The 3-day Memorial Day weekend generally marks the unofficial start of summer, and this year we wanted to kick off the season in a big way. We’ve been considering the idea of a music festival for a while now, but it was after connecting with music promoter, David Jones, of Davey J & the Jones Tones fame, that the idea finally began to take shape. Months of phone calls, emails and planning finally came together; we’re calling it the Rush River Folk Festival, and we hope to make it an annual event.
Thanks to David and his many musical contacts, we were able to pull together five established music acts that will bring a tasty mix of original and vintage folk music to our valley. These acts have never performed at Vino in the Valley before!
On Saturday, May 24, 2014, starting at 1 pm in the afternoon and continuing until sunset, you can enjoy a full day of live performances by established musicians offering a grand mix of sounds and styles of folk music. Our first annual festival will be headlined by Heatherlyn, a talented singer and guitarist from Minneapolis. Her most recent full-length CD, Storydwelling, received excellent reviews. Check out this preview video to see just why we’re so excited to have her taking part in the festival!
Also performing is Little Wing, featuring the vocal power of Faith Ulwelling and her accompanist Tim Caswell from Left Wing Bourbon. Yata (originals and folk), Larry Past and Al Julson (folk and acoustic rock), and Davey J (original roots music, blues, and Americana), fresh off his recent CD, Visions: Vintage Tracks, which presents some of the best recordings from the five CDs he has released since 1998, round out the lineup of performing acts.
Yes, a full seven hours of live outdoor music will be the perfect way to start the long Memorial Day weekend. Bring your lawn chairs or blanket and settle in for an afternoon of music, wine and food. There’s no admission charge; just come and savor the amazing sounds and a glass of wine or a beer on the edge of the beautiful Rush River. If the mood strikes, stay for an Italian dinner under the Pavilion, or order a brick oven pizza to-go and enjoy it on the grounds. Heck, make a weekend of it; you’ll find we have some amazing lodging options here on the West Coast of Wisconsin!
As always, the latest event updates and announcements can be found on our Facebook page.