Upcoming Events

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.

Previous events


Earth Fest- Downtown Freeport

Arts Plaza , 114 E Douglas St , Freeport, IL

Date/time: June 5, 2022, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM LOCATION TO BE UPDATED CLOSER TO EVENT ACCORDING TO COVID RESTRICTIONS AND WEATHER Please visit nwilaudubon.org for up-to-date information Saturday, June 5, 2021 Freeport Public Library, Debate Square & Arts Plaza (Douglas Street, Freeport) Schedule of Events: 10:00 – Exhibits and Activities for families; put on by Freeport Art Museum & University of Illinois Extension 10:15 – Earth based Yoga with Pat Leitzen Fye from Your Core Being (bring a mat if you prefer) 11:00 – Northern IL Raptor Rehab & Education– A program with Live Raptors! 1:00 – Hoo Haven – A program with Live Birds of Prey!! 2:00 – Music by Kendra Swanson: Kendra will perform on banjo, guitar, and fiddle, delivering an enthusiastic set of music that celebrates both flora and fauna, and includes original compositions for this Earth Fest event. Activities will be at the various locations listed. Wander around to see the activities and exhibits. If weather is not suitable, activities and exhibits will be indoors at the Public Library. The afternoon concert will be cancelled if it’s raining. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the presentations and concert. CDC COVID protocols will be followed. Please be prepared to mask and social distance. Check the NWIL Audubon Facebook page for updates or changes. In Partnership with: Freeport Public Library, Freeport Art Museum, University of Illinois Extension, Your Core Being, and Environmental Study Group.


Kids Music with Kendra

Brix Cider, Mount Horeb, WI

Playing kid music for Brix Cider's inaugural brunch! Bring your mask to make your indoor orders, and bring the kiddos for some (adult friendly) kid music!


Kendra@Brix Cider

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Brix Cider, Mount Horeb, WI

Kendra's first live show in over a year! Enjoy the beautiful outdoor space at Brix as Kendra opens up their music season. Masks required indoors where you can order fantastic food and beverages!


March and the Muse with Kendra Swanson

Rosbrook Studio, Dixon, IL

One of our favorites, Kendra Swanson will bring her extraordinary music down from Wisconsin to Rosbrook Studio for this fabulous show! Singer/songwriter Jody McGill of Hanover will open the show and the show will wrap with local group, "Incredible Folk" with Kendra sitting in on fiddle! This will be Special!

To top off this amazing show, several creative and talented artists will be present to share and vend their beautiful art: Zenga (Heather Houzenga) Stoned & Wired (Kim Ellis) Kate Gross Jody McGill *Tim Benedict will bring local honey and education about pollinators!

Entry for this show is $8 - seating is limited! Be sure to come early! Doors open at 6pm and showtime is 7pm Beverages and Pizza by Mama Cimino's

Check out the event posts for pictures and bios for these musicians and artists!


Dead Horses WSG Kendra Swanson

Stoughton Opera House, Stoughton, WI

Hailing from the fertile land of Wisconsin, Sarah Vos and Daniel Wolff met as youths sharing a similar sense of disenchantment having just dropped out of college and living again in the rural city of Oshkosh. A time of deep reflection – coming to terms with sexuality and needing to find an identity outside of their families’ evangelical rhetoric – they forged ahead on their own, acoustic instruments in hand. They haven’t looked back since meeting nearly a decade ago (and have traveled most of North America in the process), but their songs, filled with both trauma and triumph, despair and hope, are just as much a reflection on the past as they are optimistic in brighter days to come.

First introduced to a national audience through tours with Trampled by Turtles and Mandolin Orange, Dead Horses have performed on such legendary stages as Red Rocks Amphitheater, and at festivals from Northwest String Summit to Red Wing Roots, Red Ants Pants to Bristol Rhythm and Roots.

Known for frontwoman Vos’ “aching, haunting vocals” (No Depression) and “evocative, empathetic storytelling” (NPR Music), Dead Horses’ sound bridges indie folk and their own Midwestern approach to Americana. Lyrically, the band explores the human condition from personal musings to observations of the current American experience, taking notes from every person and city they meet along the road.

Their critically acclaimed third album, My Mother the Moon, earned profiles from Billboard to Noisey to Democracy Now!, spots in Folk Alley’s and No Depression's "Best Folk/Roots Albums of 2018" lists, and Rolling Stone Country declared them an "Artist You Need to Know."

And it seems word made its way to London, as The Who selected Dead Horses as one of a handful of U.S. bands to open for them on their symphonic Moving On! tour this fall.


