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Saturday, January 25th

The Plus

208 S Barstow Street

Eau Claire, WI

Doors 8pm | Showtime 8:30pm

General Admission | All Ages

$10 advance | $15 at the door

Matt Wilson Voice, Guitar

Phala Tracy Harp

Quillan Roe Banjo

Jacques Wait Electric Guitar, Bass

Singer songwriter Matt Wilson and his harp and banjo orchestra perform

the best music from Matt’s deep repertoire, reaching back to his earliest

compositions, and forward as well to the songs he’s chosen from his

recent streak of songwriting luck. The group is also capable of spinning

up unique and authoritative renditions of old time songs that Matt

considers to be among the greatest of all music history. Each piece in

their repertoire is presented on a feather bed of banjo rhythms,

arpeggiating harp and reverberant swells of guitar.

Raised in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, Matt became a fan of rockers like

Elvis Costello, Bruce Springsteen and Devo. He and his high school

friends formed a group called The Panic, and spent much of their youth

as under-aged performers in Minneapolis nightclubs, warming up for

future luminaries such as Husker Du and The Replacements. In the early

80s, Matt followed his brother Dan to college in Boston where they

formed a number of bands, including the Love Monsters, marking Matt’s

first turn as a lead singer. Returning to Minneapolis, the brothers joined

forces with bass player John Munson to form Trip Shakespeare, writing,

recording and touring together for a decade. John and Matt currently

perform in a rock band, The Twilight Hours.

Matt’s music has been featured on MTV, Rolling Stone, The New Yorker,

Spin, The Toronto Star and many other publications. Trip Shakespeare’s

single, “Toolmaster of Brainerd”, was named by City Pages one of

Minnesota’s 50 Greatest Hits, and that group was included by

nationally-influential radio station The Current in its 2017 list of 893

Most Essential Musical Artists of All Time. Songs from throughout

Matt’s career have been featured on The Current, including the epic

“Descender!” from his solo album Burnt, White & Blue, and the joyful

“Queen of Tomorrow” from The Twilight Hours’ debut LP Stereo Night.

The new group which Matt calls an “orchestra” has a grassy sound that’s

easy to fall into. Most striking to both the eye and ear is the harp mastery

of Phala Tracy. An inventive collaborator, she is a key element each year

at The New Standards Holiday Show. The band’s sound is underpinned

by the sparkling banjo groove of Quillan Roe who is best known for his

work with the Roe Family Singers, winners of a prestigious McKnight

Fellowship. These sunshine tones of harp and banjo are rolled out on a

wide road of electric bass provided by electric guitar ace Jacques Wait

and ornamented by Matt’s acoustic guitar, piano and melodic harmonica


Venue Information

The Plus
208 S Barstow St
Eau Claire, WI 54701
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Organizer Information

The Plus

208 S Barstow St
Eau Claire, WI 54701
(715) 832-8844

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