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Thunder and Rain
July 12th
8:30pm - Cover $10


Thunder and Rain is a 4-piece acoustic americana band from the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Consisting of acoustic guitar, mandolin, dobro, and upright bass, Thunder and Rain seamlessly blends their favorite elements of bluegrass, country, pop and alt-rock to cultivate their own take on the American roots music traditions. Driven by the catchy choruses and dreamy melodies sung by Erinn Peet-Lukes, the band perfectly supports her heartfelt songwriting with strong country grooves, lush harmonies and rich instrumental decoration.

Erinn formed the band in the fall of 2013 when she moved to Colorado from her hometown Redondo Beach, CA. Since then, she has added the classical talents of Ian Haegele (Upright Bass), the smooth sounds of Allen Cooke (Dobro/Lap Steel), the crisp chop from Dylan McCarthy (mandolin), and sometimes the beautiful melodies provided by Natalie Padilla (Fiddle).

Thunder and Rain has played for audiences in Canada, Ireland and the UK, as well as across the US. Their meaningful lyrics and soaring choruses have connected with fans both young and old. They are wrapping up their third studio album, "Passing in the Night", scheduled to be released fall of 2019. Notable past achievements include being 2014 Rockygrass Band Competition finalists, #1 Westward's Best Bluegrass bands of 2016, and Erinn Peet-Lukes being a 2018 Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition finalist.



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Summer String Festival
July 13th
7:00 pm - Cover $15


Pig Town Fling:
What do you get when you mix a string band with interests ranging anywhere from traditional Irish and American Oldtime music to Bluegrass, Blues and Swing? You get "Rump Rumbling Fun" and that is what Pigtown Fling String Band is determined to bring for your musical enjoyment.

Established late in 2013, Pigtown Fling String Band is a group of long time musical friends and musical partners who are ready for a new challenge and wanting to bring a new sound to the La Crosse area and beyond.

Yellow Bellied Sapsuckers:
The Yellow-Bellied Sapsuckers perform traditional old-time fiddle tunes and sing tight harmonies, including country, vaudeville, hits of the 1920s and 1930s, and original songs and tunes. Steeped in the folk-music traditions of Midwest, including their home in the Driftless region, and of Scandinavian-American roots, the Sapsuckers bring a light musical touch and a great sense of humor to their performances. The band plays numerous square dances and intimate concerts.

Crooked Willow:
Crooked Willow is an acoustic band of driftless area musicians that perform a variety of songs by artists such as Gillian Welch, The Lone Bellow, and Patty Griffin.

Art Stevenson
Art Stevenson has been playing bluegrass music in the Midwest for 40 years, and was with the award-winning Wisconsin River Bluegrass Boys from 1982 to 1996. He has appeared on WSM's Midnight Jamboree, Bill Monroe's Early Bird Bluegrass Show, the IBMA Fan Fest, and the Renfro Valley Jamboree. Art organized High Water in 1993, and has contributed several original songs to the High Water repertoire. He has appeared on a dozen different bluegrass, country, and folk music CDs and cassette albums. In November 2000, Art received the "Favorite Male Bluegrass Vocalist" Award by the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association.











Sarah Morris
July 19th
7:30 pm - Cover $5


2018 Kerrville New Folk Contest winner Sarah Morris has spent the last 8 years earning a reputation for engaging performances - with a voice both clear and lush, and a penchant for sharply-crafted songs. Sarah hails from Minneapolis, Minnesota, music was etched upon her DNA at a young age. Morris immersed herself in her parent's eclectic record collection before finally falling in love with the storytelling and songcraft in country music. The music of Mary Chapin Carpenter, Alison Krauss, and Kathy Mattea changed Sarah's course entirely.

After graduating from the Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, she wasted no time packing her bags for Nashville. Her years in Music City instilled a traditional songwriting sensibility fully on display over the course of her recent albums: 2017's Hearts in Need of Repair, and 2015's Ordinary Things. Both albums received critical acclaim, international airplay, and reached the top 100 of the Americana Music Associations radio chart. In addition to her recent win at Kerrville, she was a top 4 finalist in The 2016 NewSong Music Contest at Lincoln Center in NYC, took 2nd place at the 2016 Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC, was a 2016 Americana semi-finalist in the International Songwriting Competition, and received an honorable mention in the 2018 Telluride Troubadour contest.



