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Performing Arts

Performing Arts

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

2018 Performance Schedule

  • Saturday, September 21
  • To be announced
  • Sunday, September 22
  • To be announced


Past performers have included:

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


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.