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Grammy winner Bill Miller will perform Sunday.

Concert Line-ups Set

Friday, Aug. 25, 7:00 p.m. Riverside Park

Saturday, Aug. 26, 5:00 p.m. Riverside Park

Sunday, Aug. 27, 4:00 p.m. Riverside Park

2017 Songwriting Contest Is On!

See the Contest page for 2017 Songwriting and Performance contest rules and submission form. Twelve finalists will perform their songs at the Festival on Sunday. The contest winner will perform as part of Sunday's closing concert with Bill Miller and Pigtown Fling String Band. Entries are due no later than July 20.

Tickets Available for Online Purchase.

Tickets sales are now live at the Tickets page. Save by purchasing tickets in advance. Closer to the Fest, tickets will also be available at People’s Food Co-op and Pearl Street Brewery.

Friday Night Concert Performers Set

Steel City Jug Slammers

Steel City Jug Slammers is a modern jug band performing Pre- WWII and original material. The Birmingham, Alabama band was started 2012 and consists of Ramblin' Ricky Tate, Washtub Jay, & Maxwell Honeycup. Since forming the band has has become known for their jug band antics. Performing a catalog of classics and originals, the Steel City Jug Slammers brings the sounds on the 78 RPM era to life.

The band continues a tradition of jug band music that is highly influenced by the sounds of early Memphis string band and blues. Instrumentation in the band varies. While the guitar provides the pallet for the songs, it is carried by the back bone of the washtub bass and jug. On top of that you will hear anything from banjo- mandolin to banjo- guitar and maybe even a little kazoo.

Kind Country

Kind music for kind people. Kind Country is a Minneapolis based bluegrass jam band that plays American standards as well as their own brand of Cosmic American music. Since their formation in 2012, the band has focused on creating live performances with high levels of improvisation and energy gathering with a goal of creating a moment of musical bliss that can be shared by audience members and band alike.

Win a Fest Weekend Package

Package includes

  • 2 weekend passes to Great River Folk Fest
  • 2 night stay – GrandStay in La Crosse
  • River cruise for 2 on the La Crosse Queen
  • a Brewery Tour at Pearl Street Brewery

$600 Value - 1 Winner

Prizes awarded July 25, 2017

To enter visit Explore-La-Crosse-Blue-Orange_175 ExploreLaCrosse.com

Crafters wanted for 2017

Download the 2017 Festival Prospectus and Application.

E-mail Crafts@GreatRiverFolkFest.org for questions and more information.

Scenes from 2016.
Riverside Park, La Crosse

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Coulee Region Wood Carvers (left); Jewler Lake Garren (center); Sarah Streitz (right). Photos: Jerry Weigel
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Best Way Gyros (left); Allen Kizziah—Al's Comic Boxes (right). Photos: Jerry Weigel
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John Gorka (left); Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound (right). Photos: Bob Stuber
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Songwriter Contest Performer (left); Children's area (center). Photos Jerry Weigel. Paul Cebar (right). Photo: Bob Stuber
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Patchouli (left); Sunday's Closing Concert (right). Photos: Bob Stuber