2017 Performers

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Andy Huges

Andy Hughes

Andy is the singer and songwriter for the successful Reggae/Ska band TUGG. In addition to his work with TUGG, he writes, records, and plays Americana/folk music with a country flair with a voice that some have compared to Johnny Cash and Greg Brown.

Andy is now working on his debut solo record, Heartland and Heartache, which will be released this year.

Performs:
Sunday, 1:00-1:45 Site B

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Annie & Rod Capps

Together since 1982, the Michigan-based duo Annie and Rod Capps write and deliver music with a rootsy vibe, a touch of twang, and a soulful groove. Annie’s disarming, earthy voice and solid command of her guitar are punctuated by Rod’s effortless accompaniment and beautiful solo work.
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Performs:
Saturday, 11:00-12:15 Main Stage
Saturday, 12:45-2:15 Main Stage
Saturday Evening Concert, Main Stage
Sunday, 2:15-3:30 Site A

The Barefoot Movement

The Barefoot Movement

The charming, Nashville-based acoustic band The Barefoot Movement was the winner of the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Band of the Year Momentum Award. This band takes listeners back to a simpler time and place, inviting listeners to “sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while.”
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Performs:
Saturday, 11:30-12:45 Site A
Saturday, 1:15-2:30 Site A
Saturday Evening Concert, Main Stage
Sunday, 12:45-2:00 Main Stage

Bill Miller

Bill Miller

Bill was raised on a Mohican (Stockbridge–Munsee) reservation near Shawano, WI. His music is rooted in his background and draws on a range of other influences. His performances showcase his rich talents in composition, guitar, Native American flute, vocals, and storytelling.
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Performs:
Saturday, 3:00-4:15 Site A
Sunday, 11:30-12:30 Site B
Sunday, 12:45-2:00 Main Stage
Sunday Closing Concert, Main Stage

BlackSheepPoetry

Black Sheep Poetry

Black Sheep Poetry is a community group founded on promoting the importance of spoken word, performance art, and voicing perspective. Black Sheep hosts monthly spoken word events at Mid West Music Store in Winona, MN. Their goal is to provide a comfortable platform and environment for people to gather, read, and listen to the sounds of the world through others’ eyes.

Black Sheep members have performed at Mid West Music Fest in Winona, MN, ArtSpire in La Crosse, WI, the Winona Poet Laureate series, Winona State University, and other various spoken word events in the Driftless region of Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Performs:
Saturday, 2:00-2:45 Site B

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Blaine Howard

Blaine Howard of Fairchild, WI won the 2016 Great River Folk Fest Songwriters and Performers Contest. In 2017, festgoers will get a chance to hear a larger selection of Blaine's repertoire.

Performs:
Saturday, 12:00-12:45 Site B

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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 in Myrick Park, September 8-9, Wisconsin’s only storytelling festival!
Visit Bluff Country Tale Spinners at www.LaCrosseStoryFest.com

Performs:
Saturday, 3:00-4:00 Children’s Area, Terry Visgar and Teri Wachuta
Sunday, 1:00-2:00 Children’s Area, Peter Petersilie and Teri Wachuta

Chicago Farmer

Chicago Farmer

Chicago Farmer, the stage name of Bloomington, Illinois’ Cody Diekhoff, released his seventh album, Midwest Side Stories, in 2016. Honest Tune wrote: “You can smell the dirt in the fields, hear the wind as it blows across the plains, and see the people that Chicago Farmer sings about. . . . Imagine if a John Steinbeck short story had been written as a song.”
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Performs:
Saturday, 11:30-12:45 Site A
Saturday, 1:15-2:30 Site A
Saturday Evening Concert, Main Stage
Sunday, 2:15-3:30 Site A

ClogJam

ClogJam

Tracy Mullaney and Christi Pfaff co-lead a group of women in an Appalachian dance style called clogging here in La Crosse. They love to not only share its history but also demonstrate the influences that combined to make it clogging. Together they dance to clogging’s heritage music of Irish and bluegrass, with the addition of country, pop, polka, swing and military music. Tracy and Christi teach beginning to advanced dances to any and all that want to learn. ClogJam has danced around the community sharing the love of dance at festivals, fairs and other celebrations in and around the Coulee Region.

Performs:
Sunday, 2:00-3:30 Site B

David Nash

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, 3:00-3:30 Children’s Area

Fest Family String Band

The Fest Family String Band is made up of some of La Crosse’s best acoustic musicians who also happen to be familiar faces and good supporters of the Great River Folk Fest. (Tim Jenkins, caller.)

Performs:
Saturday, 3:00-4:30 Site B

Josh Peters

Josh Peters - The Dangerous Fun Show

Based out of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Josh created the Dangerous Fun Show in 2007 to share his love of traditional sideshow stunts and ancient magical acts, inspiring audiences to move beyond their fears to a state of mind where anything is possible. The Dangerous Fun Show blends comedy, action, and audience participation while featuring fire eating, a bed of nails, and even an exciting escape from a strait jacket and chains.

