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UW-Eau Claire announces Springfest lineup

RELEASED: May 4, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has announced the performance schedule for Springfest, the annual campus celebration of music and spring. The free festival will run from noon-1 p.m. May 10-14 on the Central Campus Mall (rain site: The Cabin, Davies Center).

The schedule is:

  • May 10: The Blind Owls. The Blind Owls is a young western Wisconsin band that writes, performs and covers roots-inspired music. The versatile group has a wide range of sounds and influences, including folk, rock, blues-rock, blues-boogie and traditional country and western. The band is composed of Kyle Fosburgh (vocals, guitars), Ryan Fosburgh (vocals, guitars, keyboards) and Luke Affolter (bass guitar).
  • May 11: More Amore. This Eau Claire rock-pop-folk-jazz-alt band plays an eclectic array of original arrangements. Members of More Amore are Adam Thoms (guitar, vocals), Alyssa Rieper (vocals), Jill Sippel (vocals), Nate Gruber (bass) and Cam Woolsey (drums).
  • May 12: Paper George. Influenced by The Beatles, Noah and the Whale, Death Cab For Cutie, The Bad Plus, Spoon and Vampire Weekend, this Eau Claire-based indie band is composed of Eric Charles Christenson (piano, guitar, vocals), Brian Johnson (bass, guitar, vocals) and Daniel Lee Ruff Smith (drums, vocals).
  • May 13: Smokin' Pony. This eclectic four-piece rock band from Eau Claire flaunts a diverse repertoire of originals and cover songs spanning classic and new rock, punk, pop, '90s, and even country. The band's sound features rich four-part harmonies, a variety of keyboard sounds, lavish guitar and a juicy rhythm section. Smokin' Pony is Pat Dolan (lead vocals, keys), Paul Rake (lead guitar, vocals), Dacia Miller (drums, vocals) and Evan Middlesworth (bass, vocals).
  • May 14: Haley Bonar. This indie-folk star who moved from the Twin Cities to Portland last summer will close Springfest. She also will perform in The Cabin of Davies Center at 8 p.m. May 14 and 15. Named City Pages' Artist of the Year in 2006, Bonar has toured with Andrew Bird and Mason Jennings, and she has shared the stage with Neko Case, the Arcade Fire and Wanda Jackson. The female voice on Andrew Bird's 2007 album, "Armchair Apocrypha," Bonar is touring in support of her critically acclaimed fourth album, "Big Star" (2008), as she prepares to record her next.

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

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