Eau Claire Music Podcast

The "Concert Venue" is an all-new podcast dedicated to the Chippewa Valley music scene, hosted by local musicians.  This is the place to come to hear from those who make Eau Claire Music go.


                                                           YOUR HOSTS

Ben Peterson is a local drummer, born and raised in Eau Claire with 20 years of playing experience under
his belt. He came up through the Eau Claire public school system and participated in concert band,
marching band, jazz band, orchestra, show choir, and youth symphony as a young student at Eau Claire


He went on to play three years in the Blugold Marching Band before expanding to studio
sessions and work with several local bands.


A former student of UW-Eau Claire Associate Professor of Music (Emeritus) Ron Keezer and UW-Eau Claire Professor of Music Jeff Crowell, Peterson has performed in recent years with Orenda Fugue,
We’re Wolves, Caitlin McGarvey, Mars, Fathom, and Bri Murphy, among others.

Peterson is currently active with Orenda Fugue, an Eau Claire based progressive rock band that has
recently shared the stage with Puddle of Mudd, Sick Puppies, Devour the Day, Wayland, and Eve 6.


Thunderlung is an EC-based metal band with an incredible and unique approach to metal which focuses on hypnotizing, clever composition and monumental tones.  They released their first EP in 2018 and are currently working on their follow-up.  We dig into their brains to hear about their history, approach, and influences.  We also get a sneak peak of an upcoming tune.



Brady Luke - Brady Luke Band

Alex and Ben interview Brady Luke of the Brady Luke Band!  They discusse his upbringing and development as a musician, his band and their current status/momentum, his thoughts on the lack of representation for country musicians in the area, his experiences recording "Half a Try" (sampled for the episode) in Nashville, and his recent success opening up for large acts.




Using your Voice

In this episode, Ben and Alex explore the technique behind "harsh" vocals that is typically heard in heavy rock music.  But we make an important distinction that the technique is used in a variety of ways.  We walk through the physiology of vocalization and harsh vocals (different set of vocal cords altogether!), listen to examples of two main techniques being employed by two local artists, and finally we discuss HOW to perform some of these.



Talking with Parker Reed

Season #2 of the Concert Venue is here! Alex and Ben talk with Parker Reed about the local music scene. Parker's a local musician, journalist, and youtuber who is quite passionate about what is happening around the Chippewa Valley.



EPISODE Discussing how to succeed in the music industry

Alex and Ben, two local members of the music industry, discuss what it takes and the pitfalls associated with making music your career.  They'd be the first to admit they don't have all the answers but they've seen things that work and things that don't.



EPISODE Discussing the "Creative Process"

We hear artists and musicians talk about the "creative process" but what does it mean exactly?  The guys behind the local band Orenda Fugue come together to discuss what it means to them.  Not only as a group but also to them as individuals.



EPISODE with Alex Thoms


The musically diverse and versatile Adam Thoms is the guest on this episode and is on the program to discuss the importance of being exposed to a variety of instruments and disciplines. Adam is all over the local music scene both as a performer but also as a popular instructor.

Ben and Alex discuss how trying a variety of instruments and being exposed to different music genres has influenced their overall music.


They also play a clip from Adam's new song "Keep it Breathing"


- Adam describes his musical upbringing in Eau Claire, from coming through the various band programs in the school system to playing the coffeeshop scene.

- How one of his goals was achieved by playing at Eau Claire Jazz Fest.

- Why he dives into so many different music projects and learning so many genres

- It's not a real tour unless you go to...Texas?!?!  Find out why this comes up.  And using a flip phone to book gigs.

- His future planned projects including a live stream coming up.


Alexander Vang has spent nearly two decades living in Eau Claire.  Alex grew up in various US locales within the western half of the United States including residing in California, Nevada, and Minnesota before being firmly implanted in Eau Claire, Wisconsin for his academic career and beyond.  It was here in Wisconsin that Alex would discover and foster his passion for singing and music performance.

Alex graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor’s in Biology and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Masters in Biotechnology. 

Alex has performed in the region for just over a decade while immersing himself in the dynamic and evolving music culture of Wisconsin.  He has played in various outfits including The Blue Room, Orenda Fugue, Caitlin McGarvey, Bri Murphy, and Ghosts of the Sun.  Alex is currently active with Orenda Fugue and Ghosts of the Sun.