Tentatively returning to outdoor shows as COVID continues to unfold for a second summer. Please respect the space and safety of musicians and other venue staff at all events.
A Festival for All! The Driftless Music Festival in Viroqua brings professional, eclectic music to the Driftless Region by way of a free concert in Eckhart Park, Viroqua! Come join us on July 9th! 12pm-9pm, music starts up around 1pm with McNasty Brass Band, a collection of Minneapolis/Saint Paul based horn players and percussionists that fuse the Minneapolis sound with the spirit of New Orleans. The outcome of this fusion is hard-hitting dance music and high-energy live shows. At approximately 3:00pm Kendra Swanson will take the stage bringing her lively, folksome music: frailing banjo, rigorous guitar, soulful strings, and hearty vocals to boot. Her music distinctly embodies a truly roots sound from (and about) the heartland, with intimate reflections on its flora, fauna, and people. Following Kendra, around 5pm Tani Diakiti and the Afrofunksters will fill the park with West African blues, funk and rhythm. Tani is a musical force who has inspired an entire community of artists. When they start playing, the interplay between Kamale N'goni and jembe grooves so hard that audiences can't stay still - the urge to get up and move it too powerful! Lastly, at 7pm, Ryan Necci and The Buffalo Gospel will carry us into the night with their heartfelt and heartbreaking country & western and Americana arrangements. With a stellar cast of local and national musicians, critically acclaimed Buffalo Gospel delivers wholly original material that manages to feel utterly timeless. Their music is authentic and incisive telling stories of the human condition; of love and loss and broken dreams and the power of dogged persistence to overcome misfortune and heartache, in spare, direct discourse that cuts straight through to the core of our shared experience. An incredible end to a thrilling day! Food vendors at this years fest will provide a delicious variety of options, including pizza, BBQ, tacos, ice cream and more. All vendors utilize local and regional sources as much as possible for their offerings.
New Glarus, here I come! Kendra Swanson brings her energetic, original roots music to Bailey's Run Vineyard for the first time. Sip wine and watch the sunset in the beautiful outdoors, while listening to jolly banjo, vibrant guitar, and Kendra's soulful voice.