4 New Summer Music Series in the Chippewa Valley

V1 Staff, photos by Andrea Paulseth

Rock’n on the River brings live tunes to River Prairie Park in Altoona each Wednesday.
Rock’n on the River brings live tunes to River Prairie Park in Altoona each Wednesday.

Chippewa Vallians can enjoy free outdoor music six of seven days a week with the addition of FOUR new summer music concert series. From university talent to country crooners, there’s a little something for everyone.


Sunset Sounds at UW-Eau Claire

Every other Monday, June 10-Aug. 19, 8pm • Head to UWEC’s campus mall Mondays in the evening for a show run entirely by students. Sunset Sounds will feature student and faculty musicians providing a soundtrack to start the week. Beer, wine, soda, and snacks will be available.

June 10: Jake Arnold Big Band
June 24: Sean Porten + Sam Stein
July 8: Jim Phillips Project + T.B.A.
July 22: Fifth Element + T.B.A.
Aug. 5: Uncommon Denominator
Aug. 19: Asparigus + TeawhYB

Rock’n on the River in Altoona’s River Prairie Park

Wednesdays, June 12-Aug. 28, 6:30pm • If you’re lookin’ for a bit of rock ’n’ roll to get you through hump day, Altoona’s River Prairie Park is the place to be. Eleven local rock bands will belt out classics and introduce their new works over the course of the summer. Food trucks are on site!

June 12: The Thundermen
June 19: Sage
June 26: Drivin Miss Dixie
July 10: HGT Band
July 17: Rada Rada
July 24: 40 Fingers
July 31: Transistor Radio
Aug. 7: Poor Man’s Ridge
Aug. 14: Big Bang
Aug. 21: Jim Herrick & Friends
Aug. 28: The Thundermen

Kickin’ it Country in Altoona’s River Prairie Park

Mondays, July 1-Aug. 26, 6:30pm • Another brand-new summer concert series at River Prairie Park is just for country lovin’ Chippewa Valley residents. Grab a bite to eat at one of the on-site food trucks and enjoy outfits such as North of Dixie and Ellie May Kay at the amphitheater.

July 1: Bonafide
July 8: Bear Creek Band
July 15: Electric Barn Boys
July 22: North of Dixie
July 29: Buffalo Ridge
Aug. 5: Rager Rudy & The Swingin’ Wingtips
Aug. 12: Ellie May Kay
Aug. 19: The Rattlenecks
Aug. 26: Southern Serenade

Sunday Summer Concert Series at Riverfront Park

Sundays, June 16-Aug. 4, 6pm • This new concert series is hosted on the bank of the Chippewa River at the newly opened Chippewa Falls Riverfront Park. Local artists such as Sean Jordan and Dead Ringers will put the amphitheater to use.

June 16: Dawn Marie
June 23: Old Soul Society
June 30: Dead Ringers
July 14: Jeff White
July 21: Cragers
July 28: Joyann Parker
Aug. 4: Sean Jordan