Join a Wisconsin Artist’s Ultimate Anti-Black Friday Movement

People tend to fall into one of two camps around Thanksgiving time. There are folks who hit the stores over the weekend to do some intense holiday shopping, and then there are people who complain about those people. It might feel like you’re taking a stand when you scoff at frenzied shoppers crowding the malls […]

The Eaux Claires Festival Experience – Why You Can Expect Much More than Music

Start looking into plans for the first-ever Eaux Claires Festival and you’ll soon get the feeling that something special is coming to Western Wisconsin this summer. Bon Iver front-man and Wisconsin native, Justin Vernon, has teamed up with Aaron Dessner of The National to bring in a wide range of musical acts. That includes everyone […]

Royalty Free – Why This Green Bay Native Should Be Rich & Famous for His Music

If you were a composer, and your music was used in close to 1,500 different movies and more than 1-million YouTube videos, you might expect to be rolling in dough with your name in lights. But Green Bay native, Kevin MacLeod, isn’t exactly living in a Malibu beach house with a gigantic, state-of-the-art recording studio. […]

Coffee Shops, Baristas, and the Downtown Appleton Art Scene

Starving artists and coffee shops go together like, well, biscotti and cafĂ© au laits. While “coffee shop art” doesn’t always have the best connotations (did anyone else think of this sketch from Portlandia), I’ve been surprised and delighted at the range of skill displayed in downtown Appleton coffee shops over the years. ACOCA, Aspen Coffee […]