Dec 102017
 

It’s time once again to feature one of the BEST FESTIVALS in Wisconsin The Blue Ox Festival which is also one that I have on my radar to attend soon.  You know that I take great pride in my festival articles, and I enjoy finding new bands within these lineups. Festivals are a great way to have many bands in the same vicinity, where a guy like me can find of so much information about an abundance of bands all at once.

I can start my steel guitarist series live editions again next year, which I plan to pick back up soon. Many of these artists have albums on my TOP 50 of 2017 like Mr. Tyler Childers, and if you are a regular reader of what I DO you already know 16 of my TOP choices now!

EAU CLAIRE, WI (December 6, 2017) – Located in the pine and hardwood forests of Northwestern Wisconsin, the Blue Ox Music Festival welcomes thousands of roots music fans and musicians each June to the heart of Paul Bunyan country. Hosted by Pert Near Sandstone, Blue Ox showcases some of the best talent American roots music has to offer. Bringing the genre’s brightest artists to a beautiful and intimate setting.

Blue Ox Music Festival takes place June 14-16, 2018 in Eau Claire’s Whispering Pines Campground. Greensky Bluegrass, The Devil Makes Three, Sam Bush, Del McCoury Band, Margo Price, The Infamous Stringdusters, The SteelDrivers, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Mandolin Orange, Billy Strings, and Tyler Childers are just a few of the acts that will be performing at the 4th annual event. A full lineup is available below, additional artists and collaborations will be announced for the late-night stage in the future.

Blue Ox was founded in 2015 with the vision of an intimate music and camping experience focused on roots, Americana and bluegrass music. Set in the woodlands and fields that make up the Whispering Pines Campground, it is a perfect place to enjoy today’s best bluegrass and roots music. The line-up is as committed to honoring tradition with artists like the Del McCoury Band and Sam Bush, as artists like The Devil Makes Three and Greensky Bluegrass are committed towards building upon it.

This environment fosters a wonderful sense of community. Festival-goers jam into the night with friends old and new, some of whom are festival performers mingling around the campgrounds. Blue Ox Music Festival is kid-friendly with the option of camping in the quiet family camping section. Better yet, there is entertainment and activities geared towards children. Attendees aged 13 and under get into Blue Ox for free with a paid adult. Food and drink vendors are available onsite and tent camping is included with all general admission tickets.

Blue Ox strives to provide the quality and amenities of a large music festival on a smaller, more comfortable scale. Get in touch with us if you would like to learn more about this great music festival!

So on June 14th-16th Wisconsin will be full of Americana and Bluegrass acts up in the woods of Eau Claire on the scenic 75 acre campground called Whispering Pines Campground which is right off HWY 94 near the Minnesota border. I’m going to discuss camping and maps first, and then get into local area hotels next.  Right below is adetailed map of the area, and the different packages for camping and staying on the premises.

  • No food or beverage carry-ins are allowed in festival bowl area.
  • Supplies, food, and beverages can be brought to your campsite. There is not an onsite store so bring your supplies. Wood and ice are available to purchase in the campgrounds.
  • You will be subject to search at the gates.
Unreserved Tent Camping is Included with all Tickets

The campground features tall pine trees, lots of shade, and beautiful views.

Blue Ox features several different camping options:

  • Electric Reserved (Power up your RV or Camper) You may park one unit with a steering wheel on your site. Your campsite does not include festival admission. A General Admission Ticket MUST be purchased separately.
  • RV/Camper Reserved If you plan to bring an RV, pull behind or pop up camper you will need to purchase an RV/Camper reserved site. This will ensure that you have enough space for your unit. All vehicles over 20′ require a reserved RV site.  A General Admission Ticket MUST be purchased separately.
  • Car Camping If you prefer to park your car at your campsite or use your car as your sleeping unit, simply purchase a Car Camping pass and you will receive a tag for your vehicle to be parked at your site. If your vehicle is over 20′ you will need an RV site rather than a car camping pass. A General Admission Ticket MUST be purchased separately.
  • Unreserved Tent Camping Tent camping is included with your admission ticket, your car can be parked in the lot adjacent to Whispering Pines. (Sites are first come first serve basis)
  • Unreserved Family Tent Camping This area is considered quiet camping and the curfew will be enforced. Tent camping is included with your admission ticket, your car can be parked in the lot adjacent to Whispering Pines. (Sites are first come first served)

