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Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National) Start Eaux Claires Festival

posted by Laura Baker-Finch on December 18, 2014

Chippewa River via the festival

Eau Claire, Wisconsin -- Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Aaron Dessner of The National have teamed up to present Eaux Claires, the newest festival in Wisconsin and perhaps the only thing better than Bon Iver and The National actually playing a festival. 

On the festival, taking place this coming July 17-18, Justin Vernon released this statement: 

After several years of touring and playing music festivals of all different types around the world, I wanted to put together an event that would honor what we love about this place—including an independent attitude and blaze orange caps—but also shine a light on less familiar and surprising elements that are already weaving themselves into our future.

Having this festival right in my backyard gives me and the guest artists a chance to share familiar work and new creations in a setting close to my heart and different than any other stage in the world. To create this event within view of the Chippewa River—the very river that defines this place—makes it all the more meaningful.

We’re fortunate, because the Chippewa Valley already has a history of great music festivals. Everyone—the city, the county, and the Country Jam folks—has been very supportive. They’re helping us take it beyond music into a celebration of film, art, and things still in the works … just walking around the place is going to be an experience.

The lineup hasn't been released, but if you trust these well-known and crazy-talented musicians as curators, you can now buy Two-Day GA "Eau Claire" Passes for $100 and Two-Day Enhanced "Chippewa" Passes for $200 on the festival's ticket page

Stay tuned as more information is announced! 

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