Festival Oxbeaux III

Sponsored by 89.3 The Current

Jenny Lewis performs at Microshow at the Clown Lounge

The Oxbow Hotel
516 Galloway St
Eau Claire, WI 54703


FRIDAY in the Courtyard • Gates at 5pm Drunk Drivers
Arms Aloft
Pit Wagon
North of Dixie Bluegrass Band

SATURDAY on the Street • Gates at 3pm Jenny Lewis
The Shouting Matches (featuring Justin Vernon, Phil Cook, and Brian + Jill Moen)
Flock of Dimes (featuring Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak)
Alpha Consumer
Sniffle Party
Sanborn/Rosenau (featuring Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso and Chris Rosenau of Volcano Choir)

EAU CLAIRE, WIS: The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely, Eau Claire’s boutique hotel and farm to fork restaurant, will host its third annual street concert, Oxbeaux III, a unique outdoor music experience in the heart of downtown Eau Claire. Oxbeaux III will take place on Galloway Street in front of The Oxbow Hotel, and in the hotel courtyards and parking lots. This wildly popular event, traditionally a precursor to the Eaux Claires Festival (on hiatus this year) has expanded to include two nights of music – a Friday night local band showcase hosted in the courtyards of The Oxbow Hotel and the traditional street concert on Saturday, August 10. Other than the musical performances, the event will also showcase many unique food and beverage options created by The Lakely. One of a kind event merchandise will also be available for purchase, and a host of other local vendors will be on-site showcasing the best that downtown Eau Claire has to offer.

Gates open at 5:00pm on Friday, August 9 with music beginning at 6:00pm and concluding at 11:00pm. Gates open at 3:00pm on Saturday, August 10, with music beginning at 4:00pm and concluding at 11:00pm. Once the concert in the street has wrapped up, a late-night DJ will set up on The Lakely Patio to spin tunes for the remainder of the evening.

Oxbeaux III is an all ages event. Tickets are $10 for Friday night only, $25 for Saturday only, or a weekend pass can be purchased for only $30 to experience both days. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.volumeonetickets.org/events/oxbeaux-iii Tickets will go on sale on Friday, June 14, 2019 at 10:00am, CT. For those looking to stay overnight, The Oxbow Hotel will also offer a limited number of lodging + ticket packages.

Oxbeaux III is sponsored by The Current and Volume One.



Jenny Lewis is a singer-songwriter from Las Vegas, Nevada. She was the primary vocalist of now defunct indie rock band Rilo Kiley before embarking on a successful solo career. Lewis had been working on solo material whilst she was in Rilo Kiley and in 2004 she was invited by Conor Oberst (of the band Bright Eyes) to record a solo album on his record label Team Love. Her debut solo album “Rabbit Fur Coat” was released in January 2006 and showcased a different kind of sound for Lewis – she described the album herself as “a kind of soul record”. The album featured many guest appearances and contributions from other musicians, including Oberst, M Ward, James Valentine (guitarist of Maroon 5) and Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie.

Lewis’ third album “The Voyager” was released in 2014. The album took five years to complete and is a personal reflection on the break up Rilo Kiley and her father’s death. The lead single from the album “Just One of the Guys” was accompanied by a star-studded video, with appearances from Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart, Brie Larson and Tennessee Thomas. As well as performing in Rilo Kiley and as a solo artist, Lewis performs as part of a duo with her boyfriend Johnathan Rice, under the apt name of Jenny and Johnny. The pair released their first single together in 2010 entitled “Scissor Runner”, followed by their album “I’m Having Fun Now”.

Jenny's fourth solo album, 'On The Line,' is out now! Recorded at Capitol Records’ Studio B, On The Line boasts a backing band of incredible talent featuring Beck, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Jim Keltner, Ringo Starr and Ryan Adams.


