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Great River Folk Festival

40th Annual  ::  August 28 – 30, 2015  
Riverside Park  ::  La Crosse, Wisconsin
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Festival Celebration and Fund Raiser at The Wine Guyz

May 27, 2015

6:00 - 8:00 P.M.
The Wine Guyz
122 King Street
La Crosse, WI


Sip your support of the Fest!
A portion of all beer and wine sales (plus tips) go to the Great River Folk Fest.

Silent Auction
Live Music from Rick Thompson and Turky Creek

String Ties

Coulee Region’s Best Blugrass Band back for 2015

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String Ties calls the hills of the upper Mississippi home, blending Bluegrass, Old-time Country, Swing, Gospel, and Folk into an engaging version of acoustic music – evoking nostalgia, love lost and found, moonshine hills, and sturdy shoes on a barn-dance floor.

The tight harmonies, powerful instrumentals, (on guitar, banjo, mandolin, and bass), and good-natured fun of this dynamic group have delighted audiences of all ages for more than a decade at parties, festivals, weddings, and everywhere the joy of great music is celebrated.

String Ties is a fan favorite at the Great River Folk Festival featuring some of the best musicians in the area: Dan Sebranek on guitar, Larry Dalton on upright bass, Tommy Pfaff on banjo, and Wayne Beezley on Mandolin.

Beth Wood & David Stoddard to Appear at Great River Folk Fest

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Beth Wood is a modern-day troubadour and believer in the power of song. Her exceptional musicianship, crafty songwriting, and commanding stage presence have been winning over American audiences for eighteen years. Beth's music is soulful, organic, intelligent, barefoot, and high-energy – an invitation to joy.

Wisconsin native David Stoddard is a song writer, teacher, radio host, and nonstop, passionate promoter of independent music. He writes songs that examine the human condition. Sometimes, a little too closely.

Beth and Dave met at the Kerrville Folk Festival and have been friends ever since. Their musical styles come together in a way that is fresh, energetic, and instantly engaging. Put these two tunesmiths together and harmonies, laughter, and musical magic will ensue!

Dave has played at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville and at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas, and been featured on Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Tent Show Radio.” These days, he plays mostly house concerts. He's shared festival and concert stages with people like Juice Newton, Leon Russell, Rik Emmett, Lou and Peter Berryman, Michael Smith, Beth Wood, and Pat Donohue. He recently had a scientific paper published. He was once mistaken for George Winston at a bookstore in Milwaukee. True story. He has won the Kerrville New Folk award, as well as songwriting awards at the South Florida Folk Festival, the Minnesota Folk Festival, and others.

Beth has been featured on OPB's “Artbeat” and on “Troubadour, TX”, a nationally syndicated documentary-style singer-songwriter reality television series airing in almost 40 million households and 140 U.S. markets. Beth has also been a three-time featured artist on Cayamo: A Journey Through Song, a week-long Caribbean songwriters' cruise along with Lyle Lovett, Shawn Colvin, John Prine, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson and many more. Beth's songwriting has been recognized by the Kerrville Folk Festival (New Folk Award), Sisters Folk Festival (Winner of the Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest) and many more. She just released her 9th album, “Sometimes Love,” recorded in her adopted home town of Eugene, OR.

Beth Wood, Funeral Day with David Stoddard

Beth Wood, New Kid

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)