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Great River Folk Festival

39thAnnual   ::   August 22 - 24, 2014   ::    La Crosse, Wisconsin

Performers

The Barefoot Movement

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The Barefoot Movement have been making waves in the folk world since the release of their 2011 debut album Footwork. Drawing from the styles of bluegrass, folk, acoustic rock, and Americana, The Barefoot Movement, with their original songs, impressive instrumentation, and interweaving harmonies, converge the old and new, into a style all their own that is certain to be appreciated by all generations.
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Performs:
Saturday, 11:30 - 12:45 Site A
Saturday, 1:15 – 2:30 Site A
Saturday Evening Concert
Sunday, 1:15 – 2:30 Main Stage Area

The Cheez Land Uke Band

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The Cheez Land Uke Band is a group of people with a passion for playing and learning to play the ukulele. While some members of the Uke Band perform at public events, many of the band’s members are more than happy to share the experience of the weekly Uke gatherings. The group is open to people of all levels of ability. The Cheez Land Uke Band is riding a wave of Ukulele popularity that has been growing over the past decade. The Uke is fun. It’s easy to learn. It’s easy to play. It’s small. It’s portable. It’s inexpensive. It’s social. It makes people smile. It’s used to play all kinds of music.

Performs:
Saturday, 1:00 – 1:50 Site B

Claudia Schmidt

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A fest favorite returns with Sally Rogers to help close out the festival on Sunday. For almost four decades Claudia Schmidt has been exploring the nuances of acoustic music with her 12 string guitar, mountain dulcimer, and her rich, jazz-inflected voice. It is her distinctive voice (Read More. . . )

Performs:
Sunday, 11:30 – 12:45 Main Stage Area
Sunday, 1:15 – 2:30 Main Stage Area
Sunday Closing Concert, Main Stage

Colin O’Brien

Colin O'Brien

Colin O’Brien delivers strong musicianship, coupled with a down-home presence that makes for the sweet savor of his music. He has shared the bill with Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, and Steve Martin, as well as a regular at the annual John Hartford Memorial Festival.

A Nashville-based performer, Colin delights his audiences with fiery melodies, soulful lyrics, fancy footwork, and old-time hat tricks with his derby.
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Performs:
Saturday, 11:30 - 12:45 Site A
Saturday, 1:15 – 2:30 Site A
Saturday Evening Concert
Sunday, 2:00 – 3:30, Site A

David Wilcox

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David Wilcox is a true American treasure. He is known for his open tuning acoustic guitar, sawed-off capos, storytelling wit, and insightful metaphors. His songs are a strong elixir. Music distilled. David Wilcox believes that the right song at the right time changes people’s lives. He is the creator of more than 18 albums and has been writing songs for 30 years. David Wilcox is a father, a husband, a citizen and a songwriter.
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Performs:
Saturday, 12:45 – 2:00 Main Stage Area
Saturday Evening Concert, Main Stage
Sunday, 2:00 – 3:30, Site A

Grace and Pierce Pettis

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With stories in her soul, a dash of courage, and a smile that melts walls, Grace Pettis is busy doing what she was born to do. In her short career, she has built a reputation as a respected songwriter among artists, industry, and fans. Grace will be joined by her father, Pierce Pettis, one of this generation’s most masterful songwriters.
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Performs:
Saturday, 11:00 – 12:15 Main Stage Area
Saturday Evening Concert, Main Stage
Sunday, 11:30 – 12:45 Main Stage Area
Sunday, 2:00 – 3:30, Site A

EverGreen Grass Band

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Since 2008, this “not-quite-a-bluegrass band” from Eau Claire, Wi has gathered its traditional bluegrass instruments into what has become one of the most sought-after non-traditional bluegrass acts on the Northwood’s musical frontier.

While many traditional bluegrass bands commonly repeat lyrical themes, EverGreen has cultivated a wide variety of subjects and outlooks in the song craft of (Tim) Litscher and (Caleb) Horne.
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Performs:
Saturday, 11:30 - 12:45 Site A
Saturday, 1:15 – 2:30 Site A
Saturday, 3:00 – 4:00 Site A
Sunday, 11:30 – 12:45 Main Stage Area
Sunday Closing Concert, Main Stage

Mike Munson

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Rooted in blues, Mike Munson fills the stage with a fluid combination of skilled finger picking and masterful slide guitar. Influenced by the likes of John Lee Hooker and Mississippi John Hurt, his songs tell raw stories of work, travel and loss. Mike has shared the stage with Charlie Parr and Joe and Vicki Price on multiple occasions, among others. He wowed the audience on “Whad’ya Know?” in La Crosse last summer.

Performs:
Sunday, 12:00 – 12:45 Site B

Patchouli

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“the harmonies of Simon and Garfunkel meet the guitar brilliance of the Gipsy Kings.”

Patchouli is an acoustic duo unlike any other. Together fourteen years, this duo’s sound is musically rich, with vocals sweet as honey and guitar runs that are breathtaking. Julie Patchouli writes for the duo and carries most of the lead vocals, with Bruce Hecksel providing jaw-dropping guitar licks and harmony vocals.
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Performs:
Saturday, 11:00 – 12:15 Main Stage Area
Saturday, 12:45 – 2:00 Main Stage Area
Saturday, 3:00 – 4:00 Site A
Saturday Evening Concert, Main Stage

Sally Rogers

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Sally Rogers performs traditional, contemporary and original ballads and song, interwoven with stories taken from her life as a performer, a wife and a mother. Throughout her concerts, she accompanies herself on guitar and Appalachian dulcimer, or performs without accompaniment in a voice that needs no further enhancement. Reviewers have described her voice in superlatives ranging from “remarkable” to “mesmerizing.” As one critic summarized, “…it’s really next to impossible to do justice to a voice of that quality.”
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Performs:
Saturday, 11:00 – 12:15 Main Stage Area
Saturday, 12:45 – 2:00 Main Stage Area
Sunday, 1:15 – 2:30 Main Stage Area
Sunday Closing Concert, Main Stage

Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott

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Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien are highly regarded writers, singers, and multi-instrumentalists, each with his own solo career and other projects. They are “re-uniting” this year to support their newest collaboration, Memories & Moments, their second studio album. Scott and O’Brien met in Nashville in the 1990s. O’Brien, who comes from West Virginia, was steeped in bluegrass and country, was steeped in bluegrass and country, while Scott, from nearby Kentucky, straddled country and rock ’n’ roll.
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Performs:
Friday, 7:30, opening concert, Riverside Park

Under Paris Skies

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Under Paris Skies performs Euro café music and gypsy jazz—imagine a sidewalk bistro, Paris, 1930’s.  Their repertoire includes French musette, Parisian swing, as well as tangos, boleros and bossas.  Once you hear it you can’t forget it—romantic, sophisticated and sentimental, elegant with swing.

Under Paris Skies features Ron Reimer - accordion, Steven Meger - guitar, and Larry Dalton - upright bass.  

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Performs:
Sunday, 2:00 - 3:15 Site B

More to Come!

Festival Sponsors

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People’s Food Co-op
La Crosse, WI
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Viterbo University
La Crosse, WI
Pearl Street Brewery
La Crosse, WI

Major Sponsors

Mayo Health System
Organic Valley Hanson and Associates blue heron Bike Shop
Wiscomsin Public Radio Channel 8 LaCrosse Radio Group Wettstein Brothers Electric
Win Craft Honda motorwerks