Formed in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 2006 by Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon, Phil Cook of Megafaun, and Brian Moen of Peter Wolf Crier, the Shouting Matches specialize in a sort of low-key, roots-fueled blues-rock that owes more to Tom Petty than it does the lonesome, lovelorn indie folk of Vernon's meal-ticket band. The trio released its debut album, Grownass Man, in April 2013. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi


Collaborative set from Chris Rosenau (Volcano Choir, Collections of Colonies of Bees) and Nick Sanborn (Sylvan Esso, Made of Oak)


Jenn Wasner launched Flock of Dimes, a solo project formed in 2011 to explore the more atmospheric side of pop. Flock of Dimes allows Wasner to experience more experimental recording techniques and songwriting outside of the burgeoning success of her main musical outlet Wye Oak.


The members of Alpha Consumer have worked with Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird, Chuck Statler, Brother Ali, Anais Mitchell, Pieta Brown, A Prairie Home Companion, and more. MOJO said, "(Alpha Consumer) reminded us of just how great American oddball rock used to be. The Modern Lovers meets Talking Heads but heavier is how we describe Alpha Consumer. In truth, they're more entertaining than that.”


Sniffle Party's one-of-a-kind witchy pop music is a dream within a dream. The duo’s sleek and poignant songs were made in a bedroom in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, but contain multitudes. Serena Wagner’s distinctive songwriting and soul-stirring vocals paired with Eric Christenson’s dreamy, minimalist electronic production combine for a rich sound that’s fresh and invigorating. Where modern pop music generates a hollow kind of flawlessness, Sniffle Party thrives in the rough at the edges. Their lo-fi sincerity and heart-driven lyrics twist together into songs that pack an emotional punch that resonates.


Drunk Drivers are an absolute Eau Claire treasure. This band has been blasting their catchy, heavy rock tunes all over the Valley and beyond for over 20 years, and you can’t slow ’em down. The Drivers can out-rock almost anyone, and that’s why Chippewa Valley music lovers perennially rank them as one of the best rock bands around.


To better understand Arms Aloft you need to get to know their homeland, The Great Lakes. No no, not Chicago or Cleveland or Detroit, these punk weirdos are from THE NORTH. Half the band hails from Minneapolis and the other two lumberjacks are from Eau Claire, WI. Up in that neck of the woods the people wear large bricks of cheese upon their heads in a display of provincial unity. Ya sure, ya betcha. Well, these kids were destined for more than a life of icefishing and drinking Rhinelanders at the sawmill, so they started a band and caught people's attention with their leftist message and raspy melodies.


Pit Wagon plays music for porch-sitters and sippers. With strings and voices, they share true stories that everybody knows—tough luck, rough nights, and rougher neighbors. Just like Wisconsin’s beer and cheese, their dirty country sound and lyrical folk wisdom leave a lasting and authentic aftertaste. The beer-soaked songs of Eau Claire band Pit Wagon exist in the space where country, folk, and the blues all intersect. “It’s music made for porches,” said Matthew Vold, the primary songwriter for the band. The trio, made up of Vold (vocals and guitar), Matthew Mabis (a lot of banjo, some vocals, and a little bit of guitar), and Emily Jensen (vocals and the occasional kazoo solo), make music that puts their own youthful spin on traditions rooted in the tried-and-true, tale-spinning songs of old country, folk, and blues greats — the kind of songs that can make listeners laugh and cry in the same three minutes.


Not your daddy's bluegrass! North of Dixie is electrified foot stompin' music with a mix of old time, new grass and originals. So sit back, hold on to something and enjoy the ride!


Opened in October of 2016, The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely is the result of a core group of collaborators coming together to breathe a fresh presence into a rundown 1947 hotel in Eau Claire’s downtown scene. Local art adorns every wall of the property, and local music is performed live every weekend on stage at The Lakely. Record players can be found in every room of the hotel, and access to the specially curated vinyl library in the lobby comes standard. Classic board games and books are also available for guests to check out during their stay. The Lakely, an onsite restaurant and bar, crafts an ever-changing menu filled with Midwest-modern comfort foods to satisfy every palette, and serves up unique craft cocktails to quench every thirst. During the warmer months, guests at The Lakely can eat and drink on the beautiful patio, and guests at The Oxbow can enjoy complimentary access to a fleet of bicycles, utilizing the nearby bike trails. Kayak and fishing trips are also available to guests for a nominal fee.