2019 Performers

The Cactus Blossoms
Old Salt Union
Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers
Johnsmith

Performers A - Z

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Andy Hughes and the Mighty Few

Hailing from the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, La Crosse-based singer-songwriter Andy Hughes has spent the last 20 years soaking up the music and culture around him to create his own words and music. For much of that time, Andy has been the front man and main songwriter for the successful Alternative Reggae/Ska band, TUGG. With this new country-folk sound, Andy looks forward to traveling and sharing music from his debut Heartland and Heartache, which was released in June of 2017.

Performs:
Friday: Opening concert, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Site A

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Blaine Howard

Blaine Howard of Fairchild, WI won the 2016 Great River Folk Fest Songwriters and Performers Contest. He'll be making his third appearance at the Fest.

Performs:
Sunday: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Site A

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Bluff Country Tale Spinners

The Bluff Country Tale Spinners storytelling guild promotes the appreciation of the art of storytelling and the development of storytelling skills among its members. Beginner through advanced tellers share stories and receive feedback from members. Story listeners are welcome and needed. The guild meets monthly on the second Thursday of each month at King St. Kitchen and holds the La Crosse Storytelling Festival, Wisconsin’s only storytelling festival!
Visit Bluff Country Tale Spinners at www.LaCrosseStoryFest.com

Performs:
Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Children's

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Bricolage Cirkus

Bricolage Cirkus explores circus through various forms of expression including aerial arts, dance, and acrobatics or anything. Entertaining and inspiring, they are run by Francia from Viroqua WI.

Performs:
Saturday: 12:30 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. Children's Area
Saturday: 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Children's Area

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The Cactus Blossoms

Blood Harmony. Whether it’s The Beach Boys, Bee Gees or First Aid Kit, that sibling vocal blend is the secret sauce in some of the most spine-tingling moments in popular music. Minneapolis-based brothers—Page Burkum and Jack Torrey—offer compelling evidence that this tradition is alive and well, with a deceptively unadorned musical approach that offers “creative turns of phrase, gorgeous harmonies, and an ageless sound.”

Performs:
Friday: Opening concert, 7:00 p.m.

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Charlie Parr

An easily confused and very shy individual, Charlie Parr has been traveling around singing his songs ever since leaving Austin Minnesota in the 1980’s in search of Spider John Koerner, whom he found about 100 miles north at the Viking Bar one Sunday night. The experience changed his life, made him more or less unemployable, and brings us to now: 13 recordings, 250 shows a year or more, 200,000 miles on a well broke in Kia, and a nasty fear of heights. Resonator fueled folk songs from Duluth Minnesota.

Performs:
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Main Stage
Saturday: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Site A
Saturday evening concert

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The CheezLand Uke Band

The CheezLand 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 CheezLand 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: 12:00 - 1:00 Site B

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David Nash

David Nash is a Minnesota singer-songwriter who has played all throughout the country. He has three CDs with a fourth on the way. He spends most of his days entertaining kids working as a children’s eye doctor.

Performs:
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Main Stage

Eddie Allen

Eddie Allen

Eddie Allen is a Trempealeau legend and has been described as exceptionally smart, sometimes cynical but always entertaining songwriter. His days of being a river rat with John Hartford are still strong in his writing and love for the area.

Performs:
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Main Stage
Saturday: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Site A
Saturday evening concert

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Emily Earle

Emily Earle is a mix of heartfelt lyrics and contagious melodies – falling somewhere between early Kacey Musgrave’s, classic Sheryl Crow, and the unmistakeable Dixie Chicks. Influenced by the distinctive places she grew up, Emily combines Texas grit with Colorado cool.

Performs:
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Main Stage
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Main Stage
Saturday evening concert

Greg Gilbertson

Greg Gilbertson

Wisconsin native singer-songwriter and award-winning acoustic guitarist Greg Gilbertson has an engaging charm which often belies the subject matter of his lyrics. Whether solo or accompanied by his band, his shows are, in turn, energetic, then reflective. His warm tenor voice lends itself well to his subject matter as he moves fluidly between ballads, up-tempo rootsy tunes full of layered imagery, and on to impressively smooth and complex instrumentals that serve as a reminder that he is a world-class player, fully capable of leaving an audience slack-jawed.

