2018 Performers

Many More Performers to Come!

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Dead Horses

Raised on Bible Hymns by her preacher father, Dead Horses front woman Sarah Vos’s backstory sounds more like that of an old bluesman from the Mississippi Delta than a young folk singer from Wisconsin. But despite its youth, the Milwaukee-based Americana duo has crafted a timeless sound, informed as much by modern folk as it is by the classics. Vos’s gospel—living free and unapologetically—is supported with conviction by Daniel Wolff on double bass.
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Peter Mulvey with Sista Strings and Nathan Killen

Get ready for a folk symphony of sound for our closing concert on Sunday. Peter Mulvey with his wit and wonderful story songs will be joined by Sista Strings and Nathan Killen on bass. The Irish Examiner writes that “Peter Mulvey is. . .utterly original. . .his intelligent and sometimes complex songs engage both hemispheres of the listener's brain. . .one of the finest, most complete entertainers. . .stunning.”

Milwaukee-based Sista Strings (actual sisters) use their classically trained gifts on cello and violin to create music for social change. Using voices and instruments, the dynamic pair riff on elements of classical and gospel music to create their passionate sound.

Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson

Willy Porter and Carmen Nickerson

This year we’re welcoming fan favorite Willy Porter and his searing finger style guitar back to the fest for his first performance at our Riverside Park location. Willy will be joined by the unique songwriting and lush vocals of Carmen Nickerson. Porter and Nickerson have worked together since 2010 and released their first joint album in 2017, Bonfire to Ash. Together, Porter Nickerson is a powerful duo that embodies heart, grit and raw musicianship that transforms listeners into long-time fans.

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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.