Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival

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Curated by Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and the National’s Aaron Dessner, the second annual Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival took place on August 12th and 13th in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. More than 50 acts performed on seven different stages located throughout 16-plus acres of fields and forest overlooking the Chippewa River. And, beyond the musical acts, the largely interactive art program consisted of 26 different installations and performances, including a massive wire-mesh sculpture of a baroque pipe organ created by renowned Italian artist Edoardo Tresoldi.


In just seven days, the elements of the festival were artfully put together according to the plans of Creative Director and Designer, Michael Brown. Clearwing Productions provided all audio, video, and lighting throughout the grounds, forest, stages, and art installations. “Clearwing took on one of the largest production tasks we have ever attempted at a festival,” says Michael Snow of Crash Line Productions, producer of Eaux Claires. “They worked with multiple departments to present stage lighting, stage audio, engineers, grounds lighting and multiple video installations on both the stages and grounds without incident. Their team was logistically on point from day to day as well as hyper-focused on the high level presentation of the equipment to over 50 performing artists in advance of the shows.”


To fulfill the production aspect of Brown’s vision for the festival, it took:

  • 40+ Clearwing crew members
  • 529 lighting fixtures
  • 150+ LED Pars for the grounds
  • 20 domed Sharpies in the woods
  • 56 wireless DMX units to control grounds lighting
  • 12 lighting consoles
  • 252 L-Acoustics speakers, subs, and monitors
  • 187 microphones
  • 14 audio consoles
  • 285 video panels
  • 13 separate drum kits on Saturday
  • A Farfisa organ
  • 11 trucks from Big Events Logistics
  • And more


“Clearwing was awesome throughout the process, on budget, and on time. I would recommend them for any job in any condition,” says Snow.