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Great River Folk Festival

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


The Barefoot Movement

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Johnson City’s 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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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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EverGreen Grass Band


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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“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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Sally Rogers

Sally Rogers

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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More to Come!

Festival Sponsor

Peoples Coop Logo(19K) The People’s Food Co-op
315 5th Avenue South
La Crosse, WI 54601
The People’s Food Co-op
1001 6th St NW
Rochester, MN 55901

Major Sponsors

Mayo Health System
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Wiscomsin Public Radio Channel 8 LaCrosse Radio Group