Bring your family and prepare yourselves to experience Dangerous Fun!

Visit Josh Peters at www.dangerousfunshow.com

Performs:
Saturday, 2:00-2:50 Children’s Area

Kind Country

Kind Country

Kind Country is a Minneapolis–based jamgrass band, playing American standards as well as their own brand of “Cosmic American” music. Since their formation in 2012, they’ve focused on creating live performances with high levels of improvisation and energy.

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Performs:
Friday Evening Concert, Main Stage
Saturday, 11:30-12:45 Site A

The Last Revel

The Last Revel

From the budding music scene of the Upper Midwest comes the cutting–edge, Front–Porch–Americana soundscapes of The Last Revel. This powerfully talented trio of multi–instrumentalists from Minneapolis, Minnesota naturally blends the genres of Folk, Rockabilly, Old Time String–Band and Rock to create a sound that is as equally original as it is timeless.
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Performs:
Saturday, 12:45-2:15 Main Stage
Saturday, 3:00-4:15 Site A
Saturday Evening Concert, Main Stage
Sunday, 12:45-2:00 Main Stage

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Mark Croft

An acoustic guitar-based singer/songwriter with Roots, Pop, and Americana song styling, Mark Croft is the classic “triple threat”: a skilled guitar player, a powerful and dynamic vocalist, and a talented songwriter and entertainer. Croft is an award-winning singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist who has always been unafraid to break the genre barriers. A seasoned performer, Croft has been serving up exciting and emotional shows to audiences for more than a decade. His booming baritone vocals, finely crafted songs, and ability to navigate his six-string with superiority has garnered him praise as the classic triple-threat.

Performs:
Saturday, 1:00-1:45 Site B

Michael Scott

Michael Scott

Michael Scott, Storyteller and creator of La Crosse’s Old School Variety Show will host an Old School Variety Show, Jr. Edition, an open microphone and talent show for kids of all ages. Bring your kids to showcase their talents with our open microphone, talent, and variety show!

The Old School Variety Show was developed in the spring of 2007. The show’s creator, Michael Scott, realized that some of his best memories involved simply gathering friends for an evening, sharing stories, and talents. He began to wonder, “Could that intimate, organic form of entertainment be achieved publicly?” He enlisted the talents of musicians Mike Caucutt and Nancy Stoll along with popular local actress Nikki Andrews and the Old School Variety Show was born. The experiment first commenced at The Grand Hotel Ballroom in historic downtown La Crosse. The results were a resounding success. The show goes back to a time when people created their own entertainment. At one time there were no movie theaters, no radio, and no television. Entertainment was always live. On a Saturday night, your family and friends would gather in the parlor and someone would play the piano, someone else would recite poetry, your cousin would play the banjo, and your uncle would do magic tricks. This show recreates that experience. It’s fun, it’s live. . .it’s old school.

Performs:
Sunday, 2:00-3:00 Children’s Area

Natalie Gelman

Natalie Gelman

Natalie Gelman, whose powerful vocals linger long after she has finished singing, grew up in a musical family, the daughter of a violinist father and pianist mother. She earned a B.A. in Music from the University of Miami and took part in the Music Under New York program.
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Performs:
Saturday, 11:00-12:15 Main Stage
Saturday, 1:15-2:30 Site A
Saturday Evening Concert, Main Stage
Sunday, 2:15-3:30 Site A

Parenting Place

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

Sunday, 11:00-12:00 Children’s Area

Pig Town Fling String Band

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. Read More

Performs:
Saturday, 12:45-2:15 Main Stage
Saturday, 3:00-4:15 Site A
Sunday Closing Concert Main Stage

Steel City Jug Slammers

Steel City Jug Slammers

Birmingham, Alabama’s Steel City Jug Slammers won the 2015 Minneapolis Battle of the Jug Bands, and they have been featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion. The blow of the jug and the pluck of the tub bass pulls listeners right in. And with their good–time Southern banter, this group has all the charm of a century–old traveling music show fresh off the train.
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Performs:
Friday Evening Concert, Main Stage
Saturday, 11:00-12:15 Main Stage

Sue Hauser

Sue Hauser

Sue Hauser has performed a wide variety of music in the La Crosse area over the past 40 years. While her main instruments are fiddle, flute, autoharp and guitar, she enjoys the challenge of trying to play music on “nontraditional instruments.” These can include anything from saws and silverware to bottles and boxes, even a turkey baster and nose whistle!

Performs:
Saturday, 1:00 - 1:30 Children’s Area

TimJenkins

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:
Saturday, 3:00-4:30 Site B

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The Ultrasonic Duo

The Ultrasonic Duo will present its Simon & Garfunkel tribute Sunday at 11:00. The Ultrasonic Duo is a popular variety and original act from La Crosse featuring Don D. Harvey and Greg Grokowsky, with sometime drum/cajon player Randy Bartlett. Known for smooth strong vocals and tight harmonies, the duo can sound like a laid back vocal group or a high energy rock band.

Performs:
Sunday, 11:00-11:45 Main Stage