Van Isaacson plays Heyde Center

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.  

Chippewa Valley Community Chorus spring 2013

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?

Decadent Cabaret 2013

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

The NTent and Third Gear in Chippewa Falls.

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.


No man is so foolish but he may sometimes give another good counsel, and no man so wise that he may not easily err if he takes no other counsel than his own. He that is taught only by himself has a fool for a master.

Hunter S. Thompson