The inaugural lineup for the Clapperclaw Festival has set the bar decidedly high for the years to come. Touted as an eclectic mix of local and emerging national bands, artists, and theatrical performance, with a bit of fashion tossed in to round things out, this two-day festival (Friday evening and all day Saturday) promises to be, at the least, one of the most interesting events of the year. Highlights include Fort Wilson Riot, fresh off of the enormous success of their album/theater hybrid project Idigaragua, the punk/thrash/psych ward escapee audio/visual assault of Madison's Screamin' Cyn Cyn and the Pons, local Moon Safari-era Air-heads Estate, the haunting, Morricone-influenced Spaghetti Western String Company, and Minneapolis DJ-of-the-moment Soviet Panda. In between musical sets on Saturday, attendees will be treated to episodic theater about the "Ongoing saga of Clapperclaw" that will experiment with the art of the graphic novel and old-time radio. It promises to be a spectacle.
Sat., Nov. 10, noon-midnight, 2007