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Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson

The Boston Globe calls Milwaukee-based Willy Porter “an acoustic picker with the Olympian speed of Leo Kottke, bolstered by rootsy vocals and twisting, offbeat lyrics.” Roy Kasten, in Riverfront Times, praises Carmen Nickerson’s work with Willy as “dusty, bluesy phrasing [offering] a warm counterpoint to Porter’s charred baritone and unpredictable guitar excursions.” Together, they create a musical dialogue, delivering a story needing to be seen and heard.

Willy and Carmen will peform throughout the weekend and will be featued as part of Saturday’s evening concert.

Read more about Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson here.
See more performers at our Performers page.

Dead Horses Returns for 2018

Dead Horses is coming back to the fest for the second time, and we are excited to welcome back this fine Wisconsin treasure and WAMI award winning group. They have been hop scotching the nation with release of their 3rd album My Mother the Moon which NPR Music described as “evocative, empathetic storytelling” and Rollingstone called “a beautifully uncluttered collection of songs.” Sarah Vos brings her personal hymns and rich vocals wrapped with impeccable backup from Daniel Wolff for a intense emotional and energetic performance.

Read more about Dead Horses here

Scenes from 2017 – Riverside Park, La Crosse

17_JoshPeters_JWeigel Josh Peters "Dangerous Fun Show" (photo Jerry Weigel) 17_CindyMaeSwee_JWeigel Cindy Mae Swee, Dakota Mae Design (photo Jerry Weigel) 17_KindCountry_Stuber Kind Country (photo Bob Stuber) Christi Paff Christi Pfaff, Clog Jam (photo Jerry Weigel) 17_SandyBerger_Stuber Henna Artist, Sandy Berger (photo Bob Stuber)
17_BillMiller2_Stuber Bill Miller (photo Bob Stuber) 17_Children1_JWeigel Children creating "Kids Folk Fest" banner for Children's area. (photo Jerry Weigel) 17_BarefootMovement_Stuber Katie Blomarz of The Barefoot Movement (photo Bob Stuber) 17_Children2_Stuber Children's Open Mic: Old School Variety Show, Jr. (photo Bob Stuber) 17_Pizza_jWeigel Crooked Oak Wood-fired Pizza (photo Jerry Weigel) 17_AndyHughes_JWeigel Andy Hughes (photo Jerry Weigel) 17_DavidNash_Stuber David Nash performs in the Children's Area (photo Bob Stuber)