Performs:
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Site B
Sunday: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Site A

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Heatbox

Heatbox is an entertaining wizard, using his mouth to beatbox while accompanying himself on ukulele. He’ll be teaching beatboxing doing the Folk School. And while beatboxing may seem unique for folk music, it is a modern extension of jug playing and hambone.

Performs:
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Site A
Saturday: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Site B

Isaac Dummer

Isaac Dummer

Modern, untapped folk singer-songwriter

Performs:
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Site B

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Johnsmith

Johnsmith is one of those artists so often under-recognized—he possesses a genius that cannot be denied, ignored, or overlooked. For the past thirty-plus years, Johnsmith has been sharing his music all across America and abroad. He has become a favorite at festivals, clubs, and house concerts alike. In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith has released eight solo CDs to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting, and has served as a staff songwriter in Nashville.

With his faded jeans, his twinkly blue eyes, and his infectious smile, John immediately connects with audiences. You get the sense of a man who loves his life, his family and friends, and who loves nothing more than sharing that love in song and stories all across this land.

Performs:
Saturday: 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Main Stage
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Main Stage
Sunday Closing concert, 4:00

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Liz Rog

Liz Rog is a songleader in the global Ubuntu tradition. The Swahili word Ubuntu means “I am because we are.” Ubuntu singing welcomes all voices, using the collective brain in the body to weave songs and community. Liz delights in helping people rediscover their ancestral birthright of group singing. When we leave behind the traps of formal singing such as auditions, music-reading, solos, grades, and performance, what remains is a simple and holy intertwining of voice, a collective vibration that reminds us we are not alone and we matter to the whole.

Liz lives in the Driftless of Northeast Iowa where she leads weekly community singing for all ages. She hosts camps and retreats for intergenerational community singing.

Performs:
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Site B

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Luke Callen

Luke Callen is a hard-driving, finger-style guitar picker originally from the small river town of La Crosse, WI—in the heart of the Driftless region. Pulling from the traditions of American folk, blues, and country music, Luke has one foot in the past and one foot in the here and now. Echoing the voices of Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot and Townes Van Zandt, Luke crafts songs of people, places, and time in all of its forms.

Performs:
Saturday: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Site A
Saturday: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Site A

Merry Weathers

Merry Weathers

Merry Weathers performs a variety of bluegrass, folk, country, and rockin music, with a major emphasis on original tunes and playing some long loved covers too. Each member of this 6 piece band brings an original sound that is accessable and easy on the ears.

Performs:
Sunday: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Site B
Sunday: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Site A

Michael Scott

Michael Scott

Michael Scott returns to the children’ area to host our yearly talent show for kids. All acts are welcome.

Michael is a Parent Educator at The Parenting Place and the host of The Ghosts of Historic La Crosse Walking Tour. He is also performing in an active theatre piece, An Evening Walk with Mark Twain.

Performs:
Saturday 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Children's Area

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Nelson Magic (Dan Nelson)

Nelson Magic performs interactive magic for kids and families, combining comedy, storytelling, and audience participation. He has performed in libraries, medical centers, children’s centers, and healthcare and rehab facilities around the Coulee region.

See if you agree that Nelson’s magic is both wholesome and fun for those of all ages who really do believe in magic!

Performs:
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Children's Area

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Old Salt Union

Old Salt Union is a string band founded by a horticulturist, cultivated by classically trained musicians, and fueled by a vocalist/bass player who is also a hip-hop producer with a fondness for the Four Freshmen. It is this collision of styles and musical vocabularies that informs their fresh approach to bluegrass and gives them an electric live performance vibe that seems to pull more from Vaudeville than the front porch.

