Artisan Forge Studios to host independent music festival – The Spectator


Eau Claire indie music lovers will have the chance to see six indie and alt-rock bands perform this weekend.

A new independent music festival is underway for Eau Claire. “Forge Fest” is a combination of art and music that creates an “explosion of creativity, beauty and friendliness”, the website noted.

The entire festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on September 18, with a morning dedicated to the art side of the festival with free entry to the Craft forge workshops.

Jim Kasmarek, the event’s organizer, said there will be about 20 to 25 booths with “top performers” from across the Midwest.

From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Forge Fest will turn into a pure music festival. There will be six groups coming from Chicago to Kansas City.

The musical portion will cost $ 30 for general admission and $ 25 for students.

This festival will be reserved for indie and alt-rock groups, which makes it unique to other festivals that Eau Claire already has, Kasmarek said.

Hi-Lux, Ludlow, Nathan Graham, Valaska, Mitch Mead and headliner Peter Wolf Crier will take the stage at Forge Fest.

If you want to discover one of the groups before the festival, check out the “Forge Fest Eau Claire 2021” Spotify Playlist.

Most of the bands performing at the festival are unknown, with the exception of the headliner, Kasmarek said.

Peter Wolf Crier hasn’t played for a few years, so it will be a great experience to see them live, Kasmarek said.

Peter Wolf Crier’s drummer Brain Moen – who worked with Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon – said the festival will provide a true first-time music festival experience for many bands.

“It’s really unique to see six bands that you probably wouldn’t have had otherwise,” Moen said. “We’re playing our first show in five years, so you can see something that you wouldn’t normally see since we don’t play anymore.”

The rest of the bands will also provide a great experience for the audience, Kasmarek said. Like Hi-Lux, an indie funk reggae band from Kansas City, whose lead singer has a silky smooth voice, he said.

As a thank you to healthcare workers and those who helped the public get vaccinated, these people will receive $ 10 in free food tickets.

“All the nurses, doctors and those who work with the City and County of Eau Claire Health Department, we really want to thank them for helping the public get tested for COVID and / or get tested for COVID. vaccinate, ”Kasmarek said.

Any college students who have helped are also eligible, Kasmarek said.

The event is 20,000 square feet and can safely accommodate 2,500 to 3,000 people, Kasmarek said. They will also need proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result after 72 hours.

This is a chance for high school students to get out there and try something new as the festival takes place on the upper campus, Kasmarek said. There will also be a raffle that students can participate in for a chance to win a free Peter Wolf Scream vinyl record.

More information can be found here.

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