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Great River Folk Festival

40th Annual  ::  August 28 – 30, 2015  
Riverside Park  ::  La Crosse, Wisconsin

Friday Night Concert

Susan Werner

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String Ties

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Friday, August 28
Riverside Park, La Crosse, Wisconsin

2015 Performers

Peter Ostroushko & Dean Magraw

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Peter Ostroushko has come to be regarded as one of the finest mandolin and fiddle players in acoustic music. Composer, arranger, producer, guitarist Dean Magraw has collaborated with some of the finest musicians in the United States, Europe, and Japan. (Read more. . .)

Cory Chisel

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Cory Chisel is an old believer. You can hear it in his music – there’s a wisdom beyond his years in that voice. You can see it in his story – the son of a preacher, sheltered from pop music, raised on hymns and Johnny Cash. “Mom played piano and organ, my dad did the preaching, the thing that my sister and I could add to the service was to sing.” As fate would have it, the kid was born to do it. (Read more. . .)

Jillian Rae

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Jillian Rae is a multi-talented violinist, lead vocalist, and songwriter whose creative and dynamic style of violin playing, along with her lifelong experience as a performer, lend her an assured stage presence. She has an innate ability to create hook-laden tunes affirming the positives of life in the face of struggle and disappointment. (Read More)

More performers

Check out the Performers page.

More 2015 updates:

2015 Songwriting Contest Rules and Applications posted

2015 Crafters Prospectus and Application

Donate to the Folk Fest

Your donations help us hire top-notch national and regional performers and help keep this all-volunteer festival moving forward!

Festival Sponsors

Peoples Coop Logo(19K) Viterbo-vert_color_150 (6K) PearlStreet_150 (14K) Rick-Thompson-Drywall
People’s Food Co-op
La Crosse, WI
Rochester, MN
Viterbo University
La Crosse, WI
Pearl Street Brewery La Crosse, WI Rick Thompson Drywall
La Crosse, WI

Major Sponsors

Mayo Health System
Wiscomsin Public Radio Hanson and Associates blue heron Bike Shop
Win Craft Channel 8 LaCrosse Radio Group Wettstein Brothers Electric
  Honda motorwerks ufah (3K) grfa (5K)