Music Festival! Festival Dates: August 11th - 13th, 2017

The Shawano Folk Music Festival is a family weekend with an eclectic mix of music, dance and activities. Fine artists and crafters line the park paths, and there is a full program for children. Friday and Saturday evening concerts are held inside airconditioned Mielke Arts Center, with 4 performers each night.

Saturday and Sunday daytime programs include music, dance, children’s programs, craft demos, sing-alongs, and instruction on 4 outdoor stages in Shawano’s Mielke Park. Local vendors offer an array of good food, and the Open Stage invites musicians a chance to perform for an appreciative audience.

It’s a family weekend, and it goes on rain or shine. Join us for an evening, a day, or the entire weekend. The festival is sponsored by the Shawano County Arts Council, and is produced entirely by volunteers.

2017 Lineup

FRIDAY NIGHT

MC: Tom Pease is well known to most children in Wisconsin. His performances are energetic, a little wacky, and full of laughter and movement. They remind us how good it is to sing together. Tom is the Festival’s 2017 Honorary Co-Director.
More at tompease.com

Stanton West (formerly Eddie Danger) is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and world traveling troubadour spreading a message about family, community, nature, and positivity. His songs are about hope, having fun, being who you are, and relishing the moment. Stanton is Tom Pease’s “Director’s Choice.”
More at stantonwest.net

Anne Hills returns to Shawano after a long absence. She is a songwriter whose songs stay in your memory, and a singer with one of the best voices in folk music. Tom Paxton says, “... she is quite simply one of my absolute favorite songwriters.”
More at annehills.com

Michael Smith is a masterful and magical songwriter and performer. Sing Out! Magazine says, “Michael Smith stands out as one of the few undisputed geniuses among singersongwriters.” As his website says, “Wherever you go. Whatever you do. He stays in your head.”
More at michaelpetersmith.com


Green Bay Pickers We are a rabble-rousing, foot-stomping quartet that plays a variety of music - traditional bluegrass, rock and roll, pop, speed metal - all with a bluegrass flair. We're an elusive lot, though, frequently changing our name to stay one step ahead of the sheriff. You can usually sniff us out on our Facebook page or here at bluegrazz.net

SATURDAY NIGHT

MC: Dan Robinson Daniel learned guitar from his Dad at age 15. He grew up in Western Pennsylvania,then played music throughout college. After graduating,he moved around for 7+ years. He played around festivals,jams and camp fires all over the country,picking up many ideas and friends along the way.
Currently living in Portland,OR, Daniel has found a warm welcome from the acoustic community there. He has fresh new material and a debut album in the works.
More at https://www.reverbnation.com/danielrobinson1

Tom Pease is well known to most children in Wisconsin. His performances are energetic, a little wacky, and full of laughter and movement. They remind us how good it is to sing together. Tom is the Festival’s 2017 Honorary Co-Director.
More at tompease.com

Indigie Femme weaves the cultural backgrounds of Tash Terry and Elena together in powerful performance. Using guitar, mandolin, djembe, medicine drum and other instruments, they blend original songs with Dine, Maori and Samoan traditions. More at indigiefemme.com

Jack Williams is an uncommonly good guitarist, a writer of vivid songs with a strong sense of place, and a storyteller in an old Southern tradition. He’s influenced by folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and music of the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s.
More at jackwilliamsmusic.com

Frogwater describes their style as “eclectic people’s music.” They range from Celtic to Delta Blues and Classical to Pop. John and Susan Nicholson use fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo and voice to interpret original music and traditional tunes.
More at frogwater.us

Daytime Performers (in alphabetical order)

3 Amigos

50% Folk

Roger Diggle

Wade Fernandez

Keith McGillvrey

Oneida Gospel Singers

Pinolio (John Guarrine)

Shillelagh

John Stano

Dorothy Zerbe