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Past Featured Acts
Jared Sherlock is known nationally as a new and exciting young illusionist and entertainer! Jared blends modern magic, juggling, showmanship and audience participation to deliver high-energy, interactive, clean comedy event entertainment.
As a national award-winning entrepreneur, Jared can explore themes of creative communication and teamwork during team building workshops and as an emcee for corporate meetings, banquets, and fundraisers.
When he’s not performing for corporate events, colleges and theaters nationwide and abroad, Jared and his Minneapolis based production company, Sherlock Studios, is a popular consultant and producer in Twin Cities theaters.
For many years Gary Wick has been performing his fun and unique comedy ventriloquism show on cruise ships and at corporate events and fairs and festivals throughout the country. With sound effects, a great sense of humor, unique characters, and exceptional skill, Gary can entertain virtually all ages and make everyone laugh and have a good time.
Watch in amazement as Gary seems to make characters come to life with voices and personality. You’ll forget that he is doing all the voices and performing for two or three people or characters at the very same time. The art of ventriloquism is very popular today as a unique and interesting way to deliver comedy for all ages and tastes.
Karate American Demonstration
A live demonstration of karate skills.
Ultimate Performance Gymnastics
Ultimate Performance Gymnastics, which is located in the Chippewa Valley Industrial Park on the north side of Eau Claire, will be performing a demonstration at Festival in the Pines. Ultimate Performance Gymnastics, which was established in 2012, teaches children of all ages how to do a variety of gymnastics exercises with state-of-the- art equipment and highly experienced trainers. The business is owned by Lynn Wingert, who has 40 years of gymnastics experience.
This Eau Claire native has appeared at Festival in the Pines numerous times since 1996. He covers a variety unique topics during every performance.
Matt's shows feature a light-hearted acoustic sound, dazzling harmonica work, and laid-back originality. With his rich baritone voice and different view of everyday life, Matt demonstrates that he is more than just a "guy with a guitar."
Performing since 2006, crowdedheads calls the Chippewa Valley home. The band has traveled and played events in and around West Central Wisconsin and Eastern Minnesota exhilarating crowds wherever they perform.
Classic rock as its moral fiber combined with professional musicians, crowdedheads are a sure-fire ingredient in making a memorable performance each and every time they take the stage.
The band has an incredibly dynamic range of vocals led by Mona, a female lead vocal/keyboardist that exudes high energy and stunning renditions of the hits of yesterday and today.
The guitar and bass players: Bill, Dave, and Steve, bring the innate ability to be highly proficient at their individual instruments and be parallel with their lead and backing vocals creating some of the absolute breath-taking covers that will keep you guessing as to which direction they will take you next.
The drummer, Neil, is an absolute show by himself, often hidden from view behind his big production sound. Not only is he the motivating force behind the band, he, along with the other members, loves being part of a band that believes the sum is greater than the individual parts."
Big Back Yard Unplugged
Big Back Yard is a high-energy modern Country Music band from Eau Claire, WI. Known for crowd engaging shows, Big Back Yard's set-lists emphasize modern high-energy country music, some original songs, and just the right amount of rock n' roll and classic favorites to keep everyone enjoying the show. BBY has taken the stage at Country Fest in Cadott, Country Jam in Eau CLaire, and Toby Keith's I Love This Bar And Grill. They have opened for National acts that include Randy Houser, Chris Cagle, David Allan Coe, and many times for LoCash Cowboys. If you are looking for a high energy show with your favorite modern country, come and check out a BBY show.
Big Back Yard Unplugged is a stripped down version of Big Back Yard featuring Chad Dalhoe and Corey Schuster. The set lists for the unplugged version of BBY includes many of the same songs you would hear at a full band show, but with an acoustic twist to them. Always keeping the crowd engaged, they are willing to try just about any request thrown their way. You can see this unplugged show at the Eau Claire Express Fan Deck on Thursday nights and also at Whiskeys Grill and Bar in Altoona. They also keep themselves busy at corporate functions, back yard parties, and beer gardens in the Eau Claire area.