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UW-Eau Claire Announces Spring Fest Lineup

RELEASED: April 30, 2009

Spring Fest logoEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has announced the performance schedule for Spring Fest, the annual campus celebration of music and spring to be presented May 4-8. The free festival on the Central Campus Mall (rain site The Cabin of Davies Center) will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, and grilled lunch items will be sold.

May 4: Meridene. Meridene is an Eau Claire band influenced by The Shins, Sufjan Stevens, Rilo Kiley, Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie. After 18 months of lineup adjustments that resulted in a so-close-to-becoming-a-completely-new-band transformation, Meridene released a full-length album — "You're Not Pretty, You're Worse" (2008). The band's sound has morphed from alt-country to sportive indie-rock power pop, featuring the finger-snappy songs of frontman Trevor Ives (vocals, guitar).

May 5: Paper George. Influenced by Ben Folds, Death Cab For Cutie, Spoon, Ben Kweller, Coldplay and Keane, this Eau Claire-based indie band came together in September 2008 and started writing and performing its own music. Paper George is Eric Christenson (piano, synth, glock, lead vocals), Brian Johnson (bass, backing vocals), Daniel Smith (drums, backing vocals), and Jessica Simone Doing (everything else, backing vocals).

May 6: South Farwell. This eclectic alternative band from Eau Claire is led by former Easychair frontman Bill Boles. Backed by guitarist Tim Coughlin, the percussion work of Cory Dahl and Phil Juodis on bass, South Farwell is the latest addition to the Midwestern soundscape that is gaining renown in today's national (and international) music scene. The band will soon release its debut album, "Tear Everything Down."

May 7: EverGreen Grass Band. This rock-infused bluegrass band is based in Eau Claire. When the group came together in fall 2008, it reunited four members of the Ultimate Frisbee Orchestra — Tim Listcher (guitar, vocals, mandolin), Matt Jagow (banjo, vocals, guitar, ukulele, mandolin), Steve Bateman (harmonica) and Beau Brantner (drums) — and added Dan Turner (bass) and Mike Turner (fiddle) and Leah Webb (mandolin, vocals, acoustic guitar). The EverGreen Grass Band plays frequently in the Chippewa Valley, co-headlining at festivals or opening for nationally touring acts such as Trampled by Turtles, Cornmeal, Hot Buttered Rum String Band, the DeWayn Brothers and the Ragbirds. Their high-energy show consists of a mix of driving bluegrass, traditional Americana and sometimes-outrageous covers.

May 8: Ada Jane. This Minneapolis group delivers a varied sound style that ranges from moody dirges similar to the darker moments of Wilco or Bruce Springsteen, to rollicking rock that has been compared to Husker Du. In August, the band will release a follow-up to its debut CD, "Never Been Better." Ada Jane is Matt Marka (vocals, guitar), Charlie Wilson (drums, vocals, clarinet), David Strahan (guitar, bass, pedal steel, vocals) and Collin Neugebauer (bass, keys, trombone, vocals).

The University Activities Commission of the Student Senate sponsors Spring Fest, a campus tradition since 1986.

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