Presenting ‘The Concert that Wasn’t’

Join us in appreciation of the talented local musicians who were scheduled to play. Check out their bios and links for a sample of a wide variety of tunes and tempos they have to offer.

Sam Weaver: Sam Weaver is a guitarist and songwriter from Menomonie. Combining Blues, Country, Rock n’ Roll, Swing, and Soul influences, he produces a compelling and entertaining brew of Americana music.

In his latest release entitled Big Time Singer, which came out last February, Sam confesses to broader ambitions and laments, “I got the small town blues … Lord, Lord … ’cause I ain’t in the big time yet.” But given the humor and insight embedded in his lyrics, deft guitar licks and toe-tapping tunes, we may be in danger of losing this “small town” talent to a wider audience.

Click here to find out for yourself!


Take2Day Quartet: Featuring a joyful collaboration of seasoned musicians — vocalist Barbara Lyon, Patrick Pesek-Herriges on piano, Dale Freberg on guitar(s) and David Kile on drums, Take2Day’s sound ranges from down home blues to leading edge jazz.  T2D4 is known for its innovative arrangements of standards and jazz, blues, “crossovers” from the world of rock and pop along with original jazz-based compositions. To learn more about T2D4, click here.

For your listening pleasure, here are a couple of familiar tunes and a pair of intriguing originals by Patrick Pesek-Herriges:

Pandemic Time     Summertime    Song for My Father     Bionic Eyes


The Eclectic Barn Boys: 

John Lynch, Randy Sinz and Gregg Wheeler are seasoned performers who seamlessly transition between Honky Tonk, Traditional Country, Blues, and Rock music. Blending emotional sincerity with honesty and passion, The Eclectic Barn Boys’ appealing collection of stories and songs delight audiences of all ages. Upbeat spontaneity, soaring vocals, and soulful instrumentation will all be on full display whenever you take a musical journey with this talented trio. For a taste, CLICK HERE to view a short clip from The Eclectic Barn Boys’ 2015 performance on The Sue Orfield Show at Fanny Hill:


Kiara Carlson:  Minnesota native Kiara Carlson has been a Menomonie resident since 2009. She has been active in community performance arts as a performer, singer, director and assistant director through the Mabel Tainter Center for the Arts, Menomonie Theater Guild, Fanny Hill Dinner Theater, and Eau Claire Children’s Theater. For the last 2+ years, she has been the Contemporary Worship Leader for Saving Grace Lutheran in Eau Claire and this fall, she is transitioning her home church’s worship team at Love Church in Menomonie. 

Kiara is a mother, a painter and a lifelong singer who loves to collaborate in songwriting and music projects as well as to lead others to connection with the Gospel and to God. She also sings for weddings and funerals. While singing is her greatest passion and joy, she also volunteers her time hosting art classes for local community and homeschool kids.

Here are several samples of Kiara’s vocal prowess!   KC at Saving Grace 1     KC at Saving Grace 2         


Stop by tomorrow (Tuesday) from 3-6 p.m. to Feed Moby! 


During our drive-through food drive at Stepping Stones (1602 Stout Road), let’s see how much we can stuff into our beloved Moby, The Great White Truck. As an added incentive, WESTconsin Credit Union has promised to match $1 per pound of food donated — up to $2,500!