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.
The Wife and I were sitting around after a wonderful supper. A nuclear chicken curry over an even mix of Thai jasmine rice, japanese brown and a really fantastic nine grain rice. The kids were rounding themselves up for bedtime. Winding down from supper, letting some of the steam from the curry out their ears. I mentioned to The Wife I was giving thought to heading out to a show. I saw the posting on Facebook for Lucas Fischer playing at the West Hill Bar. It didn't take much convincing and she was joining me.
Life is busy and there is never enough time for writing. This hobby, if you can call it that, is low on the priority list of things that have to get done in our family. I enjoy it, but other things often have to come first. That doesn't mean they aren't important. And the acts I see when I am otherwise involved are not bad. I just don't have time to comment. That is the way it was when I saw Iggy Rae Vicious and his band Rat Sass a few weeks ago. Iggy has been here to the Snout Saloon in Chippewa Falls twice this last year.
Something that I have come to love about living here in the Chippewa Valley is when I realize I am going to have a night to get out, I have choices. I check online to see who is playing, and I have three bands I can see. Two of which I have never heard of. The third, every time I see them, they are fantastic. So yeah, whats the worst that can happen? The part though, that makes it really great to be living here was those other two new bands? They were fantastic too!
Two bars and two bands this night in Chippewa Falls. At the Snout Saloon, The JFT Party band. They are a blues/classic rock band that never fails to draw a good crowd, all of them expecting a good time. And two doors down a new band of young kids, Last Page with an energetic mix of both modern, and classic rock. This cold snap we have been in this past two weeks couldn't keep us inside for a lineup like this and so we were out.
I hadn't really planned on being out this cold, cold, night in Chippewa Falls. The temperature had gone from thirty-seven degrees down to nine over the course of a couple of hours in the afternoon. I get even more hermit like in the cold, and The Wife can't dress in the style in which she has become accustomed. Therefore we tend to stay inside. But my arms-length friend, Paul the barber, said I really needed to see Frantic Antics when I ran into him the night before. I wouldn't trust him to cut my hair, but he has a pretty good handle on the local music scene.