2016 Great River Folk Festival

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Friday Night Concert: Paul Cebar & Patchouli

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound to Open 2016 Festival

Paul Cebar
Paul Cebar performs Friday, August 28 at Riverside Park. Concert begins at 7:00, gates open at 5:00. Come early for dinner.

Paul Cebar is a sponge of music styles: African, Caribbean, Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, and Jump Blues. Paul Cebar and Tomorrow Sound will fill the Fest tent with their explosive yet intimate dance rhythms and melodies on the opening night of the Great River Folk Festival.

Taking cues from the dance bands of western Louisiana (and his native Midwest), the streets (and 45’s) of New Orleans, touring African and Caribbean combos and the soul, funk & blues of his youth, Paul Cebar is a masterful synthesist of rhythmic culture. His time spent in his second home of New Orleans, as a musicologist in Florida, and as a journeyman wanderer in Cuba, is reflected in his musical worldview.

If Afro-Cuban drumming, a funky saxophone, and Paul Cebar’s vocals don’t get you up and dancing, what will? We’re thrilled to have Paul Cebar visiting Wisconsin’s West Coast and laying down the rhythms for our 2016 Festival!

Patchouli Returns to Great River

Patchouli performs Friday, August 28 at Riverside Park. Concert begins at 7:00, gates open at 5:00. Come early for dinner.

Patchouli is a not-to-be-missed musical duo, featuring the lovely voice and radiant presence of Julie Patchouli and the dazzling guitar work of Bruce Hecksel. Bruce is simply a master on the guitar; watching his fingers moving on the guitar fretboard itself would make a Patchouli performance memorable.

Patchouli has recorded 19 albums, including seven under the name “Terra Guitarra,” the latter focused on Spanish-style guitar. Their November 2014 instrumental album “Firelight” hit #1 on the OneWorldMusicUK charts.

Patchouli’s down-to-earth, hopeful songwriting is “New American Folk” blending elements of folk, pop, flamenco and jazz with world beat rhythms. Patchouli’s sound has been described as “the harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel meet the guitar brilliance of the Gipsy Kings.”

Friday Concert: Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound with Patchouli
August 26, 2016 - 7:00 p.m.
(Gates open at 5:00; food and beverages available)
Riverside Park - La Crosse, WI

Tickets available at GreatRiverFolkFest.org.

August 26 - 28. Riverside Park, La Crosse

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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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