Folk superstar Dar
Williams will be the opening act for the 2013 Great River Folk Festival running from Aug. 23-35.
will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Cartwright Center on the
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse campus. The rest of the fest is out
under the sun and the stars on the UWL campus.
Saturday evening concert includes award-winning Midwestern troubadour
Barbara Jean, swingin’ gypsy jazz from Harmonious Wail, Twin Cities alt
bluegrass up-and-comers The May North, the four sisters band SHEL and
Wisconsin’s favorite son, Willy Porter.
music includes the finals of the fifth annual Songwriting and
Performance Contest. The winner will open the farewell concert,
featuring the Ultrasonics and Claudia Schmidt.
this year are overlapping sessions at two sites feature music
round-robins, with a third site for jams and dedicated workshops.
event also includes a juried crafts fair, including pottery, fabric
arts, jewelry, baskets, glassware, wood work and more. Comic Juggler
Paul Halter returns to the children's area. Traditional and ethnic
selections and desserts will be available all day in the food tent.
has toured with artists such as Mary Chapin Carpenter, Patty Griffin,
Ani DiFranco, The Nields, Shawn Colvin, Girlyman, Joan Baez and Catie
Curtis. She released Time of the Gods, her ninth studio album, in 2012.
in Chappaqua, N.Y., and educated at Wesleyan University, Williams spent
10 years living in the artistic community of Northampton, Mass., where
she began to make the rounds on the coffeehouse circuit. Baez, an early
fan of her music, took Williams out on the road and recorded several of
1995, two years after self-releasing The Honesty Room, Williams signed
with Razor & Tie Entertainment, beginning a relationship now in its
also published a directory of natural food stores and restaurants
called The Tofu Tollbooth in 1994 and co-authored a second edition with
Elizabeth Zipern four years later. She said she was inspired to do the
book because she had difficulty finding natural food stores and
restaurants while on the road.