2016 Great River Folk Fest – Sunday

John Gorka John Gorka

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WideAwakes_250 Wide Awakes

GRSF_2 Great River Shakespeare Festival The Comedy of Errors

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We’ve got John Gorka at the Folk Festival!

John Gorka will be the featured performer at Sunday’s closing concert.

The boyish-looking singer songwriter from New Jersey burst onto the national scene in 1987 with his Red House debut, I know. The record established John as one of the preeminent voices among America’s performing songwriters, a position he still holds as he writes and performs from his adopted home in Minnesota. His live performances feature his insightful song writing, his goofy sense of humor, and his undeniable wisdom. John has maintained his boyish playfulness on stage, but the grey in his beard is finally catching up to the wisdom that has always been present in his songwriting.

Gorka’s songs have been recorded by, among others, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Nanci Griffith, and Mary Black, and for good reason. John’s songs offer poignant commentary on the world we live in, bridging the gap between the personal and the political. He has recorded 11 critically-acclaimed albums; Bright Side of Down is the most recent. Gorka has headlined at GRFF in the past, both as a solo performer and as part of the trio Red Horse. His rich voice and playful humor guarantee that his audiences make an emotional connection to this outstanding songwriter.

John will headline the Sunday closing concert with Crooked Willow and a special appearance by the winner of the Songwriting Contest. Sunday Concert, 4:00 p.m., Main Stage

More on Sunday

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Of course, Sunday ends with John Gorka singing from the Main Stage. (The farewell concert is free with purchase of a day pass). For many, Gorka is enough to make Sunday the best day of all. In addition to John, there are children’s activities, music performances, the songwriter’s contest, crafts, and food throughout the day.

Here are a couple of unusual events for Sunday:

O Brother Where Art Thou tribute concert featuring the Wide Awakes.

The Wide Awakes (with the help of some guest sirens) re-create the soundtrack to the hit movie O Brother Where Art Thou. This movie from 2000 rekindled (and kindled) interest in old time, bluegrass, and Americana music in the US. Sunday, 11:00 – 12:30 at the Main Stage tent.

Beer Bloodys?

Pearl Street Brewery will be serving “Beer Bloodys” (Dell’s Bar’s famous bloody Mary Mix with beer instead of vodka) and mimosas.

Shakespeare in the Children’s Area

Great River Folk Fest’s younger cousin (actually, no relation), the Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) from Winona will be bringing their Shakespeare for Young Actors production of The Comedy of Errors to the Children’s area. This production featuring young actors and designers was developed this summer during GRSF’s season. This show will be of interest to Children of all ages! GRSF has done a great job of making Shakespeare accessible to a wide range of audiences and a great job of turning young actors into serious Shakespearians! Sunday, 12:30 – 2:00, Children’s Area.

August 26 - 28. Riverside Park, La Crosse

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Photo: Jerry Weigel
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Photo: Jerry Weigel
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Photo: Jerry Weigel

2016 Great River Folk Fest Mix

To A God Unknown – Dead Horses
One More Flight – Sawtooth Brothers
A Long Time – Kelley McRae
The Labyrinth – Patchouli
We Ain’t Afraid of Work – The Waymores
Criminal Style – Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys
Like Loving People Do Paul Cebar
Joint of No Return – John Gorka

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