EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – After nearly 18 months closed, Pablo Center will hold it’s first of more than 400 performances beginning in September. First News at Nine’s Bob Gallaher explains how the Pablo Center is ready to breathe life back into downtown Eau Claire’s music scene.

The return of live, in-person literary, performing and visual arts performances and events will once again showcase the endless possibilities of the arts here in the Chippewa Valley. Executive Director Jason Jon Anderson says it’s been surreal that the Pablo has been closed longer than it’s been open.

“And I really feel that Re-Imagine, Re-Emerge really embraces that idea that we get to do another grand re-opening on September 12th to the general public, reopen this facility. But also the way we communicate, we don’t take ourselves too seriously anymore. I think we’ve gained the ability to be the people’s building and that’s what we want to be, that’s part of that Re-Imagine, Re-Emerge who we are and what we are here to provide,” says Anderson.

While 400 scheduled events for Season 4 is certainly an ambitious undertaking for Pablo Center, Director of Artistic Programming Evan Middlesworth believes having multiple performances and exhibits on the same night is ultimately why Pablo was built.

To have artists back on the road and traveling around and putting on performances and filling art galleries with their beautiful creations that they’ve made, opening up this building to do that is very exciting to me and on the other side of that, opening the building up to audiences again, to have that buzz in the lobby before a show, seeing people out enjoying themselves,” explains Middlesworth.

In Eau Claire, Bob Gallaher First News at Nine.

Season 4 performances will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, August 4 at 10 am. For more information, go to pablocenter.org to learn about the performances.