A few weeks ago, Justin Vernon announced he will be curating a festival in his hometown of Eau Claire called Eaux Claire. The festival will be from July 17 – 18 and will take place at the 20-acre Foster Farm. The lineup will be announced in early 2015, but tickets are now available. The National's Aaron Dessner is also helping out with the curation of the festival.
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.
Here is letter about the festival from Justin Vernon:
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.
You can find more information about the festival and purchase tickets via the Eaux Claire's website. Who do you think will perform at the inaugural festival?