Kendra Swanson:

Kendra Swanson is an independent folk music performer and songwriter. With strong, expressive vocals and energetic instrumentation on banjo, guitar, and fiddle, she applies a timeless sound to original compositions written from (and about) the American heartland. It has been described as "soulful," "homey," "sincere," and "heartfelt," delivered with a passionate voice that cuts through the loudest of bars (and the hardest of hearts). Her reputation as a leader of singalongs, enthusiastic storyteller, and humorist have made her performances a sought-after experience for a wide variety of audiences. As a soloist, she has shared bills with the likes of Charlie Parr, Chicago Farmer, The Waydown Wanderers, The Howlin' Brothers, Danny Barnes, the Quebe Sisters, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and the incomparable Jerry Douglas.


Kid's Music with Kendra

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Brix Cider, Mount Horeb, WI

Kendra's first official Children's Program! Bring the kids out for brunch at Brix Cider! One of our favorite hometown musicians, Kendra, will be providing a fun musical program for kids, and we'll have great food and drink, including excellent coffee from MoHo's newest coffee roaster, Drift Coffee!


Kendra@ Zenga's Open House

Zenga's, 208 W. Market, Mount Carroll, IL

Zenga's is having its highly anticipated open house!

  • LIVE MUSIC - Kendra Beth 2pm-5pm

  • RAFFLE - $100 gift certificate (enter with purchase)

  • RANDOM DRAW - % OFF of purchase

  • COLLECTOR APPRECIATION - free gift (for ALL of your years of support on this artful journey, that is my life)




Kendra at Rockford Listening Room

Rockford Listening Room, Rockford, IL

Come hear Kendra in this fantastic listening room in Rockford, IL! Family friendly! Bring your kid, bring your grandma! Singalongs impending, and some new tunes as well!


Kendra at Brix Cider

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Brix Cider, Mount Horeb, WI

Kendra is becoming a home town favorite! Her original tunes have a timeless feel that rings true to the Midwestern heart. A perfect accompaniment to farm to table food and locally grown, hand crafted hard cider.


Sunshine Soul Festival 2019

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Capitol Brewing, Madison, WI

Sunshine Soul Festival 2018 - Benefit for Mercy House Orphanage in Haiti.

Live Music: 1:00 - 2:30 Kendra and the Feedbaggers - (Kendra Swanson and American Feedbag) 3:00 - 4:30 Water Street Jacks 5:00 - 6:30 Steal Your Phace 7:00 - 8:30 The Lower 5th

Live Sound provided by Red Square Audio Lights Video.

Crooked Oak Wood-Fired Pizza Company, LLC will be making pizzas on site!

Food, Beer, Vendors, Kids Activities, Pets Welcome! $10 Suggested donation.


Kendra with The Chicories

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Larryfest, LaFarge, WI

This very special set by The Chicories (cousins Katie Fassbinder and Christina Dollhausen, plus Kendra Swanson) takes place at noon on Friday at Larryfest 2019! Expect tear-jerking harmonies, creative writing, and witty banter from this one-of-a-kind trio of ladies!


Prohibition Freeport

Various, Freeport, IL

The headliners are booked, the locations are set, and Freeport is getting ready for the quintessential end of the summer party! Come find a pop up speak easy, ride around town and listen to some great live music! Three secret Speakeasy locations (revealed by email with password to get in, day of event) will keep the cops guessing and the live music lineup with local favorites and headlining acts featuring Kendra Swanson and The Basin Street Boys of Madison Wisconsin will keep you dancing on your feet all night!

Shhhh...Speakeasy...ok, just tell everyone you know.

Ticket pricing includes access passwords for all prohibition locations (sent via email), live music at all locations, a ride to each location and a drink ticket for Wagner House. $25

Wagner House will be hosting ball room dance lessons on the evening of the event also! Learn the style and then dance the night away! Tickets are $10

VIP ticket pricing includes all features of a normal ticket with the benefit of all-inclusive drinks and heavy hors d'oeuvres at the Wagner House. This ticket also includes dance lesson admission. $50

This event WILL sell out. Get your tickets early at: https://eventsprout.com/event/prohibition-freeport-2019


Kendra at Brix Cider

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Brix Cider, Mount Horeb, WI

Playing some tunes to accompany the great ciders and farm to table foods in my fine hometown of Mount Horeb!


John Prine Tribute Night

Bos Meadery, Madison, WI

A serious cast of local musicians are going to honor John Prine's work. You probably don't want to miss it. People with a real diversity of musical styles will celebrate his songcraft. www.bosmeadery.com


Sugar Maple Folk Fridays: Kendra Swanson & Bone Holler

Bos Meadery, Madison, WI

Join us for Second Folk Friday, our free folk showcase featuring only the finest local Americana, folk, and bluegrass musicians on the second Friday of each month!

This month we have Kendra Swanson & Bone Holler!

Kendra Swanson is a song-writer and performer of lively, folksome music: frailing banjo, rigorous guitar, soulful strings, and hearty vocals to boot. Her music distinctly embodies a truly Americana sound from (and about) the heartland, with intimate reflections on its flora, fauna, and people.

Bone Holler does dark multiple harmony songs about murder and mayhem.