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Performing Arts at the Driftless Area Art Festival

Performing Arts

Performing Arts

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

Performance Schedule

  • Saturday, September 17
  • 10:00am-12:00pm    The Lost & Founds
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm    Patchouli
  • Sunday, September 18
  • 10:00am-12:00pm    The Roddys
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm     Maritza

The Lost & Founds

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Members of The Lost & Founds are familiar faces to anyone in the Driftless area, playing their traditional music and toe-tappin’ old-timey tunes for square-dances, festivals, jam sessions and back-porch parties up and down the Kickapoo Valley and beyond. The group has thrown in some tunes from Scandinavian, French Canadian, and Irish dance traditions, so hang onto your hat and lean back for the “twirl!”

  • Denise Benoit, on fiddle & percussion
  • Tim Jenkins, on fiddle, octave fiddle, harmonica
  • Bill Mort, on mandolin & tin whistle
  • Kevin Dohse, on mandolin & vocals
  • Jane Keeley, on guitar & vocals

Patchouli

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 www.patchouli.net

The Roddys

Roddys-2015-Web2Doc Roddy was born on Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia and spent his childhood picking guitar, making paintings and playing baseball. He has lived in Atlanta, the California Bay area, and New York City, and found employment as a hospital orderly, ambulance driver, mortician, carpenter, bartender, cook, fisherman, maintenance man, social worker and art teacher. He met his wife Terre while teaching at the Minnesota College of Art and Design. Ever since, they have traveled the country playing music. They moved to the Driftless Area about ten years ago. Doc hosts “Country Meets the Blues” on WDRT.

The Roddys’ original songs, a great blend of Americana and alternative folk, can be heard on their CD “The Roddys 2011.”

Check out the website at www.theroddys.net

Maritza

maritza2014Named for a river in Bulgaria, Maritza was born during a jam session among Pine Wilson and friends in 1998 in Decorah, Iowa.

Maritza’s repertoire includes evocatively beautiful melodies forged in the passionate history of Europe and Russia, lively Jewish wedding dance horas and frailachs, Gypsy (Romany) music, and twisting rythmic line dance tunes from Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia and Greece.

Pine Wilson is the band leader, and plays accordion, tupan and doumbek. Anne Streufert plays violin, viola, flute and percussion, and Hannah Breckbill the double bass.

Visit their website at maritzatunes.wordpress.com