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Ron Reimer and Friends
July 21st
2:00 pm




Harper and The Midwest Kind
July 25th
7:30 pm - Cover $10


Award winning, Australian singer/songwriter: Peter D. Harper creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. Funded by his fans via a very successful "Go Fund Me" campaign, Harper's latest CD "Show Your Love" features 11 original road tested tracks recorded with his well traveled, Detroit based touring band "Midwest Kind".

Possessing a strong, resonant voice and a deep, almost mystical approach to music. Some might say that his music has evolved into its own genre. Harper calls it "World Blues" - a rich musical stew of the '50's rhythm and blues, the '60's message of love and unity, and the '70's funky old soul, stirred up with masterful harmonica, the deep woody, percussive, tones of the didgeridoo, served up in a feast of timeless mystery.



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Under Paris Skies
July 26th
7:30 pm - Conver $10


Come to listen, Come to dance, or Come to learn new dance steps

Under Paris Skies is a standout in the Driftless - expanding the scope of acoustic music with vintage inspiration and postmodern twists. Featuring Ron Reimer on accordion, Steven Meger on guitar and Larry Dalton on acoustic bass.

Covering a wide array of distinctive styles - Euro swing, French waltzes, Argentine tangos, and funky Americana - Under Paris Skies' unique instrumental arrangements of familiar tunes are juxtaposed with music from other continents and cultures - the allure of travel.

Under Paris Skies is teaming up with Jacline & Tony McKimmy (Joyfilled Dance &Yoga) - fine dancers who will inspire others to get up and glide across Leo & Leona's renowned dance floor. Jacline & Tony will also offer some dance instruction between the band's sets.

Come to listen, come to dance, or come for both!



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Executives
July 27th
7:30 pm


The Executives of La Crosse, Wisconsin, formed in 1997 with a goal of keeping the music of the 1960s alive and LIVE!

We're the "Guys in Ties"! We're all real live executives that enjoy recreating the music of the 60's...just like is was back then...with four part harmonies and the back beat recreated with authentic Gibson, Rickenbacker and Fender guitars and Vox and Fender amps!



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Richard Smith and Jon Garon
August 22nd
7:30 pm




Open Mic Hosted by Rusty James
August 24th
7:30pm




Light House and Compass with Lou Shields
September 6th
7:30 pm




Daddy's Girls
September 13th
7:30 pm - Cover $10


Daddy's Girls is a variety band playing mainly country, classic country, and old time. A morphed group from the original family, but the love remains!

Public Dance, come out of your winter hibernating to enjoy some dancing and listening! We will have our usual variety for your enjoyment!

Lisa Meyer - keyboard, vocals, button box, fiddle
Sara Meyer - flute, vocals
Amy Magnuson - guitar, keyboard, vocals, concertina, harmonica
Jeff Langen - drums, vocals
Dan Backhaus - bass guitar, vocals


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The Graduates - Simon & Garfunkel Tribute
September 20th
7:30 pm




Heartsfield
October 5th
8:00 pm - Cover $15



Heartsfield has toured the United States in each decade since the 1970s, having performed before nearly 10,000,000 fans at 4,500 shows at colleges and universities, fairs and festivals, clubs and bars, private parties, stadiums, and in the streets. Having released their 12th album, they have sold millions of records and continue to please audiences with their brand of vocal rock music that has its foundations in southern and country rock.

Having been signed by Mercury Records and later, Columbia Records, Heartsfield has produced numerous FM radio favorites and Billboard charted records. Among them are "Music Eyes, "Shine On," "The Only Time I'm Sober Is When You're Gone," "I'm Comin' Home," and "Racin' the Sun."

At any performance, Heartsfield shows are full of fun, up-tempo, foot-stompin' music that gets the crowd involved, singin' and dancin' away. The band delivers on its promise of hot pickin', strong vocals, driving rhythm, and smiles from the stage, which have allowed them to last over three decades and still continue to please audiences with their growing catalogue of hits.

Heartsfield members are: Andon Davis (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and vocals), Freddie Dobbs (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, and vocals), Scott Bonshire (drums), Steve Eddington (bass guitar and vocals), and Dave Nelson (lead guitar, acoustic guitar, dobro, and vocals).


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John Smith
October 11th
7:30 pm - Cover $20



Johnsmith is one of those artists so often under-recognized - he possesses a genius that cannot be denied, ignored, or overlooked. For the past thirty-plus years, Johnsmith has been sharing his music all across America and abroad. He has become a favorite at festivals, clubs, and house concerts alike. In addition to being a Kerrville New Folk Winner, Johnsmith has released eight solo CDs to rave reviews, leads musical tours to Ireland, teaches songwriting, and has served as a staff songwriter in Nashville.