Whispering Pines Campground is has a beautiful 75-acre landscape. It offers many great features and amenities:

  • The campground is heavily wooded and most sites offer plenty of shade.
  • Amenities include a permanent shower building, a camping store, and you won’t have to walk far for all of the festival action.

Individuals that will be camping in an RV and have a Reserved Site in Electrical, Family Reserved, or Reserved Pines/Fields will have to opportunity to move in to their site a day early on  Wednesday June 13th. To Signup –> Click Here

The campground opens on Thursday, June 14th at 7:00 a.m.

Whispering Pines Campground is located at 5024 Crescent Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54703

Best Western Plus Eau Claire Conference Center
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$85
3-star hotel
Relaxed rooms with free WiFi & breakfast
Free breakfast

Holiday Inn Eau Claire South I-94

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$103
3-star hotel
Modern hotel with a steakhouse & pool
Free Wi-Fi

Metropolis Resort & Conference Center

$74
3-star hotel
Lively resort with a water park & dining
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast
DEAL 28% less than usual

The Oxbow Hotel and The Lakely

$91
Boutique Hotel
Hip hotel with a lively bar/restaurant
DEAL 22% less than usual

GrandStay® Residential Suites Hotel – Eau Claire

$90
2-star hotel
Straightforward suites with free Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Super 8 Eau Claire I-94

$46
Motel
Free breakfast

Inn Towne Hotel

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Hotel 678 Wisconsin St

Americas Best Value Inn – Campus View

$64
2-star hotel
Hotel with meeting spaces & 2 pools
Free breakfast

Hampton Inn Eau Claire

$109
3-star hotel
Low-key rooms, free Wi-Fi & breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Hampton Inn & Suites Chippewa Falls

$107
3-star hotel
Relaxed hotel with pool & free breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Days Inn West-Eau Claire

$58
2-star hotel
Laid-back lodging with a fitness room
Free breakfast

Super 8 Eau Claire WI

$48
2-star hotel
Budget hotel with free breakfast & Wi-Fi
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Scottish Inns & Suites

$50
3-star hotel
Free breakfast

Badger Motel

$65
Motel
Roadside pick with modest rooms
Free Wi-Fi

AmericInn Hotel & Suites Eau Claire

$82
2-star hotel
Simple pick with free Wi-Fi & breakfast
Free Wi-Fi
Free breakfast

Best Western Plus Eau Claire Conference Center

$85
3-star hotel
Relaxed rooms with free WiFi & breakfast
Free breakfast

The Lismore Hotel Eau Claire – a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

$98
3-star hotel
Conference hotel with a rooftop lounge

Holiday Inn Eau Claire South I-94

$103
3-star hotel
Modern hotel with a steakhouse & pool
Free Wi-Fi

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Eau Claire North

$90
2-star hotel
Traditional rooms & an indoor pool
Free breakfast

Country Inn & Suites By Carlson, Eau Claire, WI

$89
3-star hotel
Casual option with an indoor pool
Free breakfast

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Eau Claire Chippewa Falls

$99
Hotel
Relaxed hotel with an indoor pool
Free breakfast

Staybridge Suites Eau Claire – Altoona

$111
4-star hotel

Upmarket all-suite hotel with a pool

Bus Route 1
Best Western Trail Lodge – 3340 Mondovi Road
Thursday: 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Friday-Saturday: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm

