Great River Folk Fest

Barn Dance April 22

Music by the Leaf Hoppers
Tim Jenkins Calling

Dance Leo andLeonas 2014

The dance hall at Leo & Leona’s will be jumpin’ on Saturday April 22 with music from the Leaf Hoppers and calling by the one-and-only Tim Jenkins. The Leaf Hoppers are Betsy Neil, Fiddle; Jeff Worrell, Guitar; and Paul Fairchild, Banjo.

This spring edition of the Great River Folk Fest’s Benefit Barn Dance is family friendly and loads of fun. Square and round dances, contras and reels will be taught and called; no prior experience necessary. Bring a partner or grab one as you go.

Saturday April 22
7:00-10:00 pm
Leo & Leona’s Tavern & Dance Hall
WI Highway 33 & County G
Newburg Corners

Suggested donation $10 for adults; $5 students; kids—make an offer!

More Upcoming Events

May 6 Pre-Fest Party at the Trempealeau Hotel
with Pigtown Fling, 8:00 pm

May 24 Folk Fest Night at the Wine Guyz, 6:00 pm

Friday Night Concert Performers Set

Steel City Jug Slammers

Steel City Jug Slammers is a modern jug band performing Pre- WWII and original material. The Birmingham, Alabama band was started 2012 and consists of Ramblin' Ricky Tate, Washtub Jay, & Maxwell Honeycup. Since forming the band has has become known for their jug band antics. Performing a catalog of classics and originals, the Steel City Jug Slammers brings the sounds on the 78 RPM era to life.

The band continues a tradition of jug band music that is highly influenced by the sounds of early Memphis string band and blues. Instrumentation in the band varies. While the guitar provides the pallet for the songs, it is carried by the back bone of the washtub bass and jug. On top of that you will hear anything from banjo- mandolin to banjo- guitar and maybe even a little kazoo.

Kind Country

Kind music for kind people. Kind Country is a Minneapolis based bluegrass jam band that plays American standards as well as their own brand of Cosmic American music. Since their formation in 2012, the band has focused on creating live performances with high levels of improvisation and energy gathering with a goal of creating a moment of musical bliss that can be shared by audience members and band alike.

Win a Fest Weekend Package

Package includes

  • 2 weekend passes to Great River Folk Fest
  • 2 night stay – GrandStay in La Crosse
  • River cruise for 2 on the La Crosse Queen
  • a Brewery Tour at Pearl Street Brewery

$600 Value - 1 Winner

Prizes awarded July 25, 2017

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Scenes from 2016.
Riverside Park, La Crosse

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Coulee Region Wood Carvers (left); Jewler Lake Garren (center); Sarah Streitz (right). Photos: Jerry Weigel
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Best Way Gyros (left); Allen Kizziah—Al's Comic Boxes (right). Photos: Jerry Weigel
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John Gorka (left); Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound (right). Photos: Bob Stuber
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Songwriter Contest Performer (left); Children's area (center). Photos Jerry Weigel. Paul Cebar (right). Photo: Bob Stuber
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Patchouli (left); Sunday's Closing Concert (right). Photos: Bob Stuber