Music & Entertainment

The Stockholm Art Fair is celebrating it’s 46th anniversary on Saturday, July 20th in the Stockholm Wisconsin Village Park under the tall cottonwood trees located on the banks of the Mississippi River. Each year the fair showcases live music from 10 am to 5 pm with four diverse performances by some of the areas premier players.

10 – 11:30 am Brian Claxton Trio – Instrumental Jazz

11:45 – 1:15 pm Yata, Sinz and Orfield – Songwriters w/ blues, passion + soul

1:30 – 3:00 pm Two Rivers – Swing & country – vocals, harmonica & sax

3:30 – 5:00 pm Hot Flashes – A Blast from the Past, served with Brass and some Sass

The Fair has made a practice of mixing new acts with established bands, and this year is no exception, as the Brian Claxton Trio and Two Rivers will making their debut performance on the Stockholm stage. Yata-Sinz-Orfield and the Hot Flashes are popular bands returning once again to bring new music to an anticipating audience.

The Brian Claxton Trio features Brian Claxton drums, Josh Gallagher piano and Robbie Weisshaar bass.  Claxton grew up in Pepin, WI, graduated from UWEC in music, and has gone on to become an award-winning drummer, composer and multi-instrumentalist known for his electrifying groove and rhythmic mastery.  He has a diverse music background and is a passionate student of the history of American music. Claxton has toured internationally with jazz legends, released three records and appeared on over thirty recordings.  Gallager and Weisshaar are central to the growing Eau Claire music scene and fearlessly explore new musical heights with honed chops.

Yata, Sinz and Orfield combines three veterans on vocals, guitars and tenor sax with a passion for connecting with their audiences.  There is joy in their playing which is responsive and intuitive, and comes from skilled musicianship in a wide range of styles including original songs in folk-rock, jazz, calypso and the blues.  The Sue Orfield Band (with Sinz on bass) has received Best Blues Band awards for several years in Eau Claire, WI and Seattle, WA and has recorded numerous CD’s. This is Yata’s 40th year of performing at the Stockholm Art Fair, and he has a MN Music Award and eleven CD’s of original music.

Two Rivers has a musical repertoire which includes something for everyone.  This trio from Eau Claire performs a mix of jazz, blues, bluegrass, country, old rock n roll, along with originals.  The group consists of Sue Orfield on tenor sax and piano, Randy Sinz on guitar, bass and vocals and Gregg Wheeler on electric guitar, harmonica and vocals.  Each has performed professionally with various groups across the US and beyond for more than 30 years. Two Rivers has spent many hours in recording studios with various projects and are putting the finishing touches on their own first CD.

The Hot Flashes are “seasoned” ladies from the Mississippi River valley under the musical direction of Dave Zahn on electric piano.  The Hot Flashes will have you dancing in the park with their high energy performance of songs spanning 90 years of American musical history.  From swing to doo-wop to 60’s R&B and Soul, the ladies deliver their renditions of your favorite tunes with plenty of brass and sass. They are back by popular demand to close out a day of art and music in this scenic river town in beautiful western Wisconsin.  We hope to see you there!