With his faded jeans, his twinkly blue eyes, and his infectious smile, John immediately connects with audiences. You get the sense of a man who loves his life, his family and friends, and who loves nothing more than sharing that love in song and stories all across this land.


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Copper Box
October 19th
7:30 pm - Cover $15


Copper Box is an accordion-fueled, roots rock party! Based in Oshkosh, WI, awarded "Americana Artist of the Year 2012 & 2009" by WI Area Music Industry, this power quartet brings the best of what an accordion has to offer and beyond...from blues to 70's rock to polka rock to the kitchen sink!

There's a thread connecting the gutsy party sounds of the upper Midwest, the music of the legendary Esteban Jordan (the Jimi Hendrix of the Tejano accordion), the zydeco soul power of Clifton Chenier, the groovy raw sounds of Doug Sahm, and the ability to capture an audience through the electrifying improvisation of fusion roots rock. Copper Box, from Oshkosh, WI, finds that thread and puts it together in a genre-bending celebration that channels the rowdy communal feel of a small-town party with a big sound.



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Chicken Wire Empire
October 25th
7:30 pm


Contemporary tones blend with traditional roots in Milwaukee's unparalleled Chicken Wire Empire. Since their formation in 2014, the Chicken Wire Empire has wasted little time establishing themselves as one of the hottest up and coming bands in the local and regional music scene. Ryan Ogburn (mandolin), Jordan Kroeger (upright Bass), Greg Brundage (Guitar), and Jon Peik (banjo), Ernest Brusubardis IV (fiddle) Together these individuals deliver their bluegrass inspired song to audiences of any age.



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Claude Bourbon
November 1st
7:30 pm - Cover $10


Ready for a unique and talented take on a wide range of musical traditions? Claude Bourbon is known throughout Europe and America for amazing guitar performances that take blues, Spanish, and Middle Eastern stylings into uncharted territories.

Claude's inimitable style incorporates all five digits on each hand dancing independently but in unison, plucking, picking and strumming at such speed and precision that his fingers often seem to melt into a blur. Thousands of people in the UK, Europe and USA have enjoyed listening to this virtuoso and for the majority of his audience it is an experience that compels them to return again and again to hear and watch him play, as his fingers lightly dance over the strings of his guitar and create a unique sound that is 'Claude'.

It is very hard to describe the almost endless amalgam of different influences in Claude's playing, all melting into each other, as he moves from classical openings, across a whole continent of cultural roots, from the Balearic's to the Balkans, and then across to the Mississippi Delta, and shoehorned into all that is music that would not have been out of place in the courts of Emperors and Kings.

Claude Bourbon weaved his songs through the audience as if on a journey through life taking in different flavours of Europe and beyond. His Spanish medieval blues evolved into Gypsy, Eastern European, with a splash of Paco de Lucia, Delta Blues and more. Holding audience attention under a musical spell.

It's not easy to begin to describe the breadth or mastery of the music you will hear if you are fortunate to catch one of Claude's gigs, it is a sort of sensory experience like no other. A top master of his craft and never appearing to be rushed, he has impeccable timing and makes things that one can only marvel at seem simple.



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Common Ground
November 2nd
8:00 pm




High Milage
November 9th
7:30 pm


High Mileage is band from Viroqua, Wisconsin that loves music and to entertain. High Mileage has dedicated itself to reproducing music from the 1970'S, 1980's and 1990's (...throwing in some country and modern pop) as well as thrilling audiences all over the mid-west with the best songs built around strong vocal harmonies, instantly recognizable melodies and irresistible dance songs. Each member will have you engaged while singing along to your favorite song.



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Russell Pederson and Friends
November 15th
8:00 pm - Cover $10




Beatles Night
November 16th
7:30 pm - Cover $10



This event will sell out.


Chocolateers
November 23rd
7:30 pm




Merry Weathers
November 27th
7:30 pm


Merry Weathers performs a variety of bluegrass, folk, country, and rockin music, with a major emphasis on original tunes and playing some long loved covers too. Each member of this 6 piece band brings an original sound that is accessable and easy on the ears.




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Pat Waters
November 29th
7:30 pm




The Foragers
November 30th
7:30 pm - Cover $10