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Performing Arts

The Driftless Area Art Festival presents some of the finest musical and performing artists from across the Driftless Region.

2019 Performance Schedule

Saturday, September 21, 2019

10 a.m. to noon –  Catherine and Ted Parrish

1 to 4 p.m.  –  Patchouli


Sunday, September 22, 2019

10 a.m. to noon – Kickapoo Joy Juice

1 to 4 p.m. – Medicine Brothers Band

Catherine and Ted Parrish

The Parrishes are Catherine and Ted Parrish, an acoustic duo from Viroqua, Wisconsin. They write original songs that cross the bridge between folk and blues, using musical knowledge honed through decades of performing, recording, and teaching. Catherine’s soaring vocals are the focal point of all the songs, with their multi-instrumental skills deployed on whichever instruments each song requires, whether guitar, ukulele, mandolin, banjo, or flute. For more information go to their website at


PastchouliNationally touring, award-winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Heckel light up the air with their sparkling acoustic music and contagious chemistry. Patchouli’s down-to-earth songwriting is “new American folk,’ blending elements of folk, pop, flamenco and jazz with world beat rhythms.

Eighteen years of non-stop touring has honed this classically-trained duo, They are as busy in the studio as they are on the road, with 12 albums under their own brand and five CDs under the name Terra Guitarra, for their instrumental Spanish style guitar project.

Their latest album, “Firelight” was released on November 2014.

“Patchouli live is amazing. Compare it to taking a yoga class in a field of running mustangs.”
-City Pages

Visit their website at

Kickapoo Joy Juice

Kickapoo Joy Juice

In 2017 four local musicians got together with the intent of starting a new band. These musicians all shared a love of music from another time and were also devoted to preserving the legacy of Ethel Lerum. Their music is infectiously fun, toe tapping and danceable with lively polkas, beautiful waltzes, novelty songs, rags and reels. The members of Kickapoo Joy Juice include Jesse Downs on fiddle and accordion and Liz Voz on guitar. Liz and Jesse have been in the area for over ten years, farming, playing music together and calling square dances. David Gibbs plays the clarinet. A Gays Mills native, David has returned to the area after two decades in San Francisco performing and teaching music. Jane Keeley, a familiar face in the Driftless music scene, plays the stand-up bass. You will love the band’s new take on old-time.


Medicine Brothers

Medicine Bros Band

Medicine Brothers is a mostly acoustic family band specializing in folk, bluegrass, honkytonk and Americana. Members include Jamie Waggoner on acoustic guitar and vocals, Sandler Waggoner on telecaster and vocals, Shawn Neary on the upright bass and vocals, Melanie Richardson on vocals, and Mike Richardson on mandolin and vocals.