Lucas Fischer at The West Hill Bar

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. 

Iggy Rae Vicious at Snout Saloon

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.

Rachel Hanson at James Sheeley House.

The Wife is working a paying gig right now, and everyone knows it is a lazy man who doesn't find his wife at least two jobs.  She was behind the keyboard and so deeply involved in hooking all the intertubes together that I was able to slip out for an hour.   So I made my way down to the James Sheeley to catch a Stevens Point indie/folk musician Rachel Hanson

Eggplant Heros and DyVerse

 eggplant heros on stage at Sheeley House
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!

JFT Party Band at The Snout Saloon

 JFT Party Band at The Snout Saloon
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.

Frantic Antics warm up Every Buddys

Frantic Antics on stage at Every Buddys Bar & Grill

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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. 

Made by Failure and Marked 4 Deletion

James Stage with Made By Failure
This night was the last night of warm weather in the forecast for a while, so it was a good night to get out on the town.  What made it even better was I was looking forward to the return of the band Made By Failure playing at Every Buddy's Bar & Grill.  The band is just returned from a bit of a hiatus.  There has been  a personal change and this is the first time I have seen them with the new lineup and I was looking forward to it.  Also playing was Wrapped in Glass, who I have not seen and sadly, still haven't.  We arrived after their set completed.  And, closing out the night a great surprise, in Marked 4 Deletion.  Heavy metal night in Chippewa Falls.

Looking Glass Down at James Sheeley House

Looking Glass Down at the Sheeley House
It was a quiet night when we initially arrived at The James Sheeley House in Chippewa Falls.  There were a few customers scattered around the bar.  The two man band on stage, Looking Glass Down were on their final couple of songs before taking a short break.  It was just the second time I had seen {Lucas Fischer} and {Tom Nutting} perform together.   I found myself even happier this time than last.  Seeing these guys is a great way to spend a night in the Chippewa Valley.


It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top. 

Hunter S. Thompson