Performs:
Saturday: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Site A
Saturday: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Site A
Saturday evening concert

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The Parenting Place - Abby Lee

Abby Lee and her crew from Parenting Place in La Crosse will run an art factory: an open art event for kids and their imaginations. The Parenting Place is a place for all who care for young children. Their resources prepare, strengthen, and support parents and caregivers by creating greater understanding of the impact they have on the lives of children in their care. Through such increased understanding, children will have a positive, supportive, and loving start in life.

Visit Parenting Place at www.theparentingplace.net

Performs:
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Children’s Area

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Pigtown Fling String Band

La Crosse-based Pigtown Fling delivers a mix of Irish, old time, bluegrass, blues, and swing with Casey Barth on the mandolin, Jessie McDonald on the fiddle, Sherri Byrne on bass, and Barry Byrne on guitar.

Locals may have enjoyed them at the Root Note, the Bodega Brew Pub, or Pearl Street Brewery.

Performs:
Sunday: 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Main Stage Seeger Sessions

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Prairie Smoke and Friends

The coulee region’s Prairie Smoke, a traditional string band with a bit of an Irish accent, will play for Sunday’s family square dance. Setting a lively pace will be Betsy Knowles (fiddle), Erin Hussey (dulcimer), Tom Walter (guitar), jon Stuttgen (bass), and a few friends.

Performs:
Sunday: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Site B

Sara Wooden

Sara Wooden is a yoga teacher, wellness coach, and mother of two littles. She has been practicing yoga for over 18 years. Sara first came to yoga for stress reduction, breathing techniques, and body awareness. After being involved in a car accident which resulted in a neck injury, she used modified yoga practices as a way to accept her limitations. These helped her to develop a practice focused on strengthening, stretching, healing, and growing. Seeing the power of yoga to heal has inspired Sara to make yoga accessible for individuals of all ability levels.

Performs:
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Children's Area

The 3 Dads

The 3 Dads

Once upon a time there were three Dads. They played guitars and sang songs. One day they made a recording of the songs they played for all the children to hear and everyone lived happily ever after.

The 3 Dads are popular La Crosse musicians Mike Caucutt, Gregg “Cheech” Hall, and Andy Hughes.

Performs:
Sunday: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Children—s Area

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Tim Jenkens

Tim is a highly regarded folk dance caller and fiddler from the La Crosse area. Tim teaches and calls barn dance squares and circles that are both easy for beginners to pick up and engaging for experienced dancers. All dances are taught; beginners are welcome; no partner necessary.

Performs:
Sunday: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Site B

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Vogts Sisters

Sweet Sister Harmony from America’s Heartland.
Touring throughout the year in the Midwest, the Vogts Sisters (Maggie and Abigail) touch the hearts of audiences everywhere they go. The young musicians have garnered numerous awards in regional and international songwriting competitions and have over thirty original songs that fit seamlessly into their acoustic Americana-Folk act, blending timeless music with sweet sister harmony.

Performs:
Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Main Stage
Saturday: 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Site A
Saturday evening concert

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Winona International Dancers

Since 1979, the Winona International Dancers have revived traditional folk dances from all over the world. Members come from Winona and the surrounding areas, such as Rochester and Houston, as well as Trempealeau, Ettrick and La Crosse. The organization actively promotes folk dance through workshops and performances at many community events, concerts, schools, and older adult residences.

The Winona International dancers meet weekly on Mondays from 7:30-9:30 PM at the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, 1164 W. Howard St., Winona. They welcome newcomers with or without dance experience.

Performs:
Saturday: 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Site B

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The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers

The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers perform original songs and tunes inspired by the classic hillbilly, country-duo, and old-time musical traditions—and also mines this same repertoire for forgotten gems that deserve to be heard again.

Based in Soldiers Grove, WI, the Sapsuckers (Nikki Grossman, guitar, fiddle, and vocals; Joe Hart, guitar, mandolin, and vocals) perform frequent concerts, as well as square and contra dances, and they are known for the light touch and sense of humor they bring to their performance.

Performs:
Saturday evening concert
Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Main Stage
Sunday: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Site A