Justin Vernon’s third Eaux Claires Festival is taking place in Eau Claire, Wis. on June 16-17, 2017. The festival features music, visual arts, dance and literary talents to please and excite the senses. Vernon’s Troix catalog is a beautiful publication that describes the festival and the artists who will perform during the weekend event.
Eaux Claires presents all types of arts at the festival, so guests will be encouraged to walk around and take in the art installations as well as listen to music. While it might be difficult to choose which artists to see during the festival, following are five must-see acts at Eaux Claires, including Bon Iver Presents the John Prine American Songbook, Chance the Rapper, Francis and the Lights, Paul Simon and Wilco.
Bon Iver Presents John Prine and the American Songbook will be on June 16 at 7:15 p.m. at the Lake Eaux Lune. Members of Bon Iver and special guests will perform their favorite songs from the extensive catalog of music by John Prine. This is sure to be a highlight of the festival, with surprise guests performing a selection of songs. It is unclear on the Eaux Clear website whether John Prine will be at the festival, but the John Prine website lists the festival on his tour schedule. Prine is an influential songwriter with an extensive catalog of music.
Chance The Rapper will follow Bon Iver at the Lake Eaux Lune Stage at 10:15 p.m. The Chicago-based hip-hop artist has been vocal about his support for the Chicago Public Schools by donating one million dollars and challenging others to support the schools. Chance won three Grammy Awards in 2017, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance.
Francis and the Lights featuring Inc. No. World will play on The Creek Stage on June 16 at 6:30 p.m. PresFrancis Farewell Starlight is a frequent collaborator with Justin Vernon, including the video “Friends,” which included Kanye West. He collaborated with Chance the Rapper in the video “May I have This Dance,” which is attached to this article. There is no telling who might pop into his set at Eaux Claires.
Paul Simon will present his collaboration with the chamber ensemble yMusic, playing Simon’s classic songs from his extensive collection. Vernon describes the collaboration in his Troix catalog as Simon’s classic music combined with cutting-edge arrangements sung by the leading vocalist in contemporary classic music. The "Bridge Over Troubled Water" artist will play at the Flambeaux stage on June 17 at 8:30 p.m.
Wilco is a Chicago based band that will play at Eaux Claires for the first time this year. They have just released their 10th Studio album, Schmilco, according to Troix. Jeff Tweedy is releasing a new album later in June, Together At Last, which is a reinterpretation of Wilco songs according to the Wilco website. Wilco will play at Lake La Lune on June 17 at 10:30 p.m.