band break of a different band over at the Snout. That night they weren't sounding so good and kind of disorganized. …At least during the few songs we were there for.
I was invited to my first local wedding. The Wife, herself, was actually in the thing. A first for her I guess. "Always a bride, never a bridesmaid… <Sigh>". But I am thinking being invited is a sign we have become "from here" now. A happy thing to so be. After a summer of planning and anticipation, the date was upon us and we were at the Heyde Center. Something I was impressed by, a music fan who had three acts booked, social time, dinner and the dance. What I had was the joy of seeing a fresh face. Behind a guitar or occasional violin, Van Isaacson. It was a great experience.
I have to admit it was with a feeling of a little bit of obligation that I found myself walking in the door of the Heyde Center for the Arts. I mean, I don't really go to choir concerts. Where are the drums? Where are the electric guitars? But, a couple of friends asked me. The Wife was involved in getting ready for a boy scout pancake breakfast the next day. I found myself with a little bit of free time. So, I figured, why not?
We had plans for the night. Lined up via emails over the preceding three weeks it was almost certain to work out. We were meeting up with some new friends at seven thirty. A little dinner down the street, with some built in cushion for good conversation. No problem at all to make it to The House of Rock for the show by 9pm and Left Wing Bourbon on stage. But when the friends cancelled the night before, I knew we were doomed to be late. We rolled in to the 2013 Friday night Decadent Cabaret about 9:45. Amazingly this is the 34th year of the Chippewa Valley music festival. It is a real
Wow, but this was a busy Saturday night in Chippewa Falls. There was Jeff White playing country music at The James Sheeley House. --Never made it there. There was The NTent playing at the T&C Roundabout. There was JFT Party Band playing down at Sweeneys. There was Blue Room and Scrimbo at Every Buddys, and finally Third Gear at The Snout Saloon. The bands and venues out numbered Eau Claire this fine evening. I was just happy to catch as much of it as I could.