Quality Inn – 3117 Craig Road
Super 8 – 1151 W. MacArthur Avenue
Pick up location is on Craig Road between the two hotels
Thursday: 3:40pm, 4:40pm, 5:40pm, 6:40pm, 7:40pm, 8:40pm
Friday-Saturday: 9:40am, 10:40am, 11:40am, 12:40pm, 1:40pm, 2:40pm, 3:40pm, 4:40pm, 5:40pm, 6:40pm

America’s Best Value Inn – 809 W. Clairemont Avenue
Thursday: 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm
Friday-Saturday: 9:45am, 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm, 6:45pm

Bus Route 2
The Oxbow Hotel – 516 S. Galloway Street
Thursday: 3:25pm, 4:25pm, 5:25pm, 6:25pm, 7:25pm, 8:25pm
Friday-Saturday: 9:25am, 10:25am, 11:25am, 12:25pm, 1:25pm, 2:25pm, 3:25pm, 4:25pm, 5:25pm, 6:25pm

The Lismore Hotel Parking Ramp Downtown – 333 Gibson  Street
Thursday: 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm
Friday-Saturday: 9:30am, 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm, 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm

7th & Water Street
Thursday: 3:35pm, 4:35pm, 5:35pm, 6:35pm, 7:35pm, 8:35pm
Friday-Saturday: 9:35am, 10:35am, 11:35am, 12:35pm, 1:35pm, 2:35pm, 3:35pm, 4:35pm, 5:35pm, 6:35pm

Clarion Hotel – 2703 Craig Road and 
Hampton Inn
– 2622 Craig Road
Thursday: 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm, 6:45pm, 7:45pm, 8:45pm
Friday-Saturday: 9:45am, 10:45am, 11:45am, 12:45pm, 1:45pm, 2:45pm, 3:45pm, 4:45pm, 5:45pm, 6:45pm

The times listed are departure times. Please be ready to board the shuttles at the above times. Shuttle service will return to all locations after the close of the last show. No buses will leave the festival unless full from 9 p.m. to the end of the last show. Bus schedules may change during weather related emergencies.

Prices are $30 for a 3 day pass, $15 for a 1 day pass. Rides are unlimited for the day purchased. Please have EXACT CASH when purchasing your pass, you can purchase the pass from the driver.

So, now that you have all of thy information on how to lay your head and the days you’ll need the hotel let’s look at the FUN STUFF like the music and the activities that transpire at the Blue Ox, some of the food vendors and anything else I can find for you.
HERE is a complete map of the entire festival straight from the website, also you can purchase the tickets by clicking any of those links.
Additional information on Blue Ox Music Festival: Tickets are on sale from now until December 20 at a special early bird rate. General admission three-day tickets are $159 and children 13 and under are free. Unreserved tent camping and parking is included in the general admission pass. Reserved RV camping and car camping passes are available as well, to find out more please check the website:

 

Tyler Childers will perform at the 2018 Blue Ox Music Festival

Tyler Childers

Jack Klatt will be performing at the 2018 Blue Ox Music Festival

Schedule

Thursday, June 14th

  • TBA

    10:30-Midnight

  • TBA

    8:45-10:00 PM

  • TBA

    7:00-8:00 PM

  • TBA

    5:30-6:30 PM

Friday, June 15th

  • TBA

    10:30-Midnight

  • TBA

    8:45-10:00 PM

  • TBA

    7:00-8:15 PM

  • TBA

    5:30-6:30 PM

  • TBA

    4:00-5:00 PM

  • TBA

    2:30-3:30 PM

  • TBA

    1:00-2:00 PM

  • TBA

    11:30-12:30 PM

Saturday, June 16th

  • TBA

    10:00-Midnight

  • TBA

    7:45-9:15 PM

  • TBA

    6:00-7:15 PM

  • TBA

    4:45-5:30 PM

  • TBA

    3:00-4:15 PM

  • TBA

    1:15-2:30 PM

  • TBA

    11:30-12:45PM

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